“Cut me a drink”: A Discourse of Beer Drinking in Northwestern Ghana


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


African Literature and Languages


This research explores the drinking of locally brewed sorghum beer, called Daan, among the Dagaaba of North-Western Ghana. It examines the myths of Daan as enshrined in the esoteric chants of the Bagre cult of the people; the protocols of communal drinking; and the sociopolitical and economic functions of Daan and its drinking. It also analyzes the types and styles of Daan discourses, along with the speakers involved. It argues that the event of Daan drinking outside of the ritual process provides an arena where the playing field of discourse is more or less level among the generations.