As far back as anyone can remember, there have been myths and storytelling about cats believed to have ‘witchcraft’ abilities. And now a small community in Mount Barkley believe they have seen one for themselves.
Cats, like the one pictured above, are held accountable for their actions whenever they ‘misbehave,’ like stealing fish form someone’s pot, or making vulgar sounds in the night while everyone is trying to sleep.
A stray cat that appeared in the community months ago had everyone talking about it in the early mornings because the cat, “always screamed and cried like a real child through the entire night, breaking everyone’s sleep. Day break, you’ll see the cat hiding alongside people’s houses to steal their fish or other food that was left unprotected.” The cat was defined as a ‘witchcraft cat.’
In historic studies, cats are thought to be mysterious creatures with supernatural powers and of course, for some Liberians, they can also be really great pets, or an edible dish served on a platter of pepper sauce and ketchup.
“Yes, we want everyone to see what the cat has done and that cats are bad. People should stop having them around, especially when they are in witch,” stated Boi, who pranced around with a cat nailed on a cross.
Many community dwellers have claimed that whenever the cat comes around, bad things, such as the loss of loved ones, fire outbreaks, etc., happen, “and when you check around, you’ll see the thing (cat) running away. So today, we decided to catch the cat,” Boi added.
Meanwhile, voices of all genders and ages screamed and laughed as the cat was paraded from one community to the next, and later roasted and eaten. Some people even insisted that those that had toyed with the dying cat, whose circulation had been cut off from being tied to the cross, also be punished for touching it.
The fate of the cat was witnessed after the Daily Observer ran across the scene of men, women and children running and laughing behind each other towards a grassy area. There the cat’s neck was broken, snapped back; and then it was doused in what looked like gasoline and set ablaze as people watched.
“Me pah, I can eat cat. Once the cat is dead, all the witchcraft activity is not inside it anymore, so it will be OK for us to eat it when the fire goes down. We will clean it fine, parboil it and you will see,” added an onlooker, who seemed pleased with the remains of the cat as some on lookers walked away.