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If you want to become a witch, you go into the bush together with a witch who has become tired of her witchcraft. You both strip yourselves naked, bow down and let anus touch anus. Then a snake will leave her body and enter yours, and you have become a witch.

  • Source: Debrunner, Hans W. Witchcraft in Ghana: a study on the belief in destructive witches and its effect on the Akan tribes. Accra: Presbyterian Book Depot Ltd., 1961.
  • Culture: Akan
  • Location: Africa