Priests and priestesses all over Africa call upon the power of the gods to ensure the well-being of their people. Possession comes readily to priests,whose commitment to a deity over many years gives them this facility. This Ashanti priest from Ghana has covered himself in kaolin powder, considered to be a “food for the spirit.” Worshipers may give the powder as an offering or ingest it as medicine when prescribed by a priest.


  • Title: Ashanti Priest
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1995
  • Location: Ghana
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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