Beware of These 7 Urban Legends

Oct 31, 2023, 09:53 PM IST

Beware of These 7 Urban Legends

Moohita Kaur Garg

What Are Urban Legends?

Urban legends are tales, claims, and stories often circulated as true, and as happened to a ‘friend of a friend’ or a family member. These stories that are often cautionary with a horrifying twist are just tall tales or superstition that serve as a good scary story. Here are some you should know. 

Bloody Mary

As per legends, uttering Bloody Mary’s name thrice (the number may differ) in front of the mirror summons her. Some say she tells people their secret, other legends warn that she kills those who dare call her.

The Yeti

Legends talk of ‘an enormous, shaggy ape-man with huge feet and aggressive, sabre-like teeth’. It is believed that the ‘abominable’ giant snowman is more than 6 feet tall. 

The Jinn

You must be familiar with tales of Genie, the kind magical creature. Now, let us introduce you to Jinns, a scary entity feared in the UAE. The Jinn supposedly appears like a beautiful woman, woos men, and then eats them up. 

The Slender Man

A suited tall, faceless man, Slender Man is said to abduct people, often children, who are never seen again.

Jeff The Killer

An adolescent serial killer made popular by tales online. Born Jeffery Woods, he supposedly went mad after getting disfigured during a fight with bullies. Graveyard shift workers beware, tales say he now kills people who don’t sleep at night.

Teke Teke

This is a Japanese urban legend. It involves the spirit of a young woman who was cut in half in a train accident. If you come across her, she will cut you in half. 

The Spider Bite

This tale says is perhaps the most creepy on this list. The urban legends tell of spider bites that swell up and bursts, only to reveal thousands of tiny spiders in the wound.