SOUTH AFRICA: Mountain Magic

An 80-year-old native witch doctor in the mountains south of Johannesburg wanted to make rain for his people. He slit his four-year-old son's throat, then put the blood into cattle horns. He dissected the body for "rain medicine." He loved his son, he said. But that was the black man's way to make rain.

The white man said that he had done a crime. He was sentenced to die. Baffled by white man's law, he could only suggest: "I have cattle. Take them in payment for the crime."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!