The Malagasy Witch
While the Malagasy people are overwhelmingly Christian, their set of beliefs still retains aspects of their pre-Christian past. They practice ancestor worship and traditional healing. Their funereal ceremonies (havoriagne) seem to be devoid of anything Christian (I have attended havoriagne twice and will cover it in a separate post). They also believe in witches.
The Malagasy witch is not the same as the green lady buzzing around on a broomstick of whom we are all very fond. The Malagasy witch is an entirely different animal. As it was explained to me on several occasions, witches here come out at night, generally between 11pm and 2am. They wear no clothes and cover themselves in oil. They capture their victims and ride them like horses throughout the night until their victims are utterly exhausted. This is their purpose. It’s just what they do.
As this was explained to me, I thought “Really? So, let me get this straight: a naked woman covered in oil would ride me like a horse?” I try to figure out what’s wrong with this scenario, and for a brief moment, I wonder if it’s possible to date a witch. I’ve never dated a witch before (well, not in the Malagasy sense of the word), but it sounds like... uh... something that could interest me.