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One, a tea vendor, was attacked by a stranger who only had to grab his hand. “The tea seller felt an electric tingling course through his body and immediately sensed that his penis had shrunk to a size smaller than that of a baby’s,” writes Lombard, a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.
As yells erupted from the crowd, the second victim lost his genitals “in the fray.” Rebels who govern the tiny hamlet said they later gunned down the alleged penis thief after he escaped from a holding cell.
Lombard, explains that the curious belief in “penis-snatching,” a form of witchcraft, is a manifestation of anxieties caused as villages grow into actual cities so it’s more often seen in the larger population centers such as Nigeria, Lagos, or Cameroon. “If penis stealing seems beyond-the-pale weird,” writes Lombard, “consider what people in Tiringoulou might think about hearing of Americans who starve themselves to near death because their reflection in the mirror convinces them they are fat.”
Ms Lombard said she was told the stolen organs were sold to occult healers.
Now before there is a rush to judgment, this is no worse than people who think a human can be resurrected and become a god. How about talking snakes, donkeys and burning bushes? How about an all loving god sending you to burn in eternity because you don’t believe he exists? Or, any of the other crazy religious beliefs such as magic underwear that protects you, and the universe is only 6,000 years old. The world is full of crazies.
Hat tip to RickRay.