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  • Photography of the Asantehene, ruler of the Ashanti people, sitting on his throne.
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Asantehene sitting on his throne.
© Carol Beckwith/Angela Fisher/photokunst.

Africa

Ghana

Ghana, home to the Ashanti, is legendary as the land of gold. Ashanti kings and members of their court express their status through gold embellished accessories including sandals decorated with elaborate gold leafed symbols. Traditionally, an Asantehene's feet are never allowed to directly touch the earth. Even when wearing sandals, a ruler's feet rest on a cushion and sandal bearers stand by with spare pairs in case the Asantehene's sandals break.