Revenge of the ghost children

July 16, 2012 15:38

Not every child is expected in this world. Alas, the history of mankind knows a thousand ways resorted to by women to get rid of an unwanted child.

Middle Ages

From the novel by MA Bulgakov's "Master and Margarita" we remember Freda, who became pregnant from a host of cafes, "gave birth to the boy, took him into the forest and put her handkerchief in his mouth, and then buried the boy in the land." Even in the world of the beyond Frida doomed every day to see on the dresser the same scarf with blue platter — a reminder of the crime.

 In Shakespeare's "Macbeth" witch, preparing his hellish brew, among other ingredients thrown into the boiler:

"… Mother in mud dwellers
At birth, a moment later,
Strangulation of a child,
Buried in the ditch,
To deceive the fame. "

Not surprisingly, people's beliefs brought us a lot of scary legends about ghosts of dead children. And if the other ghosts may not be in relation to people aggression, these, however, emphasized hostile.
Of course, life in the Middle Ages was more severe, and like it — more vicious than it is now, but no doubt, the murder of the child could not but affect the conscience of the person who committed that terrible crime. Perhaps the ghosts of children that so often tells folklore — neither more nor less than a product of guilt, tormented by the killer. After all, the human imagination, tormented conscience, can create a truly creepy images …

Abandoned in the Snow

Thus, the Eskimos from ancient times was common belief angyaka — rather bloodthirsty spirit, capable of destroying a whole village. Food shortages forced some families to get rid of extra mouths to feed — babies killed throat snow and left to die away from human dwellings. However, if the child has been given a name, then after a while it can be reborn in the guise angyaka.
A traveler crossing the icy wilderness, must be wary, having heard in the silence of the polar night, a child crying. If you do not turn from the path, a few minutes a person will hear the flapping of wings — fly over his head, a white owl, and the road will be a little man, covered, like an animal, brown hair. His sharp claws and fangs, more terrible than the animal, which he immediately bring to bear. Baby ghost, who knew mother hugs, squeezes his victim so hard that she loses consciousness, and soon life.
It is said that during the year following the death angyak comes at night to his mother and fed her milk, sucking at the same time of her life. The woman thinks that just dream about the baby, healthy and rosy-cheeked. And only when the disease begins to undermine her power to mind miserable creeps idea that maybe the night she is visited by a ghost.
In his boat from the dog skull, rowing oar from a dog bone, angyak floats on the sea, sometimes arranging terrible storm and tempest. Then killed those who once attributed his mother has advised her child to die in the snow …

Ruthless Avengers

Snowy owl flapping wings above his head, is believed to portend disaster.

In Scandinavia, the ghost of the murdered baby called utburd, translated from Old Norse meaning "child learned from home." Just as angyak, utburd usually first kills his parents. If a woman had a child before marriage and secretly got rid of it, the ghost of the baby could come to her right on the wedding, if it occurs. Many rural legends tells about how half-decayed corpse of the child suddenly collapse in the doors where feasted unsuspecting peasants. These stories in the spirit of "all the secrets come out" to an end, as a rule, death or insanity mother-killer.
Legend has it that utburd can turn into mist to seep through a keyhole. When attacking, the ghost can grow to the size haystacks. Its strength is that it can simply crush a man trample him like an insect. In the minds of people absolutely helpless being turned into an all-powerful being — ruthlessly ruined, utburd not know mercy.
Woe to anyone who accidentally wandered into the place where parents bury their child — there utburd could attack anyone. If the traveler was quite attentive, he could see in the distance a figure child contorted with rage face and clenched fists. Sometimes people have also seen a white owl or a big black dog. Then the man behind the heavy footsteps were heard loud — the specter began pursuit and escape from it was impossible … Only the river water could save the traveler from chasing after him utburda. Some also believed in the magical power of iron objects — in the views of people of ancient iron born in the fire, was a powerful talisman against all evil forces.

"I do not have a back"

Ghosts of children — a product of the imagination of their killers.

Slavs also believed that children who die unbaptized, become evil spirits. They are called Mavka, or grooves. Slavic root "Nav" means death, it is also possible that the word "Mavka" comes from the Gothic mawi — girl. Both explanations are possible, given that mavok pose as children or virgins in white shirts with long flowing hair. Sometimes Mavka ask traveler scallops have received the token, taken combing hair, and a person can slowly get out. Some beliefs say that mavok no skin on the back, which is why we can consider their insides. For this they are also called "non-back".
Burst of activity observed in mavok mermaid week (the week before the festival of the Trinity). These days you can see them in the fields, they run amidst verdant crops, singing: "My mother gave birth to me, unbaptized buried!" Mavka recall caused them harm, and people are taking revenge, beating the travelers from the road, luring them into the woods or swamp. Sometimes Mavka like mermaids can tickle the victim to death.
Mavka, breakdown in the ghostly appearance at least seven years, can be saved. It needs to splash water on it with the words "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" — and the ghost will turn into an angel, which will go to paradise and put in a good word to God for his benefactor.

Icy hands

Castle Gisland that in Cumberland (England), is famous for the following grim history. Once, in one of the upper rooms in the punishment for disobedience was trapped the little boy. The child died, forgotten by everyone in a cold room, where no one thought to melt the fireplace. Since then, the castle often see his ghost. He shivered and whimpered pitifully. Sometimes he sits on the bed next to a sleeping and, putting his forehead its icy hand of man, and whispers: "The cold, eternal cold, cold soon engulf you," After such a visit, a person usually becomes ill and short-lived. Cold castle Gisland really able to pin down the most courageous heart …

Emilia Galagan

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