The Sacred Midnight Dance

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According to my culture, the Akamba. people, you were not supposed to go to hospital once you fall sick,
Our forefathers used to believe that dancing around the anthill at midnight would bring forth cure,
So whoever was ailing would be guided by an older person to perform the dance ritual,
But first you were to hang triangular pieces of a broken calabash tied with sisal strings on your ears,

It was a sign of submission to the ancient gods that they may accept your offering,
At the split of the night, the journey would begin, under the moonlight you would go,
Determined to face the anthill god of healing , they said he loved the beats of a traditional drum,
So the elderly person would hang a drum made from animal skin across his shoulder,

It was expedition of hope, the jackals and foxes would raise their ears in amazement,
At the midst of the sacred forest, the ceremony would begin,
Everything would stop abruptly, snakes woul stop hissing while wild dogs would pause their steps a bit,
Just to listen to the rhythmical drum beats of the dark master, the god of healing!

In a circuitous manner the sick person would dance emphatically to impress the gods,
Nodding, shaking shoulders and wobbling their legs in an electrical manner,
This would continue up to the seventh round without stopping,
Then the seeker would drop the pieces of calabash into the middle hole, and head back home free from infirmity!!!

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  1. darellphilip says:

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    1. Wow, thank you so much Darell. May God bless youπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ™πŸΎ

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      1. darellphilip says:

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  2. This is interesting. It’s a wonder how that worked for them in the days- my grandmother told me of how sick people were healed in their days by placing them by the fireside with certain leaves smoking in it.

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    1. Wow, finally someone can relate,πŸ˜πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ”₯ thank you very much

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