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In fact giving and receiving of a gift or gifts are part of human existence.
Let truth be told. Gift is a clear demonstration of our love and appreciation to people.
What constitute our gift carries great meaning which may either be positive or negative.
The actual meaning of a gift is determined by the cultural orientation of the society.
A classic example is if a man offers a guinea fowl to a household in a Bimoba society, it means he has spotted a lady of interest in that particular household but the same can’t be said of an Akan society.
Items that are normally given as gifts are so many and they also varry.
They include animals, farm produce, jewelry, cosmetic products, fabric, clothing among others.
Let us have a look at the gifts provided below and their implications in our cultures.
1. Cosmetic perfume: The issue of giving a perfume as a gift has come as a controversy.
Some receipients of perfume may interpret it as very offensive and also very insulting.
They see it as being called smelly.
On the other hand, it can be given to somebody you have a personal relationship with such as a friend, cousin, parents etc. It is a symbol of spiritual fragrance to the life of an individual.
2. A Special toothpaste and toothbrush: There is a headache when wanting gift somebody with toothpaste and toothbrush not knowing how your recipient may interpret it.
To some people, it may be very offensive and insulting since that may mean the recipient has mouth odour.
It can however be given to close acquaintance without any “wahala” or problem.
3. Guinea fowl: In fact this animal has recently become an object of gift in the Ghanaian environment.
They are usually given to people who occupy high offices.
However among some tribes in Northern part of Ghana, guinea fowl as a gift may have a meaning beyond just a gift.
If a man eyes a lady of marital interest, the man upon every visit to the house of the lady presents a guinea fowl to the father.
Filed by: Jmahama.