The annual deer-catching festival at Winneba-- on the Ghanaian coast-- this year took place in bright sunlight.
The annual deer-catching festival at Winneba-- on the Ghanaian coast-- this year took place in bright sunlight. The local Effutu tribes people said this augured well for the coming year, and they hoped for bountiful harvests from both the sea and their fields.
The hunters took to the bush near the town at first light and soon the first group emerged with a deer. The animals are captured alive with bare hands.
The deer was taken to the Paramount Chief who waited at the edge of the town. He stepped on it three times to make sure it was alive and the animal was tied to stakes and taken by the triumphant hunters and their supporters to the shrine of the tribal God Penkye Otu.
Originally, Penkye Otu was the God of another tribe, the Dwamba. The Effutu adopted him and legend has it that he demanded the people sacrifice a member of the Royal Family.
When the Royal Family died out, a live leopard was substituted. This was too dangerous to catch, so the tribes people settled on the sacrifice of live deer.
This year four deer were laid at the shrine. Two were caught by the Dentsifo ground and two by the Tuafo group.