A Pact of Ages

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African Books Collective, 2009 - Fiction - 140 pages
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A Pact of Ages is the love story of the twin princess Omosivbhé and her lover Ofuobi rendered awry by her spirit twin sister Amakaribhé with whom they entered into a covenant to share everything before coming into the human world. The practice where slaves are groomed in the palace to accompany the king or queen to join the ancestors is the leitmotiv. The narrator tells us how these slaves are slashed or wounded with special knives and concoctions and incense rubbed on their bodies as a rite of purification before being buried alive with the dead king or queen. Will the White Man of God succeed in putting an end to these practices? Will the village Priest - custodian of customs - convince his people to see the white man in his true colours? Will he bring them to reject the white man's God? This is a tale in which the natural and the supernatural intermingle to depict the timeless, spaceless, and ageless nature of the charms, beliefs and practices of an African society.

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