Dancing Golden Stools

Indigenous Religion as a strategy for identity construction in Ghana


  • Louise Françoise Müller Utrecht University




Africa, Akan, Festivals, Identity, Indigenous Religions


In this article the author concentrates on the use of Indigenous Religion among the Akuapem in Ghana for the construction of their group identity. She discusses the way in which the Akuapem make use of the celebration of an annual indigenous religious festival (Odwira) to strengthen their group identity by self-identification, differentiation and the perception of other cultural groups. Her specific focus is on the common Asante-Akuapem history, the foundation of the Akan Golden Stools, akom dancing and the Odwira festival procession and Durbars. She concludes that Indigenous Religion should not be left out in the study of the construction of group identities in the social sciences.


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Author Biography

Louise Françoise Müller, Utrecht University

Louise Françoise Müller obtained a BA and MA in History of Societies and in Philosophy at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in The Netherlands and a Msc and PhD in African Studies. She has years of fieldwork experience in the Kumasi Metropolis in Ghana. Her thesis is entitled “Indigenous Religion in Ghana.” Currently she is a researcher at the Research Institute for History and Culture at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.


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How to Cite

Müller, L. (2010). Dancing Golden Stools: Indigenous Religion as a strategy for identity construction in Ghana. Fieldwork in Religion, 5(1), 32–57. https://doi.org/10.1558/firn.v5i1.32