E. A. Essel
National University of Public Service, Hungary: Tel: +36204671537
In Ghana, the role of taboo in solving contemporary environmental issues is an ongoing debate with some people taking the conservationist stance while others reckon that traditional beliefs and practices play a significant and positive role in ensuring that the environment is in good shape for future generations. In the Cape Coast Metropolis, taboos are part of the daily activities of its indigenes. Among the Cape Coast people environmental taboos play a pivotal moral role toward the ontological wellbeing of both the individual person and the environment at large. The impact of taboos, however, appears to have lessened in comparison with traditional societies due to factors such as western scientism and modernity - western hegemonic tendencies that have demonized African traditional and cultural values and promoted the idea that they are diabolic, savage and regressive. The objective of this study was to find out how the decline in observing taboos amongst the people of Cape Coast is affecting the environment. The research was conducted using mixed methods, which allowed for a mixture of quantitative and qualitative approaches. The targeted population were people of Cape Coast in Ghana some selected Non-Governmental Organisations. The study revealed that the people still hold on to their traditions and culture and would not do anything which will have dire consequences on their lives should they break any taboos including those that pertains relationship with environment. In view if this there is the need for the local government laws to have a fusion of both traditional and cultural laws as part of efforts to preserve the environment.
Keywords: Environmental degradation, impact, taboos, tradition