"This man told him that the child was an ogbanje, one of those wicked children who, when they died, entered their mothers' wombs to be born again."
Ogbanje
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"Ogbanje" literally translates to "children who come and go." These types of children are thought to be evil, as they will die shortly after birth and return at the next pregnancy, following the same pattern to curse the family forever. To end the cycle, the bodies of children thought to be ogbanje were often mutilated after death to stop them from returning. The ogbanje who supposidly returned were born with scars or deformities from the previous mutilation.