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‘Dwetɛ kuduo’: The ‘mysterious’ object that gives the Asantehene ‘divine powers’

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In the realm of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, a peculiar item has captured the attention of keen observers: the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo.’ This enigmatic object, consistently present during the Asantehene’s public appearances, holds a significant role in the traditions of the Ashanti Kingdom.

According to Facebook handle, The Kingdom of Asante , the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo’ is an oval-shaped object colloquially known as the Silver Casket. It is carried by the Dwetɛkuduohene, Nana Osei Kuffour, either positioned in front of or beside the Asantehene.

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Though not technically a stool, the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo’ precedes the stool carriers during the Asantehene’s palanquin processions. It also holds a place of prominence in the absence of the Asantehene, placed before the King’s stool.

The significance of the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo’ traces back to the founding of the Ashanti Kingdom. According to historical accounts, Komfo Anokye, after unifying the Ashanti divisions with the Golden Stool, deemed it necessary to obtain the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo’ from Nana Adu Gyamfi, the Bodweseanwohene, to ensure victory in wars and strengthen the Ashanti Kingdom.

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Komfo Anokye attested to the special powers possessed by the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo,’ essential for reinforcing the authority of the Golden Stool. The ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo’ symbolizes strength, guidance, knowledge, and bravery, crucial for defending the kingdom against adversaries.

Despite facing seven defeats in battles against Nana Adu Gyamfi, Opemsuo Osei Tutu I, in consultation with Komfo Anokye, devised a strategic plan to secure the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo’ without resorting to force. This involved deploying Deɛboɔsohene as an undercover agent to infiltrate Bodweseanwoh and seize the object.

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After years of intelligence gathering and building relationships, Deɛboɔsohene succeeded in obtaining the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo,’ marking a significant victory for the Ashanti Kingdom. To commemorate this achievement, a carrier was appointed, giving rise to the role of the Dwetɛkuduohene.

The ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo’ plays a pivotal role in the enstoolment ceremonies of newly installed Asantehenes. It is also invoked during moments of crisis or when adjudicating complex cases, believed to transmit strength and power to the Asantehene.

The intricate history and significance of the ‘Dwetɛ Kuduo’ is underscored in this The Kingdom of Asante post on Facebook, below.

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