Although several variations exist, the basic story tells of a beautiful woman by the name of Maria who drowns her children in order to be with the man that she loved. The man would not have her, which devastated her. She would not take no for an answer, so she drowned herself in a river in Mexico City. Challenged at the gates of heaven as to the whereabouts of her children, she is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Maria is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offspring, with her constant weeping giving her the name “La Llorona.” She is trapped in between the living world and the spirit world.
In some versions of this tale and legend, La Llorona will kidnap wandering children who resemble her missing children, or children who disobey their parents. People who claim to have seen her say she appears at night or in the late evenings from rivers or lakes in Mexico. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death. She is said to cry, “Ay, mis hijos!” which translates to, “Oh, my children!”
A vicious creature from the Arctic Circle. Irraq began life as an abandoned baby but grew up to become a cannibal. According to tradition, a festival would take place where an ancient form of ice-cream known as ‘akutaq’ would be offered to everyone. Even the smallest of babies were given some. Irraq was missed out on this. Later his family found him alone staring at them with his mouth covered in blood. The mother could not be found anywhere. The villagers gave him a magical amulet for protection and sent him to live in the mountains.
It’s a week from halloween so I’m doing a countdown! I will draw a creature/ monster every day for the coming 7 days. I will draw less known creatures and maybe give a spin on some well known ones!
It would have been awesome if I did this for the whole of october but since I have the concentration span of a chickennugget, 7 days is hard enough.
If you are an artist or someone who just loves creepy things feel free to tag along!
I will tag all these # halloween creature countdown
Chindi is the spirit or the Ghost that is left behind when a person dies according to the beliefs of the Navajo people from south western US. The Chindi spirit contains everything that was bad or evil about that particular individual. If the Chindi makes contact with a another person that person can contract ‘Ghost sickness’ and which can be terminal and lead to death. The Chindi linger around the possessions of the recently deceased person. For this reason and out of fear of contracting ‘Ghost sickness’ the Navajo people often burry or destroy the possessions of the recently deceased person. Also the Navajo people would allow death to happen outdoors so that the Chindi spirit would be able to naturally disperse. If a person dies in a house that only belonged to that person the house will become haunted with the Chindi.
There was a recent case of the Chindi that was reported in the magazine Frontier Times in 1967. Te article spoke of an encounter with the Chindi in 1925. John R. Winslowe met a slender teenage girl called Alice Long Salt. She said that her family was cursed because over 100 years ago, two of her family members deceived a blind medicine man. The medicine man cursed the Long Salts family with a Chindi spirit. The Chindi gave Ghost sickness to various members of the family. Alice’s father was stricken ill, became weak and died of illness. Alice’s two uncles became crippled and weak and eventually died as well. Later in 1928, Alice Long Salt was found dead 3 miles from the trading post of Red Mesa.
Black creatures that were semi-human in appearance. They live in the rivers and a Witch doctor is usually called upon to expel them. They remain invisible to many except to cursed. They enter the houses of others and haunt them. And are known to bite off your toes while sleeping. The Tokolosh remained on the ground so to prevent the haunting of a Tokolosh, people would build their beds high off the ground. Tokoloshes also have no thumbs this is why before shaking your hand some africans will check if you have thumbs.