Category Archives: Legends

Hanako-san Past The TP

One element I always enjoyed in researching about the paranormal was reading legends from ancient times to urban myths. I covered a vast amount over the years, skimming through tales of vampires, bizarre deaths, haunted houses along with the outlandish such as cursed underwear. However, when I believe there could be nothing more disturbing out there to learn, urban legends involving bathrooms comes around. Not even the toilet is spared from stories where one could encounter demons, ghosts, portals and even death. In this second installment of supernatural entities to beware of when going to the bathroom here is the Japanese urban tales of Toire no Hanako-san.

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What’s Worst Than Cockroaches?

Every place in the world has its own legends and superstitions. In most folklore, there are beliefs about gods, demons, and spirits which haunts certain locations. Not even the bathroom is spared in having otherworldly beings inhabiting the place with unknown intentions. In a three part series, Abnormal Realm looks into the supernatural creatures where legends warn to beware of when using the toilet such as the Akaname of Japan.

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Jikininki: The Japanese Walking Dead

Jikininki, in Buddhism, are spirits who were cursed to eat dead human flesh because they were greedy, selfish or evil before they died. They were normal humans who couldn’t die properly because of the curse and now only exist as creatures that scour around for human corpses to eat. The name Jikininki literally translates to human-eating ghosts. According to several myths, the Jikininki cannot control their desire to eat human flesh and are often remorseful about it.

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