Military Arts of the Fante

by Doran Ross
Formerly Fowler Museum, UCLA

Asafo banner, Lowtown, Ghana, 1979. Photo by Doran H. Ross.

In addition to the three-foot by five-foot flags, a number of Asafo companies have long banners, which are paraded through the street on festival occasions. These banners range from twenty feet to over three hundred feet in length. Many of them are named after the river associated with the town’s principal gods and generally depict both the river and the gods along with birds, fish, and human figures including a priest. Other long banners present a collection of the same proverbial images found on their smaller flags (cf. Cole and Ross 1977: 193-197).