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I know I am supposed to post ‘Bloggers Posts’ on Wednesdays, but I was so excited when blogger Iman sent this fascinating post in. This is actually an educative post because she’s bringing light to something we’ve never discussed here before. Within the post you will see what she has written and the name these entities are called in her country and also in Ghana. Yet still, I, Obara Meji, am aware of these beings and others that resides in bushes and forests and other parts of nature who are benevolent and also malevolent (we need both), who assist mankind in their evolution and also on their journey. St. Lucia, which the blogger speaks about, many people may not know but this small island is an extremely spiritual place. When it comes to spiritual baptists, the religion that is throughout the Caribbean and most talked about from Trinidad (also known as Sango Baptists, although there may be difference in the two somehow), this all began in St. Lucia, unbeknownst to many. I don’t want to overshadow her posts but I’ll explain somethings in the comments. Thank you Iman for contributing a post, you will go down in history for being the first blogger to do this on this day.

Read and enjoy!

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Here in St Lucia, we have a myth that centres around what is known as the ‘Ti bolom’. In fact, there are many contradictory beliefs about them. They are generally said to be about 3 foot tall or even shorter, sexless and genderless, but taking the form of a small adult. One notable difference with humans, though, is that their feet are turned backward. They could be compared to elves or goblins, and are not of the physical realm but may sometimes be seen with the physical eyes.

They are said to live in the forest, and people conjure them to protect their property and their interests. Ti bolom can be trained to be good or bad, and are used as a source of power by their conjurers. They are said to be very strong and should be fed with raw meat. They could be conjured through séance at a bamboo tree, or at the point where four roads meet (crossroads). Often it is said they are conjured on Good Friday.

Back in the day, many St Lucians were convinced they guarded the banks, and there were even reported sightings of Ti Bolom in banks.

Now most St Lucians would probably dismiss all of this as superstition.

But what really interested me was when I was doing research on the Akan people of Ghana. They seem to have a very similar kind of concept, except their creatures are more benevolent.

This is what I picked up from my research:

There are good spirit beings called mmoetia, the Ashanti word for dwarves, who live in the forest, among rocks and trees. They are also said to look human but to be very short, and their feet are also said to be turned backwards. Some of them may have beards or dreadlocks.

They take a priest into the forest to teach him about herbalism. The priests are said to be able to see them, whereas other people cannot. Some priests return from the forest with their hands tied behind their back, and this is a sign that one of the creatures is present.

Instead of raw meat, mmoetia are fed with bread, biscuits and other foods. The priests also provide the mmoetia with white powder.

It is said that with prayer and sacrifice, mmoetia will grant wishes for financial success, prosperity and protection, to decent, good people, but that mmoetia can also bring misfortune on people who have done wrong.

Personally, I don’t know anything about these creatures in terms of personal experience. I just thought it was so interesting how a small, bearded human-type spirit, with backwards feet, who lives in the forest, made its way across the Atlantic from Ghana to St Lucia. I love to see African-Caribbean connections!

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First I am hearing about such creatures. Sounds like the goblins at the bank in the Harry Potter trilogy.

Thelad
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Thelad

They are REAL. It really funny when people think dwarfs (mmotia / adopɛ akan & Ga language respectively) do not exist. I have heard them speak several times and actually seen one with my own eyes. They are very friendly spirits and sometimes they go absurd when you don’t follow their instructions. They talk funny and you need to pay attention to listen to them. They are so so real & lives amongst us in Ghana

Tammy
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Tammy

In Trinidad they are known as Douens. It’s believed that they cause trouble and lure people’s children away. They are said to be wandering souls of children who passed away before being baptized. They hang out in the “bush” so to say. Backwards feet and all!

There is also one Trinidadians call “Buck” that also fit Miss Iman’s description. Unsure about the backwards feet, but they are described as small people who if treated well, can bring the capturer wealth and good fortune.

MTH
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MTH

Good day Brian

sue
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sue

Hi MTH, thank you for the warm and friendly welcome.

MTH
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MTH

Welcome Sue, Teach will answer your questions. I just wanted to welcome you so yo dont feel like you are being ignored. Thanks for joining us.

sue
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sue

I’m pretty much a newcomer to these fascinating stuff. Can someone explain a little more about these dwarf creatures? As in do they have human facial features?
Do the citizens from this country have some form of blood within their genes of these creatures?
How would one know the good or bad? This reminds me of the leprecaun movies…. Sorry for my ignorance… However I’m open to learning

MTH
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MTH

Thanks Teach.

MTH
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MTH

Morning Prosperity, I just love your name. We have to do whats best for us. If I need help and I know where I can get the help, I am going to get it. I dont care what he, she, or the old lady thinks. The minute you start thinking what people will say, thats the minute you have signed over your life to them. As a child, I wondered if mermaids were really true and a few years ago, my big daughter told me that one was spotted in Portmore, in the waters near the toll booth/wharf. If my… Read more »

Sidney
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Sidney

Interesting post, I have always wondered about these types of things. As we all know, Hollywood and Disney don’t shy away from these “mythical creatures.” It has always been a thing of wonder to me because I figure, people couldn’t just make up elves, faeries, dragons, goblins, etc. I personally think a lot of this “science fiction” stuff is real but in a realm that the average person cannot see or experience. If anyone has information on good books or sites for research concerning these things, I would really appreciate your input.

MTH
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MTH

Si dem sell off Jamaica piece by piece…Wonda ef St. Lucia can sell wi a spat fi gwan bring in people an chune dem in to dem spirituality.

MTH
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MTH

Iman, lovely post. Maybe St. Lucia could be marketed as a spiritual place, instead of just the regular tourist attraction of sea, sand and warra.

MTH
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MTH

Prosperity, I know that Hollywood knows whats the deal. They just got an idea out of nowhere? Oh please. I know I asked this question before, but dont you all thong that everyone who is successful in Hollywood has their own little thing going. Who naw bun candle, a get regular readings an such. We might call it one thing and they call it another. Look all pan Theresa the Medium, mi nuh watch tv too tuff, but I know they were bringing her to Canada. #Hollywood knows what on! Everybody and dem children know sey mi love Chris Brown… Read more »

Prosperity
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Prosperity

Very fascinating. You know Obara you’ve stated that Hollywood is clued up on all things spiritual. Mi wonder if dem know bout dem dwarf creatures here and write dem inna snow white, cause memba sey dem did live inna di forest?

MTH
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MTH

No sah mi know long long time, but yu know mi like excitement suh mi caan sey everything one time. Cami use to write fi book club, shi write bout har fambily an most importantly a she buss di joke bout di fedda an blood. Cami a bright, bright gal wey talk har mine…Shi nuh talk wid wata inna har mouth.

MTH
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MTH

Cami yu know sey yu su-mart (smart). I like how you connected fairies and all the other beings, came right from the Caribbean.

Cami
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Cami

P.S. Iman pardon the Oman reference. My cellphone keyboard doing as it please. WordPress don’t like my phone.

Cami
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Cami

Gentle people, meek and milder ones, good afternoon 🙂 Oman, I love this contribution. As I read all I see were fairies, elves, trolls and all those”mythical” beings that as kept me company from the day me eyes and mind gained knowledge of such characters. I’ve always believed that those images didn’t just pop up out of no where. The Grime brothers travelled throughout Europe and wrote oral tales of such small beings, and I don’t think it was by coincidence that different nations could conjure up the same beings just like that….the turn foot part got me though, and… Read more »

brian
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brian

Greetings ESP. Give thanks for the interesting article. Here in Wash DC, the temple of Nyame headed by traditional African Priest Nana Kwabena Brown maintains shrines to the Mmoetia amongst other deitiies from the Ghanain region as well as Orisha shrines. I also know of an Akan priestess (also in the DC area) who brought the first shrine over from Ghana for one of the better known Mmoetia, Nana Sankofa.

KTB
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KTB

Thanks for sharing Iman interesting post. Seetdeh MTH Bamboo! This world nuh easy! lol O what is the purpose of their feet being on backwards? I know it is a reason and you know it

MTH
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MTH

No man, bamboo fool mi. Mi did tink it was juss a likkle regular go to fi poor people. In the country when I was groing up, they used bamboo for all kinds of things. They made tents for ‘dead yard, wedding, street meetings etc.

MTH
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MTH

Just reading and got to the part about the bamboo and it struck me, a moment ago KTB was talking on the other post about Holland Bamboo/Bamboo Walk and just yesterday I was reading Teach’s throw back post “interview with Mother Myrie’, the bamboo was also mentioned. When I was growing up in the country, they would use a lot of bamboo to make out door tents for ‘street meetings’, i.e. rival church kept on the street and not inside a church. What a way bamboo a gwan an mi neva pick up di rake…Bamboo powerful.

Iman
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Iman

Hey, thank you!

So glad you found it interesting too!

I had no idea about St Lucia being the birth place of the spiritual baptists. Would LOVE to know more about this whenever you have time.

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