The Symbolic Meaning Of Clothing Regalia Of Chiefs In Anlo State In The Volta Region Of Ghana..

ABSTRACT

This study sought to examine the forms of clothing regalia and its symbolism used by chiefs in Anlo State in the Volta Region of Ghana. Ethnographic research design embedded in qualitative paradigm was adopted for the study. Data was gathered from a purposively sampled eight (8) key informants, two (2) for each chief, through the use of a semi-structured interview guide and a non-participant observation. The results identified various forms of clothing regalia used by the Anlo State chiefs which were; the type of cloth (Ewe Kete or Adanuvor), jumper, a hat (Fiakuku), chiefs’ sandals (Fiafokpa), a walking stick and must adorn themselves with Dzonu (beads). The Lashi or Sorshi also formed part of their clothing regalia. The results also revealed that, the Anlo chiefs clothing regalia were influenced by the occasion they attended, colour and their role as chiefs. Occasions like installation, confinement and coronation of the chiefs depicted different clothing regalia. The clothing regalia of the Anlo chiefs symbolized spiritual protection for them. It also symbolized a historical event that occurred in the past as well as depicted their affluence and authority. It was recommended that, although society is being transformed rapidly through modernization, there is the need to preserve the culture, traditions and the identity of the Anlo chiefs. It was also important that kingmakers or keepers of Anlo traditions and customs should as much as possible document important aspect of the clothing regalia of the chiefs and not rely solely on oral tradition which can be altered or debunked by others.

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APA

KUMATIA, K (2021). The Symbolic Meaning Of Clothing Regalia Of Chiefs In Anlo State In The Volta Region Of Ghana... Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/the-symbolic-meaning-of-clothing-regalia-of-chiefs-in-anlo-state-in-the-volta-region-of-ghana-1

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KUMATIA, KAFUI "The Symbolic Meaning Of Clothing Regalia Of Chiefs In Anlo State In The Volta Region Of Ghana.." Afribary. Afribary, 04 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/the-symbolic-meaning-of-clothing-regalia-of-chiefs-in-anlo-state-in-the-volta-region-of-ghana-1. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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KUMATIA, KAFUI . "The Symbolic Meaning Of Clothing Regalia Of Chiefs In Anlo State In The Volta Region Of Ghana..". Afribary, Afribary, 04 Apr. 2021. Web. 15 Apr. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/the-symbolic-meaning-of-clothing-regalia-of-chiefs-in-anlo-state-in-the-volta-region-of-ghana-1 >.

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KUMATIA, KAFUI . "The Symbolic Meaning Of Clothing Regalia Of Chiefs In Anlo State In The Volta Region Of Ghana.." Afribary (2021). Accessed April 15, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/the-symbolic-meaning-of-clothing-regalia-of-chiefs-in-anlo-state-in-the-volta-region-of-ghana-1