In the middle of the bottles was kept a wooden vase. All of a sudden, a voice started talking in the local language Swahili. I had to use it to ask the questions and George would translate it from Swahili. The spirit in the wooden vase would speak again and the witch doctor would explain to me what the spirit had said. I asked about my father and mother, how they were doing in the other world. The spirit said they are well but my father is unwell and wants me to take revenge on the people who murdered him. I asked how that can be done. “A sacrifice will have to be made of a camel and that will cost $2000 including the mirror ceremony.” he replied. Ok, so my dear departed dad did not want the economy option at Africa was my guess.
“What is the mirror ceremony?” I asked. “Well, at night, we will take you near the sea and show you a mirror in which all your enemies faces will appear. We can then send the spirit to finish these people even if they are in jail.” I found all this very amusing besides being rather incredibly complicated. I picked up the instrument to see if a radio chip or a transistor was fixed inside it. But to my amazement, I could not find one. There was no explanation for the voice that was coming out of the wooden vase beside your plain jane garden variety ventriloquism. I was amazed and tried to check again but by this time, the witch doctor was a tad agitated. “you see, you have to believe. Only then, this will work.” and do I not know that? I asked a few more questions but in my view, there were not any specific answers. “You have to do the sacrifice of a camel for 2000 dollars. Only then will it happen. Only then will the spirit hit its mark” But that was a tad too rich for me!
I walked out thanking the witch doctor and George dropped me back to my hotel. “I must say the voice coming out of the vase was for real but I can't think how he was managing the illusion.” I asked him and all he mentioned was that it was Voodoo! I looked out of the window to soak in the experience as it was now time to head towards Lusaka, my next destination, as I wondered about all that I saw!