View Full Version : Local folklore.

03-11-2007, 02:15 PM
I've always been interested in folkore. I like history, and folklore plays a big role in it. Anyway, are there any local legends about where you live?

Here there's a few. The road I live on has a "haunted" covered bridge, and there's like 3 crybaby bridges in my town. Nothing too special, but still moderately interesting.

03-11-2007, 02:20 PM
thats sounds like a cool place to kick it........

03-11-2007, 02:24 PM
Following the Homestead Act of 1862, many Scandinavians pioneered the lands of the mid-West. These frontier settlers worked hard, and were justly proud of their new home in America. They were not above boasting about their new country, especially to settlers who came from the old.

One man would often speak longingly to his neighbor, Sven, about the echoes in the mountains surrounding his old home.

"I vould call out 'Yonson'," said he, "and 20 minutes later comes back such a strong echo that it would knock me to the ground."

Well, Sven was not about to let that boast go unchallenged.

"You call that an echo?" he scoffed. "Why, here in Minnesota, we can yell 'Yonson' and in less than a minute we'll get 500 hundred echoes saying 'Vich Yonson?'!"

If you've ever heard the song about that... it goes "My name is Yon Yonson, I come from Wisconsin. I work as a lumberjack there. The people I meet when I walk down the street, they ask me my name and I say..." and it's just repeated like that over and over. It's sung with a pseudo-Dutch accent... and if you think about it, Yon Yonson is the Dutch equivalent of John Johnson. I used to sing that song all the time as a kid and I never got it, haha.

03-11-2007, 02:28 PM
I'd be running across that bridge with my pants down and a gallon of petroleum jelly all night long.

No seriously, i think every town/city has places like that.

03-11-2007, 02:30 PM
Well, the place I live in is built in the middle of a frikkin forest!

03-11-2007, 02:33 PM
Folklore and bridges? I'm so :confused:. I believe that we have tons of folklore traditions but I don't feel like looking into it.

Sim, where you aaaaaare? :(

Rag Doll
03-11-2007, 02:52 PM
www.weirdnj.com. or, more specifically, these are all near me

-all the stories about william paterson/hobart manor. thats my town/my university.

-this is like, 10 minutes from me

-just up the highway from me. i have been here many times, including late at night with nieh & some friends. nothing has ever happened, except almost getting in car accidents (and that happened on a ridiculously rainy night).

-this is on the way to the aforementioned road. unfortunately, i think all the houses are gone now =\. i have pictures of it somewhere. i know nieh has been there also, but i dunno if he has pictures.

-about 2 towns over from me. never been though. i'm always afraid of getting arrested, which would suck with my future occupation.

-one of those is in my town.

and who can forget the jersey devil (http://www.weirdnj.com/stories/_unexplained05.asp)?

there are more things, but they're not all on the website. i have them in the magazines that weirdnj puts out.

03-11-2007, 03:02 PM
I've always wanted to go to the Pine Barrens someday. Those links are cool.

03-11-2007, 03:14 PM
Despite being Christianised, we've kept plenty of beliefs, traditions and folklore, some of which date back to the 6th century.

It's difficult to list things because there's a lot, but I guess I'll just go with things that are somewhat related to places where I've lived.

There used to be a strong oral folklore related to demons. Where I lived there apparently used to be a fire-spitting dog haunting one house. You'd hear a lot of things from the old women.

There are many vampire stories, even from the 20th century. My grandmother used to live in a house with a café on the ground floor which a vampire from a 17th century cemetery across the street used to frequent. There were a couple bloody and mysterious deaths in that café.

Apart from demons there were the fairies, Rusalky and Vodník among many who drowned people and each castle/castle ruin has its own legend, ghost or evil ruler (i.e. Báthory who tortured and killed around 600 female servants or as legend goes bathed in their blood).

03-11-2007, 05:13 PM
I used to live in this town with a bunch of albinos and they believe that on like April 25 (there was some official date) all the albinos come out, rip you out of your car, and eat your face. People ACTUALLY stay home. lololol

03-12-2007, 11:54 AM
I live next to the tax and revenues building. Tax means both "tax" and "treasure" in Danish. It's not really folklore, but I find that amusing. I haven't researched it but you can spend a lot of time wondering how that combination came up. Maybe as far back as viking time where we "taxed" the English for our "treasure". but probably not.

Khaaan lives near Ægir street, Ægir was the race in Norse mythology from which the Gods came or something like that.