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Abnormal Realm
News, articles, and other information pushing beyond current boundaries of the paranormal.

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Posted:9/29/2014 7:44:57 PM
You don't want to hear about the urban legend of mother laws then.

Posted:9/29/2014 7:43:26 PM
On that note I think I will look into writing some more articles of legends from other countries.

Posted:9/28/2014 1:05:03 AM
Hope you enjoy

Posted:9/28/2014 1:04:31 AM
How can they when they don't fully understand how memory works.

Posted:9/28/2014 1:01:12 AM
About ten years ago, I went to the local theatre on Halloween to watch the premiere of "The Grudge". Now I know not too many critics enjoyed this movie, but I found the horror film to be entertaining. Did you know that the show is actually based off Japanese folklore of the onryo or vengeful spirit? According to legends, when one dies enrage or in sorrow their ghost returns and is capable of interacting with the world of living. The onryo can infect harm, cause curses and even kill people as it seeks to exact revenge. In Japan, there are tons of stories about vengeful spirits including the Teke-Teke.

There are many versions of this ghostly tale, but for this article the most common one will be told. The story begins with a young Japanese girl walking home late at night, alone. While cutting through a train yard, she is assaulted by a gang of thugs who have their way and leave her for dead. Still clinging onto life, she drags herself across the ground looking for help. Unfortunately, the young woman while crossing over a rail track was not able to move in time as the approaching train cuts her into two.

The legend says her ghost then returns seeking vengeance as a teke-teke. This spirit is described as the upper torso of a woman, without the bottom half, dragging or even walking on her hands or elbows. The name of the ghost comes from the sound of her clawing along the ground, "teke-teke-teke". The spirit is said to be carrying a scythe on her while roaming the city streets or buildings. Variations of the story tell how the teke-teke searches for her legs, seeks revenge on her attackers or is just cursed to wonder the earth, but all agreement an encounter with this ghost is deadly.

If you ever get confronted by this spirit, she pulls out the scythe and with inhuman speed slices you into two. There are stories if you are killed by teke-teke, you are forever cursed to becoming one. The only way to surviving such an encounter is to be quicker than her or hope, in some versions of the story, she asks "Where are my legs?" If the teke-teke does question you this, reply with her legs are at "Meishin Railway" and remember to answer "Kashima Reiko" if asked who told you.

There are many other ghostly tales within Japan which I found to be very dark and twisted. In the near future I plan on posting more Japanese legends and lore, until then I hope you enjoyed reading this series.

Other Sources of Information

"Teke-Teke: Creepy Japanese Myths". Wattpad. September 23, 2014. http://www.wattpad.com



Posted:9/22/2014 11:35:32 PM
There is worst out there.

Posted:9/21/2014 5:00:18 PM
Ghost stories are told to pretence a truth, offer a warning, give an explanation to life, teach a moral and even entertain. In Japan, there is a ghost stories for every occasion in life, even going to the bathroom. Yes, the bathroom has its share of ghouls, spirits demons and other monsters lurking around the toilet. In my next installment of Japanese ghostly tales, I would like to introduce the Aka Manto.

The Aka Manto is a vengeful spirit that haunts public toilets, described to be wearing a red cape and a golden mask. There are many variations to the story, but the most common one starts with a handsome Japanese man killed in a restroom stall. Now there is no explanation as to how or why he was murdered, but to die on the toilet was humiliating and his spirit return seeking revenge.

An encounter with Aka Manto begins with going to a public bathroom to do one's business. Through the stall, you hear a disembodied voice asking if you want red or blue toilet paper. Realizing there is no toilet paper in the stall you would need some. If the response was red, the Aka Manto would appear in front of you to either rip the skin off, decapitate or tear you into pieces as your own blood turns everything red. If the choice was blue, the ghost appears, grabs you by the neck and chokes you until you're blue in the face. In other versions of the story, the question is to a pick red or blue article of clothing, such as a vest or cape.

In most of the Japanese lore, there are ways mentioned on how to escape encounters with ghosts or demons. Unfortunately with the Aka Manto, there are very few options on evading this spirit once it appears. If you try to trick it by not answering the question or choosing another colour, it will grab and pull you to hell through the toilet. If you try to run away, the ghost will catches you and wait for an answer. There are a few stories that say if you answer yellow the Aka Manto dunks your face into the toilet bowel. Gross, but you get to live.

There are many variations to the origins of the Aka Manto as there are to the legend. There has been reports of a man dress in a red cape going far back as the 1930s said to be a stalker, vampire or a ghost. In researching the internet, stories mentioning Aka Manto haunting toilets in public restroom seem to start in the 1980s. The ghost is popular in horror movies, games and manga.

Other Sources

Yokaigrove. "The Rep Cape (Aka Manto)". The Yokai Grove. September 12, 2014. http://yokaigrove.wordpress.com/


Posted:9/16/2014 8:48:36 PM
Welcome. More to come in the following weeks.

Posted:9/15/2014 4:17:46 PM
In investigating or researching any paranormal phenomenon, I believe in the importance of learning about any local legends and myths. Over the years, I have studied folklore, superstitions along with modern urban legends throughout the world. Some of the most twisted and disturbed ghostly tales I ever encountered originate from Japan. With Halloween around the corner, I would like to share a few of those Japanese stories in a three part series by beginning with the Kuckisake-Onna or the Slit-Mouthed Women.

In Japanese lore, the Kuckisake-Onna is a vengeful spirit believed capable of harming and even killing the living. There has been variations of the legend over the centuries, but the one to be told is the modern tale. As the story goes, a vain woman often teased her jealous husband how her beauty could get any man she wanted. One day, her paranoid husband accused her of cheating and in a rage sliced here mouth open from ear to ear with a knife while shouting "Who will think you're beautiful now?" The wife soon died from the injuries.

The legend tells her spirit returns to haunt the streets of Japan seeking revenge. Her ghost would appear on a foggy day or at night in the form of a beautiful woman wearing an over coat with a surgical mask covering her face. In Japan and several other Asian countries, the mask is commonly worn by those not want to spread the cold, flu or other sickness to family and friends. In the case of Kuckisake-Onna, it's to hide the scars from those she confronts.

The tale continues that she will appear out of nowhere approaching you and ask "Am I pretty?". If the answer is yes, she will tear the surgical mask off revealing the scarred mouth and ask "How about now?". At this point, if answered no, she pulls out a sword, a knife, or an oversized pair of scissors, depending on the version of the legend, and kills you on the spot. If you say yes instead, then the ghost slashes your mouth open like hers.

One cannot escape the Kuckisake-Onna, as she is fast and able to instantly teleport in front of you. But according to the myth, there are ways to survive this encounter. The first one is to say yes to the creature first time around then when she asks "how about now?" respond with "so-so","about average" or even "how about me? Am I pretty?". These replies are believed to distract the ghost long enough to escape from as it ponders on your answer. The second way is to offer the spirit amber candy which it takes in delight then disappears

In my research, this modern version or urban legend of Kuckisake-Onna appears in Japan during the 1970s. Early accounts said the spirit would attack young men who resembled her husband. Years later the story became she targetted children. This tale has been featured within popular media forms within Japan.

Other Sources

Kyla. "Kuchisake-Onna". Urban Legends. September 10, 2014. http://urbanlegendsonline.com


Posted:8/30/2014 2:25:24 PM
Every paranormal phenomena I learn about, there has been a number of theories to explain its occurrence. This leaves me disturbed and at times amused, as no definitive answer to what causes these unexplained events can not be agreed on but instead argued. Let me demonstrated this problem by this example. First to describe the situation. While sleeping, you suddenly awake, unable to move, you feel paralysis along with pressure on your chest. Then you feel you are not alone in the room, sensing there is someone or something watching you either hanging over the bed board or hovering off the ceiling. What does this sounds like? An alien abduction, demonic attack or some nightmare and yet any of these could be right depending on whose view. The phenomena is real, as it has been experienced by thousands around the world and throughout history The causes behind it remains unknown as the three possible explanation are disputed.

First, the scientific community, believe the phenomena is caused by sleep paralysis, a condition when a person during the deepest state of sleep suddenly wakes up and find themselves unable to move. They are in a state between dreaming and awake where they could experience hallucination, strange noises, moving images interpreted to be aliens or demons. This could explain some cases, but it does not account for the following situations. One, physical displacement, when the person, after the experience, is moved to another location within the house or even outside. The second, is the appearance of unusual markings on the body, such as bruises, cuts, surgical scars, scratches, burns which could not be self inflected if the individual is unable to move. The last is how does sleep paralysis explain aliens abduction where the person is full awake, mobile, outdoors or even driving like the Hills abduction of 1961.

The other explanation originates from ancient legends and folklore. The belief is these night terrors are resulted by a demon or spirit physically or sexually attacking the person in their sleep. This supernatural event could be found around the world as stories of faeries, ghosts, witches and goblins. In day of science and technology such an explanation is unacceptable as it to admit the existence of such forces.

Now, the third explanation to the phenomena is alien abductions where the person is paralysis by the alien or their technology, then taken away for experimentation. This belief has become popular and more widely accepted within the 30 years as more cases are known and broadcast by today's media. Being from another world is a possibility, but then why do the abduction stop by those believing in a higher power and why some UFO groups advise people to pray to halt their own encounters.

So what is going on? Aliens, ancient evil forces or just the human imagination? No one can fully agree which on it is. As the argument continues, thousands are exposed to unknown forces terrorizing them at night in their own beds. Imagine the irony is all three explanation were involved.