Every civilization has myths and legends that are rooted deep in their culture. These fascinating tales were passed down from generation to the next so that the future generation will have something to cherish from the past. However, some parts of the world have shocking legends that may give you goosebumps. Nevertheless, brave adventurers will surely visit these places to satisfy their curiosity. So, what are the most shocking legends from around the world?
Water Babies – United States
In Native American culture, water babies are believed to be creatures that lure people into a lake and, ultimately, to their demise. However, the origin of this legend varies depending on the state.
The people of Idaho believe that water babies are the ghost of young children who were drowned by the Shoshone tribe. According to the legend, the Shoshone tribe was starving, and they chose to kill the children to survive. It was said that if you visit the Massacre Rocks State Park, you will hear the cries of these young children.
There are other myths about the water babies in Utah, California, and Nevada. As mentioned, the stories about these creatures vary. The common factor in these legends is that the water babies are luring people into lakes to kill them.
The Chupacabra – Puerto Rico
One of the most shocking legends from around the world is about the Chupacabra. “Chupacabra” means “goat-sucker” in Spanish, and this creature is believed to be some sort of animal vampire.
The first sighting of the Chupacabra was in March of 1995. According to a report, eight animals were found dead somewhere in Puerto Rico, and they had puncture wounds, which was the cause of their death. After five months, about 150 animals died in the same way. The locals believed that the Chupacabra killed these animals, and the legend spread throughout Latin America.
In 2000, the Chupacabra appeared again; however, this time, its appearance was quite different from the original. Some scientists tested the bodies of these creatures. They concluded that the alleged Chupacabra bodies are normal animals with sarcoptic mange. Nevertheless, the legend of the Chupacabra persists today.
The Loch Ness Monster – Scotland
Finally, the last on this list of shocking legends from around the world is the Loch Ness monster. As you know, Loch Ness is a deep lake in Scotland. According to experts, sightings of the sea monster in this lake can be dated back to ancient times. However, more and more people claimed to see the Loch Ness monster in 1933 when the lake was visible to travelers passing through the area.
Today, a lot of people travel to Scotland to see the Loch Ness monster despite the revelation that the infamous picture of this creature was likely a hoax.