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The Asante and the Golden Stool

We dwell in our history to improve upon our future.
– African Asante Proverbs

I find this proverb so beautiful and inspiring.  This is what history should be to us, to improve upon our future instead of reliving all the madness and badness that went on in the past over and over again.

Anyway, Peter and I have been watching a documentary on the Asante people of Ghana in Africa. Their gold artefacts were so amazing.  There was a lake that continues to be a source of mystery.   Divers to these days are investigating it.

As to the history bit, the Asante people were colonised by the Brits, who changed their culture but not so total. The Asante were able to hide their iconic golden stool which is a symbol of their core values, customs and traditions.

The Asante and the Golden Stool

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  The current Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II sitting besides the Golden stool

The current Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II sitting besides the Golden stool

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The Golden stool being carried in public.

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