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Crime, Punishment, Slavery Prezi

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Crime, Punishment, & Slavery?: Debating Morality in southeastern Ghana
"Trokosi as Slaves"
--"those who have been appointed by their families to serve in the shrines as reparation for crimes committed by other members of the family"
--takes on punishment by becoming a slave
--initiated without consent
--sexually abused by priests
--physically abused by priests
--forced to work for priests
--no right to education, health care
--stigmatized by community & family
Punctured Hope
Film by Toronto Pictures
"Fiasidi as Queens"
Julie A. Jenkins, PhD
Ball State University
"Some have been saying lies about us. People say we send the deity to kill or hurt people, that people ask us to do this [through petitions]. But it's not true The people who do wrong bring the bad things [nuvowo] onto themselves. They call the deity because of their doings. The priest doesn't know what happens until someone comes to tell him, this is what is happening in our family...If there is no wrongdoing in the world, then the deities will stop working. Mawu put then on the ground to judge and to deal with everyone after they left..the deities see the wrong doing. People doing bad [wo nuvo] against one another, using black powder, thieving and the deities send punishment to reveal the wrong doing. Which is better, to reveal the wrong doing or to hid, as the Christians do? The God reveals the wrong doer to everyone so he will change his behavior. This is why the family is affected, so they can know the crimes of their members. The priests and everyone here is on the straight path..No one can tell the god the punishment. Rather he decides what he does. No one can see it, not even the priest." -- Adzima shrine elder
“Some people claim that people who are admitted into the Troxovi Institution are there to atone for the crimes of their relations. This notion is false (or at best a misconception) because admission...is a privilege extended to a family which fails to properly bring up its members to be of good behaviour....[the Fiasidi] is meant to be educated to become a role model in his/her family in particular and society in general” (ARM)

"The Fiasidi, the sign-post, is not a slave nor a prisoner.”
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