Crocodile Medical Folklore of Liberia
Liberian medical folklore uses the Crocodile gallbladder to poison enemies and cause death.
The Cavalla is the longest river in Liberia, and has a major population of large Crocodiles. Liberia is a small country by African country size standards and is located in West Africa situated above the equator. Liberia is slightly larger than the USA state of Tennessee and shares rivers with all its neighboring countries.
Superstitious crowds and crocodile's gallbladder magical thinking.
Crocodile attacks along six main rivers and tributaries across Liberia are common. Crocodylus suchus also known as the West African Crocodile caused the death of a woman while she attempted to cross the Nianda River in 2021. Dwarf crocodiles latin name Osteolaemus tetraspis, is also known as the African dwarf crocodile. The African dwarf crocodile is less aggressive than the West African crocodile.
The Nile crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, is the most aggressive crocodile killing between 200-400 people per year. Nile Crocodiles are one of the most well-known and fearsome animals in the world. Nile River God Sobek is protector of the Nile River feared and loved by the Ancient rulers of Crocodilopolis also known as the Egyptian Faiyum region. Sobek is first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts, which are the oldest sacred texts in the world.