9 intriguing African folklore that will tickle your imagination

Farida Dawkins September 06, 2018

Human eating tree…YouTube

The human-eating tree of Madagascar

According to Madagascan legend, the human eating tree is in the Zambesi – which is the fourth largest river in Africa that touches the corners of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. The tree catches people using its branches then opens its bark to swallow its victims whole.

Those swallowed are kept in the trunk where only a woodpecker can save them – for a fee of course.

The Mkodo tribe are also documented as using a sacred plant, called the human-eating tree for ritualistic purposes.


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