I remember one Halloween, when I was 6 or 7 years old, wanting to dress in something scary while trick or treating. Around that time, my whole understanding of scary monsters were ghosts, dragons, bridge troll or any villain from a fairy tale. Keep in mind this was all before the Internet, DVD s, and even before VCR s with the only access to entertainment included books along with 12 channels on television. My final choice was a ghost and with mom’s help I dawn on the classic costume of an old bed sheet that had two eye holes cut out. This Halloween will have many spirits floating around as we look into the Japanese lore of Yurei in this week’s installment about monsters of nightmares.
A haunted doll is a manufactured or handmade doll believed to be possessed, cured or haunted by paranormal forces. The item could had been used in an instrument in a magical ritual or been personal item to someone when they were alive but now the spirit becomes attached to the toy. There are a number of these dolls to exist within the world where some known locally while others reached global recognize through the internet. This YouTube Video talks about a few of them along with mysterious forces surrounding then.
In studying legends and folklore from around the world, one also learns about existing cultural traditions and taboos. As an example, in parts of Asia there is a custom called ohagura involving dyeing one’s teeth black. This practice was mainly performed by women indicating their martial status, wealthy, and sexual maturity. The custom has existed in Japan for hundreds of years that may have given birth to the legend of Ohaguro-Bettari.
Hello everyone. Once again I find myself needing to travel for work and living out of a suitcase. Between the hours of the job and unreliable internet connect at the motel has made posting a bit of a challenge. With some luck, the work will end shortly and could return home to publish more articles on the paranormal along with a new podcast. My experience at this motel which has been a nightmare inspired this YouTube video.
One of the first convention I ever attended was at a hotel in Toronto. There I have seen the latest in ghost hunting equipment, talked with several paranormal groups and learn of the newest research. I remember while attending a question and answer session with one of the guest speakers, someone asked what places would likely to be more haunted one could investigate. His answer was not the cemeteries or burial grounds, but areas that seen and experience the worst of human atrocities such as prison and battlefields. The example he gave which is the final installment of the most haunted places on earth series is Fort Gorge in southern Ontario.