Manhyia palace website for the whole story). In addition to these historical pieces, there were extremely lifelike representations of the last three kings and their queen mothers—lifelike enough that I expected them to get up. The Ashtanti people are a matrilineal society, with kings chosen by the queen mother. One of the most celebrated queen mothers was Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa, who led the kingdCeremonial stools play a key part in the history of the Ashanti. The Asante Nation began when a powerful chief of the Kumase state united the chiefs of the Asante states and had them swear allegiance to the nation and the Golden Stool, which he told them contained the soul of the Asante nation (check out the
om in a war against the colonizing British in 1900. For that act, she and the king were exiled to the Seychelles, where she later died. If you want to learn more about the kingdom, there’s a good, concise write-up on the history of the Ashanti Kingdom on Wikipedia (the go-to source for almost any information these days). After the tour, we saw a 12-minute documentary on the Ashanti kingdom. Then we were herded into the gift shop full of overpriced souvenirs, which we declined to purchase.