#atozchallenge: A is for Abiku, seeking your kids

This pleasant looking fellow is the Abiku.

The word is from Yoruba, and can mean either a hungry, evil spirit who comes to collect a young child’s soul, or the displaced soul of a prepubescent child after his or her death. You might be able to ward them off by leaving them some food, ringing bells, or rubbing pepper into any open wounds your child has.

Probably best to keep a close eye on your kids, especially in the dark forests of Western Africa…

Sources:

Artwork – Abiku by Sexforcigaretts

Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiku

http://demonhunterscompendium.blogspot.com/2011/06/blog-post.html

http://mythicalarchive.com/creature/abiku/