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By Darby McDermott. “Children who come and go” Evil spirit who plagues a family Child dies to cause family grief Comes back to repeat the cycle Used to.

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1 By Darby McDermott

2 “Children who come and go” Evil spirit who plagues a family Child dies to cause family grief Comes back to repeat the cycle Used to explain high mortality rate

3 Female circumcision Finding the Iyi-uwa Cut/mutilate the dead child

4 The ogbanje hid it somewhere secretly Bound spirit of child to the world Iyi-uwa: stones, dolls, omens, or offerings Dibia discover the location and destroy it

5 Ezinma is an ogbanje Ekwefi had 9 children who died Medicine man says Ekwefi shouldn’t sleep in her hut Mutilated third deceased child

6 “After such treatment it would think twice before coming again, unless it was one of the stubborn ones who returned, carrying the stamp of their mutilation – a missing finger or perhaps a dark line where the medicine man’s razor had cut them.” ~Page 79

7 Shows struggle of Ekwefi Ezinma is constantly sick Ezinma’s iyi-uwa

8 Belief in ogbanje continues Referred to as Abiku in South-west 2005: /1000 children under 5 die Ogbanje myth can contribute to this Soyinka and Clarke’s poems in 1967 Medicine man used

9 Christians also believe Go to God for deliverance Mother keeps hut untidy Study done by Alex. E. Asakitikpi

10 Anth/Anth Web/Anth Abst-PDF/Anth Asakitikpi- A-E/Anth Asakitikpi-A-E- Tt.pdf Anth/Anth Web/Anth Abst-PDF/Anth Asakitikpi- A-E/Anth Asakitikpi-A-E- Tt.pdf Things Fall Apart


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