Stella Immanuel's Hometown Explains An Old Belief on Sex, Demons And Illnesses - 2020-09-08
IKOM, Nigeria—Stella Immanuel, the Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks don't necessarily stop the transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus, recently earned the nickname 'Demon Sperm Doc' based on her claims that illnesses like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches.
But those convictions don't come out of thin air. While Dr. Immanuel's assertions may have deep roots in early Jewish and Christian stories, her beliefs, according to people from her hometown in Cameroon, can be traced to an age-long assumption that infertility in women is caused by the fact that a woman has had a sexual relationship with an evil spirit.
Decades ago in parts of Bali, the small southwestern Cameroonian town where Dr. Immanuel was born and raised, a woman who couldn't immediately conceive after marriage could be sent out of her matrimonial home, as it was believed that she had had sex with a demon and, as a result, could no longer bear a child for a mortal.