Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Kwa Ba, also referred to as Akua'ba , is the great primal mother of all humans in the Akan construction of the universe. She is the one who welcomes humans into social existence and makes it possible for human community. Without the Kwa Ba there is no greeting, and without greeting there is no recognition of the humanity that exists in each person. The primal mother is the one who receives young girls into womanhood when they have their first menstruation and receive the wooden or clay images of Akua'ba from their elder mentors. Indeed, in some societies in West Africa, a massive image of ...