Ghana: A ‘Witch’ Purification Ritual in Ghana

Witch purification is a ritual of confirming and cleansing an alleged witch. Alleged witches in Ghana’s Northern region are subjected to this process before they are allowed to settle in six of the seven witch camps. The ritual is performed by the Tindana. The Tindana are the earth priests or priestesses who oversee the ‘old ladies area’- as the witch camps are called in Dagbani language.

Traditionally, witchcraft is a capital offence. An alleged witch is killed by a lynch mob. The ‘official’ practice of witch killing stopped following the introduction of witch cleansing ritual and the establishment of witch camps.

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