Popo Bawa = Ass Goblin

Those are some words I never thought I’d write in my blog. And no, the Ass Goblin isn’t one of Spiderman’s many foes. Rather, “he” is Popo Bawa, a paranormal entity that supposedly haunts the Indian Ocean, including the Utopian isle of Zanzibar. According to many stories that have hit the newswires in the past 24 hours, islands in the Indian Ocean are preyed upon by a cryptozoologic beast called Popo Bawa who is a “bat-like ogre said to prey on men, women and children” or a “sodomizing gremlin.”

“Ass goblin” is funnier.

In all seriousness, many of the reports resemble common experiences of “sleep paralysis”, which I discussed in a previous Bulletin entry (see Nov 25, 2004). Everything, of course, except the sodomy.

For those of you in Ottawa, don’t forget tonight’s Asian Heritage Month literary evening. It’s at the main public library at 120 Metcalfe from 6-9pm. There will be food!