1. Explain how the traditional rites of passage, namely, the outdooring (naming ceremony)
puberty and death rites serve as means for traditional socialisation.
2. To what extent do you support the view that the social structure of the traditional
Ghanaian society is a function of the people's world view?
African societies mark the transitions of life cycles, from birth until death, with the various rites of passage. This has, in turn, served as a means of traditional socialization. The ceremonies held during the transition from one life cycle to the next offer a clear definition of society, and they also offer an individual a sense of belonging and identity. The naming ceremony serves as a means for traditional socialization in that this offers the new member a sense of belonging and indicates that he or she is an accepted member of society. As for puberty, this is a means for traditional socialization since, at this stage, an individual learns the society norms and acquires a system of values and beliefs. The death rites serve as a means of traditional socialization since people can embrace their rites and culture. Also, people get to socialize while offering help to the bereaved.
The social structure of the traditional Ghanaian society is a function of the people’s worldview in that, by closely observing this structure, it reveals two classes: the ordinary man and the pseudo-rich. A social structure of the Ghanaian society establishes the framework in which the Ghanaian society is built. Moreover, the social structure determines relations and norms between the various institutions in this society. Also, the social structure is classified through the political classes and has been viewed to determine the actions of individuals.