Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Love Potion #1

Douche juice. A sleazy legend in swaths of Ghana, (or was it in ancient times?) A woman longs to lure a man’s heart for love or gold? No problem. She cooks for him with water she’s used to irrigate her ‘fertile fields’. Guaranteed to make him her toke* to the end of time.

*Also toke bele – a man who is under a spell and is a fool for a woman.

45 comments:

  1. Dear Mike, I know raas claat is a Jamaican swear phrase. I don't know what it means, but I feel your sense of propriety is outraged. This act I can confirm is practised. And it is (or was) quite widespread in the whole West African Subregion.

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  2. Abena, hadn't you heard about it before today?

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  3. I am not sure what I am laughing at more - Mike's response or your post Nana Yaw. Funnily enough this 'practise' is common in Jamaica too. And yes, Jamaican men are just as out raged. In fact, one additional version that will outrage you and Mike even more is that some women will wait until that time of the month, add those bodily fluids to liver ( chicken or cow's liver) and cook it down in a sauce and serve her to her beloved. As a result many Jamaican men refuse to eat liver.

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  4. Wow, such striking parallels. Well, I am not too outraged. I am just tickled. And next time I come face-to-face with liver, I will go ahead and eat it without a fuss.

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  5. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Geez!
    I cannot believe what I am reading.
    I think I am getting sick.
    NY where did you see this?

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  6. This is foul. Seriously. What kind of messed-up woman would resort to these measures?

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  7. Ha! Very common in Ghana from North to South, East to West and especially in South Central and the Center itself, and especially with that time of the month bodily fluids."...irrigate her 'fertile fields'"? Ha! A man after my own heart!!!

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  8. Damn... the things we do for love lol! I'm curious,does this crazy stuff work?

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  9. LMAO! I've actually heard of this, and seen it in couple of old Ghanaian movies(The 'Nicho and Sekina/ Girl at 18'days ones), just didn't know it was actually done! Utterly gross! It's bad enough with any kind of food but even worse when it's assigned to a specific food *cough, gag*...good thing I'm not big on liver!

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  10. @ Tye, the liver thing appears to be Jamaican based. In Ghana, it seems that the route is the man's favourite dish. So don't go celebrating yet.
    @ Lucci, don't you even begin to wonder whether it would work on my brother!! ROTFLMAO! I punch you one!

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  11. It gets even better. Allegedly road side food tastes so good because the flavor comes from the nether regions of the women who cook 'em.

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  12. Dear Posekyere, sorry for making you sick. To answer you, this is not a thing you see anywhere. It just happens. It is country, it is suburban, it is urban. It is educated, it is unlettered, it is Christian, it is Islamic, it is 'other religion'.

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  13. Dear Sankofa, I bet that, to the women who do this, the end justifies the means, no?

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  14. Thanks for liking my words, Kiz man. And I agree that it is widespread.

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  15. Lucci, I have tried but not found anybody who can testify to its mystic powers for sure.

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  16. Tye, the woman will just cook food she knows you like.

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  17. Lol at both comments, Kiz, on the Jamaican style and on Lucci's designs!

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  18. Esi, my office mate concurs. He has even heard second-hand of a woman who was in dire marital straits with her husband a decade ago. Her husband's little brother saw her strip in the middle of her kitchen over steam yam and as the steam hit her core and condensed, it dripped right back in the food. The rest is history. The marriage went from strength to strength, and hubby's brother is saddled with terrible knowledge.

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  19. I bet Tye would not be buying wayside food when next in Ghana. :-). To me, this is all just funny. I am not outraged at all! I mean it.

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  20. It's not often I am this shocked. Have never heard of this before! And Esi's comment just made it worse, I feel nauseous. Still, thanks for the lesson!

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  21. OMG, I just threw up in my mouth!

    Then I read Esi's comment and threw up in my mouth again. UGH.

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  22. babies would typically suckle from a mother's breast but whenever she is busy and baby will not have access to the breast, she may use a breast pump to harvest milk for the baby who may not be weaned, no? that's not gross is it? in the same vein, if a guy can put his mouth on his woman's 'fertile fields', and she decides to give him 'take-away' to strengthen the relationship, what's the fuss??

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  23. Heart, Raine, heart. I will be more selective in the 'paranormal' stories I post for the rest of the week. Don't want to gross out the whole world.

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  24. Oh, Anon! Is that, like, seriously your answer? How about me telling you that in most cases, the man is not the woman's man. Usually, he does like not like her so she uses this dastardly method.

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  25. Unfortunately these unbelievable stories are true. My question is,do these tricks have any impact on man's emotions?

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  26. I have heard this happens in Nigeria too. And according to the stories, it works. Don't know how true it is.

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  27. This is more disturbing than it is educational. really. like really.. jeez. i just threw up in my mouth!

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  28. "Her husband's little brother saw her strip in the middle of her kitchen over steam yam and as the steam hit her core and condensed, it dripped right back in the food. The rest is history. The marriage went from strength to strength, and hubby's brother is saddled with terrible knowledge."

    YUCK! She could have at least done it with some class; maybe do it into a wine glass first, then transferred it?

    @ Edward of PathGhana, a possible answer to your question is above...

    @ Anon, *ROTFLMAO* Gross much!!

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  29. See, Edward knows these tales too!

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  30. Yes, Myne. I guess we will not really know if it works or not.

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  31. Yes, Tye, a possible answer to Edward.

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  32. Anon, more disturbing than educational? There was I thinking it was entertaining.

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  33. That is just disgusting!...eeewww!...sick!...gross!

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  34. So, you see, Maxine, men suffer too!

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  35. There was a rumor flying around in my JSS years that the popular waakye seller cleaned her armpits with the onions she used to cook, that still did not stop students from flooding over to her table during breaktime, as3m ooooohh ! Massa, does this Douche juice work on females too? :)

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  36. Well, Kwadwo, people will always flock to what they like, no matter what, no?

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  37. Though "unconventional" and surely not very sanitary, I cant help noticing how people are describing this act as.....GROSS.
    A woman's bodily juices have been found to be very delicious especially in an emotional sense. Let a woman BE!

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  38. But, Flossy, in the circumstances you recite, the man knows what (and whose) juices he's relishing. Mustn't it all be done with his knowledge and consent?

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  39. Lol!!! Sad to say you are right about the love potion thing. Everybody does it. It cuts across all barriers from Christianity to Islam, uneducated to educated.

    @Everyone: If you think about this too much you will not eat from anywhere single girl's home (this is for the guys) and probably not eat from any delicious 'nkwants3n' (road-side) joint.

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  40. B.O.N.T.I., a bachelor like has just got to start cooking at home, no?

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  41. Wow, I just read this and threw up in my mouth. Stunned!

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