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26.05.2004 Tabloid News

Mystical Python frightens two Akpeteshie Distillers

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Brakwa (C/R), May 25, GNA - A python that radiated very bright light last Thursday frightened two Akpeteshie Distillers, who broke a local taboo and went into the bush to work.

The Distillers, Mr Kwabena Nyarko, 31, and Mr Kwesi Mensah 28, had an encounter with the python when they went to distil the local gin in the bush at Brakwa in Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District in the Central Region.

Mr Nyarko, who had bruises all over his body, told the Ghana News Agency, that, even though, they knew that the inhabitants of the area did not go to the farm or engage in any activity in the bush on special Thursdays, they decided to go and distil akpeteshie, a local gin, at Ndwoaso-Tweapease.

He said when they got to their distillery they decided to search for firewood in the nearby bush.

Mr Nyarko said he saw the python that had coiled and looked like an anthill radiating very bright light and he turned and took to his heels while at the same time shouting to warn his colleague.

He said he fell several times as he ran through thistles and could sense that the python was still following him.

Mr Nyarko said when they got home his colleague mobilised about 50 youngsters to go and search for the python but they could not locate it.