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Horse, Dog, and Donkey: The Making of a Mamprusi King

Susan Drucker Brown
Man
New Series, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Mar., 1992), pp. 71-90
DOI: 10.2307/2803595
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2803595
Page Count: 20
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Horse, Dog, and Donkey: The Making of a Mamprusi King
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Abstract

The ritual cycle which Mamprusi perform at the death and installation of a king is analyzed with particular attention to the transformation of the king-elect. During the installation ritual prohibitions are breached and the investiture transforms the prince from an active, aggressive chief, into a passive king, dependent on his court. The article focuses on the mechanism of this transformation.

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