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<email@example.com> I would like to take advantage of this discussion to bring up a question I had about Rev. Carl Christian Reindorf's book, _History of the Gold Coast and Asante_, published in 1895. In the first edition of this book Reindorf describes the founder of Asante, Osei Tutu as being the male consort of the King of Akwamu. This episode was expunged from later editions of the history, I believe, by Reindorf's son. Reindorf wrote that Osei Tutu fled Denkyira and sought refuge in Akwamu. The King of Akwamu, Ansa: "hearing of the arrival of a good looking Asante prince in one of his towns, invited him to his house. His bold and majestic appearance as well as his personal beauty attracted Ansa's love, that he there and then took him to be his male-consort. It is fashionable with the Tshi kings that any woman, to whom they take a fancy, becomes a wife of the king. With a male person in a similar case a connection is formed of tender love, estimation and protection. On account of this love shown to the Asante prince, all the monarchs of Akwamu considered the kings of Asante their male-consorts." This seems to me a remarkably frank and tolerant, especially for a Presbyterian minister in 1895, description of a homosexual love affair. It seems highly doubtful to me that Reindorf, who was born on the Gold Coast and lived his entire life there, was misapplying the western ideas about homosexual identity (which were still very much in formation at the time this work was published) to Akan culture. I wonder if anyone else has written about this account or inquired into it? Is there such a tradition between the kings of Asante and the kings of Akwamu? For the full reference see: Rev. Carl Christian Reinforf _History of the Gold Coast and Asante: Based on Traditions and Historical Facts, Comprising A Period Of More Than Three Centuries From About 1500 to 1860_ Basel: 1895 Citation from page 49