Saturday, 13 December 2008

Penis Panic Puzzles Police Professionals

From Reuters we learn that police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises. This 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. As I reported in this post, many body parts, especially those from young children, and when they’re extracted with a lot of pain and suffering, form a valuable component of traditional medicine in Africa.

Rumours of penis theft began circulating last week and quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings. Why gold rings? Don't know.

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.

"You just have to be accused of that, and people come after you. We've had a number of attempted lynchings. ... You see them covered in marks after being beaten," Kinshasa's police chief, Jean-Dieudonne Oleko, told Reuters. Well, that's the least I'd do if someone shrank my penis, I can tell you. Police arrested the accused sorcerers and their victims in an effort to avoid the sort of bloodshed seen in Ghana a decade ago, when 12 suspected penis snatchers were beaten to death by angry mobs.

"I'm tempted to say it's one huge joke," Oleko said. "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.


Needless to say, 'diversity' makes such practices commonplace now in ireland and Europe generally. And we'll likley see more of it as in South Africa ‘accredited’ faith healers are now legally free to operate under the terms of the new Traditional Healers Bill.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

it will be hard but they will find some white person to blame for this.

Anonymous said...

it's never very hard!

proud redneck said...

wait till they make it compulsory - all in the interests of diversity

Zngr said...

Wow, truly a rich culture! Magic away penises, witchcraft, oh boy, we have to get some of that here, being that we're so culturally poor. I love multiculturalists, they are eager to believe African blacks believe in spirits and ghosts until they come to Europe - then it's racist to say they do. Even if they say they do. But nobody else can say it.

Reminds me of a conversation.

Black guy (sort of joking): I believe in spirits, man
Me (drunk): Muhffgh... I don't.. hurp...
Black guy: You don't know how it is, we know the spirits
Me: Hell yeah I don't want to even go there (honestly, I think it's awesome if someone believes in something)
Feminist: Africans are awesome!
Me: Yeah and they believe in spirits and ghosts
Feminist: You can't say that, it's RACIST!
Black guy (now drunk): Woman, I believe in dem... dey be... dem ancestors...
Me: See?
Feminist: Shut UP!
Me: See? They believe in spirits?
Feminist: YOU ARE RACIST!

Anonymous said...

They're just a collection of pricks!

Anonymous said...

How do we know they were shrunken dicks rather than just suffering from the cold. Never mind up here in the north we have a speciality of dick sarneys with chocolate chips pushed out of yer hole and cut through a stringy vest. Hmmmm.....

Post a pick of yer willie savant, is it green or orange?

G'wan ye oul dick!

Anonymous said...

zngr - this is exactly how such conversations go. Word for word man...

SAVANT said...

anonymus 17.45 - my dick is occasianally green or orange - but it ALWAYS big, and ready!

Anonymous said...

Approved in South Africa?? Expect it here in due course.

Steve K.

Albeus Ergo Cogito said...

Its easy to joke about this, but the reality of these muti murders (muti = zulu word for medicine) is actually horrific.
The body parts should be removed whilst the victim (human or animal) is still alive. The more pain caused for the victim whilst the procedure is performed, the better. It is believed the ancestors will hear the screams of agony.
Usually children are taken...
Witch burnings in the northern parts of South Africa are still common too.
This is one the reasons I'd swop you the gypsies for our lot anyday.

SAVANT said...

Indeed ALbeus. In fact I posted on the muti horrors some time ago. Let me think about the gypsy swap!