from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The priestess in voodoo ceremonies.
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The _mamaloi_ tore the child from her neck and held it high by one leg.
On one side of him the cripple appeared; on the other strode the _mamaloi_ -- the child, screaming with fear, on her hip.
In the light of the fire the _mamaloi_ swayed, holding the screaming child, and close to the flames crouched the cripple.
The boy knew, and the Cuban, watching him, knew that for every man the Marines had slain, two had joined the Cacos and had sworn the blood-oath before the High Priest and the High Priestess (papaloi and mamaloi) of Voodoo.