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Archive for November 13th, 2009

Supernatural Elements! »

Riding off of Halloween this week’s world news theme is supernatural elements! Any spooky event, incident, or legend pertaining to a certain city or region, or anything spookier within each world news contributor’s home country will be shared
Sincerely your World News editors,
Beyza, Jan, Jessa, Martina

“Nang Nak” or Thai Ghost Wife »

This week I would like to provide something related to the spooky Halloween event. It is about the legendary supernatural elements; “Nang Nak” or “Thai Ghost Wife” which is a very well known folk/ghost tale in Thailand. The popular legend tells that the story took place around mid 18th century. The story begins as [...]

Le meunier des fonds de Quarreux »

The Southern part of Belgium and especially the Ardennes, is a wild and hilly area covered with forests full of legends and myths. One of them is related to a place called ‘Les fonds de Quarreux’, on the Ambleve river near the city of Aywaille. At this very specific place the riverbed is packed with [...]

都市伝説 (Toshi Densetsu) »

I都市伝説(toshi densetsu) is initially just a story which has been told among people. As the time passes, the story becomes more scary and always involves “the ghost,” or something we can’t explain.
I do not really know how this transition occurred, but it is not hard to guess that people tend to make stories more exciting [...]

Folklore and bad luck in Sweden »

Something that exists in Nordic mythology is the creature called “Nattmaran.” This creature was believed to have come in the form of a woman and would sneak into the bedroom at night through a keyhole. It would then sit on the man or woman’s chest and this would make them feel like they were being [...]

La Llorona “The weeping woman” »

In different cultures, people tell and retell stories as a way of transmitting knowledge. In Latin America legends and myths are used to preserve collective memory of our history and traditions. These stories are retold from one generation to another, and sometimes they could suffer variations depending on the countries. Today, I would like to [...]

Haunted Kremlin »

Old fortresses, even after one battle, are sometimes claimed to have ghosts and spirits of defeated souls roaming them. Kremlin was priginally a fortress, then a castle of aort, and more recently served as headquarters for a major world power that was spreading workers’ revolution throughout the world.
Internal political conflicts, assassinations of political leaders and [...]

Friday the 13th »

Many people in Germany and in the world believe in the good or bad luck of Friday the 13th.
Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has [...]

Spooky Ghost City in China »

Located on the north bank of the Yangtze River, Fengdu is an ancient city with a long history, known as the “Ghost City” to most Chinese people. It got its reputation as the “Ghost City” during the Eastern Han Dynasty (A.D. 25 – A.D. 220). Two officials from the imperial court: Wang Fangping and Yin [...]

Warlocks and Chiloé »

There are a great number of scary stories and legends in Chile, from the desert in the north to the Patagonia in the south. Most of the stories are from pre-Colombian times, and there are only a few that involve more contemporary people and events. But if you’re interested in the supernatural in Chile, Chiloé [...]

Czech Mystical Creatures »

Spooky and super cool — I will introduce to you an original Czech Mystical Creature – Vodnik, in translation, the Waterman. He is also known to be present in Germany in a slightly altered form, but he doesn’t live anywhere else in the world. He probably decided to reside in Czech due to the abundant [...]