Beliefs and practices of Ghanaian Hindus

Beliefs and practices of Ghanaian Hindus
African Hindu Monastery

Aside from the basic beliefs of reincarnation and Karma that is attributed to a vast majority of Hindus, Ghanaian followers of Hindu tradition have a few specific beliefs and practices that are primarily emphasized.

First and foremost, the primary indication that a person in Ghana is a believer of the Hindu faith is that he or she has made the decision to not include meat in their diet.

This is considered a primary indicator because other Hindu practices such as prohibition from illicit sex and abstinence from alcohol are also commonly demanded by other Ghanaian religions, while the avoidance of meat is rather unusual. Ghanaian Hindus tend to avoid meat consumption due to the belief that every life is sacred and a manifestation of supreme God.

Eating consciously when other sources of food are available in order not to harm anyone. Stemming from this idea, the second defining belief of Hindus in Ghana is the notion that cows are sacred beings that must not be harmed, but rather revered.

This belief comes from the understanding that when the Hindu deity Krishna ISKCON was incarnated on Earth, he came as a cowherd. Also, the Vedic Hindu Goddess Aditi is portrayed as a cow whose milk is identified with the invigorating drink "soma" which is believed to nourish creation.

This Ghanaian Hindu belief is also a defining one, as not only do a majority of Ghanaians eat cow's meat daily but the remaining resources from the cow's body are also commonly used for other practical tasks in traditional Ghanaian lifestyles.

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