Here’s the bad news: An entire world of dark magic and vampiric monsters exists right beneath the surface of our mundane society. The worse news? These creatures prey on humans.
But here’s the good news: The Slayers of the Abomofuo are here to protect us and make sure we don’t lose a single drop of blood to these monsters. Even so, it’s good to know exactly which types of horrors are out stalking at night. Time to brush up on your Ghanaian folklore.
It’s fair to say that 99.9% of people don’t experience a paralyzing fear of fireflies. But those people have never seen a firefly transform into an 8-foot-tall monster with razor-sharp wings and blood dripping down its fangs. Oh, and adze can also possess your mind. Thankfully, these creatures are vulnerable to magical Adinkra, ancient Akan symbols used to cast spells of protection. And if magic isn’t your strength, a big ole axe to the head should take care of these things just as well.
These batlike creatures use their hooked feet to hang in trees, waiting for the right moment to drop down and attack innocent, unsuspecting victims. Bonsam range in size from as small as an apple to about as large as a football. The little ones may not look like much, but watch out for their iron fangs and talons. They usually hang out in forests, but some can be found in middle school hallways after dark. As if we needed another reason to be anxious during back-to-school season . . .
Imagine the bonsam but much bigger and somehow even uglier. Luckily, these are easier to spot because of their bright pink hue. Unluckily, once you do see one out in the wild, it’s probably already over for you.
Asaman is the Twi word for ghost. Maybe it’s a little unfair to include them on this list because asaman aren’t inherently good or evil. They’re just people who have passed away and now reside in the underground realm of Asamando. Gaining entrance to Asamando isn’t easy, but it’s worth the trip if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway (or a super powerful, vampire-killing sword). Just keep in mind that it’s a one-way trip whether you’re already dead or not.
Creature isn’t really the right word to describe an obayifo. These are witches who utilize black magic to spread chaos and death. Unlike the adze, who attack humans out of pure survival instinct, obayifo are intelligent beings with their own wills and agendas. It’s just that their agenda typically boils down to steal children and drink their blood.
Eager to learn more about how to protect yourself against these creatures? Be sure to pick up Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting, on sale September 6th!