"Trokosi" Ghana's Slaves to the Gods: Ritual Servitude & Sexual Abuse ...Nothing but Pimps
The Trokosi custom is practised in south-eastern Ghana. A family must offer a daughter to the priest as a way of appeasing the gods for a relatives transgression, past or present. The tradition, has been part of the Ewe culture for centuries, requiring a girl to spend the rest of her life as a 'wife of the gods'. Children as young as 18 months are sent to the shrine. When a Trokosi girl dies, her family is expected to replace her with another young girl, passing the problem down from generation to generation. About 1,800 women have been released through the efforts of local charitable organisations, such as 'International Needs Ghana', but although it is now a criminal offense, it is estimated that there are still 5,000 women and girls in Trokosi shrines.
Please share your thoughts. I for one wonder whether this is one of the few instances where Christianity is a better route for certain vulnerable Africans (women and children). Given the choice of suffering everyday brutality in the name of serving my African gods, or leading a dignified life made possible by a foreign god, I have to say I would choose the latter.
If ever there was an ancestral tradition that dispels the myth regarding the ancient origins of the Vodoun tradition or the system of slavery being confined to the West, it is that of the Amengansie. The Amengansie predates its current West African location. It has its ancient ancestral origins in the East (Africa) where they were known as . Reminiscent of the current Trokosi systems in West Africa today, in ancient Egypt, during the rise of African patriarchy, the Sibyls were often sold as slaves, and forced to work in the male (priestly) controlled Sun/Thunder temples in the Egyptian colonies in Libya and at Dodona and Delphi in ancient Greece, Rome (see slide-show) as well as in other African temples scattered throughout the ancient world.
Universally known as the "Black Doves”, the Sibyls have been referred to by many names, such as “Sisters of Isis, and [prophetesses] of the Black Di-ana of Euphesus”. The “doves,” symbolize the sacred soul or “holy spirit.” An Afro-mystical symbol later adopted by the emerging Christian cults. It was the Sibyl matriarchal groups who settled at Asia Minor (ancient Turkey), and installed Mami’s worship, more than 2500 years before the Dorian (Greek) and Turk invasions.
“Mami” whom the Sibyls venerated in ancient Minoa (pre-Doran Greece) as “Laocoon with her serpents,” was known as the manifestation of the Divine logos, with her holy temples scattered all throughout Asia Minor (Cu****ic Mitanni Empire) and in Minoa and Mycenae (Aegean Islands).
During the decline, and the dismantlement of the African matriarchs, many were exiled, condemned as “harlots” “infidels,” “false prophetesses” and “witches.” Many fled, but most who were unable to flee were murdered or enslaved if they refused to convert to the religion of their conquerors. Their forced migration drove them from East to West Africa, by the emerging patriarchal Mohammedan Islamists, Judaic and Christian invaders.
During these intense periods of religious persecution, the ancestors of these enslaved Africans bequeathed to them a means in which they could continue to consult with them and with the African deities who were now condemned as “pagan” and “lustful idols,” by the many foreign (Assyrian, Persian, Turk, Greek, Roman i.e.,) invaders. It was these foreign invaders who carried out the final destruction of the Sibyl temples, and converted (forever concealing) the multi-faceted images of the African mother deities into the ethnic faces passed down to the West today. During the entrenchment of African patriarchy, many Sibyls were persecuted, and stripped of their sacerdotal pre-eminence, and ultimately forced to the foreground of African religious, social and political life where they remain today. But their sacerdotal powers are still respected and utilized by all who seek their counsel.
WHAT YOU SEE IS A POLLUTED FORM OF ANCIENT MYSTERIES SYSTEM!!!!