The ancestral caves of Likpe,Volta region, Ghana.

The ancestral caves of Likpe,Volta region, Ghana.

Likpe- Todome is an ancestral caves located in Volta region, Ghana. History has it that, many years ago the Ewe people (a tribe in Ghana), were chased from their homes by the tyrannical rule of an ancient chief(from the lands that are now Benin). 
Fleeing further and further, the Ewes finally arrived in a virgin bush, unblemished by the hands of men. There the people began a small settlement. In those days everyone fetched water from the river and did so at the same time. One of those times, members of the majority lineage killed a pregnant woman of one of the minority groups living on the fringe of the settlement. The murderers refused the custom of replacing the deceased with a member of their own tribe and thus provoked them.

 The plaintiffs began their preparations for war by sharpening stones used in battle. As a result, scouts from the majority party saw this action known in Ewe as “Likpe” and returned with the news of a pending conflict. Cognizant of the fact that they could no longer live in harmony with their antagonists, the Likpes fled to the hills into caves hoping to once again escape the tyranny of their oppressors.

For many years, the Likpes lived in the caves on the modern border with Togo. After years spent in hiding, they finally emerged from the caves and founded the first of ten likpe settlements know as “Likpe Todome” which meant Sharpening stones from under the mountain.
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