May 20, 2005 at 3:24 am #5815
And interesting (failed) attempt to use koran to fight them off.
This fox spirit seems quite modern, like to drive a hot rod.
BELIEF IN SEX-MAD DEMON TESTS NERVES
By William Maclean
May 16, 2005
CHAKE CHAKE, TANZANIA – 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
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.
“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
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
So experienced are the isles’ traditional healers that they draw visitors
from the Gulf and east Africa, with the successful amassing riches and
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.
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
“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.”May 20, 2005 at 9:23 am #5816May 20, 2005 at 7:53 pm #5818
Possibly more important than how to fight, is there something about the individual that attracts these spirits in the first place?
Something I had put out of my mind for a long time… I had a couple experiences with getting buggered by a spirit, maybe 6 years ago. It didn’t sound quite as intense as that story, but it still scared the bejeezus out of me.
Looking back on the events today, that also coincided with a *very* contracted time in my emotional life. It seems silly now, but I wasn’t dealing too well with life at that time. Weeks went by I could barely get out of bed, and if I remember right (I didnt journal that period of my life), that’s when the, uh, visitations happened. 🙂
But they’ve never happened to me since. I used to think of it as an attack/violation/whatever, but now, I see the possibility that it might also have been designed to spur me into some kind of action, that the urge to fight it (when I had pretty much lost the will to fight in the physical) also might have broken the downward spiral I felt myself in.
Seems a little strange to be having a feeling of gratitude for the experience.
BrianMay 20, 2005 at 10:45 pm #5820
brian of the healing plant,
i have found two things, maybe three, to be helpful. one is to expand your own qi field and increase the neutral space. this gives the bad guys less to hold onto. being neutral, it’s not sending out loud signals either to attract them, as say, a heavily yang practice would. best preventive medicine. i havent been bothered in years. but while i was doing a very yang kundalini-based alchemy, i often had to deal with them.
secondly, engage them consciously if you can. demons are easily distracted and egotistical–they love to talk about themselves. engaging it in this way can buy you time to find a way out.
and thirdly, laugh. this really confuses them, as long as the laugh is genuine. people deride this method, and me for promoting it. no skin of my nose. i can laugh all the way to the bank–the sperm bank that is! when these sorts of entities appraoch, ask them what they want. they’ll tell you. they’re too egotistical to resist. and then, laugh at the ridiculousness of them and their mission. they will go away. as the depth and breadth of my laughter grows, fewer and fewer ngative influences come into my life.
invariably, INVARIABLY, the people pestered by these entities are very serious (or in a serious stage) or superstitious (fearful) people, both different types of contraction.
considering the benfits that laughter brings into your life, we can sayu that laughter is a very serious business.May 21, 2005 at 1:44 am #5822
If you’re having wet dreams, don’t blame it on fox spirits right away; a more common reason is weak kidneys. A lot of practicioners will scoff at this idea, since their practices supposedly protect them from that sort of thing. But check the signs.May 21, 2005 at 7:42 pm #5824
Nice to see this board resurrected:-)
peace and smiles to all:)
The following helps me:
Surah 112 – Al Ikhlas THE PURITY OF FAITH
Say: He is God, the One and Only;
God, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him
Surah 113 – Al Falaq THE DAYBREAK
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn
From the mischief of created things;
From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads;
From the mischief of those who practise secret arts;
And from the mischief of the envious one as he practises envy.
Surah 114 – Al Nas MANKIND
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,
The King (or Ruler) of Mankind,
The God (or judge) of Mankind,-
From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper),- (The same) who whispers into the hearts of Mankind,-
Among Jinns and among men.May 21, 2005 at 9:07 pm #5826
Develop very strong concentration, particularly the ability to quiet down your thoughts. Develop ongoing but relaxed awareness of your stream of thoughts.
Don’t indulge in mental-emotinal junk food like pointlessly violent movies and books, video games, etc. If you do, pay attention to your thoughts while doing so and clear your mind afterwards. Visualization is a powerful method, for example together with a mantra or litany. You may be surprised in paying attention how much such media lingers in your mind stream, and how meditation methods then can powerfully change that mental-emotional atmosphere.
Pratice ethical behaviour and wish others well; concentrate on things working out well and peacefully for yourself and others. Don’t indulge in hatred, insulting others with true intent to harm them or make them feel emotionally negative, either silently or openly. When such thoughts come up anyway, just view them in a relaxed way as passing phenomena with no particular importance, like rain clouds that will disperse on their own eventually, don’t identify them as ‘me’, but do remain relaxed about it, like your mind is an interesting laboratory. Bury the hatchet in terms of feelings of vengence toward others; vengence is a very negative dead end.
Concentrating on powerful, positive spiritual practicioners from the past and present, to build up a conection to you and a powerfield around you is very effective.
Includet the energy of the earth in your practice, get grounded in its energy.May 22, 2005 at 2:24 pm #5828
All great advice, Simon.
Mbanu’s point is also well taken, don’t confuse wet dreams with spirit visitations.
Sexual consciousness is extremely complex, because it bonds to your emotions and internal shen activity in so many diverse ways. Its easy to confuse your own sexual projections for that of an outside spirit. You can embodyu your own sexual fantasties and think they are outside spirits.
An outside spirit will have a very real sense of touch. I technically lost my virginity to fox spirits, they came often in my teen years. Visitations just mean you have some imbalance, you are not occupying your own deep center of consciousness, not transforming your own jing into higher consciousness. I personally am grateful to them, it accelerated my awakening.
So an entity sees this lack of self-awareness, see there is a fountain of free food/energy that you are not touching, and thinks, why should I let that go to waste? If the human isin’t going to use , why not me? And maybe they are right – its just the law of the astral jungle – the fittest, the most self-aware are those that will survive best. The dark side has its function.
And good to remember, that in the Cosmic Body of our greater self, the dark side is part of us, and is helping the light side to evolve towards the truth/Tao, center.May 23, 2005 at 12:29 pm #5830May 24, 2005 at 9:53 am #5832
Sounds like they need an African Nuba Wrestler version of Beowulf!
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