So much for bullet-proof vests...


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Preacherman
June 21, 2003, 12:54 AM
Extract from an article in the Telegraph, London (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$OI5MWVXR1SOQFQFIQMGSFF4AVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2003/06/21/wliber21.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/06/21/ixnewstop.html):

Liberians enslaved again by civil war

(Filed: 21/06/2003)

In Africa's 'land of the free' magic wigs and powdered leaves are the only answer to bullets. Tim Butcher reports from Monrovia

As a magic shield against bullets, the wig had not really worked very well. It lay knotted and bloody next to the rotting corpse of its young militiaman owner on the road outside Monrovia, capital of Liberia.

But the dismal failure of the wig's bullet-proof qualities failed to persuade other gunmen to drop their deep faith in black magic and spiritualism, a bizarre feature of the fighting in this most chaotic of west African states.

In the heavily accented drawl of the American Deep South that is common in Liberia, a country set up by freed African slaves from the United States, Sylvester Russell, a 30-year-old militiaman explained his deep-seated belief in magic.

"If you know what you'se doing with right leaves from the jungle, you can protect yoself from bullets," he said.

"You take the leaves, you boil them, dry them, make them into a powder and that powder is very, very strong.

"I seen it myself deflect a bullet like the strongest magnetic field.

"As God is my witness, this is not one word of a lie."

During the fighting, he said, he carries some of the magic powder in a hollowed-out animal horn. Others prefer to cover their faces with the powder and others believe in special wigs, often garishly coloured and coiffured.

"This is Africa and we have African ways," said another gunman, Saah Tamba, a 19-year-old with rheumy eyes and alcohol-laden breath whose personal history was a sad reflection of the country's bloody and turbulent recent history.

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Kharn
June 21, 2003, 01:15 AM
"I seen it myself deflect a bullet like the strongest magnetic field.

Maybe my targets have all been sprinkled with that stuff, it always seems like my bullets are deflected from where I aim... :rolleyes:

Kharn

Art Eatman
June 21, 2003, 10:20 AM
Sounds like the stories out of Katanga with the mercs, what, forty years ago?

Whiffle-dust didn't work then, either...

Art

El Tejon
June 21, 2003, 10:25 AM
Such stupidity knows no geography. At my kwoon just last week we had a brief lecture on the Boxer rebellion. The sifu told us of monks who thought that dances and magic spells would deflect bullets. It did not work then either.:uhoh:

4v50 Gary
June 21, 2003, 12:08 PM
I wonder if I sent an empty powder horn to them whether they can send me back a hornful of that bulletproof powder? :D Star Trek shields aren't standard issue yet and I'll hide behind the Abrams.

DontShootMe
June 21, 2003, 03:09 PM
Usually folks making these kinds of claims are not the ones actually engaging in the conflict.

Mark Tyson
June 21, 2003, 05:52 PM
We should heavily regulate those who own these bullet stopping powders and ointments.

jacketch
June 21, 2003, 06:48 PM
They are no more superstitious and ignorant than the gun control crowd.

Arty
June 21, 2003, 06:59 PM
I seen it myself deflect a bullet like the strongest magnetic field.

Let's see ... magnetic fields affect iron-based metals. Bullets are lead with gilding metal jackets. Therefore no magnetic deflection. Sounds about right :D

Skunkabilly
June 21, 2003, 07:10 PM
What the heck am I waiting for...there's money to be made!!!!

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