Back to the Karamojong
I would like to once again raise the issue of the Karamojong, who have been dealt with in several earlier threads. I think it is important because they may be the best proof that PE works. Many commercial PE sites talk about them, but it is very hard to come up with any real facts. In late July or August of 1983, my wife and I were watching a regular TV channel here near Los Angeles. It was pretty late. Suddenly on the screen was a British team of anthropologists with a group of Karamojong in the nude. The size of their units was shocking. Length was somewhere in the 15” range . But I am guessing as no rulers were applied. Most of them hung down to their knees. The program explained that they stretched as a sign of their manhood and that it began with puberty and ended in 6-8 years. The boy would lie face down on a raised platform with a hole in the right place. A stone wt (looked like about 20 lbs) was tied by a cord near the coronal ridge. the stones had a hole in the center. They did say that injuries were common but were overcome with a few days off. Then the program ended. It was just a few minutes and we sat there stunned. Unfortunately we did not have the presence of mind to record it.
I thus became interested in PE but at that time I did not have the Internet. I spent about 7-10 years doing what I could—jelqs, kegels, pumping. I found some helpful books and finally the Internet. I bought a stretching device, and have over 1300 hrs of hanging time. I started with 6 lbs then went to 8, 10, 12, and finally have been hanging steadily at 20 lbs for the last 300 hours. I have always just worked on length. Even the pumping is in a tight tube which pulls the shaft straight out, but does allow the head to expand.
Results: I’m no Karamojong warrior. I’ve gained about 3/4” in length. The surprising thing is that I have seen an increase of about 1” in girth.
Meanwhile I pursued research on the Karamojong. Here is what I found. They are a tribe of maybe 6 sub-groups who live in NE Uganda and some in the Sudan. They are fierce nomads who steal cattle and even until today cause problems with their neighbors (they kill them and steal their cattle). In 1961 Idi Amin shut them down with brutal repression and they lost much of their culture. I think this includes the PE.
It is very hard to do any research on them without being an academic. One has to belong to all of these libraries and academic services to really get the material and that takes money. For example, right now I am looking for Stacy, Tom; “Tribe: The Hidden History of the Mountains of the Moon”, published privately in the UK, and also Knighton Ben, “The Vitality of the Karamojong”, published by Ashgate in the UK.
In the entire index of the Journal of Uganda there is not one article on PE of the Karamojong. I believe that the topic is not found in the literature because virtually all of the anthropologic work done in Uganda was done by British gentlemen and it is a subject that simply would not be discussed.
Also, I have discovered that the video that I watched was catalogued by BFI in the UK. Their website is //ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/7398? It is the largest video library in the UK. Entrance is by subscription. Is there someone in the UK who subscribes to their service who could check this? The video would be of the greatest encouragement to all at Thunder’s.
My conclusion: PE really worked for the Karamojong because I saw the video. I think that there must be some ligament and tissue stretching element which acts as a potentiator that keeps us from having the same results. For us, stretching is like banging our head against a wall (I mean the one between our ears). I would guess that there is some herb or substance that they ingested to actuate the actual stretching, much as hoodia is used today to depress appetite. I would also guess that they discovered it by accident. I would like to discover it on purpose. If there ever was a holy grail, this is it.