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You Can Hire People To Cry At Funerals In Ghana, See Why

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Ghana, as a place of various tribes and a diversity of languages and cultures, is rich with the idiosyncrasies that distinguish this West African country.


1. 'We cordially invite you.'

We take food extremely seriously in Ghana, and these three phrases are shouted when someone eating observes a friend or acquaintance and invites them to join them. It's a saying that suggests you're willing to share your food with others, although it's rarely accepted literally. When it happens, anticipate the guest to pull up a stool and dive in!


2. The left-handed slur


Never give someone anything with your left hand if you don't want to insult them. After answering nature's call, you clean yourself with your left hand, while your right hand is allocated for eating food and communicating with people. Anyone other than a sworn adversary will be greatly offended and enraged if you exhibit your left hand to them. Take safety precautions!


3. No music will be played prior to Homowo.

There is a ban on playing music in territories owned by the Ga people, whose lands are mostly on the country's shorelines and comprise a substantial chunk of Accra and its beaches, to satisfy the sea goddess Maame Water. This means that Osu and places like Kokrobite, where stereo basses run deep, become very silent for a few months out of the year.


It may appear weird to be at a pub without music, but the Ga people take this ritual very seriously, thinking that Maame Water carries their good fortune for the coming year and that disobeying her edicts will result in calamity. For the Homowo festival in May, the restriction has been lifted.


4. Ghanaian salad


At some point in Ghana's history, it was decided that the traditional salad would consist of lettuce, tomato, onion, boiled eggs, tuna, and... baked beans. Indeed, baked beans. Indeed, Heinz. Of course, topped with a dab of salad cream. This 'traditional' salad is served alone or with jollof rice, and the flavors and oddity combine to produce something really delightful!


5. At funerals in Ghana, professional mourners (wailers) are only employed for bereaved people who do not know how to cry 'correctly.'

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