Paragbielle in 2019. Credit: Ayamga Bawa Fatawu

In a Sissala traditional home when a woman who commits adultery is caught in the act by the husband, he reports to the custodians of the land who would summon both parties involved in the abominable act before the elders. The culprits are then slapped with huge fines which may include; a cow, goats, alcohol among others to serve as deterrent to others. Some portions of the fines are used for sacrifices to appease the gods and cleanse the land.

The Sissala People

The Sissala people are believed to have originated from different tribes and clans in the Northern part of Ghana and southern Burkina Faso to settle in their present day locations.

It is said that their ancestry can be traced to the Mole-Dagbani people in Gonjaland namely; the Moshi, Mamprusi and the Dagombas. Others are believed to have come from the lineage of the Gurunshi tribes.

They occupy the districts of Lambussie, Sissala West, Sissala East and Wa East.Their language is Sissali and their main occupation is farming.Some of the major food crops grown in the Sissala areas include; Millet, Guinea corn, Maize, Cowpea and Yam.

The Sissala people are also known for their speciality in playing and making of the xylophone. Majority of the Sissala people practice the Traditional religion while some belong to the Christian and Islamic religions.

The Sissala people also celebrate some traditional festivals to thank their ancestors of a bumper harvest and to also mark the end of the farming season.

Some of these festivals include; Paari-gbiele by the People of Tumu area, Mifele Gbero by the people Lambussie, Buwaala Kelwie by the people of Zimi among others.

Filed by: Bamie Tahir-Ahmed

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