Over on the Facebook site, Bill has shared this very interesting article about ‘Creatures & Mythical Beings from Philippine Folklore & Mythology’. The relationship between culture, nationality and folklore and is incredibly interesting.
One of my neighbours is from Trinidad and we often meet and discuss folk beliefs from each other’s cultures. She has taught me about the douen, Lagahoo (which is very crudely put the werewolf of Trinidad), and soucoyant. Having read Enid Blyton as a child, she arrived in Britain excited to find fairies and goblins and was disappointed by our dearth of lived folklore. I think my tales of will o’the wisps and black dogs in the Fenlands weren’t sufficient because they were never something I believed in and were not a part of my childhood ghost stories.
So, if you have any great Gothic folklore or mythology that shaped your childhood nightmares, please share them below!