Famous fertility figures featured at water park


  • Nation
  • Monday, 02 Jun 2003

BY R.S.N. MURALI

SEREMBAN: Two wooden fertility statues from Africa that had been aired over CNN and featured in USA Today and Wall Street Journal, will be on display at the Pedas Wet World. 

The 1,000-year-old statues of an African Baule tribe king and queen were said to possess “magical powers” in blessing childless couples with offspring. 

The statues, handcrafted with primitive tools, were believed to have granted the wishes of 1,015 childless couples worldwide to have children after touching them. 

The pair of statues, weighing over 31kg, were bought by Ripley’s Believe It or Not Inc in 1994 from the Ivory Coast tribal group for RM3,800 each. They were exhibited in Florida for several years before coming to Malaysia early this year. 

The statue of the king had him holding a short sword in one hand and a mango in the other, while the queen was carrying a newborn – a symbol of fertility in Africa. 

The pair had travelled to over 25 places since 1996, including Germany, Korea, Denmark and Hong Kong. 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT:Two visitors taking a closer look at the statues,which were said to have 'blessed' over a thousand childless couples with offspring,at Pedas Wet World in Rembau,Negri Sembilan,on Thursday.

Pedas Wet World marketing executive K. Jegan said the statues would be on display until Sunday. 

So far, 20 couples had already touched the statues in the hope of being blessed with children, he said, adding that some had travelled from Malacca and Johor after hearing of the display.  

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