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The ApoↃ Festival of Wenchi People and Their Mythology

Explore the mythology and beliefs of the Wenchi people, particularly their tutelar spirit Ntoa and the ancestral connection to the founding of the Wenchi state. This quiz delves into the rich cultural heritage and spiritual foundation of the Wenchi people.

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1/20
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Who are the participants in the ritual performed on Fertile Thursday?

The Chief, the Chief's Elders, the Queen-Mother, the Priests of Ntoa, and the Priests' Attendants

What is used to bar the space between the wall and the thatched roof of Ntoa's shrine?

Palm fronds

What is the significance of hitting eggs on the god during the ritual?

It signifies a foreboding for the one offering the eggs

What action signifies that Ntoa has gone in during the ritual?

<p>Ceremonially opening the doors of Ntoa's shrine</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of the APOↃ festival to the Wenchii people?

<p>It celebrates the end-of-year retreat of Ntoa.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is used by Ntoa to execute criminals and enemies of Wench?

<p>Nkotobaa</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the connection between Ntoa and the Wenchii stool?

<p>Ntoa is a guardian of the Wenchii stool.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of FO-YAWOↃ or “Fertile Thursday” in the traditional calendar?

<p>It is a day chosen by Dorbo as acceptable to Ntoa.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What role do the priests, executioners, chief, queen-mother, and elders play in the APOↃ festival?

<p>They consult Dorbo to determine the acceptability of the chosen day to Ntoa.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does the phrase 'NTOA KↃ DAN MU' refer to in the context of the APOↃ festival?

<p>The purification process undergone by Ntoa during the festival.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of Dorbo in the APOↃ festival?

<p>He is responsible for preparing the purification ritual for Ntoa</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the role of the queen-mother in the APOↃ festival?

<p>She consults with Dorbo to ensure the festival day is acceptable to Ntoa</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does the phrase 'NTOA KↃ DAN MU' refer to in the context of the APOↃ festival?

<p>The end-of-year retreat Ntoa undergoes to prepare for purification</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the connection between Ntoa and the Wenchii stool?

<p>The stool is where Ntoa undergoes purification during the APOↃ festival</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of FO-YAWOↃ or “Fertile Thursday” in the traditional calendar?

<p>It signifies the beginning of purification rituals for Ntoa</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the significance of hitting the ground three times with the NKOTOBAA during the APOↃ festival?

<p>To invoke the spirit of the royal ancestors of the chief and queen-mother</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the purpose of barring the space between the wall and the thatched roof of Ntoa's shrine during the ritual on Fertile Thursday?

<p>To keep light out of Ntoa's shrine</p> Signup and view all the answers

Who is allowed to enter Ntoa's shrine to perform the rites during the APOↃ festival?

<p>The priests and executioners</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does it signify if one or both eggs offered by the chief, queen-mother, and elders do not break during the APOↃ festival?

<p>A foreboding for the offerer</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the purpose of placing a ban on drumming and dancing during the APOↃ festival?

<p>To honor Ntoa and maintain solemnity</p> Signup and view all the answers

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