Halloween is in the air, so let's look at a very old folktale, "bloody-bones." It's a creepy story that many kids have heard before especially when they were misbehaving! Let's start with these terrifying facts:
- Bloody-bones is a bogeyman.
- It's also called, Rawhead, Tommy Rawhead, and Rawhead & Bloody-bones.
- The stories originate from Great Britain.
- Bloody-bones in some legends live near ponds.
- It also lives under the stairs.
- The name bloody-bones has been recorded in the dictionary since at least in the 1560s. Maybe even earlier.
- It was an obvious story to scare children and make them behave.
- It's appearance is this, a skull and it's flesh is stripped from it's skin.
- The author, Ruth Tongue wrote that bloody-bones is a crouching creature that has blood running from its face. It likes to sit on the bones of children that were bad.
Gruesome folktale that was used to scare children in being little ladies and gentleman. This bloody creature under your bed or stairs for that matter, wouldn't be a pretty sight. Maybe though there is something behind on this legend that has some fact? Maybe in nightmares? Think about that now and while you think, read this American folktale about bloody-bones," retold by S. E. Schlosser: Raw Head and Bloody Bones
Ruth Tongue, "Somerset Folklore"