Through The Static

April 24, 2008

Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital

Filed under: Randomness,Religion,World News — disciplepete @ 5:34 pm

Umm, ok, I really just couldn’t resist posting this, and I think there is a point to be made here. Yahoo:

KINSHASA (Reuters) – 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.

Ok, so it’s safe to say that nobody actually lost a penis, or had their penis shrunk. The “victims” just believe this, due to their strong superstition:

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.

The local police chief:

“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.

But residents of Kinshasa insist it’s happening:

“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. (article)

This whole story is just another example of why I think all superstition (including what passes for religious belief among the masses) is extremely harmful. It might make you feel good, but these types of incidents are the potential and all too often manifested results of superstitious irrationality. I know the Bobblehead strongly agrees with me on this point! =)



  1. That’s why God invented science hopefully to give relief to those male who think they have shrunk…Penis expander.

    Serious, I think some people are probably too obsessed by larger penis they’d seen, so that each time they look at their’s, the more and more they think that they are shrunk! Good business for those on primitive witchcraft until somebody peddles some penis expander in there, I guess!

    Comment by rltjs — April 24, 2008 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  2. You know…someone in the Congo should really run with that idea and sell something that they claim will make your penis larger…they could make a lil money with that idea right now.

    Random fact that amuses me: You an buy an AK-47 in the Congo for 10 bucks! So if any of you are thinking of Christmas shopping for me…

    Comment by disciplepete — April 24, 2008 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

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