Happy Halloween, everyone!
Halloween is a time for monsters, ghosts and scary creatures. But did you know that many countries have different kinds of ghosts? Let’s look at ghosts from 5 different countries!
But before we start, let’s check some new words:
1. The USA and the UK
This is the classic ghost. It is a shapeless white person that looks like a sheet. It usually flies and can go through walls. Some people say this is because there were doors in the wall when the ghosts were alive! What do you think?
No picture for this – Greg says it’s too scary! Please Google search it if you are interested.
In Romania ghosts are called “Strigoi”. Romania is the home of Dracula, the famous vampire! These ghosts are like vampires because they drink people’s blood. They are the ghosts of people who lived bad or unhappy lives. Do you think they are real?
China has ghosts called “Jiang Shi” (僵尸 in Chinese kanji). They are terrifying things that have green skin and wear traditional clothes. They don’t walk or fly, they jump! They are usually people who have died in a bad way. Do you think jumping is a good way for ghosts to move?
India has many, many trains. Maybe you aren’t surprised that India’s ghosts are the victims of train accidents! They usually have no heads, because they lost their heads in the accident. They are dangerous but not clever, because they have no heads! They are called “Skondhokatas”. Can you pronounce this? We can’t!
5. Kuchisake-onna (口裂け女)
Maybe you know this one! It’s from Japan. This ghost is a woman who wears a mask. She will welcome your attention and then pull off the mask. Under, her mouth will look very scary! Do you know more about this ghost? Why don’t you tell the Freedom teachers?