Halloween Special

My favorite time of year…Halloween. This show is all about storytelling.

We had fun discussing everything from Voodoo, Skin Walkers, ghosts, La Llorona, the Manaannaggal and more. Sit back and listen as we try to scare you and maybe teach you something along the way.

History of Halloween

Festival of the dying year. Fall to winter, life and death. Halloween is thought to have originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced so-wan), when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. This tradition marked the end of the harvest season for celtic farmers. Spirits could rise from the graves and walk among the living.

In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain (to discourage pagan rituals). They kept their old ritual as it evolved to all Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into what it is today sweet treats, kid friendly, costumes, pumpkins and creepy characters.

Voodoo

Next we talked to James Duvalier who gave us the low down on the history of Voodoo. James is a priest of New Orleans Voodoo in the tradition of Marie Laveau.

Spooked in Seattle

Rated the number one ghost tour in Seattle. June and Ross took us on a mini tour of Spooked in Seattle and shared many creepy stories. One story involved an investigation in the room the exorcist was based off.

Check out their website for more information on tours, how to join AGhost, and get info on their new “How to Murder” tour.

Narrative Therapist – Randy Scott

We talked to Randy Scott who is a counselor that approaches problems from a social constructionist standpoint. Narrative therapists work along side people who consider themselves socio-narratologists. They look at how similar stories are spread across different cultures and geographical locations. One example is Sasquatch.

Nature is mysterious, and all cultures are trying to make sense of life after death.

The Manananggal

Our friend Liz talked about the Manaanaggal. The Manananggal is a vampire-like mythical creature of the Philippines, a malevolent, man-eating and blood-sucking monster or witch. The manananggal is described as scary, often hideous, usually depicted as female, and always capable of severing its upper torso and sprouting huge bat-like wings to fly into the night in search of its victims. The manananggal is said to favor preying on sleeping, pregnant women, using an elongated proboscis like tongue (accck) to suck the hearts of fetuses, or the blood of someone who is sleeping. You can find out more about it here.

La Llorona

Kaily Serralta discussed an urban legend she grew up with about a woman named La Llorona.

Often known as the weeping woman, she only comes out on Halloween and kids are often told she will kidnap them if they misbehave.

La Llorona had three children with a rich nobleman. He married another and La Llorona drowned her children. She told the nobleman what she had done and then drowned herself. She is said to be cursed for eternity to roam the land looking for her children while filled with grief. You can check out more latino urban legends here.

Skin Walker

Adrian Keyonnie discussed the Navajo skin walker that is called ‘yee naaldlooshii’. Often known as a shape shifter with the ability to turn into any animal they desire. The Navajo skin walker is a variety of Navajo witch.

Adrian shared one of his skin walker stories on his reservation in the Southwest.

Professor Elemental

No show is complete without an addition from Professor Elemental. His story is definitely one of a kind. You’ll just have to hear it for yourself.

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