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.