VOA, 26 Oct. 2006
The practice is said to have started in Liberia many generations back, and breaking this deep-rooted cultural belief remains a challenge. Joseph Jangar is Liberia’s Assistant Minister in charge of culture at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“Sassywood has been practiced by the traditional people of the Republic of Liberia. They have loved (it) because they believe in it. Whenever there is a problem in their various homes, they practice sassywood to clear their doubt. (It) has been practiced long ago even before I was born,” he says.
There are various kinds of sassywood, or trial by ordeal, performed against people accused of committing crimes or who are said to be involved in witchcraft. Continue reading