African Traditional beliefs and those who practice it have always had some mysticism about them. The very powerful deities such as ‘antoa’ are known to exist in very distant places, away from society.
The situation is not quite the same anymore and the practice appears to be evolving.
The fetish priest and priestess or juju men and women as they are loosely referred to, are known to have influence and could grant wishes upon request.
But they are also known as evil people who ask for human sacrifices in return for the favours they give.
Though they are still providing charms and giving favours, they seem to be increasingly settling amongst communities, as was found at a shrine at the Akosombo marine.
Chancing on a religious annual ceremony ‘weata totorza’ of the Torgbui Astu Havor Awute shrine, incantations went on though the Joy News team cameras were there.
Power was on display—young men and women, old men and women, cut themselves with all shape of knives but did not bleed. Others even tried to pull out their eyes with a knife but their gods will just not allow it.
The Eastern Regional Vice Chairman of the Ghana Psychic and Traditional Healers Association, Torgbui Havor, tells Joy News that the “ceremony is meant to strengthen the gods and feed them. This empowers them to handle any case”.
He added that the usual cases which the gods deal with include “diseases, joblessness, bad dreams, reversing the course of one’s life” among others.
Torgbui Havor confessed that the gods decide the number of days the annual ceremony should go on for which is usually 12days. He emphasized that “after the period you can be assured that we will be strengthened just as the gods”.
Bright Quashie, a Traditional Healer who also doubles as the National PRO, Ghana psychic and traditional healers Association, dismissed criticisms they engage in evil-doing.
“There is evil in everybody. If you think you want to do evil you can do evil, so you are evil. The pastors also do evil but we call them men of God. A pastor can tell you I will use the bible to hit your head and you will go mad. Are you sure it is the bible that is going to make you mad?” Bright Quashie questioned.
The Ghana Psychic and Traditional Healers Association say it is no longer business as usual so they are beginning to engage in active advertising to let people know what they do and its benefits for society especially when it is from their members that the “so-called” renowned men of God come to for their prophetic and miracle working powers.