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 Tano River runs 400 kilometers (approximately 250 miles) from the Ghana-Ivory Coast border in the north down toward the Atlantic Ocean, where it empties into the sea. It is a highly regarded river by the Akan culture and has been associated with many of the great events and historical deeds of the Akan. Indeed, at the head of the river, where it begins, is the Tano Sacred Grove noted in history and by custom for its beautifully mystical clusters of striking sandstone formations, all enclosed in a semideciduous forest. Here the earliest settlements of the Akan are said to have taken place. The people emerged from the land in this region and then began to create the first centralized state. These Bono people, as they ...