tokoloshe

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tokoloshe (tōˈ·kō·lōˑ·shā),

n in traditional South African healing, an evil spirit believed to cause accidents and misfortune.
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Scholars of African literature have drawn attention to how tikoloshe and other supernatural figures describe relations of being in African narrative forms.
Uit sy bakermat uit [die Transkei] het die Bantoe Tikoloshe die volksgeloof van die blankes binnegedring onder die naam Tokkelossie.
Latter claims he was killing a tikoloshe (evil goblin), not a human baby, and Scan, pitted against a modernist prosecuting lawyer (Vusi Kunene) and old-style English judge (Nigel Hawthorne), seeks to prove that the homicide was justifiable because it was done in true faith.