Watu Wa Miti

Small Hominid of South Africa.

Etymology: Swahili (Bantu), "men of the trees."

Variant name: Chimanimani ("small"). Behavior: Aggressive and warlike. Distribution: The Mozambique coast; northwestern Mozambique; the neighboring Chi-manimani Mountains of Zimbabwe.

Significant sightings: Cuthbert Burgoyne observed a pair of hairy men about 4-5 feet tall on the Mozambique coast in 1927.

In the 1940s, Frederick Kaigh met a sorcerer who told him the small people were the spirits of a race who had been killed off in various wars and a famine but who nonetheless occasionally raid gardens for food.


Sources: Cuthbert Burgoyne, "Little Furry Men," Discovery 19 (1938): 51; Frederick Kaigh, Witchcraft and Magic in Africa (London: Richard Lesley, 1947), pp. 17-18; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les bêtes humaines d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1980), pp. 519-521.

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