10. My hometown is named for the freshwater springs that bubble up everywhere in the woods around town. Obviously this was a perk for early people living there, and so the original settlers were surprised to see that the local Ojibwe avoided the area. They did this because they had a folk memory about a bad spirit that possessed members of the tribe (starting with children) and compelled them to enter into the springs and drown themselves.
Naturally they have a prophecy about it, too; one day or another, they say, “the springs will open again.”
11. Orang Minyak – the oily man in Malay. He’s a shaman or a supernatural being entirely covered in tar or black oil. He gains and increases his powers by abducting and raping virgins. While I studied in Malaysia, a few girls were raped on our campus and somehow Orang Minyak was blamed. The rumor spread like fire. One weekend there was literally an exodus of students all in panic because most of them firmly believed we were being attacked by Orang Minyak. Most of the International students were just in disbelief….