SCARY STORIES FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES
Cultures all over the world are filled with different foods that we have never tasted before, clothes we have never worn before, and stories that we have never heard before.
But, have you ever thought about the urban legends that fill different cultures and the scary creatures that fill people with fear? Well, here is a list of the scariest stories of different cultures from around the world. Right on time for Halloween right?
1.) The Slender man | Origin: USA and The Internet
The Slender man is a thin and silent stalker who is commonly known for stalking and abducting children. He is extremely thin and tall, with a blank face.
He stalks his victims at first, and whilst you are sleeping he will kidnap you. He will ask you a random question and if you get the answer right, he will break both of your arms and legs.
But, if you get the answer wrong, he will pull your heart out of your body.
2.) El Viejo del Saco | Origin: Chile, Cuba, Mexico
This story is based on a true crime that occurred in the village of Gador, Spain in 1910. The crime was committed by a man named Francisco Ortega who had tuberculosis. He was very sick and went to seek help from a healer.
The healer said he would be healed if he drinks the blood of a young child and uses the blood as a body-rub to rub on his chest. Francisco kidnapped a 7-year-old boy, placed him in a cloth sack, and eventually drank his blood.
The legend of El Viejo del Saco comes from this dark true story. El Viejo del Saco kidnaps misbehaving children and eats them.
3.) The Banshee | Origin: Ireland
The banshee is said to be a bad omen and a sign of someone’s death. When a person hears the loud screeching of a banshee, shortly after, they will die a horrible death.
Legends of the banshee seem to have originated in Ireland.
The banshee is also often said to be seen before a tragic death. Banshees are sometimes depicted as ugly old hags. They can sometimes transform themselves into a beautiful young woman.
4.) The Weeping Woman | Origin: South America
The tale begins with a woman named Maria who drowns her children in a river as revenge to her unfaithful husband.
Filled with sadness about what she had done, she ends her own life. Maria was not allowed to enter heaven because her children were not with her.
Some legends say that The Weeping Woman will kidnap other boys and girls who resemble her own children and will kill them.
She appears by the lakes and rivers screaming the words, “Oh my children!” Anyone who hears her saying these words will die soon after.
5.) The Tokoloshi
Origin: South Africa
The Tokoloshi is a zombie of short stature. These Zombies can be created by removing the eyes and tongue out of a dead person. Life is breathed into the zombie with a special white powder.
They live in the houses of witches and are known for stealing milk from cows and bringing harm to people whenever its master asks. They are usually small, brown and hairy.
We hope that these Halloween stories haven’t scared you all too much. Have a great Halloween guys, and retell these stories to your friends and family, to frighten them.