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Obeah is a West Indian word denoting supernatural or magical power. This power also is thought to reside in ritual objects such as balls of graveyard mixed with feathers, hair, and animal or human remains. The magicians, called the obeah-men or obeah-women, are believed to conjure up evil spells and enchantments to contact the hostile world and increase their personal prestige in their community. A.G.H
Drury, Nevil. The Watkins Dictionary of Magic. London.
Watkins Publishing. 2005. p. 213