There are still over 1 million living Asante. In the early days, they were mainly traders of gold, but with the upcoming colonialism, they also became slave traders. As they also collected kola nuts, which they sold as stimulants to the Muslim population in the north, the became a wealthy tribe in the early modern days.
The Ashanti have become famous both for their wood carvings and their works in metal and woodcarvings. As in our case here, women are core to their divine figurines, as only female members of their society decided upon the heritage line (of course, only female members of ancient societies knew and therefore had to decide upon the lineage of descendence). Hence, women figurines are very common amongst the woodcarvings of the Ashanti. Like our figurine, dolls with disk-shaped heads re-occur and reflect the Ashanti views of beauty. Perhaps, another legend mirrors these views, or enhanced the place of these figurines when it is said that once a woman who had worn such a figurine, subsequently delivered a particularly beautiful daughter. Yet, there is also another potential use of such figurines, as they had served as a replacement for a child that had disappeared. heads.
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