Ritual uses of Cissus quadrangularis (Vitaceae) among the Dghweɗe of the Gwoza Hills (NE Nigeria)


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If a girl's second upper front tooth falls out the father will hide the tooth. When the girl gets married the tooth will be stuck into a "dəg ɗale", a traditional sausage made of cattle fat, which will be given to her to take it to her new home. Now the tooth is gone the guinea corn in the granary can no longer fly away. In order to avoid a child growing upper front teeth first, the ritual specialist who owns this Cissus quadrangularis can be called to press in the upper tooth of a child so that the lower ones can grow first.