- A Ghanaian community named Mafi-Dove in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region has a taboo which prohibits childbirth, burial and the rearing of animals
- No-one in the community was born there and nobody living there would be buried there
- A lady in the town begs that the taboo is reviewed to allow childbirth after sharing her near
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The Mafi-Dove Community is a small neighbourhood located in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region which does not allow childbirth, the burial of the dead or the rearing of animals.
Childbirth, burial and rearing of animals are considered a taboo in the neighbourhood and thought to be acts that would offend the gods.
BBC had an interview with the locals in which it was revealed that pregnant women have to be rushed out when about entering labour because of the age-old tradition.
A lady who narrated her experience to the BBC said she was able to give birth to three children outside the village.
According to her, when she was in labour with her first child, she nearly lost her life as they had to move a great distance and even cross a river before accessing a medical facility.
Subsequently, she said a clinic was built not far from the community which made the birth of her other children more bearable.
She used the opportunity to request that the town leaders reconsider the tradition and allow women to give birth in the community as they go through a lot of suffering because of the reigning taboos.
The lady did not comment on the taboo concerning burial and the rearing of animals. A man who also agreed to speak to the BBC explained that land is supposed to be a special and 'holy' land.
He reiterated that for that reason, animals are not reared, childbirth is not supposed to occur and people are not buried.
It is interesting to know that nobody in the Mafi-Dove Community was born there and nobody living there might ever get the chance of being buried there.
In relation to near-death experiences like the lady from Mafi-Dove narrated to BBC, YEN.com.gh earlier reported a story.
In a radio interview, the middle-aged said that she had gone for a watch night service to seek God's care upon her family when the incident occurred.
According to Gifty, she was in the congregation when, all of a sudden, she was called out by the pastor for personal attention.
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