News : Asantehene sits on the Golden Stool – The Golden Stool of the Asante Kingdom is one of its most significant traditional representations.
The stool, made out of pure gold, stands at 18 inches high, is 24 inches long, and 12 inches in width, according to blackpast.org.
The stool has been in existence since the reign of the Asantehene, Osei Tutu I, and is believed to house the soul of the Ashanti nation.
Due to its significance, the Golden Stool was never allowed to touch the ground and was considered so sacred that no one was allowed to sit on it.
However, the kings of the Asante kingdom are given a special dispensation of symbolically sitting on the stool once in their lives.
Sharing the details of how and when this opportunity is given to the Asantehene, a local heritage expert, Osei Bonsu, told the BBC in an interview that at the coronation of the king, he is made to symbolically sit on the stool three times.
“The king sits on a wooden stool embossed with gold, not the Golden Stool. The golden stool is not meant for anybody to sit on it. The king’s bottom is touched on the Golden Stool three times, that is the first time he is elected as king.
“People hold him, and his bottom is touched on the Golden Stool only three times, and that is for his lifetime,” he explained.