Religion: Death of a Kani

In Africa's Middle Congo a kani is a wizard, and along the banks of the muddy Alima River a kani's orders are not taken lightly.

In the bush village of Bokouélé, the ancient Kani Eyobélé was dying, so he called his sons around him; the instructions he gave them were minute and terrifying. As soon as he died a calabash of palm wine was to be broken in the yard of his hut. Then in Eyobélé's open grave a white cockerel was to be beheaded and released. If the headless, fluttering bird flew out of...

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