Public Face of Islam in Kumasi

By Gracia Clark

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The End of the Parade
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As dusk settles and the dignitaries have passed, private and group parties start along the route.

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Crowds From the Mosque
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Crowds filter back from praying at the Central Mosque before the procession begins.

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Returning from Prayers
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After formal prayers and speeches at the Central Mosque, people secure their places on the parade route.

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From Own Verandah
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This family can watch the parade passing in front of their house.

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Huge Crowds
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The route in mid-parade, with people watching from houses and unfinished buildings.

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Brass Band
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A uniformed group singing with their brass band.

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Local Scholar
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A local scholar arrives from the mosque with his student followers.

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See and Be Seen
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Two wealthy locals greet each other in their festive attire.

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Preparing to March
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Uniformed members of an ethnic group assemble before joining the parade.

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Drummers and Dancers
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A band of drummers and dancers from the Upper Region accompanying their chief.

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Exhibition Dancer
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Dancing with his heavy smock shows off the wealth and athleticism of this Upper Region man.

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Crowd as Chief Approaches
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A diverse crowd watches the arrival of a chief.

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Following Behind
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Random onlookers follow behind a chief.

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Packed Crowd
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A crowded street makes crossing difficult during the parade.

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Crowded Balcony
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Even an unfinished balcony on the parade route is full.

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Related Objects

The End of the Parade
The End of the Parade (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Crowds From the Mosque
Crowds From the Mosque (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Returning from Prayers
Returning from Prayers (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

From Own Verandah
From Own Verandah (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Huge Crowds
Huge Crowds (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Brass Band
Brass Band (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Local Scholar
Local Scholar (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

See and Be Seen
See and Be Seen (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Preparing to March
Preparing to March (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Drummers and Dancers
Drummers and Dancers (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Exhibition Dancer
Exhibition Dancer (August 2011)
Courtesy of Carmen Paz

Crowd as Chief Approaches
Crowd as Chief Approaches (August 2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Following Behind
Following Behind (August 2011)
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Packed Crowd
Packed Crowd (August 2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed

Crowded Balcony
Crowded Balcony (August 2011)
Courtesy of Ata Muhammed


Related Essay
Creator: Clark, Gracia
Description: Community members experience the parade.
Date: August 2011
Date Range: 2010-2019
Location: Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Format: Image/jpeg
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Contributing Institution: Ata Muhammed; Carmen Paz; Gracia Clark; MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University

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