Voodoo demonstration

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Cross Culture class was actually interesting today. We had a guest speaker, a Medicine Man. He did a demonstration using a chicken; I think it's some sort of Voodoo thing.

Someone had to tell the chicken a secret message. It was supposed to take the secret to another world. The chicken was waved in a circle around the person's head (I think the Medicine Man snapped the chickens neck while he did this). After the circles, the chicken was placed on the floor. It flopped limply around a bit...it was "Flying off" to "Another world" with the secret. When it was done flopping around, it was dead...only they don't call it dead. It's in the other world. Along with taking the message to another world, it also carries away any bad spells that may have been placed on the person (by someone else) whom told the secret message.

After that demo, they Medicine Man did a fortune telling session for someone. (It cost her 200CFA though.) She whispered a question to a pile of rocks, the Med Man did some waving of some other rocks tied together with a string, and depending on how the rocks landed, he could read the answer to the question. (I think the question had to be Yes or No format.)

My cold has turned into an annoying cough. Last night, I was hacking up green chunks. At least it's coming out of my body. J (just thought I'd share that)
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