Legendary African Fertility Statues

The Origin of the Statues

The Story

In 1993, Ripley’s acquired two African Fertility Statues—not knowing they would become some of our most popular exhibits.

Thousands of women have testified that, after trying to conceive for years, they got pregnant after laying their hands on the legendary statues.

Baulé tribesman of the West African nation of Cote D’Ivoire hand carved the statues from ebony wood in the 1930s with primitive tools. They stand five feet high and weigh over 70 pounds each!

According to tribal legend, to ensure a couple’s fertility, the statues are to be placed on either side of a doorway leading into a bedroom. If a woman or her spouse touches either statue as they enter the room, they will soon get pregnant. African legend does not specify where one should touch the statues to ensure fertility, but, for many, it does not seem to matter.

Back on Tour

Ripley’s Legendary African Fertility Statues have traveled around the world to every Ripley Odditorium three times since 1996. Taking a break on permanent display at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium, the statues are now back on tour!

2020 Dates:
* Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Located Here Now
* *Dates are subject to change


The statues are now located at:
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Myrtle Beach
901 North Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC

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