Penis snatching in Africa
April 25, 2008
“Penis snatching” in Congo in Africa is, for me, the craziest scam I’ve seen in years.
Yahoo News reported that the city of Kinshasa in Congo — and the men, in particular — are currently in panic over rumors that sorcerers wander the city using black magic in attempts to steal or shrink men’s penises.
Yup, you read it right. People in this West African country believe that sorcerers can make their genitals shrink or disappear. And in the unfortunate event that you become afflicted of this, how do you solve it? You approach someone — another sorcerer, a witch or a faith healer perhaps? — and pay him or her to cure you.
Whoa! Nice try.
Excerpt of the news story below.
Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.
Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.
Purported victims, 14 of whom were also detained by police, claimed that sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear, in what some residents said was an attempt to extort cash with the promise of a cure.
“I’m tempted to say it’s one huge joke,” said Kinshasa’s police chief, Jean-Dieudonne Oleko.
“But when you try to tell the victims that their penises are still there, they tell you that it’s become tiny or that they’ve become impotent. To that I tell them, ‘How do you know if you haven’t gone home and tried it’,” he said.
“It’s real. Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny,” said 29-year-old Alain Kalala, who sells phone credits near a Kinshasa police station.
I respect and tolerate culture no matter how diverse — or perverse — they are but this one, I think, is just pure balls, err… I mean, pure bull.