chapter  8
Managing sacred places as heritage in West Africa
ByVictoria Ndidi Osuagwu
Pages 12

This chapter discusses a few case studies, namely the cultural landscape of Tongo-Tengzuk Tallensi; Katchikally Sacred Crocodile Pool; Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove and Oke-Idanre cultural landscape; and Koutammakau, the Land of the Batammariba. A sacred place may be culturally significant to an individual, a community, a country or even an international establishment. Many sacred places contain both tangible and intangible cultural values that require an appropriate method of conservation and interpretation. Some sacred places were created to spiritually fulfil ancient communities that had disappeared. In many countries in West Africa, sacred places are abundant and regarded as cultural heritage sites, and some have already been listed as World Heritage Sites. The World Heritage status saw the introduction of management plans and appropriate conservation measures. The linkage between spiritual and physical qualities has made the sacred places a unique kind of cultural heritage.