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The man who discovers he is being boned by any enemy is, indeed, a pitiable sight. He stands aghast, with his eyes staring at the treacherous pointer, and with his hands lifted as though to ward off the lethal medium, which he imagines is pouring into his body. His cheeks blanch and his eyes become glassy and the expression of his face becomes horribly distorted… He attempts to shriek but usually the sound chokes in his throat, and all that one might see is froth at his mouth. His body begins to tremble and the muscles twist involuntarily. He sways backwards and fall to the ground, and after a short time appears to be in a swoon; but soon after he writhes as if in mortal agony, and covering his face with his hands, begins to moan. After a while he becomes very composed and crawls to his wurley. From this time onwards he sickens and frets, refusing to eat and keeping aloof from the daily affairs of his tribe. Unless help is forthcoming in the shape of a counter-charm administered by the hands of the Nangarri, or medicine-man, his death is only a matter of a comparatively short time.
“I quite remember in Accra -- Kumasi area – one village – this thing happened. It’s not a story. A certain woman is having four boys. The woman trained all her children, they are all in America, they are big men, they have money, sending money to house, I mean, building houses. They didn’t know their mother is a witch. So, one day, the mother and one of the witches, they went to a funeral. So during the funeral they served them take-away rice in a pack. So when the other friend was eating the woman said, “Oh, let me chop some of your chicken.” When she collected the chicken and bite it – in the night when they went to the meeting – they were all witches – when they went to the meeting – meeting -- the woman that gave the other one chicken said, “I want my finger.” Then she asked her, “Which finger?” Then she told her, “The finger I collected at the funeral.” And she told her that, “You gave me chicken, not finger.” The woman was annoyed. She said, “You gave me chicken, not finger.” And the woman was annoyed. “I didn’t collect finger from you. I collected chicken from you when you were eating your rice.” Then she says she will not agree with her unless she give her her finger.
“Then she called all her children from US to come home – come home. Then they came back home. Then she explained everything to the children that this is what happened. Then the children said, “Okay, this is what has happened. You are a witch. You’ve trained us, you didn’t kill us, but you gave us a good education, we are now rich, everything. What we are going to do to your friend is this. We buy a knife. And we go to your friend’s house. [Unintelligible] We cut the little finger of your friend. We ask her to eat it because she say she want a finger, not chicken. And they did that. Then after, the woman – the woman was saying that – she’s not – after they go to the place – they cut the woman’s finger [off]. That is, their mother’s finger. And gave it to the witch woman to eat it. The woman was shouting that she doesn’t want that one. And the children were saying, “No you said you want finger, so you have to eat the finger. So they forced the woman to chew the finger. After chewing the finger – after chewing the finger – they left her there. Then three days’ time the woman’s stomach got big – very big. Then this woman burst out and she died. She confessed and died.” [All sic]
“At the witch meeting – I don’t know, I’m not a witch, but I’ve been hearing that it’s true. That if – it’s a group. Today you will bring somebody that they will eat. That this person will die. Spiritually. Then, everybody will bring – so if it’s your turn – and if you don’t bring any meat for them to eat they will try to eat you.”
When asked if the victims literally die, she said, “Yes! If you are dead spiritually you won’t know. They will say maybe he is sick, she was having headache or she was having this and that.”
Her friend Mercy chimed in with, “When [the witches] eat you in spiritually you get sick physically and gradually, gradually, you get -- dead. You will die.”
Yaa added, “The after that they will bury you. Nobody will know that that is the cause.”
“Once upon a time, my mother’s father, when he got married to my grandmother – my mother’s mother – they had about ten children. They have twins, they have singles. My mother’s brother was – my grandmother had the firstborn which was a boy. Which was my uncle. After my uncle, the one that was delivered after my uncle, he died. The next, third one, too, he died. The fourth one was twins, they died. Then after deliverance, they died. Up to ten children. My mother was tenth. So, when my mother died – when they take my mother – we have some rituals that they do in Ghana here. They maltreat you, so when they come to pick you up, you will not die. So, not knowing that, all these years, all these days, All these months, all these weeks, it was my grandfather’s cousin that had been eating my mother – my grandfather’s children. So one day they were all in the house where they had somebody shouting and shouting and shouting. They didn’t know what was going on. Not knowing that it was my grandfather’s cousin that was shouting. She was a lady. The woman. She started shouting that my grandfather should forgive her. Then they asked her, What is the matter? Why should my grandfather forgive you? Then she confessed and said that she’s a witch. That she’s the one, that she’s been eating my grandfather’s children. That is, my mother’s sisters and bothers that have been dying. That she’s the one eating them. So we don’t know, but when she confessed – after confession – she saw a toilet in a bowl. She carried it and pour it on her. Then she died. “
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