Category Archives: penis

Villagers accused in “magic penis” killing fear they are cursed (South Africa)

Global Post News Desk, August 14, 2011 

South African villagers accused of burning a pastor to death because they thought he was using a magic penis to sleep with women now fear they have been cursed.


A mind dismembered: In search of the magical penis thieves (Nigeria)

Frank Bures, Harpers, June 2008

No one is entirely sure when magical penis loss first came to Africa. One early incident was recounted by Dr. Sunday Ilechukwu, a psychiatrist, in a letter some years ago to the Transcultural Psychiatric Review. In 1975, while posted in Kaduna, in the north of Nigeria, Dr. Ilechukwu was sitting in his office when a policeman escorted in two men and asked for a medical assessment. One of the men had accused the other of making his penis disappear. This had caused a major disturbance in the street. As Ilechukwu tells it, the victim stared straight ahead during the examination, after which the doctor pronounced him normal. “Exclaiming,” Ilechukwu wrote, “the patient looked down at his groin for the first time, suggesting that the genitals had just reappeared.” Continue reading

Koro: A Natural History of Penis Panics

A woman in Nigeria narrowly escaped a recent lynching from an enraged crowd after a market trader claimed she had stolen his penis. This is an example of Koro, (as it is most commonly known in the West), a belief that the genitals have been stolen, or in other parts of the world, that they are fatally shrinking into the body. Bizarre as it sounds, the belief in Koro is several thousand years old and occurs internationally. This article examines historical and contemporary accounts of Koro and looks at some of the explanations for this intriguing phenomenon. Continue reading

Penis theft panic hits city (DRC)

Reuters, Joe Bavier, KINSHASA | Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:06pm EDT

(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. Continue reading

Woman Escapes Lynching Over Alleged Penis Theft (Nigeria), August 6, 2002 , by Nouge

A middle-aged woman on Saturday escaped being lynched for allegedly causing the genitals of a male suya seller at Garki in Abuja to disappear.
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Man killed after penis snatching allegation (Gambia)

ABC News, October 10, 2003 

A 28-year-old man accused of stealing a man’s penis through sorcery has been beaten to death in the West African country of Gambia. Continue reading

Missing or Shrinking Penis? No, It is Genital Retraction Syndrome,  30 May 2008 Written by Sabela O. Abiddey

Irrational fear, ignorance, gullibility and mass hysteria are common variables in human societies, so also are primordial attitude, preliterate passions, and animalistic tendencies. But, as societies evolve — helped along by education and global interactions that impacts their worldview — such passions and tendencies and beliefs generally lessens, allowing for sensible thinking, rational acts, and science-based existence. A critical observation of modern societies seems to indicate two particulars: a correlation between very high levels of religiosity and irrational fear; and two, a corresponding association between low levels of formal education and irrationality. And no where in the world are the aforesaid more evident and ubiquitous than in the Indian subcontinent and in Africa .  Continue reading