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Ayibuadie (death duties): About one-half or less of a deceased Nsafohene’s personal private property. In the case of a Chief claiming ayibuadie from a sub-Chief, the former was in a sense really claiming Stool property, but he would be careful never to touch agyapadie, such as afona (state swords), umbrellas, or drums. He might, however, take a gold ring or a gold bangle. The common ayibuadie were slaves, wives, cloths, gold-dust. On the death of an ohene ‘ba (Chief’s son), who, of course, cannot be of the royal blood, the Abusua (blood relatives) might not take away their kinsman’s belongings, until the Chief had examined them and taken what he wanted. The taking of ayibuadie implied the obligation to contribute nsa (a present towards the funeral expenses).

  • Source: Rattray, R. S. Ashanti law and constitution. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1929.
  • Culture: Akan
  • Location: Africa