'Penis-Snatching' Case Startles Visitor in Africa
Anthropologist 'intrigued' by alleged witchcraft
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
A woman carries water in Africa.   (AP Photo/UNAMID, Albert Gonzalez Farran)

(Newser) – An American anthropologist was surprised to encounter reports of penis-snatching in an African village—but only because the "crime" is normally confined to more populated areas, the Daily Mail reports. Writing at AlterNet, Louisa Lombard recounts her visit to the village of Tiringoulou in the Central African Republic, where two villagers said their genitals had been stolen. 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.

The second victim said he lost his genitals "in the fray" as yells erupted from the crowd. According to Lombard, 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 belief in "penis-snatching"—a form of witchcraft—is a manifestation of anxieties caused as villages grow into cities. So it's more commonly seen in 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 upon hearing of Americans who starve themselves near to death because their reflection in the mirror convinces them they are fat." Click for her full article.

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SageBrian
Dec 31, 2013 4:15 PM CST
Here is a cheeky take on a recent 'koro' incident. http://www.sagenews.ca/Article.asp?id=3398&title=Genitalia-Thefts-are-on-a-Rise-in-African-Nations
iq145
Mar 17, 2013 1:58 PM CDT
Personally, i'd rather snatch snatch.
BenDunn
Mar 17, 2013 9:23 AM CDT
So , the guy has a one inch weenie and lies about having it Stolen , or Shrunk Not the first time a guy has lied about his penis size or affliction causing said size!! With that said, Africa will never be modern to a point of not believing in witch craft or things like working for a living, having only amount of kids you can afford, no, African sit around all day playing with themselves and getting ready to rape something!