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Akuapem (II) – Existing Loyalties And New Options

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The Basel Mission hoped to create the beginnings of a new Christian community when it established its first mission station in the hinterland in Akuropon, the capital of the small Akan state of Akuapem. This chapter focuses on women in Akuapem as actors negotiating innovations or as objects of negotiations, in the context of the Mission. It describes the first change in local practice in which women featured prominently, and in which the Mission Station becomes visible as an alternative space. The second part analyses instances of the ensuing debate and conflict over the conceptualization of the mission community as an alternative to local structures. Among the people of Akuapem, a few came to the conclusion that the 'God' of the Christians was the appropriate source of spiritual power and protection for them, and Christianity their proper religious affiliation.

Keywords: Akuapem; Basel Mission; Christian; hinterland



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