Otitọ de ọja, o ku ta; owo l’ọwọ li nra eke. (When truth is offered for sale in the market, it finds no buyer; but lies are bought with cash in hand.)
(Yoruba saying, quoted and translated by J. D. Y. Peel, Religious Encounter and the Making of the Yoruba)
Okay, let’s turn our attention away from the witches a little (not too far, mind you) and talk a little more about the market that is the world. We’ve talked about how unsettling this association between market, wealth, and home really is, but this quote highlights another axis of concern, truth and lies.