Artist’s rendering of the Tokoloshe

The Tokoloshe, also called Tikoloshe or Hili, is a small unknown animal appearing in Zulu mythology. This primate-like creature inhabits the nations of South Africa and Lesotho. It is said to be fast, and somewhat ghost-like. It supposedly loves curdled milk. Its violent nature has put fear into locals. Reports claim that the Tokoloshe will try to choke their victims. It is supposedly withered and grey and has long bony fingers. It has a hole in its head and is small.


Another explanation is that the Tokoloshe resembles a zombie, poltergeist, or gremlin, created by South African shamans who have been offended by someone. The tokoloshe may also wander, causing mischief wherever it goes, particularly to schoolchildren. Other details include its gremlin-like appearance and gouged out eyes. The Tokoloshe, according to the Zulu shaman Credo Mutwa, has been known to take on many forms. One form is as described above, but others have portrayed the Tokoloshe as being a bear-like humanoid being.

Some Zulu people (and other southern African tribes) are still superstitious when it comes to things like the supposedly fictional tokoloshe—a hairy creature created by a wizard to harm his enemies (also known to rape women and bite off sleeping people’s toes).

According to legend, the only way to keep the Tokoloshe away at night is to put a brick beneath each leg of one's bed. However, this will not protect anything but the person whose bed it is along with the bed itself, as it may instead cause havoc not involving said people. They get their power from a hot poker thrusted into the crown of the body during creation. In 2009 there were many widespread cases of a female human-sized tokoloshe who claimed to have the name "Livashni". This has yet to be dismissed as a hoax.


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