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54 These floggings were accompanied by a certain perverse ceremony. qxd 30 9/8/2004 12:58 PM Page 30 NEITHER LED NOR DRIVEN the preparations were put in place for his flogging in December 1893, Thomas Mason broke down and wept. He was marched out in the presence of prison officials, the prison surgeon and the wielder of the “cat”, then, judged fit to undergo the punishment, was strapped down. On receiving the first three or four lashes he yelled loudly enough to be heard in adjoining houses, but after that, apart from wincing, he remained perfectly quiet.

33 Some devout members of the Christian denominations were also obeah believers. Even some church elders and leaders, said the Gleaner, were not free from “the power of the evil”; this was later confirmed by the obeah(wo)men’s own “confessions”. H. 35 Obeah, in other words, pervaded the aisles of the church. The Quakers, one of the newer missionary bodies (with headquarters in Ohio, United States), expressed grave concern at the apparent ease with which people moved between what these missionaries saw as competing systems of belief.

The obeah(wo)man then devised a plan to execute on the client’s behalf. He or she might decide to “put a shadow”, which meant that a shadow or duppy was put to work: “To secure the duppy you should go to a graveyard at night and visit the grave of some friend or some member of your family, preferably your mother. Take an egg, rice, and rum, and mash the egg at the grave. ” The practitioner might, instead, choose to use poisonous herbs to complete the task. According to Banbury, it was in the uses of poisons that the obeah(wo)man was most feared: “He is known to make a .

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