“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat

The BBC says it is so. Who am I to question the veracity of such an unimpeachable source?
"A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal.
The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.

They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.

"We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together," Mr Alifi said.

Mr Alifi, Hai Malakal in Upper Nile State, told the Juba Post newspaper that he heard a loud noise around midnight on 13 February and immediately rushed outside to find Mr Tombe with his goat.

"When I asked him: 'What are you doing there?', he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up."

Mr Alifi then called elders to decide how to deal with the case.

"They said I should not take him to the police, but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife," Mr Alifi told the newspaper."


  1. Strange bedfellows, the Sudanese.

  2. How much for the doggy in the window?
    Takes on a whole new meaning

  3. How about,"I only have eyes for you."

  4. So, Sudanese men deal with goats in the same fashion as Muslim men do with girls and women?

    No, they don't put diapers on them to make them less tempting.

  5. The Sudanese are Muslims, for the most part. Some are Arab, some are African, almost all are Mohammedans

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  7. Gives a whole new perspective to "Brown Eyed Girl."

  8. More on Islamic chattel and women

  9. Aren't goats first cousins to sheep anyway?