In the Akata Witch series by Nnedi Okorafor, Leopard People (mages, in essence) receive chittim, a form of currency, when they reach some type of realization, acquire new knowledge or experience, and so forth. These tokens appear essentially from thin air and are used as a medium of exchange by Leopard People.

Who or what is the source of the chittim? A masquerade, a natural process, some sort of ancient juju or other magical working? Something else?

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This may not be the most satisfying of answers, but according to an interview with Okorafor she herself does not know (or has not decided) where chittim comes from:

‘The rods [i.e. chittim] are based on objects used in real-life magical practices, but I don’t know where they come from in the world of the novel! They’re not from God, they just… fall from the sky when you learn something new.’

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