World of the Bizarre
Bald men in Mozambique ritualistically attacked due to 'gold' in their heads
By T.K. Randall
July 26, 2023 · 9 comments
There's gold in them, there... err.. bald heads ? Image Credit: Pixabay / Stevebidmead
A bizarre superstition in the African nation has seen many bald men attacked and even killed over the last few years.
We've heard of some strange beliefs over the years, but this one might just take the cake.
Back in 2017, bald men in Mozambique were warned by local authorities to look out for ritual attacks perpetrated by individuals who believed that people with no hair had gold 'stored inside their heads'.
While it's difficult to accept that anyone would actually believe such a thing, there have been numerous reported attacks on bald men over several years owing to this absurd concept.
"The belief is that the head of a bald man contains gold," police commander Afonso Dias was quoted as saying at the time. "Their motive comes from superstition and culture - the local community thinks bald individuals are rich."
This bizarre superstition has so far seen at least five individuals murdered in the country.
Authorities believe that witchdoctors may perpetuate the belief about the gold to motivate others to kill and dismember bald men so that the body parts can then be used for other ritualistic purposes.
Whatever the case, if you are bald and happen to be going to Mozambique, maybe try wearing a hat...
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