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Wives of the Gods
Produced by: Angela Robson
According to the Trokosi custom practised in Ghana, a family must offer a virgin daughter to a fetish priest as a way of appeasing the gods for a relative's transgression, past or present. The tradition, which has been part of the Ewe culture for centuries, requires a girl to spend the rest of her life as a 'wife of the gods' through their medium, the Trokosi priest. Angela Robson talks to priests, girls who want to stay in the shrines as 'wives,' and activists fighting for the end of this traditional practice.

Program Credits

Wives of the Gods was produced by Angela Robson of the British Broadcasting Corporation. This program airs as part of the international documentary collaboration, Crossing Boundaries.

Resources

Links:
Ghana’s Slaves to the Gods
Information about the custom of Trokosi.

Ghana
Factbook on Global Sexual Exploitation

Books:
Culture and Customs of Ghana
by: Steven J. Salm, Toyin Falola, Toyin Falola 2002
Authoritatively discusses the vibrant and adaptable Ghanaian people, from their religions to music and dance

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