Culture and folklore about gorillas

Gorillas in African Culture and Medicine

Very interesting collection of old traditions stories, many of which have now, in most cases, thankfully, including:

  • The Fang were convinced that if a pregnant woman or her husband were to see a gorilla, even a dead one, she would give birth to a gorilla, rather than to a human child.
  • Merfield and Miller noted in 1956 that 60 km south of Yaounde, women were not allowed to eat gorilla meat. Only a few years ago, Bowen-Jones reported that in the Odzala region (Congo Republic) women do not eat gorilla meat because they are afraid that if they did so, their husbands would become as brutal as gorillas.

Gorillas in popular culture