The Influence of Western Culture on Traditional Art Forms and Cultural Practices: ‘Akuaba’ Doll Among Akan Women in Africa
Keywords:Culture, ‘Akuaba’ Doll, Infertility, Art, Traditions
In Africa as in many ethnic societies of the world, the value and significance of artistic and cultural practices are largely based on philosophical foundations. However, the infiltration of western culture into the African social order has influenced many artistic and cultural practices. These influences have tremendously affected the very philosophical foundations upon which these cultural practices had been established. Based on these suppositions, there is a danger of indigenous cultural extinction if conscious efforts are not made to preserve these indigenous art forms and cultural practices in the future. As custodians of these valuable cultures, it is the responsibility of Africans to work towards preserving and promoting this distinctive culture. Therefore the purpose of this article is to explore the influences of ‘Akuaba’ doll on infertility of women among the people of Ghana. The study employed ethnographic research methodology to symbolize the mediating functions of the ‘Akuaba’ dolls in Ghana. It is recommended that contemporary artists, researchers must explore new concepts that contribute towards the dialogue of Ghanaian artistic and cultural practices.