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Transform: <em>Osu</em> were what I call living… | re/touch: an encyclopædia of touch and culture



Osu were what I call living human sacrifices: they were dedicated to a deity and were required to live in the shrine, working for the deity and its priest or priestess. In some areas, the mere touch of an osu was enough to transform a free person into osu.

  • Source: Bastian, Misty L. The world as marketplace: historical, cosmological, and popular constructions of the Onitsha market system. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Dissertation Services, 1992.
  • Culture: Igbo
  • Location: Africa