1847Natal Witness 1 Jan. 1This murder was committed under the influence of a superstition..that persons possess the power of injuring others by means of Witchcrafts; and that such persons may be ‘smelt out’, or discovered, by certain pretenders to such skill, called ‘Witch Doctors’.
1855N.J. MerrimanCape Jrnls (1957) 215They were then assembled..to determine who it was that in their language should be ‘smelt out’ and ‘eaten up’ for this supposed offence.
1867S. Turner inD. ChildPortrait of Pioneer (1980) 70I found that old Machingela..had been ‘smelt out’ as cattle had died at the kraals near him.
1875J.J. BissetSport & War 41This she-devil or witch doctor, first commenced to smell out the bewitching matter.
1891T.R. BeattiePambaniso 14In the language of the Kaffirs he was ‘smelt out’ for his evil practices, and punishment must follow.
1907W.C. ScullyBy Veldt & Kopje 21We came here to look upon the killing of Gungubele, who was ‘smelt out’ for having bewitched his elder brother.
1925D. KiddEssential Kafir 22Nothing is easier than to get a witch doctor to ‘smell out’ an old hag who makes herself objectionable.
1939N.J. Van Warmelo inA.M. Duggan-CroninBantu TribesIII. 33If the diviner ‘smelt out’ someone as having caused illness,..this person would have to be removed by some means, possibly with torture, and frequently by being thrown over a cliff.
1943I. FrackS. Afr. Doctor 126Primed previously by his assistant, he intimated that he ‘smelled’ some evil spirits, who were directly responsible for his host’s eye-ache, back-ache, or stomach-ache.
1976D.M.B. PrestonStory of Frontier Town 40The Chief’s witchdoctor would ‘smell out’ an evildoer, whereupon the wretched man, guilty or not, would be killed and all his cattle went to the Chief — a very profitable arrangement!
1980A.G.T.K. Malikongwa inStaffriderVol.3No.1, 35Doctors don’t betray. They use bones to smell witches. Some see them through water contained in small, round, charmed calabashes.
1991SettlerVol.65No.1, 3The shield is used for dancing and the tail switch of a cow for smelling out spirits.
1885H. Rider HaggardKing Solomon’s Mines 122So says Gagool, the wise woman, the smeller out of witches.
1905Native Tribes of Tvl 126The professional ‘smeller-out’ (i.e., discoverer of persons who by a power obtained from demons are supposed to bewitch others, thereby causing sickness, death or disaster) naturally enjoys great power in a tribe.
1954G. Magwaza inDrum Jan. 49The smellers out were ‘D- boys’ who wanted everybody to follow the ‘D- line’.
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