abiku

African - In Dahomey, the spirit born with each. Child, which tries to take the child to its forest home. To prevent a child from being taken, some parents put them in chains while others disfigure the child's face so that the spirit will reject or fail to recognise the child. These spirits are said not to like bells so some parents fix bells to a child harbouring an abiku or rub pepper into cuts in the child's skin, hoping the pain will drive the spirit away. In some accounts these demons eat children. On occassion, called abiku.

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