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Stalking Tanzania's Man-Eating Lions
Nature's most efficient predators are hunting down the people of southern Tanzania. These cats are cunning, hungry, and—some believe—not of this world.
Photograph by Ami Vitale

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When spirit lions are thought to be attacking villagers, Ahmad Msham Namalenga, 39, a highly regarded Makonde mtaalam, or bush doctor, and lion trapper from Mtwara, the district south of Lindi, holds a gourd with lion's hair that he uses for "white magic."

Villagers believe that spirit lions are a supernatural force in the shape of a lion. Through the use of black magic, it's said that these spirit lions attack and eat enemy villagers. Here, the spiritual world is a very real part of life. The dead are considered to be as powerful as the living.
Contributing Photographer Ami Vitale


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