The 20th anniversary celebration of the Asantehene saw the convergence of the 250 gods revered by the Asante traditional believers as overseers of the water bodies in the kingdom.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, 250 Asante Atano gods (river gods) were assembled at the Manhyia Palace on March 27, 2019 for purification and thanksgiving rites.
The event depicted a re-enactment of the history and relevance of the gods and the roles they played in the protection and building of the Asante Kingdom.
Adomonline.com reported that the occasion was also used to pray for a better future for the Asantehene and the Asante people.
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Otumfuo Osei Tutu II led the performance of the rites to demonstrate the history of the Asante and the source of its strength and protection.
Preceding his arrival for the performance of the rites, was a "gathering" of the 250 deities represented by their priests who were clad in white. All clans in Asante were also represented.
The slaughtering of a number of rams, led by the Asantehene and the spilling of the blood on each deity was performed behind closed doors.
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The traditional priests and priestesses were not left out of the excitement as some of them who were supposedly possessed by spirits, went into moments of frenzy.
The Atano rites officially announced the commencement of the 20th anniversary celebration of Osei Tutu II, who was enthroned in 1999.
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