Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Bat Demon Blamed for Sex Attacks

A bat demon known as Popo Bawa, which means "winged bat" is thought to be preying on women in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. The belief is so strong in the region that some men are sleeping outside in groups or staying awake at night.

The demon is thought to be able to take the form of a man and has been blamed for rapes within the city. Smearing one's self with pig oil is thought to repel the demon. Authorities in the area say that most residents don't actually believe in the legend, even though it is persistent. Belief in superstitions and particularly witchcraft is widespread in Tanzania.

The demon is thought to be controlled by witches, summoned and used by them to torment their enemies.

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