does not worship the tree, or the snake by itself.
The luckiest miners may arouse the suspicion that they have actually stolen diamonds by using magical means prepared by ritual specialists (moriman or jujuman
BIG mistake on his part but let's not get carried away, never play for the club again?
Stories abound of the unsavoury events that surrounded many matches arranged this way; stories of fisticuffs occurring when the promised cash was not forthcoming, on the excuse that low attendance had affected the take at the gate; or that the gatekeeper had run off with the cash; that the rather "partial referee" had taken the bottom off the betting pot; or that the jujuman
who had been paid an exorbitant fee to ensure a victory had turned out to be a quack.
Word went round the Gold Coasters that Anthony had been given a bodua (horse-tail whisk) by a powerful Anlo jujuman
and that neither he nor anybody who obeyed his commands faithfully could be harmed by enemy bullets.
And our fear was well-founded, for no one was ever sent there--a distance of 70 miles over rough roads--unless his or her illness was so serious that other less frightful, and contiguous, places had been tried first--a herbalist here, a jujuman
there, or a quack doctor being the preferred early consultants.
He had, they said, gone to the deepest end of River Birem at midnight, thrown some etormmirefia (mashed yam or plantain mixed with palm oil and eggs) into the water, whilst reciting special words taught him by a jujuman