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Haunted Pemba Island

Updated on June 27, 2014

African Island of Pemba

Pemba is located near the beautiful Zanzibar and there have been ruin found on the island that date back to the 14th century. Cloves are the islands main export as 70 percent of the world's cloves are produced there. With its spectacular views and its valleys that are covered with not only cloves, but coconut and mango plantations. Pemba was never considered much of a tourist attraction but in the last few years this has changed. Some say it is due to the rumors that the island itself is haunted and this is bringing more people to the island, whether it is true or not is up to you to decide.

There have been a few investigations on the island with some things caught on video or on a digital recorder. Some of the things that have been caught are voices, giggling, humming noises and orbs have been seen. A large amount of the activity seems to center around a particular tree, it is said that it is a gathering place for ghosts. It is believed on the island that if you go to this tree at midnight and see a ghost you will be dead by the next night. This rumor is propagated by a man who claims that his daughter had an argument with a ghost at the tree and did indeed die before the next night.

It may also be that the island is haunted due to the belief in witchcraft and the practicing of it on the island. There are supposed to be a large number of practicing witch doctors on Pemba and they are used regularly by the natives on the island. Another of the famous stories on the island is that of the popabauwa. The popabauwa is said to be the ghost of a slave that will invade a home and take the form of the husband so that it may slip into the bed with her. The only protection to be had from the popabauwa is to sleep outside your home until the elder of the village says the popabauwa has moved on.

I do not know about anyone else, but I would be willing to go to the tree at midnight more out of curiosity than anything else. For those of us who believe in the paranormal this island may be a great place to visit.


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      Insane Mundane 

      6 years ago from Earth

      Oh, com'on; can you be more elaborate than this? It sounds like an interesting subject and whatnot; cheers! :D


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