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Monday 10 February 2014


If you ever go on vacation to Mali (which, as every schoolboy knows, is in West Africa), you may care to visit the city of Timbuktu, which many think is a mythical place, but it isn't.  Here too live the Dogon, made famous by Robert Temple's book The Sirius Mystery.  But the natives will warn you about something else: where other countries have werewolves, Mali has were-lions.  However, there are ways you can tell if someone is a werelion.  First of all, a werelion will speak with a nasal voice.  Secondly, he will have a smell of carrion about him.  Actually, I think I have met several people to whom these criteria apply, without going to Mali at all.  If threatened by a were-lion, you need copper bullets to kill him.  However, I don't suppose they'll let you take copper bullets on the plane to Mali.

In Sudan, on the other hand, it is said that certain beautiful young women are the offspring of a mating between human and lion.  Sounds a bit dangerous to me.  If you marry one of these women, she may end up eating you, so don't say you haven't been warned.

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