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...y move from indifference to reverence and from apathy into pride. The witchdoctor looses his frail hold on the fears of the villagers until finally he is met with “his own Armageddon” (426). Saidi’s choice of the word Armageddon to describe the witchdoctor’s death is indicative of his role as the representative for the “dark age” of the people and marks the end of his reign: “The site or time of a final and conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil” (Merriam-Webster). As the people of the village remark that Chadiza was a “wonderful man”, they turn away from the remains of the blaze and speak of birth (427). The daughter who turned her back on the mystical ways of her father, began a change in the ways of her people. With the death of the mystical, a new era has been birthed. The people turn their backs on the dead and move toward it as a new day dawns.
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