Mysterious charm that ‘stops’ extramarital affairs

Magun is one of the popular Yoruba charms that is widely feared, especially among women. Like every other juju, it has its purposes and implications.

Adultery is a taboo in Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole. Thus, the introduction of magun to curb promiscuity, especially among women. You may ask, what about the men? Does it not affect them or are there no promiscuous Yoruba men?

The answer is right here in this article. Keep reading to know more about magun and why it is greatly feared for its potency.

What is magun?

What is magun?

Magun, also known as the thunderbolt, is a charm prepared to stop promiscuity between a man and a woman. It originated from the Yoruba people of South-West Nigeria and means “do not climb”. Magun is placed on a woman mostly without her knowledge or consent. The main culprit is her husband, but parents are known to place the charm on their daughters to keep them from being promiscuous and punish anyone who rapes them.

Magun is a deadly charm. Usually, a broomstick or thread is placed on a doorstep or walkway for the woman to cross over. If she cheats on her husband, she can come down with deadly consequences like being plagued with strange illnesses, boils, smallpox or increased sweating, and even death. The man she cheated with or had carnal knowledge of her could end up crowing like a rooster, get to suffer the enlargement of the private part, headaches, convulsions or somersaulting and eventually, death.

The most visible consequence of this charm is that both erring individuals will be stuck to each other during the act. The man’s penis will be painfully stuck in the woman’s vagina until her husband or whoever placed the charm cancels the spell.

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How long can magun stay on a woman?

How long can magun stay on a woman?Photo credit: Getty Images

The potency of magun in a woman depends on the maker. Usually, it lasts for seven days. During this period, any man that is not her husband who has intercourse with her will face serious consequences.

But a faithful woman who has been “charmed” is not spared. If she does not have sex within the stipulated days, she could die. Either way, her life and that of her lover or sex partner depend on the person that placed the charm on her.

How to prepare magun charm

How to prepare magun charm

The charm is usually prepared with charms made on a broomstick or thread. The fetish items are then placed on the floor for a woman, who unknowingly walks over them. Once she walks over it, the charm will be activated and will only manifest if she has sex with a man.

Some incantations used in preparing the magun charm according to S.I. Fabarebo, PHD, include:

It is the day the snail touches the salt that it must die, whoever fucks my wife must die the same day
It is forbidden to eat Cobra’s gall bladder, whoever fucks my wife with me (name) has eaten gallbladder of cobra and must die

Cure for magun

Only the person who prepared or placed the charm can cure the woman. The cure usually includes making some incantations to remove the spell.

Types of magun

According to Elewude, There are 10 types of Magun and they include:

Somersault magun
Thirst magun
Never cross over water
Earth grave-forbidden
Race or fighting competition-forbidden
Penis atrophy
Tuberculosis producing
Cold magun or perpetual ailment-inducing magun

Of these 10 types, three are the most popular among the Yoruba and they include:

Somersault magun: When the man who sleeps with a woman that has been charmed will somersault three times and dies.
Penis cutting: When the man and woman are glued together during sexual intercourse. They cannot separate until the person who placed the charm casts a separation spell. Most times, the culprits are publicly humiliated.
Thirst magun: When a man sleeps with a woman who has the carm on her, he begins to crow like a rooster. He crows three times and dies.

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Is magun real?

Culture is generally referred to as the belief system which guides the way of life of certain people. The Yorubas have come to deeply believe in the potency of magun. However, scientific findings have explained some of the occurrences that have been attributed to the charm. One popular explanation as to why sex partners are stuck during sexual intercourse has been explained via the concepts of penis captivus and vaginismus.

Penis captivus is a rare occurrence in heterosexual intercourse when the muscles in the vagina clamp down on the penis much more firmly than usual. It could also be that the penis is engorged, making it impossible for it to withdraw from the vagina.

Vaginismus is another rare occurrence when a woman has sexual intercourse with guilt. The guilty feeling will psychologically and physically affect the woman, leading to her vagina tightening around the penis in a series of spasms.

Getting stuck during sex is not peculiar to the Yoruba or Nigerians alone. It happens generally across the world. Most cases are treated as scientific occurrences. But in Yoruba land, it is associated with magun.

As for the crowing that the men do, science has explained it as a common respiratory condition and hydrocele linked with a hernia, which is caused by the man’s genitals becoming more enlarged after sex.

But this is just one out of many explanations for magun. There are still mysteries surrounding the potency of the charm. For instance, science has so far failed to explain why there is a need for a woman’s husband or whoever placed the charm on her to be the one to remove the spell.

Either way, magun remains a mystery that is yet to be completely unravelled. It is a death trap and from all indications, a wicked one. The woman who has been placed with the charm often does not know and, therefore, did not give her consent. The worst part is once the charm is placed, it has a deadly effect irrespective of whether the woman is guilty of promiscuity or not. Only the person who placed it can remove it to save her life. This is why women are often advised not to cross over any broomstick or thread anywhere.

But the question remains: has magun or fear of the charm stopped promiscuity or extramarital affairs? Of course, not. Look around you. Adultery or fornication is a very common occurrence, especially among young people.

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