The Manhyia Palace has lifted the ban on funeral celebrations in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital after the performance of certain rites pertaining to the Asantehene; Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s 20th anniversary on the Asante throne as leader.
“The ban has been lifted, now you can perform your funeral rites,” Otumfuo Akobeahene, Nana Baffuor Kwame Kusi II announced.
The palace placed an embargo on all funeral activities last month ahead of the anniversary celebration.
Manhyia Palace placed a ban on all funerals in Asanteman from Monday, April 8, 2019 to Monday April 29, 2019 following the performance of the ‘busumuru’ rites.
“Busumuru” is a rite performed to pacify the gods of Asante Kingdom (Asanteman) to lift the ban. The rite is performed by sacrificing a cow to appease the gods.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the 16th Asantehene. He’s been the traditional ruler of the Ashanti Kingdom since 26 April 1999. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II succeeded Opoku Ware II.
By Joe Marfo/Kumasi