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Belief in sex-mad demon tests nerves
Reuters ^ | Mon May 16, 2005 | William Maclean

Posted on 05/16/2005 9:08:23 AM PDT by new cruelty

CHAKE CHAKE, Tanzania (Reuters) - Mohammed Juma starts to sweat and fidget as he recalls his rape by Popo Bawa, the most feared spirit-monster of the Zanzibar spice islands.

"We believe reading the Koran is our only defense, nothing else," says the 41-year-old driver and father of four. "But Popo Bawa is real, and well prepared."

Vacationers on the Indian Ocean islands tend to smile dismissively at accounts in guidebooks of the bat-like ogre said to prey on men, women and children. But for superstitious Zanzibaris a visit from the sodomizing gremlin is no joke.

Although no one ever has seen it, belief in the monster and his unnatural lust is so strong that entire villages will sleep out of doors for protection: Popo Bawa (Swahili for Bat's Wing) prefers to attack behind closed doors at night.

In huts set amid rustling groves of jackfruit and mangoes on Zanzibar's Pemba island, victims told Reuters in interviews that they detected a bad smell, became cold and went into a trance in the moments before they felt the creature's inhuman strength.

Some attacks were heralded by the sound of giant wings and claws rattling and scraping on huts' tin roofs. Others cringed in terror at what sounded like a car engine ticking over.

"We heard a rustling on the roof," recalls Asha Saleh, in her late 50s, in Machomanne village near Pemba's main town of Chake Chake. "I felt someone fondling me. I felt very cold. I felt weak," she said, recalling the attack some 35 years ago.

LEGENDS

"I couldn't call out for help to my husband who was lying asleep beside me. Popo Bawa is strong: He really presses down on you. And it took such a long time: One hour! Eventually I lost consciousness. And I was one of many who were attacked."

Successive waves of colonizers and traders -- Arabs, Portuguese, Hindus, Chinese, Britons, Persians and Africans -- left behind a multinational array of legends on Zanzibar.

Accordingly, many dismiss Popo Bawa as another of the satanic stories swapped over the centuries by migratory Indian Ocean peoples as they moved back and forth on the tides from Indonesia to the Comoros, from Madagascar to the Maldives.

Zanzibar's distinctive past as an Arab-run slave market prompted some academics to speculate that the story of Popo Bawa emerged from a collective race memory of the horrors of slavery. But Popo Bawa is unlike the many goblins believed by the islanders to populate the tall grasses that ring their huts.

Many on the islands are adept at exorcisms, placing charms at the base of fig trees or sacrificing goats to avert evil or draw favor from the spirit world.

So experienced are the isles' traditional healers that they draw visitors from the Gulf and east Africa, with the successful amassing riches and prestige.

But no placatory offering or witch doctor can deflect Popo Bawa when he has made his mind up to strike, islanders say.

The monster favors Pemba, the poorer and more backward of the archipelago's twin islands despite being home to the clove plantations that provide the mainstay of Zanzibar's economy.

He also becomes active at election time: a habit that is testing nerves ahead of polls due in October.

His last major visitation was during elections in 1995, when Juma says he endured his terrifying ordeal, although some reported his presence again in 2000 and in 2001.

"APOLITICAL"

Pemba's population are staunch opposition supporters. Many accuse the ruling party of Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa of neglecting the island since 1964, when Zanzibar merged with mainland Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

But Juma says Popo Bawa is apolitical even though electoral emotions seem to summon him from the beyond. "He can strike even if the opposition wins the elections," he said.

The driver vows to do his utmost to avoid what happened to him back in 1995 as he sat alone late one evening.

"Many were afraid and were sleeping outside. But I was confident and was alone in my room. I was reading the Koran for protection. After about 20 minutes I started feeling sleepy. I heard something falling on the roof. I continued reciting. I started feeling something in the room. "I felt my mouth becoming bigger and bigger. I started losing my ability to form words. My feeling was that my lower lip had stretched to my lap. I felt weak in my body. I became very sweaty. My experience was like that of a neighbor of mine who said his head seemed to grow to an enormous size."

Popo Bawa gets annoyed if villagers deny his existence -- a fact to which Khamis Juma Hamad says he can testify.

Hamad, a retired village chief now aged 75, said that in 1971 Popo Bawa spoke to terrified villagers on Pemba through a girl possessed by the monster.

"I am Popo Bawa," said the girl, called Fatuma, speaking in the unnaturally deep voice of a man. "You have challenged my existence so I have come to prove I am here."

Seconds later, he says, the villagers heard the sound of a car revving and a rustle on a nearby roof -- signs of Popo Bawa. "The people felt cold, almost paralyzed. They were terrified."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; popobawa; tanzania; zanzibar
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Now listen to me... I'm gonna say this one more time... I did not have sex with that demon.

1 posted on 05/16/2005 9:08:27 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Maybe if they throw salt over their left shoulder the monster would go away?


2 posted on 05/16/2005 9:11:13 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: new cruelty
POPO BAWA
3 posted on 05/16/2005 9:11:21 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Get all the incumbents out of politics!)
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To: new cruelty
I am Popo Bawa," said the girl, called Fatuma, speaking in the unnaturally deep voice of a man.

I wonder with Popo Bawa attacke him?


4 posted on 05/16/2005 9:13:41 AM PDT by Shortwave (Ted Kennedy’s rhetoric has killed more American soldiers than his car has killed women.)
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To: new cruelty
....a visit from the sodomizing gremlin is no joke.

ROFLMAO

5 posted on 05/16/2005 9:13:48 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: new cruelty

His lower lip stretched to his lap? Damn. Harry Reid's been to Zanzibar?


6 posted on 05/16/2005 9:13:53 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: new cruelty
The sodomizing gremlin is probably living in San Fransisco.
7 posted on 05/16/2005 9:14:27 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: new cruelty

"But for superstitious Zanzibaris a visit from the sodomizing gremlin is no joke."

Holy Allah! He's gay too!

AAIII-EEEE!


8 posted on 05/16/2005 9:14:56 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: aculeus; general_re; dead; BlueLancer; Constitution Day; Thinkin' Gal; Tijeras_Slim; Petronski; ...
“Popo Bawa is real, and well prepared.”

Let's be careful out there!

9 posted on 05/16/2005 9:15:42 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Jonx6

ping


10 posted on 05/16/2005 9:16:15 AM PDT by TXFireman
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To: new cruelty; BerthaDee; Happygal; TheBigB

Well, it looks like Thag and Big will have to find new secret identities. Our cover has been *ahem* blown.


11 posted on 05/16/2005 9:16:15 AM PDT by thag (Vegetables: What My Dinner Had For Lunch!)
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To: isthisnickcool

LOL!

Good one!

"Popo Bawa" even sounds "lispy"...


12 posted on 05/16/2005 9:16:23 AM PDT by Adder (Can we bring back stoning again? Please?)
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To: new cruelty
So there actually is such a thing as an ass goblin?
13 posted on 05/16/2005 9:19:15 AM PDT by RichInOC (...oops, did I say that out loud?)
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To: new cruelty
Very hard to read this article with a straight face. Sodomite gremlins? LMAO!


14 posted on 05/16/2005 9:19:32 AM PDT by BigBadWolf (For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.)
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To: isthisnickcool

“May I bowwow some of youw Gwey Popo Bawa?”


15 posted on 05/16/2005 9:19:49 AM PDT by dighton
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To: new cruelty

This is the sand from which we are expected to make glass...


16 posted on 05/16/2005 9:20:31 AM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: new cruelty

Pardon me....do you have any Grey Popo Bawa?


17 posted on 05/16/2005 9:21:15 AM PDT by NRA1995 (John Edwards: "Mah daddy worked in a MEEL")
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To: new cruelty
I am Popo Bawa," said the girl,

Must e a relative of Baba Wawa.....

18 posted on 05/16/2005 9:21:20 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: new cruelty
I am Popo Bawa," said the girl,

Must be a relative of Baba Wawa.....

19 posted on 05/16/2005 9:21:33 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: MississippyMuddy
This is almost as funny as your self ZOT! - Ping!

:o)

20 posted on 05/16/2005 9:21:57 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is a religion of peace, they should fire their P.R. guy!)
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To: RexBeach

His lower lip stretched to his lap? Damn. Harry Reid's been to Zanzibar?

And his tounge reaches down to his knees. The girls won't leave him alone.



21 posted on 05/16/2005 9:22:43 AM PDT by Big Digger (I)
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To: new cruelty

I feel fortunate to live in the U.S. where gremlins only steal my car keys and the TV remote.


22 posted on 05/16/2005 9:23:08 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: new cruelty
A sex-crazed gremlin?

"Ya wanna do what with me, doc???"

23 posted on 05/16/2005 9:23:26 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: RichInOC

I'm near tears with that post.


24 posted on 05/16/2005 9:24:07 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Adder

""Popo Bawa" even sounds "lispy"..."

Poopoo Bawa Fwank?


25 posted on 05/16/2005 9:25:12 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry (Esse Quam Videre)
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To: RichInOC

ROTFLMAO - CLeaning coffee off the monitor!


26 posted on 05/16/2005 9:25:56 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is a religion of peace, they should fire their P.R. guy!)
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To: dighton

Who's yer Daddy?

27 posted on 05/16/2005 9:26:42 AM PDT by dangus
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To: All
Others cringed in terror at what sounded like a car engine ticking over.
28 posted on 05/16/2005 9:27:18 AM PDT by dighton
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To: new cruelty
CHAKE CHAKE, Tanzania (Reuters) - Mohammed Juma starts to sweat and fidget as he recalls his rape by Popo Bawa, the most feared spirit-monster of the Zanzibar spice islands.

"We believe reading the Koran is our only defense, nothing else," says the 41-year-old driver and father of four. "But Popo Bawa is real, and well prepared."

And remember campers, all cultures are equally valid /SARC

29 posted on 05/16/2005 9:27:41 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Sigma cubed)
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To: The Great RJ

LOL! If not, Tanzania needs to start a tourist campaign for the city by the Bay!


30 posted on 05/16/2005 9:28:00 AM PDT by Millee (So you're a feminist......isn't that cute??)
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To: new cruelty

Seriously, anyone else want to make heads or tails out of why REUTERS is reporting Boba Wawa completely credulously?


31 posted on 05/16/2005 9:28:11 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Junior

Sodomizing gremlin ping.


32 posted on 05/16/2005 9:28:17 AM PDT by cjshapi
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To: new cruelty

I wonder if this bat-thing is related in some way to the infamous Bat Boy on Weekly World News? They are doing a musical in London, you know, with plans for a film...

ROTFLMAO!!!

Baba wawa!!! ~SNORRFLE!!!~


33 posted on 05/16/2005 9:28:23 AM PDT by Froufrou (Froufrou Loves The Spurs!)
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To: new cruelty

<< Now listen to me... I'm gonna say this one more time... I did not have sex with that demon. >>

Good lord!

What a shock to the system to see a picture of that evil psychopathologically-Narcissistic prick wagging that bent diget at US FRom behind our President's lectern.

Shudderrrrrrrrrrrrr ...........


34 posted on 05/16/2005 9:28:39 AM PDT by Brian Allen (I fly and can therefore be envious of no man -- Per Ardua ad Astra!)
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To: new cruelty

35 posted on 05/16/2005 9:28:48 AM PDT by Alouette (The truth is not hard to kill, but a lie told well is immortal. -- Mark Twain)
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To: thag
the monster and his unnatural lust

Well, thag, it appears they have nailed you.

Or you, them.

Kissy,

Bertha

36 posted on 05/16/2005 9:28:54 AM PDT by Finger Monkey (H.R. 25, Fair Tax Act - A consumption tax which replaces the income tax, SS tax, death tax, etc.)
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To: BerthaDee

Bwa ha ha......

rubbing hands with glee.....

Bwa ha ha.....

Chokes on chicken feet.....

snort.....


37 posted on 05/16/2005 9:30:10 AM PDT by thag (Vegetables: What My Dinner Had For Lunch!)
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To: dighton

38 posted on 05/16/2005 9:30:11 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is a religion of peace, they should fire their P.R. guy!)
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To: cjshapi

So, how long have you had a ping list for sodomizing gremlins. Is that a medium volume ping list?


39 posted on 05/16/2005 9:30:31 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

One actually doesn't exist. I just ping for the odd, obscure and absurd. Sorta thought that would fit.


40 posted on 05/16/2005 9:31:31 AM PDT by cjshapi
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To: K4Harty

"... and so the priest tells the minister, "That's easy for the rabbi to say, but I caught him cutting off the end of the exhaust pipe."


41 posted on 05/16/2005 9:32:07 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus
ping list for sodomizing gremlins

*giggle...*

42 posted on 05/16/2005 9:32:19 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is a religion of peace, they should fire their P.R. guy!)
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To: cjshapi

I'm only being silly :^)


43 posted on 05/16/2005 9:32:36 AM PDT by dangus
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To: cjshapi

I am this demon.


44 posted on 05/16/2005 9:33:14 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: cjshapi; dangus
One actually doesn't exist.

Sure it doesn't. ;)

45 posted on 05/16/2005 9:33:27 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

Yep, the Popo Bawa is Bubba in disguise. This story reminds me of those women several years ago willingly had sex with a masked intruder. The intruder didn't hurt them at all. I believe this took place in one of the southern states.


46 posted on 05/16/2005 9:34:10 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: new cruelty
...placing charms at the base of fig trees or sacrificing goats to avert evil or draw favor from the spirit world.

There is a mistake right there---you don't negotiate with demons.

But no placatory offering or witch doctor can deflect Popo Bawa when he has made his mind up to strike, islanders say.

Actually, there is something to deflect this. I believe anyone who has the Holy Spirit can never be possessed or attacked in this way. Christians can come under attack from evil, but not directly as in the case of these poor people.

I remember a story in college before I became a Christian. There was a girl from Haitii who was putting a curse on another girl who lived upstairs. She had a bunch of stuff on the floor--a circle and all kinds of things--candles, water, bones, etc. In the middle of the circle was the girls name. Later, this same Haitian girl said she was going to put another curse on her roommate, who was a devout Christian. The Haitian girl got very upset because she said the curse would "not work, and it is upsetting the spirits very much why I try it."

I know this sounds crazy to many of you--but it is true. I do believe real evil exists out there.

47 posted on 05/16/2005 9:34:15 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: new cruelty
Gays flocking to Zanzibar.
news at eleven
48 posted on 05/16/2005 9:34:33 AM PDT by Charlespg (Civilization and freedom are only worthy of those who defend or support defending It)
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To: dangus

Perhaps this will be the start of a sodomizing gremlins ping list.


49 posted on 05/16/2005 9:34:51 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Lazamataz

Now when I asked you what Lazamataz meant you never once mentioned Popo Bawa. Shame on you!


50 posted on 05/16/2005 9:35:03 AM PDT by cjshapi
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