Atonement and Homecoming
The descendants of slave traders perform an Atonement to request forgiveness for their ancestor’s participation in the slave trade. The ceremony is sealed with the villagers washing the feet of slave descendants. Designed by the villagers as a symbolic form of apology.
Prior to departing on the pilgrimage experience we will take the results of DNA testing and coordinate with experts to trace your roots and reveal your ethnic group. The Pilgrimage experience starts with arrival to your ancestral homeland. You will meet other diasporans of this region and together you’ll learn the traditions of that ethnic group such as greetings, dancing, cooking and dressing. You will meet with prominent elders from the local community to learn about the family tree and history of your ancestors.
Next is a transformative experience at Salaga, a major slave market for slave trading during the 18th Century. There, the descendants of slave traders perform an Atonement to request forgiveness for their ancestor’s participation in such an inhumane act. The ceremony is sealed with the villagers washing the feet of slave descendants. Designed by the villagers as a symbolic form of apology. Your experience will conclude with attending the Panafest, a biennial festival held for the enjoyment of Africans, people of African descent, and for all who are committed to the wellbeing of Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Panafest unites through arts and culture, by highlighting the rich traditions of a people that have survived through years of change and movement. As a part of this experience, you will have the chance to visit beautiful parts of Ghana including rainforests, sites of ancient kingdoms and historic castles.
Included5 Star AccommodationAirport TransfersBreakfastEntry FeesPersonal Guide
Not Included3 Star AccommodationDeparture Taxes