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Gomoa Chiefs appease ‘angry’ Apam gods after teenagers drown at sea

Fetish priests, priestesses, and the entire chiefs of the Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council have performed rituals to appease the gods of Apam.

The ritual comes after a group of teenagers drowned at the sea in Apam on Sunday, March 7.

For the traditional rulers, the customary rites have to be carried out since the incident is unprecedented and the gods must be pacified.

After consultation from the gods, Queen mother of Apam, Nana Essel Botchwey III revealed that the gods have demanded a fattened cow, three sheep, 12 fowls, 33 tubers of yam, three cartons on schnapps amongst others.

This, according to her, must be presented to Nananom before the remaining bodies which have still not been found will be discovered.

In an interview with Adom News, she indicated that the gods were very angry because the children swimming at where they the gods bath.

A fetish priest performing customary rites to appease the gods.

“Nananom made it clear they were angry so it was a must for us to come here today to do this ritual. And we are happy that everything went well because the first fowl we sacrificed was accepted by our gods.

“We are also cleansing all curse and bad omen that is looming in Apam and the family of the teenagers we lost,” she told Adom News’ Kofi Adjei.

Traditional leaders of Gomoa assemble by the Apam sea to witness the rituals

On his part, Sumankwahene of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council, Nana Okofo Annan cautioned residents particularly children to respect customary laws.

He noted that the story of the youngsters who drowned should serve as a lesson to others in the area.

A priestess performing customary rites at the ceremony.

Moreover, the Oshihene of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council, Nana Okofo Ohene Ampofo said he is yet to recover from the shock of the incident.

He said the traditional council as part of its way to protect children in the area from meeting the same fate will put a ban on children from swimming.

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