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Tutelary Deity of Fanti Village in Wassaw Scions of an Old Fighting Stock

TUTELARY DEITY OF FANTI VILLAGE IN WASSAW

SCIONS OF AN OLD FIGHTING STOCK

The Fanti profoundly believes in the world of spirits, and the great object of fetish worship is to propitiate the spirits and to seek their good will and protection. The deities worshipped are identified with many of the most striking objects of nature; in addition to these are artificial representations made of wood and other materials, fashioned into grotesque forms as exemplified by this fetish god Once a savage, warlike people comparable to the Zulus, the Masai subdued all tribes with which they came in contact. Now they live quietly in the reserve set apart for them in British East Africa