5 - The Leopard People

A history of the Leopard Men, a murderous - sometimes - animistic cult in Central Africa.  Also other similar African groups, the Crocodile Men, Baboon Society and Lion-Men or Mbojo are dealt with.  Finally, we detour briefly to South America and take a quick look at the legends of werejaguars in the armies of an Argentine general.

 

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