A Ghanaian historian has revealed that the late queenmother of the Asante Kingdom, Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem II will be buried with gold ornaments as well as other precious jewelry depicting a royal status.
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According to Dr Wilhemina Donkor, the belief is that the late Asantehemaa's royal attire will make her recognizable when she reaches the other world where she is unknown.
The renowned doctor revealed this in an interview with the Accra-based radio station, Ultimate FM.
She indicated that the necessary ritual which will prepare the queen mother ahead of her journey to the next world is ongoing.
"Traditionally, just like it is done when any royal dies, there are certain rites that take place, and so Nanahemaa has to also go through that rituals, and here they receive bathing items for her bath from all the royal in-laws. That was one of the important rites that was performed yesterday, is to cleanse, purify and prepare her for the next world that will be her last bath on this earth," she explained.
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"Oh yes, remember she is a royal and also remember her office right, so she will be dressed to depict the status that befits her during the final burial rites, remember she is going on a journey and she has to be welcomed properly in the other world and so she must appear in a way that will commensurate with her status so that those people on the other side will recognise her and accord her the same dignity," she stated.
She observed that traditional priests have been dancing amidst other ritual performances ensuring that there is law and order at the Palace.
"They believe that they have to perform to ensure that certain elements such as rain does fall during the weeklong funeral celebration to disrupt the event," she said.