10 Monster Legends From Around The World

Posted by Editorial Staff in Geeks and Gaming On 3rd February 2017
ADVERTISEMENT

People have reported monsters since they could communicate. Real or fake, the stories probably aren’t going to stop anytime soon. Here are ten critters, ghosts, and creeps from around the world that you likely haven’t heard of.

#1 The Little Red Man

According to French legend, a man named Jean once worked as a butcher near the Tuileries during the reign of Catherine de Medicis (which was 1547 to 1559). Jean apparently knew too much and was executed when he threatened to reveal a number of the crown’s secrets. At his execution, Jean swore that he would rise from the dead. Jean’s ghost, hunchbacked and covered in blood, reappeared to haunt Catherine for the rest of her life.

The “Little Red Man” has continued to haunt the Tuileries, usually appearing on the eve of a great disaster. Napoleon himself allegedly encountered the Little Red Man twice. During his second encounter, Napoleon begged the spirit to change whatever horrible portent it was bringing. The Little Red Man refused and then vanished on the stairwell when no one was looking.

ADVERTISEMENT

#2 The Roof Walkers Of Scandinavia

The Tag Vandren (Roof Walkers) of Scandinavia are a fairly new urban legend. They prefer to stay above the ground for unknown reasons, so they make fantastic leaps from rooftop to rooftop. Described as looking like handsome people with clawed hands and glowing orange dog eyes, they either wear all black or have pitch black skin.

The most detailed Roof Walker story tells of a man who, late one night, looked out his apartment window and saw someone walking on the roof of the opposite building. After a bit, the strange figure jumped and landed on his window border with a crash! The figure stared right at him with glowing, orange eyes, and the man bolted out of the room without a second thought.

#3 Hachishakusama

The story of Hachishakusama, which roughly translates as “Eight-Feet-Tall,” is an Internet legend from Japan that was first posted online in 2008 before quickly being adopted into comics and games throughout the country. According to the storyteller, he was visiting his grandparents’ home in a small village when he saw a strange lady who seemed abnormally tall and who laughed in a strange way.

When the grandparents were told, they panicked. It was known that any youngster whom Hachishakusama showed an interest in died within a few days. With the help of a powerful exorcist, a shield of kinsmen, and three fast cars, they managed to transport the grandson out of the area, but he could never visit his grandparents again, not even to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

ADVERTISEMENT

#4 El Sacoman

In Spain in 1910, a seven-year-old boy was kidnapped to be used as a cure for Francisco Ortega’s tuberculosis. Ortega had been told by a local healer that he could rid himself of the disease by drinking the blood of a child and spreading a hot poultice made from the child’s fat across his chest. For a large sum of money, the healer drugged the boy and put him in a sack. He was killed and used as prescribed. Ortega and the healer were both executed.

This grim tale is now connected to the legend of a man carrying a black bag. He walks up and down nighttime streets in Mexico and Latin America, always on the lookout for any children who should not be out or who are misbehaving. He is known by many names, perhaps the most recognizable to a foreigner being El Sacoman—The Sackman.

ADVERTISEMENT
Page 1 Of 4
Next

Your thoughts?

Sponsored Content

ADVERTISEMENT