Jul 19, 2010
Israelites in West Africa
The man seated is an Ashanti Levite. The Ashanti claim they are the dispersed descendants of the biblical inhabitants of Ashan.(Josh. 19:7 & 1Ch. 6:59)
Source: "HEBREWISMS OF WEST AFRICA"
by Joseph J. Williams, S.J.
Biblo and Tannen Publishers
p.82, Ashanti Ambassadors.
CLOSE-UP OF ASHANTI PRIEST
Notice his head cover, and especially his breastplate necklace.
The breastplate contains twelve jewels, three are arranged across in four horizontal rows. This is exactly according to the Breastplate designed for the High Priest of Israel.(Exodus 28:15-27)
And, although any Israelite may wear a head cover; Israelite Priests "must" wear head covers (a.k.a. bonnets) when on duty (ref. Ex. 28:40 & Ex. 39:28).