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The Soul Trees of the Ancient Akan

The ancient Akan tribe was matriarchal, ruled by a Queenmother. Incoming incursions of people with views different from their own forced the Queenmother to move her people to maintain their sovereignty. The Queenmother used divination to locate the right location. In establishing the new territory for her state, the Queenmother planted a soul tree or fire tree at a crossroads in front of her new home under which was often buried the body of a female. At other times gold or other precious objects were buried instead of a body. “This grave under the city’s soul tree became a highly venerated...

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