Postman Shibble is forced to navigate a minefield of creatures which convey cultural turmoil, colonial racism and sexual taboo! Controversial creatures he unintentionally covered on his own show, with the help of my puppeteering from the shadows! 🤣 

We discuss Chupacabra, Popobawa, Pishtaco and Mamlambo: Monsters spawned from contemporary anxieties of foreign societies, locally used as cultural or linguistic memes. Societal boogeymen who cross national borders to find themselves bastardized as cryptids by Western society. 

Why is cultural imperialism still prevalent in the cryptid world? We are just white dudes who have no fuckin’ clue!… so we scrap this topic and go off bastardizing our favorite movie monsters!


Huge THANK YOU!!! to Shibble from Uncle Monster’s Spooky Time Fright Hour for spraining his ankles tap-dancing around the questionable issues I threw at him! Thankfully, he is not the editor of this podcast, so everything remained as is in all its hilarity! 🤣

Follow Shibble on Twitter @christhefriend

Check out his podcast Uncle Monster’s Spooky Time Fright Hour HERE Such a long name, even the Popobawa is emasculated by it!

Follow the podcast on Instagram @unclemonster6 or Twitter @UncleMonsterpod

Check out their Patreon for cool horror movie discussions at


And finally, check the amazingly questionable episodes I helped them produce:

Episode 210: The Popobawa or “Didn’t Dumb Johnny Used To Have Two Eyes?”

Episode 212: Chewing the Fat With the Pishtaco

Episode 215: Check Out Our One Eyed Monster, The Mapinguari!

Episode 217: Hey Mambo! It’s The Mamlambo (feat. Jackie Tohn)

Episode 304: The Cursed Vibes of the Kasai Rex

Episode 306: When I Say I Love You, You Say You Preta!


Send us suggestions and comments to

Follow us on Instagram @tracingowls or Twitter @TracingOwls

Check our Linktree:

Intro sampled from “Something strange lurks in the shadows” by Francisco Sánchez (@fanchisanchez)

Sound effects obtained from



A researcher we are so proud of briefly communicating with, who provided us kind words and affirmation we are on the right track: 

Thompson, Katrina Daly (2017). Popobawa: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings.

Page | Posts

Vuk/Darwin, host of Tracing Owls Podcast. All-around trickster weirdo discussing biology, forteana, the paranormal and their intricate cultural nuances!