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The African culture
consists of many different mystical creatures and monsters. One of these
monsters is the Tokosloshe. It is one of the most feared creatures in all of Africa. Its history can be
traced all the way back to early Zulu Mythology. They say a Tokoloshe is formed
by a witch to fight against their enemies. Using a deceased body they rip the eyes
and tongues out of the body. They then thrust a heated iron into the body,
making the corpse shrink in size. The witch then breathes life into the
Tokoloshe by blowing a magical black powder into its mouth. Whatever means
necessary are used to create the Tokoloshe, some being as drastic as a family
member dying within a year.
creature is much similar to that of the European brownie. It has been sighted
in many different places and described in many different ways. The reason they
say it is possible that the creature can look different is because its ability
to change and shift shapes. It was first pictured as a short dwarf like zombie
who is mischievous and evil. The most common description of the monster is a
nasty-looking creature that resembles a teddy bear with great strength. Some
other description that it is said to look like is being worm like and have a
head like that of a dog. People in Africa do many things to avoid the
The description of an African witch doctor.
use the help of witch doctors to help cast spells and use medicines to protect
them from this evil creature.The Tokoloshe being small does not mean it is not
dangerous. It is known to create much havoc, but seems to enjoy stealing milk,
scaring school children and occasionally biting people’s toes off. This is why people place
their beds on bricks out of reach of this monster. He is also has been known
for illness, raping women, and killing people. This little creature might be
small, but sure does know how to put fear into people’s eyes.
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Frobenius, Leo, and Douglas C. Fox. African Genesis.
New York: B. Blom, 1966. Print
"The Tokoloshe: Superstitious Villagers Kill
Harmless South African Primate." Doubtful News. N.p., n.d. Web. 21
Oct. 2012. <http://doubtfulnews.com/2012/06/the-tokoloshe-superstitious-villagers-kill-harmless-south-african-primate/>.