42 Folk Tales To Avoid (Unless You Can Handle Nightmares And Sleepless Nights)

42 Folk Tales To Avoid (Unless You Can Handle Nightmares And Sleepless Nights)

These stories from Ask Reddit are going to haunt you every time you close your eyes.

1. There’s a Japanese ghost of a woman who wears a mask. She approaches young children asking them if they think she is beautiful. If the child answers yes, she removes her mask and asks again. This time her true nature is shown, having her mouth slit from ear to ear. If the child says no, she kills them. If the child says yes again, much in Japanese ghost fashion, she follows them home and kills them.

2. The flying head. In Malaysia we called it “PENANGGAL”. It’s basically a detached head that floats around in the night, seeking the blood of a woman who recently gave birth. The head is floating with its lungs and throat dangling below its neck. When morning comes, the head will fly back and attach to its body.

3. Aka Manto (“Red Cape”). It’s a malicious spirit found in public bathrooms that will offer the unfortunate person either a red or blue paper or cape. If they were to pick red, they would be slashed to death; if they were to pick blue, they would be strangled.

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