Ghana: Procedure for becoming a fetish ("trokosi") priest; where customary, whether hereditary, whether a Christian would be recruited, and state protection available to an unwilling recruit; information on the Ti-Kofi shrine of the Ashantis
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||14 February 2000|
|Citation / Document Symbol||GHA33874.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ghana: Procedure for becoming a fetish ("trokosi") priest; where customary, whether hereditary, whether a Christian would be recruited, and state protection available to an unwilling recruit; information on the Ti-Kofi shrine of the Ashantis, 14 February 2000, GHA33874.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ad2424.html [accessed 19 May 2013]|
For information on the process for becoming a trokosi priest and where the practice is found, please refer to GHA33858.E of 14 February 2000.
According to the executive director of International Needs, an organization working for the release and rehabilitation of trokosi in Ghana, a Christian would be extremely unlikely to become a trokosi priest as the practice runs counter to Christian values.
No reports of a trokosi shrine known as the Ti-Kofi Shrine could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
International Needs, Surrey, UK. 9 February 2000. Correspondence with executive director.
Additional Sources Consulted
Encyclopedia of Religion.
World Dictionary of Minorities. 1997.
World News Connection (WNC).
Two oral sources contacted.
Internet sites including:
Africa News [Durham, NC].
Centre for World Indigenous Studies.
Ghana: A Country Study. Nov. 1994.
The New Encyclopaedia Britannica. 1989.
PanAfrican News Agency (PANA).
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).