Paga is a very small town with its own market North of Navrongo right on the Ghana/Burkina Faso border. Paga's claim to fame is its famous crocodiles.
Legend has it that long ago a hunter was trapped between a pond and a pursuing lion. He made a bargain with a crocodile he saw in the pond that he and his decendents would never eat crocodile meat if the crocodile helped him cross the pond and escape from the lion. The crocodile agreed and the hunter was safely carried across. The hunter established his house and later a village.
Adu Abiyara, who is from Paga, has an alternative story about the origin of Paga. Mr. Adu writes that the founder of Paga, Nave by name, actually came from Leo in Burkina Faso. Nave left Leo because his dog had been killed by his parents for sacrifice. He left home and went wondering and lost his way and ran short of water. He then began to search for water and found this crocodile which led him to water hole now called Katogo. It was then he decided that that spot was where he was going to settle. He therefore decreed that none of his decendants should ever eat a crocodile. Mr. Abiyara remembers reading this story from "Legends of Northern Ghana" by D. John-Parsons, Longman, Green and Co. Ltd, which is a book of original legends taken from the storytelling tradition in Ghana.
To this day there are plenty of crocodiles in the Paga pond and crocodile meat is forbidden. At the Paga pond you can see people collecting water or doing their wash very close to crocodiles. It is even believed that every decendent of the hunter has a personal crocodile. When a decendent dies his personal crocodile crawls to the dead man's doorstep and also dies.
On the more commercial side of things the crocodiles have brought a sort of road-side tourist attraction to Paga. Self-made guides will (for a fee of course) take tourists to the pond and show them the crocodiles. Below you'll see the general procedure.
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