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BITS OF CULTURE - Ghana
 
Languages
Map
Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
English

Other languages:
Akan
Ewe
Ga-Adanabe
Guan
Mole-Dagbani

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Map



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Cultural Values
  • Some groups have a matrilineal family organization, in which inheritance is passed down through the wife’s family rather than the husband’s. In these groups, the chief responsibilities for the family fall on the women.
  • Others have male-dominated structures.
  • All elderly members of the family are deeply respected and exercise a great deal of influence on family decisions.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Christianity
  • Funerals are significant family events and dominate the lives of those involved for the three days that they last.

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Health Care Values

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Diet
  • The diet consists mainly of yams, cassava, corn, plantains, and rice usually accompanied by soup. Ghanaians enjoy hot and spicy food, and most of their meals are accompanied by a pepper sauce made with fish, chicken, or other meat.
  • Popular dishes include fufu (a dough-like combination of plantains and cassava or yams), ampesi (boiled unripe plantains), and palm, coconut, or groundnut oil sauces and soups.
  • Ghana also produces a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables.
  • They eat with their right hand.
  • A bowl of water is provided at the beginning and end of the meal for people to wash their hands. Food is scooped and formed into a ball with the right hand before being eaten.

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Interesting Facts
  • Ghana supplies most of the world's cocoa.
  • Ghana derived its name from the 10th century Empire of Ghana which was actually located closer to the Sahara than on the coast as the country of Ghana is today.
  • Ghana is home to the Asante people, a matriarchal society who resisted the British for several years before eventually giving in to being colonized.


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