A Girl Named Disaster - Chapter 37 Summary & Analysis

Nancy Farmer
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Chapter 37 Summary

Baba Joseph is convinced that Nhamo's attack on Dr. van Heerden is the result of her being possessed, and he is determined to perform an exorcism. Nhamo's hair is shaved off, because he says demons get tangled in hair. He takes her up to a mountain that is supposedly inhabited by witches. Other prophets from his religious group go along. Nhamo watches as they begin their rituals. They build a fire and walk on the hot coals, roll in them, and eat them. Baba Joseph is ready.

He calls out the spirit of Long Teats and tells her to go away. He puts Nhamo's panga on the fire and splashes holy water on it, causing it to crack as Long Teats wails her lament. Then he calls on other spirits, and Nhamo begins to worry he will get rid of her entire family. She is afraid she...

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