Europe Casts Its Spell upon the Rainforest

  • Claude Martin


The thunder of drumbeats can be heard far and near, the smell of roasting meat permeates the air, palm wine and schnaps are passed around. Why has the Chief called to celebrate the yam festival? Nobody really knows. Nevertheless, drumbeats spread the news throughout the forest. With mounting excitement, the ornamental stools are removed from storage. The people of Debiso in Western Ghana seldom actually see their ancestral inheritance. The chairs are usually kept by the village chief, locked away in his personal storeroom. With the aid of his medicine men, the Chief is capable of speaking with the spirits of the forest. During three days of festivities, ceremonies will be held at specially chosen sites outside the village to appease the invisible beings.


Forest Reserve Cocoa Bean Forest Service Cocoa Plantation Palm Wine 
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