“I saw them naked glued to one another and were both rolling like a thunder-ball. They were thrown out of the makeshift tent where they were having sex when they rolled over a live electrical wire; then people began to gather to watch them”.
Idoko recounted how as a young journalist in Lagos state South Western Nigerian, he saw victims of the lethal charm known as ‘magun’. The lovers were locked together and kept rolling over each other until a near electrocution experience threw them out of their hiding place creating a scene that attracted many. Some sympathizers got hold of the woman’s husband who had laced her with this dreaded charm so as to remedy the situation. A herbalist was brought in to perform rites to detach the glued lovers and to possibly neutralize the effect of the charm.
However the former was accomplished but the male lover later died few days later. Many will be familiar with the movie titled “Thunderbolt” produced by Mainframe Production and directed by Tunde Kelani. The film which was inspired by the prevalent rate of the stereotype ‘magun’ tradition in Yoruba land, narrated the plight of Ngozi an Igbo lady whose marital problem was fuelled by rumors of infidelity which destroyed the trust between a devoted wife and a suspiciously husband Yinka a Yoruba man. Driven by jealousy, Yinka laced his wife Ngozi with magun, a chastity control that is believe will make her secret lover die instantly after sexual intercourse.
Myths or facts, recently a video of a white couple who were glued during sexual intercourse went viral leaving many from this clime to wonder if magun is a global phenomenon. Many liberal thinkers would want to think that ‘Magun’ is what science refers to as penis captivus. But to Yoruba people, this believes is an age long tradition that helps to curb promiscuity in the society. Other tribes call it different names. Not too long ago in Jagun, a community in lyana Ofa, Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria, was thrown into confusion as the Police Command battled at unravelling the mystery behind the death of two brothers who were believed to have been killed by the deadly anti-adultery charm, magun, laced in the bosom of their uncle’s wife.
The two brothers Kunmi and Adeniyi Adetokun, who died one after the other, within three days, were said to have climbed the metaphorical mountain (magun) that was too high for them. And they somersaulted down the hill, a process that led to their death. The incidence, however, triggered anger among the youth of the community, which resulted into attack on the life and residence of Chief Segun Oyetade, the uncle of the deceased brothers. The Uncle was suspected to have been responsible for the duo’s death. It took the intervention of the police to save the life of Chief Oyetade.
From time past, infidelity or adultery has been regarded as a sacrilege in family life. Religious rules, social ethics and cultural norms regard extra marital affairs as an affront to divine and human order. The idea of exposing adulterous women, in the time past gave rise to the Magun intervention. Designed as a game of vengeance against serial adulterers the scary spell in Yoruba land, south west Nigeria that is feared and reverend.
MAGUN which simply means ‘”Do Not Climb” in English, has being used from time immemorial to catch promiscuous people in extra¬marital affairs, and is still in use today among Yoruba people of South western Nigeria. It traces its history back to Sango, the Yoruba god of thunder and lightning.
The use of this lethal “Magun” is apparently not peculiar to Nigeria alone. It is commonly used in African countries like Cameroon and Uganda. The phenomenon is called Runyoka in Kenya and Zimbabwe. The killer charm is usually placed on a woman by her lover, husband, family member or in-law/. In fact, some parents put this charm on their daughters to either prevent them from sexual promiscuity or to punish anyone who rapes them. It is also used in marriages or relationships that lack trust as either a means of catching the cheating lover, or as punishment for the lover’s promiscuity.
‘Magun’ is not administered by consent. Most women who carry ‘Magun’ are unaware that they carry this charm until they find themselves in compromising position. The charm is usually being administered in two ways: either by laying a charmed broom stick down and having the woman cross over it or by charming a long a threat and laying it on the ground for the woman to cross over it. Once the woman crosses the charm, she becomes laced with ‘Magun’ and any man that engages in sexual intercourse with her within a specified period usually seven days, the penis of the lover gets trapped in the vagina leaving him with severe pain. He will suffer dreadful consequences which may include death except if the effect of the charm is neutralized. Where the woman does not have intercourse with a man within a stipulated numbers of days, she could suffer terrible repercussion if the charm is not neutralized.
Other ways the killer charm manifest during sexual intercourse apart from locking the couple is that the male lover summersaults in the act and dies instantly or he crows like a cock three times thereafter the cold silence of death follows. At some other time the male lover is bedevilled with an insatiable thirst for water until he drinks to his death. In contemporary times, the spell that was once believed to be targeted at women alone can now be cast on a cheating husband as well. In Uganda a man got stuck while having sex with his concubine at the Tripple Zero Guest House in Eastern Uganda. It turned out that the hooked woman was an employee of the hotel.
According to Uganda Blizz, the woman’s wife had threatened to shame her cheating husband by lacing him with the charm as examples to the male folks. Meanwhile a few trapped-in- sex cases recorded in the western world has offered some scientific explanations that try to explain this phenomenon. The first is Penis Captivus, a rare occurrence in heterosexual intercourse when the muscles in the vagina clamp down on the penis much more firmly than usual, or due to an engorged penis, making it impossible for the penis to withdraw from the vagina.
The condition was once thought to be another myth, however now there are enough evidences around the world that suggest penis captivus is real. The evidences were collected from people who have been affected and survived the unfortunate incidence.
Another rationalization given for this incidence is Vaginismus which occurs when a woman has sexual intercourse with guilt. This might cause the physiology of the woman to be altered so the vagina tightens around the penis in a series of spasms. These are believed to be what is responsible forthe stuck-in- sex incident.
Whatever be the case, there is still some mystery surrounding ‘magun’. The point of departure of the both unusual occurrences be it ‘magun ‘or ‘Penis Captivus’ is the death penalty it lashes out on its victims and the strange events that lead to such deaths in Africa especially in Yoruba land. Be it as it may,’ Magun’ is an age long tradition that is phasing out due to liberalism, forward thinking ideology and the depth of the faith of the people of Western Nigeria and beyond.