Educational value of Boaman stool regalia

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July 2007
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Regalia are the aesthetic, ceremonial and symbolic objects or clothing used or worn by chiefs or other office holders on formal occasions. These regalia which are paraded by their respective holders on formal occasions are not only meant to indicate one’s social status or for decorative purpose, but these regalia also have educational values which are inherent in them. Most of the people in Boaman do not know or if even they do, have little knowledge about the educational value of the stool’s regalia. To be able to achieve the objectives set for this research work, the researcher employed the qualitative method. What served as primary source of data for this research work were, interview and observation whiles authorities, newspaper publications and articles served as secondary sources of data. These secondary sources of data were gotten from libraries, museums, and archives. To be able to effectively collect relevant information that were true and credible, the researcher selected some royals of Boaman, palace administrators, chiefs from nearby villages and some people from The Manhyia Palace. Some of the regalia derive their names from special animals, designs, motifs or phenomena which are embossed or incised upon them. It is these incisions or embossments that determine the name given to these regalia. Secondly, the regalia which are worn or used for a particular function or ceremony are not based on just their aesthetic purposes but the symbolic and ceremonial functions are all taken into consideration. Lastly, these regalia which are paraded during ceremonies do not only reflect their functional and aesthetic significance, but they also carry values which educate whoever comes across them. These values may center on moral lessons or wise sayings which encourage people as citizens to work harder or eschew certain negative practices. The special animals, designs, motifs or phenomena have certain degree of educational significance, which educate us as citizens of a state. Therefore, these information should not be classified so much to prevent researchers from getting access to them. Secondly there must be a data base whereby the functional, symbolic and aesthetical values which are embedded within these regalia can be assessed by any researcher, so that these knowledge can be transferred to the ordinary person in the society. The values which are intrinsic in these regalia center on moral, historical, political, religious and other lessons which are informative and should be communicated to the public, so that they can understand and appreciate them, thereby erasing the erroneous assumptions about these regalia.
A Thesis submitted to the School Of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts (Art Education),