In Mexico maybe it could be “El Nagual”:
A nagual or nahual (both pronounced [na’wal]) is a human being who has the power to transform either spiritually or physically into an animal form: most commonly jaguar and puma but also other animals such as a donkeys, birds, or dogs and coyotes.
In English the word is often translated as “transforming witch”, but translations without the negative connotations of the word witch would be “transforming trickster” or “shape shifter”.
It is said that some “Naguales” still exist and snatch children to eat them.
There’s also the Manananggal. Female mytho creature.
Rips off half her body and grows wings during the night and searches for pregnant woman to eat the fetus using her long tongue.
Time to throw in some Chinese! Although I’m not from China, but Chinese, so this is stretching the question slightly. Anyway, the Chinese “zombie” or jiangshi (僵尸) is a mummified corpse that has risen from the dead for various reasons. They don’t eat brains, or flesh – they drain you of your life force. They cannot walk or bend their limbs due to rigor mortis, and as such hop after their prey.
That may sound silly at first, but imagine it. Actually imagine walking on a dark road at midnight, by a graveyard. And as the cold night air brushes against your ear, you hear something. Something like footsteps, only heavier, pounding through the grass, stirring the cool air behind you:
Thump. Thump. Thump.
You don’t want to look back. You don’t want to look back.
Thump. Thump. Thump.
I had nightmares about it when I first learned of it. Of it hopping in the dark. Its outstretched arms, wrinkled grey skin, legs locked together, dead face in a slack, frozen leer.
Thump. Thump. Thump.
Redcap – England.
A red cap or redcap, also known as a powrie or dunter, is a type of malevolent, murderous dwarf, goblin, elf or fairy found in Border Folklore. They are said to inhabit ruined castles found along the border between England and Scotland. Redcaps are said to murder travellers who stray into their homes and dye their hats with their victims’ blood (from which they get their name). Redcaps must kill regularly, for if the blood staining their hats dries out, they die. Redcaps are very fast in spite of the heavy iron pikes they wield and the iron-shod boots they wear. Outrunning a redcap is supposedly impossible.
In America, I know of two. Both from states brodering my own (Pennsylvania).
The first is the Jersey Devil. Its origin changes depending on who you ask, but the malt popular version is a woman had 12 children, and was pregnant with number thirteen. Either through superstition (13 is considered an unlucky number) or through a witch’s curse, she was convinced that ten child would be evil. In one version, she leaves her normal, healthy boy out in the forest to die. The rage of being abandoned consumes the child, who morphs into a horrifying creature. In the other version, from birth he is a horrible monster.
The Jersey Devil is the size of (and has the body and head of) a horse, but he has a dog’s nose, giant bat’s wings, and sharp teeth. He can teleport, and he will destroy livestock, farms, and I think he attacks people too. Apparently, Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, who lived in Jersey for a time, saw the Jersey Devil at least once. He lives in the Jersey woods, near farms. It has a horrifying cry. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil
The other is the Mothman of West Virginia. The Mothman is a tall, bipedal, winged creature that appeared for a year in West Virginia in the late 1960s. He seemed to be tall, covered in black fur, with gigantic moth wings and glowing red eyes. His presence was attributed to disaster, but whether he was a warning or the cause of disaster is unknown. The last reported mass sighting was when he flew over and perched on a bridge, which collapsed and killed 46 people. It is unknown whether he died or went into hiding after this, but he disappeared. He lives on in the memories of the residents of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and he has a statue dedicated to him. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothman
Not just in Slovakia, but that’s where learned of it, but I’d go with Poludnica.
She is supposed to be the personification of sun stroke, a midday demon. It is said she appeared to farmers working in the fields around noon and engaged them in conversation asking a difficult riddle. If they didn’t know the answer, she would lop off their head with a scythe.
Where I grew up, there is a mountain named after her and the way I was told the story by my grandfather, it doesn’t look like much from a distance, but is in fact the tallest mountain in the surrounding range. The same way Poludnica, the demon, appears as a small, frail woman in the distance at first, but by the time she gets close, it is already too late.
Indonesia has so many mythical creatures. I think Kuntilanak is the worst of all. Pretty much like Sadako from The Ring, except she can fly and scream like a lunatic.
In New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico, we have La Llorona, The Wailing Woman. She loved a man who scorned her and in her grief she drowned her children in the river.
Her ghost is said to wander the water ways, bridges, even irrigation ditches, searching for them. She wears all white and she weeps tears of blood. She screams and wails all night as she searches for them, and if she comes across you after dark, she’ll drown you.
The Tokoloshe: In Zulu mythology, Tikoloshe, Tokoloshe or Hili is a dwarf-like water sprite. It is considered a mischievous and evil spirit that can become invisible by drinking water. Tokoloshes are called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others. At its least harmful a tokoloshe can be used to scare children, but its power extends to causing illness or even the death of the victim. The creature might be banished by a n’anga (witch doctor), who has the power to expel it from the area.
I heard it slightly different than wiki as a kid because of the Shona influence in Zimbabwe.
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