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Icatha
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ICATHA: THE SOUL EATER
By
Oyinkan Braithwaite


I see him. A cool breath escapes into the stagnant air as his chest rises and falls. Mosquitoes hover, craving the taste of him, but dare not pierce his skin for they sense a hunger more malignant than their own. Mine. His eyelids tremble but he cannot wake. Soon I will savor his soul. The hum of voices in the room reaches a peak. They want me to go. They cannot, see, hear or feel me but they know I am there. The Shaman shakes a stripped branch with beads dangling from its fork, while his other hand circles the boy’s body, just above the mosquitoes. Sweat drips from his hairy chest unto the bare skin of the boy. The Shaman despairs; his spells are impotent and he recalls the unpleasant acts done to the last Shaman when his predecessor failed to save the second son of the Chief. The mother stares at her son with her mouth wide open allowing for grotesque sounds of grief to be released into the air. She has smeared her face with red sand and pulls her hair in an expression of agony. Her gold and crimson Rapa scrapes against her flaccid legs.
The scene tickles me.
A child draws aside the curtain of beads and peers into the room. Her thick lips tremble and her eyes are half full with salty water. Her coarse dusky hair has been plaited into three braids and she tugs at one of them. Her feet are bare except for the silver bracelet marking her as a princess. Moyo they call her. She is the seventh child of the Chief and comely when she smiles; when her dimples wedge a porthole in her cheeks. But I have no thirst for his daughters.
“Moyo, Moyo.” A servant girl drags her away from my scene by her ear. The beads clatter together as her thin fingers release their tight hold. The Shaman turns his head anticipating the dense booming that is the Chief’s voice. Hearing nothing, he returns to the task at hand – ridding the boy of the spirit that renders him immobile. Unfortunately for him and his, the only voice the boy can hear belongs to me.
“Icatha.” The Chief has called me and I find myself back in my prison. He is looking into the well, looking right at me but all he sees is darkness. His colossal nose protrudes at me. “Icatha.”
“My lord?” he still quakes when he hears my voice.
“I have brought you an offering.” Through him I can see that there is a boy being carried by two of his men. The child has been subdued but is still alive.

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Author: Naija Stories
Publication date: 2013
Pages: 39
Product dimensions: 424 x 600
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Overview
Icatha: The Soul Eater boasts of legends and myths, creatures and lesser gods, superstitions and taboos, in the past, in the present, and neither here nor there. The fables and tales in this collection reflect the worldview that determine who we are and what we believe in.

The stories offer a rich panorama of the folkloric heritage of diverse cultures of Nigeria - tales of innocence and triumph, heroes and villains, and of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Or so it appears to some of the characters who lived through it.
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Naija Stories is a social network for Nigerian writers of all skill levels and readers of both genre novels and literary fiction. It is an avenue for readers and publishers to discover new authors and for writers to share their work, gain recognition, and connect with their audience and each other.
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