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All You Need to Know About Wasawasa, the Ghanaian Meal Prepared by Women After a Spiritual Bath

Wasawasa is a popular staple food made from yams in parts of northern Ghana.
However, women who are in their menstrual periods are not allowed to cook it without having had a spiritual bath to clean them.

In an interview with Joy FM based in Accra, a woman who sells food said that it is believed that sex and menstruation make them dirty and food does not like dirt.


This means that a woman must purify herself after sex and menstruation in order to prepare Wasawasa.

Ashietu, 19, who sells food says, “If you have sex with your husband, you have to take a spiritual bath, otherwise the food will not be good. “

The meal is prepared from crushed dried yam. The yam is mixed with red beans, then boiled for hours until it turns into a rice meal.

According to Maa Adiza, who also sells Wasawasa, she said the process of preparing food is tedious and time consuming.

“When you start preparing it at 6:00 am, you will finish at 3:00 pm in the afternoon. “

However, most residents say that Wasawasa is a nutritious meal.

In Ghana, it is not the only myth that restricts the rights of vulnerable people in society.

Recently, the media has also reported a problem where the gods forbid girls going to school to cross the Ofin River.

This means that girls have to miss school, which affects their education.


Written by How Africa

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