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Kona Sacred Grove (Click to plot point using Google Maps. 6°52' N, 1°31' W).
Kona Sacred Grove

The town of Kona is located ~25 km north of Kumasi along the Mampong road, just north of the junction at Ntonso.  The specific name of the sacred grove is Nkwaati/Naahamu, but we refer to the grove using the simpler name of the town, Kona.  The grove is a royal burial ground and also the site for conducting spiritual rituals.  Traditional protective measures governing access to the forest are still very much in place and certain areas of the forest are strictly off limits.  Permission to study the forest was granted after many visits and discussions with the Nana and village elders and the pouring of libations.  Initially, we were required to have an elder with us every time we entered the forest, but over time the requirement was relaxed.  Although fires penetrated the interior of the forest in certain sections and these remain degraded more than 20 years later, much of the canopy remains intact and in nearly pristine condition.  Taboo prevents access to this site on Tuesday and Friday.



















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