Methodist Church Ghana organises its first puberty rites

By Stephen Asante, GNA 

Kumasi, Oct. 18, GNA – The Atonsu-Agogo
Circuit of the Methodist Church of Ghana (MCG) has made history by performing
its first puberty rite, ‘Bragoro’ – an African womanhood initiation rite – in
an open Church environment.

Ms. Portia Owusu, a 16-year old member, was
the first maiden to be initiated, under the supervision of the Very Reverend
Solomon Bruce, the Minister in-charge of the Circuit.

He was assisted by some traditional
authorities for the success of the programme, aimed at encouraging the maidens
in the Church to cherish their virginity and leading morally-upright lives.

The well-attended ceremony, was interspersed
with traditional drumming and other customary rites, as part of measures to
revive the African consciousness within the Church.

Dubbed, “2018 Traditional Day”, the Programme
saw Portia, who was clad in a white cloth (tied around the chest down to the
knee) and decked with some traditional beads, being unveiled to the Church,
after undergoing the ceremonial rites.

Portia 
was also given a special traditional meal – mashed semi-ripe plantain
and some hard boiled eggs – to eat.

Very Rev. Bruce told the Ghana News Agency
(GNA) on the sideline of the programme, that it was the first of such cultural
events to be openly held in that Church.

The new move is widely seen as an aberration
of the debatable perception that customs and traditions should not be part of
Christian worship, but Very Rev Bruce thinks otherwise.

“The Methodist Church sees nothing wrong with
the African culture,” he said, and affirmed the Leadership’s resolve to
continually integrate acceptable traditional norms and values into the Church’s
activities.

“We are born into a society which has its own
culture. The church is, therefore, happy to bring back our heritage to help
members identify with Methodism”.

Very Rev Bruce took a swipe at those who
considered African all traditional beliefs and practices as fetish, saying this
must stop.

GNA

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