THE NIGHT DEMON OF TANZANIA

THE NIGHT DEMON OF TANZANIA

  • Located: Tanzanian island of Pemba in the Indian Ocean
  • This evil creature can change shape — a bat sometimes, a human-like form at others.
  • It prefers to come out at night, but some say they have seen it during the day. The popobawa — “bat-wing” in Swahili — is indiscriminate in its targets.
  • But in a common retelling, the spirit sexually assaults men.
  • Reports of attack send some locals into a panic. A few years ago, a series of night-time sexual assaults were blamed on the popobawa.

 

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