People Group Info
Total Population: 31,000ROP3 Code: 100179
IMB Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Guinean
Language: Twi - (twi)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: Ghana
The Asante Twi, also known as the Akan, diaspora people originated from Ghana. The Akan people are a historically important ethnic group of West Africa. With over 20 million members the Akans are one of the biggest ethnic groups in West Africa. They are the largest ethnic group in both Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
Their culture follows traditional matrilineal lines. Their art is wide-ranging and renowned, especially for the tradition of crafting bronze goldweights, using the lost-wax casting method. Some of their most important mythological stories are called anansesem, literally meaning "the spider story", but in a figurative sense also meaning "traveler's tales". The stories generally, but not always, revolve around Kwaku Ananse, a trickster spirit, often depicted as a spider or human.
The primary religion practiced by the Akan is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation.