Anacreole my dear, I think that you have misunderstood me. I am not claiming in anyway that old people do not have wisdom, rather I am saying that in each stage of life, we all have a set of defense mechanisms. when we were babies, we cried because we knew that crying has a particular compulsory impact on our mothers that made them care for us; when we were teenagers, we displayed our prowess via physical activity because of insecurity and lack of identity, and so on. similarly, in old age when other faculties are not as sharp, we rely on past experiences as both invaluable assets and in some cases as defense mechanisms. it is a well known psychological fact that whenever we feel inadequate, we tend to overcompensate. old age is of form of physical and intellectual degeneration where social relevance diminishes, and old people are quite aware of that; but they also know that they are valued as wise characters. As all human beings who feel inadequate in other areas, old people will tend to overcompensate whatever highly valued characteristics they possess. hence comes the habit of counseling where sometimes it is relevant and other times it is irrelevant. So, in many cases where the older characters are giving advice whether they have saved you from incoming danger or other cases, these characters are sometimes right because they do have good intution as a result of long experience, and they also have strong relationships in the community where they may be warned of things in advance. Keep in mind that many of these old people in the countryside are often elders in some secret societies; but be mindful also that their counseling is at other times a result of overcompensation where they are trying to maintain some form of social relevance and importance. Remember that if someone saves you from imminent danger, you may become indebted to him or her. that is a great motivation for old people to give advice. In fact, I can hypothesize that people with means and status are more likely to be given advice by older people in the community than poorer people with lower status.
keep in kind that I am not devaluing old people, I am just trying to analyze some of their psycological underpinnings specific to particuar cultural frameworks.
I would never equate illiteracy with stupidity or education with intelligence. what i was saying in a nutshell is that many pathologies get different responses as a result of cultural and temporal framing. so, it could be that "fet akwaf" is a mild form of schizophrenia, but due to cultural framing is viewed as a paranormal ability since in our culture, we tend to give mysterious and transcendendal characteristics to things that we do not yet understand. In fact, that tendency makes it very hard for scientific adventuring.
just as speaking in tongues is actually a form of delirium but viewed as angelic contact in the evangelical cultural framework, fet-akwaf may be a mild form of schizophrenia particularly when we have observed that kids deemed to be "fet ak kwaf" are generally hyperactive.
Take for example, albinism. it is a genetic defect, yet it has different meanings in different culture. in pacific iislander cultures, albinos are revered as village wisemen and wisewomen, but in subharahan africa, they are more likely to be persecuted as witches.