I heard a story from an acquaintance recently that I still don’t know what to make of it, so I’m coming here to finally settle the matter once and for all.
My acquaintance used to be in the British Navy, and he claimed that, while on an assignment on a Turkish ship during Ramadan, the crew told him they had to have sex with each other to create a baby, because man originally came from man and someday another man would give birth. Furthermore, the reason they wear baggy pants that fit tight around the ankle was to catch the baby, should one suddenly pop out.
I refused to believe the story, being all kinds of shocked and offended, but posted it in my LJ anyway out of morbid curiosity. There, one of my friends confirmed that when her husband was in the air force he’d heard a similar story. Another commented that William S. Burroughs shared a similar story in his novel The Wild Boys.
Intrigued, I took it to google. After weeks of searching, I finally found a post on another message board where the writer claims to have heard the same story 20 years ago in Libya while serving in the USAF, and has met another USAF person who’s heard the story much more recently in Turkey. This poster also noted that the man-baby is called madhi, and is supposed to be a Muslim Messiah.
So, is there any truth to this or is it a bizarre, xenophobic rumor? I find it interesting that most if not all these cites come from military people. Is that because they see more of other countries and cultures than the average person, or they’re exposed to more b.s.? Is this the military version of an urban legend?