10 myths and superstitions you were told growing up in Kumasi


10 myths and superstitions you were told growing up in Kumasi


Considered a cultural hub in Ghana, the Ashanti Regional Capital, Kumasi holds a lot with regards to customs, culture, and tradition.

It is therefore not surprising that any child who grew up in the typical environs of the city years back was told at least one or two superstitions and myths. Yes, I had my very share of and I believe there were a few you were also told.

Perhaps these superstitions and myths were aimed at shaping us or preventing us from engaging in some activities.

Myths: Defined as a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events, myths have always been with us continue to exist despite exposure to the many things we never knew.

Superstition: A widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such a belief.

With a no so clear distinction between myths and superstitions, many are the things we heard. Probably, you could share some of the myths you were told from your infancy as well.

Kindest courtesy Kwabena Nsafoa, we compile 10 childhood myths and superstitions one might have been hit with growing up in Kumasi.

  1. We were told not to sing while bathing simply because it could lead to the loss of a mother.

  2. When a lizard craws on your feet, it's a sign that you were about to impregnate someone.

  3. Leftover water in ‘w?duro’ (mortar) when used to wash your face the following day, was likely to enlighten you see things in the spiritual realm.

  4. When you find yourself constantly eating a sumptuous meal in your dream, its indicative of the fact that, someone is trying to give you witchcraft.

  5. Whenever you heard the noise of thunder and lightening, it was a sign that, Yesu was giving ?bonsam (Satan) technical knockout in Heaven. (Apparently, Jesus was beating Satan)

  6. Names like Kyeiwaa, Araba, Georgina, Koadu, Adiza, Janet, Efua, Margret..etc were axe wielding “crazy” women. Ani3den nkoaa..

  7. Whenever it rained heavily, it was very much likely to see gold were seen glittering everywhere on the Aheneboboano.

  8. It was impossible to see fair colored women going mad.

  9. Pimpim ?fom with w?ma was likely to cause pain in one’s mum’s breast.

  10. When you do Maame ne Paapa, Yesu ba a, wonnko bi.

Which of these did you ever hear and what did you think of them? What could have caused our parents to tell us these myths and superstitions? Growing up, how do you feel about these Myths And Superstition?


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