The Soul of a King or Chief, ‘Ohen Okra’ is a virgin young boy or girl who’s always seated in front of a king or chief in state or in a palanquin.
Per the Akan custom, the boy or girl must be a virgin to wear that sacred ‘Ntakraky3’ (feathers hat).
These sacred feathers hat is prepared by a spiritualist.
It is a ceremonial hat as well as a charm for the protection of the King at durbars or funerals.
It is made up of eagle’s feathers, red cloth, two horns and spiritual seals embossed on plates of ‘S3s3gua’.
This charm is believed to neutralize any spell casts against the king when he sits in state or ridding in palanquin.
The Okra normally carries any other sacred things of the King like ‘Bodua’ (fly whisk), ‘Akofena’ (sword), ‘Poma’ (staff) along with him and is the only one who enjoys ridding in palanquin with the king.
When he or she wants to dance to the public in a palanquin, he stands up and bow a bit to seek permission from his lord to dance and when he or she is done, does same; bow to the lord and sits.
In olden days, when the lord is served with meals, he or she is the one who eats some of the meal for some time before the king himself eats.
He or she does this in case the food is poisoned he will die first and prompt the king about a poisoned food. This saves the king’s life.
He enjoys pampering best meals and royal security until he or she breaks his or her virginity.
He or she is no longer fit to be the king’s soul after virginity break.
Since Ohen Okra enjoys all the privileges given in the palace, in the olden days, when the king goes home to ‘Banmu’ or village to rest with his ancestors, he or she is made to escort him!
Author: KOJO PLUS