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They heal people, perform rituals to protect individuals, crops and businesses, advise villagers and deliver justice. Even at that time, I knew the priest was doing something wrong, but if you tried to fight, he would beat you up.
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We had no one to stand up for us. When I think about it today, I still feel so pitiful and I weep. The criminalisation of the practice has had some impact. In the following years, about 3, trokosis have been liberated. More recently, several priests have allowed their trokosis to go to school or live in the community, although they are still stigmatised, they belong to the shrines and can be recalled at any time. If anything, human rights campaigners fear criminalisation has driven the practice underground.
It is estimated there are still between 4, and 6, women and children under bondage in shrines in Ghana alone. Since the law was passed, not a single priest or family member has been arrested for continuing the practice. Millicent Thenkey tried to defend herself but learnt the hard way that the law wasn't enough to protect her. She had been allowed to go to school while preparing to take her final initiation at Kilkor shrine in Ketu South district.
There, she learnt that the practice was a violation of human rights. She reported her initiation to the police and took her parents to court — something no one had dared to do before. The government should stop the practice and release all of us, so we can live freely as human beings. Rather than relying on enforcement, government agencies and NGOs are now trying to mobilise the support of priests, community leaders and teachers. And it will only come through education. They told us trokosi was against the law and that women were human beings and needed to be treated as equal.
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Find out more. Rate this book. Eager to close the case, the local police have arrested a poor, enamored teenage boy and charged him with murder. Needless to say, they are less than thrilled when an outside force arrives from the big city to lead an inquiry into the baffling case. Pressured by his cantankerous boss, Dawson agrees to travel to Ketanu, sort through the evidence, and tie up the loose ends as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Dawson is armed with remarkable insight and a healthy dose of skepticism, but these gifts, sometimes overshadowed by his mercurial temper, may not be enough to solve this haunting mystery.
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In Ketanu, he finds that his cosmopolitan sensibilities clash with age-old customs, including a disturbing practice in which teenage girls are offered by their families to fetish priests as trokosi, or Wives of the Gods. This is a compelling and unique mystery, enriched by an exotic setting and a vivid cast.
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Case in point: Charles Mensah, a fortyish man with a painfully thin body and a bulbous head like a soldier termite, had just come into his office this morning to report his sister missing. To do what? She goes to different villages to teach and so on. Fans of the hard-boiled mystery genre will undoubtedly want to add this one to their lists. In addition, book groups that can overlook the novel's flaws will find ample topics for conversation beyond its basic plot. Reviewed by Kim Kovacs. Full Review words.
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This review is available to non-members for a limited time. For full access, become a member today. Write your own review! A trokosi is a young girl who is given to the village priest, also known as a fetish priest, to atone for a perceived sin committed by a family member; the custom is basically a form of sanctioned slavery.
It is practiced primarily in the Volta region of southeast Ghana by members of the Ewe tribe, but also in parts of Benin, Nigeria and Togo, where it is known as voodoosi or vudusi. It is believed the practice began in Togo and Benin as a war ritual in the s. Before combat, warriors would offer women to the war gods in exchange for victory and a safe homecoming.
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