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The Village Witch Doctor Summary
Amos Tutuola

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The Village Witch Doctor Summary


Amos Tutuola's story "The Village Witch Doctor" was originally published as part of the 1967 novel Ajaiyi and His Inherited Poverty and then as the title story in his 1990 collection, The Village Witch Doctor and Other Stories. Tutuola is known as the first African writer to gain international recognition. This story is one of many loosely based on Yoruba folktales of the oral tradition, which Tutuola heard as a child. Tutuola's non-standard form of written English, his first language being Yoruba, was controversial for its grammatical incorrectness and apparent lack of sophistication, what Dylan Thomas referred to in a controversial designation as "new English."

"The Village Witch Doctor" is about Aro, a man from a wealthy family, and his friend Osanyin, a witch doctor. After Aro asks Osanyin to help him bury his inherited fortune, the witch doctor goes back to dig up the fortune and buries it in his...

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