Effect Of Change During The Post Independence Period

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Chieftaincy has continued to experience pressures of change during the post-independence period. The introduction of the central government system in Ghana interfered in the institution of chieftaincy and reduced much of the authority and the power of chiefs (Boadi 2001, 20). However, despite these two major changes, chieftaincy is still very important in Ghana. Moreover, those pressures did not affect the religiosity of chieftaincy, which have always served as a hindrance to the involvement of Christians (Safo-Kantanka 1993, 53).

Christianity in Ghana
When European missionaries arrived on the Gold Coast (now Ghana), they deemed certain indigenous practices unholy and contradictory to Christian teachings. Christianity also affected the institution of chieftaincy in that Christians resisted cocoa farmers, traders and educated men who wanted to share their power with the traditional rulers because Christians opposed the institution of chieftaincy and considered certain practices of the chiefs as idolatrous (Safo-Kantanka 1993, 48). Africans appropriated Christianity and adapted it to indigenous practices to engage with Christianity in a meaningful way. However, the Europeans deemed the syncretizing of indigenous beliefs with Christianity as unholy and less pure. The debate over which version of Christianity is most “pure “continues in Ghanaian society to this day. With the rise of Pentecostalism or charismatic churches in the twentieth century, the practice of indigenous…
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