The Chief Priest of the Ga State, Nai Wulomo has described the Homowo festival as biblical and not fetish as presumed by most people.
“People think it is fetish, but it is biblical, the activities of the festival were written in the bible before it was brought to Ghana.
Quoting Exodus 12:17-20, which mentions the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Chief Priest revealed that Homowo has biblical backing.
The verse states that, “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. In the first month, you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day.”
“For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”
Speaking with Jay Foley on Prime Morning on Joy Prime Monday, Nai Wulomo said, the traditional meal, ‘kpokpoi’ eaten during Homowo, is made from unfermented corn flour and can be described as unleavened food. This was the type of food the Israelites ate during the Passover as directed by God”.
Sharing how the festival came about, he said, there was a period of great famine during the migration of the Ga people from Egypt to present Ghana.
“The priest at the time fasted and prayed to God and he provided them with two corns, some millets and water,” he said.
The Chief Priest further explained that God gave them directions, stating that after successfully following the instructions, there were rains that brought bountiful yields, thus, the people decided to celebrate this to honour God.
He explained that the fasting period is what has now turned into the ban on noise making before the festival.
During the period which lasts for 30 days; there is total abstinence from sex, no eating of rooted crops. Men do not shave to keep them natural throughout the period, he added.
“Homowo is very important to the Wulomo because it is the largest festival of the Gas. It is a season to give thanks to God for providing food and water in the wilderness during the migration period from Egypt through Ethiopia to present day Ghana,” he added.
During Homowo, animals are killed with the blood sprinkled on the roads similar to what God ordered Moses to do,” Nai Wulomo added.
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