ogwɛga [ ˩ ˥ (4-1) ˩ ] practises only that
    sort of oracle. Other doctors
    may know the method, but they
    are not called ɔb-ogwɛga. If
    another doctor does not know
    the ogwɛga, he may have to call
    in an ɔb-ogwɛga. The ɔb-ogwɛga
    is paid for his work, but he is
    also a farmer, as the money he
    earns is not a sufficient liveli-
    hood. The oracle is learned from
    another ogwɛga doctor (without
    staying with him); itie [ ˩ ˥ ] (the
    code) is said to take at least
    three months to learn. After
    this, eria [ ˩ ˥ ], the analysis of the
    code-words, is learnt. That is
    said to take more than six
    months. If a man is too keen
    on learning eria so that he starts
    on it before knowing itie pro-
    perly, he is supposed never to
    learn itie correctly. Then he is
    called: ɔʋ̃a n-ɔgu-eria xɛ‿iha
    [ ˩ ˩ ˥ ˥ ˥ ˦ ˩ ˥ ˩ ] “a man who knows
    analysis waits for the oracle,
    i.e. the calling out”. An ewawa
    learner must be a servant under
    a doctor. The ewawa doctor, who
    is always an Osũ [ ˩ ˥ ] priest, also
    undertakes cures, but they are
    not as good as the ɔb-odĩ. Most
    of them also give food to witches.
    Their servant is called ohãgbã
    [ ˩ ˩ ˩ ] or ɔwaisɛ [ ˩ ˩ ˩ ]. The ap-
    prenticeship takes four to seven
    years because the pupils learn
    cures at the same time. Ewawa
    doctors are payed with money
    and they only farm when they
    have a big family. They make
    many charms, e.g. some for
    traders ensuring good husiness,
    some warding off danger for
    travellers, some against witches
    for sick people, etc. Especially