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Kumasi

From the palace to the Ashanti village

all seasons in one day

Hi Blog Readers,
I am sorry this blog is just now getting up here but I had a mid-term this week, a paper to analyze; back to back stuff. Any who this week end really wore me out although it was very busy it was very fun. we went ot different craft shops in theAshanti villages which was so much stuff to learn about and to see. the first stop was the Bonwire where they make the Kente cloth. Then on to Ntonso we got a chance to see how they make ink, and we got to take a stamp to make a pattern on some cloth. The Ashanti's first take a bark from a tree(not just any ole tree) and they let it soak for days till it is soft than they take it and pound it out like they do the fufu. after that they take it and boil it over a fire , than they pour it and strain it, then it is boiled some more. As they boil it it changes color and the consistency of the liquid changes( this process takes days to do), they most amazing thing is that this bark changes from wood to liquid- from red, brown, and black. I got to make my own scarf and I also got a chance to pound out the bark ( now I can make fufu).

You are probably asking what the heck is fufu.?.!!??.. Fufu is a dough like substance that Ghanaian's eat with Palmnut soup, it like a Ghanaian thing ( like having a cracker with your soup). Any way we saw how they weave the kente' cloth which was really a chore. It take days to make a one strand small cloth and weeks to make a three strand small cloth. It is done on a loom type thing( I was seriously thinking about Rumplestilskin when I saw this thingy). Some how you are working with your hands and your feet to make this thing. One of the guys in the group he got his hands and his feet wet and tried the apparatus out, and I always tease and tell him he has monkey feet; yeah yeah yeah I know that is mean but we laugh about it so its great. After that it was on to Ahwiaa were the wood carvers were and on to Asafo this is were the largest open market in West Africa was. all of this took place on Saturday. I know I am all over the place but bear-with me, but that is what happens when you have seen a lot of stuff and I keep looking around for the dumb lizard that is somewhere in my room.

On Friday we went to the place of the King Pompeii and Queen mum Nana, this was such a history lesson and I can't remember it all ( i kept think about my Father), I just kept remembering hear my dad telling my brother that he was king Pompeii. Learning about the royal stool and how they are made of Gold, the guns that were hand made by the Dutch (out of gold and silver) it was sooooo much that it was hard to retain; especially since i couldn't take picture in there. I do remember how the Portuguese came and tried to take over and there was a fight, somebody got beat up, new Ashanti king took over more wars, trading and more trading of Gold. The relics and artifacts in this palace was way cool and I was really wanting to take a picture because these things dated back to the 1700's. Oh yeah they had wood figures that looked so life like I expected the king to tell me to bow down or I wanted to kiss his ring.

On Sunday was a boat ride to Lake Bosumtwi, this lake was an amazing thing. I am not trying to change any one's mind to believe in God , but it is a gawd awful that you don't because this natural lake is the most awesome thing I have every heard of. First, a meteor fell to the ground and made the lake. Second this lake is the cleanest and purest lake on earth, why? Because it cleanses its self, the water is so clean you can drink it with out it being boiled( they don't drink it cause people bathe in it). Third, it heats and cools its self when it feel the need to, which seem to be part of the purification process. This is not done or caused by man. I was in such awww that i couldn't close my mouth.

The week end I am going to the tallest mountain in Ghana; yeah I am hiking it. I will make sure to take plenty of picture on the way up the mountain and when I get to the top; there is a water fall somewhere on the way up there. This should be lots of fun and very adventurous, we are to visit some other stuff that I will wait to talk about in my next blog.

Sorry that I had to rush through this blog but I do have homework and I am going to upload picture for you. Oh yeah we passed Rita Marley's house on the way there I didn't get a picture we were going to fast, nor did I get a picture of the hotel that Obama slept in either. Ok Ghana girl is going for the homework. Ensha Aliah( if I spelled any of it right) Closing my blue eye til next time; night folks!!!!!

Posted by Kathy Porter 13:14 Archived in Ghana

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