Warning: Please Pee Before Reading.
There are stories — stories that are handed down in families and small villages. They speak of legendary creatures. Of course, there are the boring monsters like the Loch Ness Monster and the Yeti but these are a hell of lot scarier!
Let’s read all about them – and you make up your own mind!
1. Myling (Scandinavia)
The Myling is said to be the soul of an unbaptised child. Mylings attack lone wanderers at night, jump on their backs, and demand to be taken to the graveyard. However, the Myling grows bigger and heavier as they near the graveyard, causing some victims to sink into the soil. If the victim is not able to make it to the cemetery, the Myling kills him.
2. Skinwalkers (Navajo)
In the Navajo culture, the skinwalker is a witch who has the ability to transform into an animal. The skinwalker is also known as “yee nahgloshii” which literally means “he who walks on all fours.” According to legend, recognising a skinwalker or even talking about skinwalkers in general makes the skinwalker come for you. Thus, the saying, “to see is to be seen.” Until now, the Navajo still avoids talking about it.
3. Aswang (Philippines)
The aswang is one of the most prolific monsters in the Filipino culture. Usually a female, the Aswang has the ability to transform into another creature. Though they can prey on anyone, they prefer pregnant women and their unborn foetuses. A winged variation of the aswang, the manananggal, has the ability to rip off half of her body. Leaving the bottom half on the ground, she flies in search of a pregnant woman’s house. She perches on the roof, makes a hole directly above the sleeping pregnant woman, and takes out her long proboscis-like tongue. Her tongue goes through the hole and into the woman’s stomach.
4. Baba Yaga (Russia)
Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a rather ferocious-looking old woman. She is said to fly around in a mortar, wielding a pestle. She lives in a hut deep in the forest and is described to have chicken legs. According to folktales, Baba Yaga may either be a donor or a villain. She may take on a maternal role and help those who seek her or viciously hinder them.
5. Wendigo (North America)
The word “Wendigo” is a Cree Indian word that means “evil that devours.” Wendigos were once human (stories often depict them as Indians, miners, or hunters) who had to resort to cannibalism. Eating human flesh supposedly gives a man supernatural powers and also makes them insatiable. They transform into monsters and lose traces of being human. Wendigos haunt humans but they don’t kill them right away. Often, they hoard human victims and keep them alive to save for rainy days.