Rev. Philip Laryea
Rev. Philip Laryea

He proposed that a durbar should to be organised annually where Christians and traditional authorities honour prominent citizens who have distinguished themselves in their various communities.

Rev. Philip Laryea
Rev. Philip Laryea
Rev Laryea who is the Dean of Accredited Studies & Senior Research Fellow said such personalities have left behind great legacy, that is worth emulating and it is prudent to honour and pay respect for their selfless values they rendered to the community.

The Reverend Minister made the call at the annual Homowo lecture in Accra on the theme: “ Remembering the Living; A Christian Response to the Offering of Kpokpoi to the Departed.”

The lecture was organised by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Osu District in collaboration with Osu-Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Committees of Ecumenical and Social Relations.

Giving a bit of history, he said the people of Ga celebrate Homowo , which literally means hooting at hunger, came to be when there was severe famine among the people for a considerable number of years.

The Homowo festival has a common relation with such festival such as the Bakatue Festival of Elmina and Fao Festival of Paga, the Akwantukese Festival of Koforidua, the Akwantutenten Festival of Worawora and the Hogbetsotso Festival of the Anloga.

Despite the diversities found in the festivals, they could be grouped in many different categories such as harvest festivals, migration festivals, purification festivals and war festivals among the rest.

Rev Laryea was of the view that the Gas believed in the ancestors because they acted as the mediators between the living the dead.

“The ancestors were moral custodians of tradition in society, where they rewarded good people and punished the wicked people. This believe makes the departed relatives very powerful because they were seen as living in the spirit,” he added.

He said the Church recognises that there are some useful traditions that is worth celebrating, for instance the Catholic Church “ Feast of All Souls Day” to remember the departed souls.

Rev Laryea said the contemporary world had neglected traditional values due to widespread corruption, crime, and immoral activities.

He was of the view that traditional values should not be totally relegated to the background but rather the good ones that tends to have positive impacts become acceptable societal norms.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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