Gwishin or Korean ghosts are souls of the people who have died and are unable to go over to the other side. Many of them are sighted in abandoned buildings, houses, cemeteries, forests, etc. When a person dies without completing something that they must do (e.g. revenge or staying longer with their family), their spirit does not go to the underground world after their death. Instead, they remain on earth until they have completed what they want to do.
The most famous of gwishin is probably the Cheonyeo Gwishin orthe virgin ghost (usually female). Being born as a traditional woman in Korea was hardship. They were often taught of the best virtues; like serving her father, husband and son. To die a Cheonyeo meant you didn’t fulfill your purpose and therefore, your life was meaningless. As a result, it would be impossible to tear yourself away from this world.
The white hanbok which these gwishin wear is the sobok (the traditional mourning clothes). Their hair is usually down and covers their faces—which implies that since they’re unmarried, they do not have the right to put it up nor show their face. Male gwishin are somewhat rare, but they’re like female ghosts, except female gwishin are more often heard.
When a gwishin approaches, the atmosphere changes most of the time. You will suddenly feel cold and the surroundings will look eerie and breezy. Once it’s close, you will feel something that is touching you (e.g. a cloth gently touching your skin, hair feels like it’s being played around with).
A Seductress Ghost is a the spirit of a woman or man who initiates a post-death love affair with a living human as seen in Botan Dōrō—a Japanese ghost story that is both romantic and horrific. It involves sex with the dead and the consequences of loving a ghost.
On the first night of Obon, a beautiful woman and a young girl holding a peony lantern stroll by the house of the widowed samurai Ogiwara Shinnojo. Ogiwara is instantly smitten with the woman, named Otsuyu, and vows an eternal relationship. From that night onward, the woman and the girl visit at dusk, always leaving before dawn. An elderly neighbor, suspicious of the girl, peeks into his home and finds Ogiwara in bed with a skeleton. Consulting a Buddhist priest, Ogiwara finds that he is in danger unless he can resist the woman, and he places a protection charm on his house. The woman is then unable to enter his house, but calls him from outside. Finally, unable to resist, Ogiwara goes out to greet her, and is led back to her house, a grave in a temple. In the morning, Ogiwara’s dead body is found entwined with the woman’s skeleton.
A couple of college students were just casually chatting in the subway when they notice this strange woman waving at them.
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It was 8:30 in the evening of 1983 when Liway and her friends were hanging out at a place known as “tambakan” (dump site).
“Tambakan” is an abandoned lot that is located in Las Piñas, Philippines. It is where cops dumped dead bodies of salvaged criminals. Although Liway and her friends knew about urban legends of unwanted beings that haunt the lot, they still chose to stay since there was no concrete evidence that such creatures really exist.
One day, they were riding inside a friend’s jeepney on the way to the dump site. The parked the vehicle on the side of the road as soon as they reached the abandoned grassland. As usual, it was time for the group to spend time listening to each other’s stories and just about anything, laughing at their jokes and singing a few popular songs.
While Liway was joking around with Bongbong just outside the rotten jeepney, she saw a beautiful lady walking gracefully in their direction from the far side of the tambakan.
Psychic Photography - a supernatural ability where thoughts are put into photographs.
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A woman stays up late to work overtime. However, a certain “presence” filled with anger and jealousy doesn’t want her there.
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Yet another symbolism. This is more complicated cause I may sound perverted while explaining this:
- What does the child represent? The child in the blue raincoat represents the guy’s sexual desires towards the girl and thus, he wants her to give “it” to him.
- What does the raincoat represent? Condom, I think.
- Why is it blue? Cause if the guy doesn’t get laid, he’ll be blueballed.
- Why is the child wet? GO FIGURE!
Every month, a girl has a “visitor”: her menstrual period.
Based on the popular Japanese urban legend about a bathroom ghost called “Hanako-san.”
If you go to the last stall in the girls’ bathroom and knock three times before asking, “Are you there, Hanako-san?”, a voice will answer “I’m here.” If you enter the stall you’ll find a small girl in a red skirt, waiting for you.
Hanako-san is a popular and widespread urban legend, often played by school children as a right of courage, or a method of hazing for new students, similar to the Bloody Mary urban legend in Western schools.
“Mirrors cannot lie. They can show only the truth, so it is a bad omen to see something in a mirror which should not be there.”
“There are school buildings in Japan that was said to be perceived by ghosts who can never find peace in the afterlife. Their deaths are usually associated with violent or tragic events in the building’s past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide.”
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Kokkuri is a Japanese version of a ouija board, which became popular during the Meiji era. Rather than using a pre-bought board with letters and a Planchette, ‘players’ write down hiragana characters and place their fingers on a coin, before asking ‘Kokkuri-san’ a question. This is a popular game in highschools and, similar to the western ouija board, several rumours and legends surround it. Some include Kokkuri-san only telling players the date of their death, while others say you can ask Kokkuri-san anything but you must finish the game correctly, either by saying goodbye to Kokkuri-san before leaving the table, or disposing of the kokkuri game utensils within a certain time limit, such as spending the coin or using the pen which wrote the hiragana. Failure to do so will result in misfortune or death for the players.