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BLOSSOMS OF THE SAVANNA:
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RELIGION AND SUPERSTITIONS

During the homecoming party of Ole Kaelo, an elder is expected to bless his home before Ole Kaelo can be received back in Nasila. We are told "The elders would also bless the wife, children and property that he brought back and which were all henceforth going to be the wealth of the Ilmolelian clan (p.38).

The ceremony is conducted by Ole Musanka who is to conduct the sacred ceremony of officially receiving him into the Ilmolelian culture and offer blessings for his family's well-being (p.50). Apart from blessing Ole Kaelo, the elder had special blessing for Taiyo. He even prophecies that she would be the mother of the next leader (p.52). This man also curses Emakererei, the wasp, whose real name is Minik for fighting F.G.M. He says "May she go down with the setting sun" (p.52).

Teiyo Bottor, Resian and Taiyo's aunt tell their mother that their daughter Resian has Olkuenyi, a bad spirit and it is only circumcision that could get rid of it (p.78). Mama Milanoi remembers that when she was young, diseases were treated through "...a blood- letting ceremony known as angam. "Several nicks were made on the ailing sections of the body and the blood sucked out" (p.79). Curses are indications of the superstitious nature of this community. The Enkoiboni, is a diviner.

 It is said that she had prophesied that Ole Kaelo would move to Nasila with his two uncircumcised daughters and that his son would go to live in that home and finally bring with him one of Ole Kaelo's daughter to be circumcised before marrying her. Going by that, it is evident that her prophecies and predictions are true (p.232). As Nabaru and Resian escape from Olarinkoi, Olarinkoi curses her saying, "My mother's curse will find you there" (p.249). He also boasts that his mother's predictions always come to pass" (p.250).

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