Being a twin, I tend to spot others more easily. This pair of twins wasn’t hard to notice here in DRCongo.
Living in Ghana as a Peace Corps Volunteer, being a twin took on even more of a special meaning. Ghana has the highest number of twins per capita in the world, and they believe that they are good luck.
Specific names are given both to twins, siblings that come after twins, mothers of twin, etc. My name in Ghana was either Ama Atta Kakra or Ama Woeta, depending on if I was in a Twi or Ewe speaking area. This meant that I was the younger female twin born on Saturday.
Since people knew just from hearing my name that I was a twin, people would often ask me about it. In the Volta region, where I lived, there is also a special brown and white beaded bracelet that twins wear. This meant that as I moved along in public transport or in the market, people would comment on my bracelet. Of course they would be even more surprised when I turned around and started talking to them in the local language.
In the market they would always ask me where my sister was, since they could fathom why we were joined at the hip. So each market day I would go through the ritual greeting of them asking me where my twin was, and me telling them that she was at home. When she came to visit Ghana, and joined me in the market, the ladies nearly fell over with joy that she had come to visit.
In the village I also had special moms who were the mothers of twins. If one twin dies, the mother keeps a small wooden statue of the twin, and wears the bracelet typically worn by the twin. The first time I saw this I was so surprised, as the woman had very little in her sparse hearth area, but there was the little wooden doll with a bracelet matching to mine within easy reach of her daily cooking duties.
I feel honored to be a twin in general, but finding them around the world is an excellent treat.
Miss you sis!