Here are a few from Alaska:
The Mahaha (Inuit legend): A thin, sinewy demon with long, bony fingers and sharp nails. Always depicted as having long, stringy hair that hangs in its face. Eyes are piercing white. He wears little to no clothing and is always barefoot, despite the cold. It’s said that basically tickles its victims to death, leaving their victims with a twisted smile on their frozen face. To escape the Mahaha you must fool it, usually by offering it a drink of water from an opening in the ice and then pushing it in.
The Taqriaqsuit (Inuit Legend): A tribe of shadow people who live in a world just beyond our perception. When you are alone but hear footsteps or whispers in the woods around you, those are the Taqriaqsuit watching you. If you happen to notice them, they will vanish into the ground. Occasionally, they invite people to crossover into their world.
The Qallupilluk (Inuit Legend): Creatures that live in the arctic waters with scaly, bumpy skin, that reek of sulfur. They hide in the water, waiting for children to go near the beach or breaking ice. They jump out of the water and snatch the children. Often seen wearing eider duck clothing and carrying large pouches on their backs to carry the children in. Sometimes they can be heard knocking on the underside of the ice, trying to entice children to venture out to investigate the noise.
Foggy Man: From Athabascan legend. Found in bogs and waterways, anywhere there is fog. He emerges from the fog, often in his boat. He will try to lure people into or close to the water, usually with some sort of trade. Convinces people to go with him on his boat and they are never heard from again. Some say he merely emerges from the fog, others say he is made of fog.
The Angiaks: Like an Inuit vampire, but different. They die, usually from natural causes that could have been avoided, and they come back as an Angiak. Returning for their family first, they slaughter them, draining their blood and devouring some of the flesh. After their family, they begin to consume everyone else in their village.
Ircenrraat (Yup’ik legend): Also known as “The Little People”. Often described as tricksters that live in the tundra. Usually they just disorient and discomfort travelers and hunters, but occasionally they will abduct people. Said to be quite strong and that just one of them can carry an entire caribou across the tundra on his own. Sometimes they leave their victims in a confused, dazed stupor; other times they simply play pranks (like taking all of the camp’s water jugs and leaving them over the next hill) and then disappear unseen.
East Anglia, UK. The Black Shuck, a large black dog with shaggy fur, red eyes and bared teeth.
The Black Schuck prowls along dark lanes at night and empty field footpaths. It is said that when you see the Black Shuck, the observer will have an immediate death.
Here’s a snippet about the dog:
He takes the form of a huge black dog, and prowls along dark lanes and lonesome field footpaths, where, although his howling makes the hearer’s blood run cold, his footfalls make no sound. You may know him at once, should you see him, by his fiery eye; he has but one, and that, like the Cyclops’, is in the middle of his head. But such an encounter might bring you the worst of luck: it is even said that to meet him is to be warned that your death will occur before the end of the year. So you will do well to shut your eyes if you hear him howling; shut them even if you are uncertain whether it is the dog fiend or the voice of the wind you hear.
Ireland has a lot of creepy folklore, one I like is the Dullahan. He is essentially a headless horseman who rides a black stallion or has a carriage driven by 6 headless horses. If he watch him ride by he may throw a bucket of blood at you or make you blind in one eye. If he stops and calls your name, you die. He is however afraid of gold so you carry that to keep him away.
The Boraro – Colombian Folklore
It is a more monstrous version of The Curupira from Brazilian Folklore in the mythology of the Tucano people. Much like the “Curupira” it has backwards facing feet to confuse it’s foes and is a protector of wildlife. Beyond its feet however, it is far more grotesque in appearance. It is very tall to the extent it is tree sized, pale skinned but covered in black fur, has large forward facing ears, fangs and huge pendulous genitals. It has no joints in its knees, so if it falls down it has great trouble getting up. It uses two main ways to kills its victims, first its urine is a lethal poison
Secondly, if it catches a victim in its embrace it will crush them without breaking skin or bones, until their flesh is pulp. Then it drinks the pulp through a small hole made in the victims head, after which the victims empty skin is inflated like a balloon and are then sent home in a daze, where they subsequently die. It can be placated by tobacco, but to escape it one can either place their hands in its footprints which will cause its legs to stiffen and temporarily fell the monster, or alternatively run backwards while facing it, which confuses the monster.
I honestly don’t know where it comes from but my grandad used to tell me the story about “an fear glas”, gaelic for “the green man”. Used to scare the shit out of me. This is how he used to tell it more or less.
In a time before saints or religion had come to Ireland, people would bury their dead with an offering. Usually the offering had to match the person’s lifestyle. If the dead had been a poor farmer, a small offering of a loaf of brown bread or a sod of turf would do. A rich man like a landlord or banker would have to leave a money offering.
In such circumstances you’d go to a green man. (On a side, from what I know, it wasn’t actually a man, it was a faerie like creature said to be about the size of a small child). When a person died, the green man would lay down on the grass beside their grave and await the offering. It was said that the green man would actively prevent the soul from moving on , and would actually torture the dead as they lay, making them believe they were alive and buried below ground, with no one coming to help them. It only let the dead go once the offering was made. (Don’t know if this is true but my grandad used to say that the sound of the banshee was actually not the banshee, it was the screams of the dead being tortured by the green man) The belief that one is dead is said to be the relief that the offerings bring. When the dead come to terms with their demise they move on. The green man was the grave keeper, a small child lying eyes open next to the graves.
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