Leopard Society

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The Leopard Society was a West African society active in the early- to mid-20th century that practiced cannibalism.[1] They were centred in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire.

Members would dress in leopard skins, waylaying travelers with sharp claw-like weapons in the form of leopards' claws and teeth. The victims' flesh would be cut from their bodies and distributed to members of the society. In theory, the ritual cannibalism would strengthen both members of the society as well as their entire tribe.

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In other literature[edit]

  • Encounters with what is believed to be members of The Leopard Society are described in the book Travels in the White Man's Grave: Memoirs from West and Central Africa, by Donald MacIntosh. The author challenges the idea of the society as extinct, and provides first person stories of strange encounters. The author lived in several West African countries from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • Poore Sheehan, Perley (2007). The Leopard Man and Other Stories. Pulpville Press. ISBN 1-936-72002-7. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Leopard Society - Africa in the mid 1900s". Retrieved 3 April 2008. 
  • The International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies & Fraternal Orders, Alan Axelrod, 1997, Checkmark Books

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