While continuing my research in unique creatures, I stumbled upon a true story, that made skin shiver from fear. I am sure you all know what a witch is. You think a witch is an old lady, who eats little kids.
This statement may be right or wrong, because these old fairytales may seem like a joke to you, but some old people in Albania really believe these legends. According to the person I interviewed, a witch was:
-A woman. She might be an old lady, or a young one.
– Someone who made children sick. She doesn’t necessarily eat them. But if someone knows her identity, she will eat his/her liver.
– Someone close to the victim. Someone, who knows the victim. She is envious of the victim.
After writing that piece of information in my notebook, I asked the old lady again:
“Grandma (you usually call old people this way, even thought you don’t have any blood relations with them), tell me how do you protect yourself from witches?”
“There are some ways. Something my mother would do was to put a mixture of seeds (the one you use to feed birds) into a bag, and then let it hang on the door. When the witch will enter, she will start counting the seeds, and because she can’t, she will leave. It would help putting a religious book, or object near the seeds.”
That answer baffled me. I remember watching a greek TV series with vampires, and there was a legend that if you put rice at the entrance of your room, the vampires will start counting the rice.
The old grandma also told me the story when she met a witch.
“It was night. I hear my son taking a deep breath, and having difficulty breathing. I enter in his room, and in the darkness I find a woman with a blue towel on her head hiding her eyes, and her hand on my son’s forehead. I tried to grab her, but she dissappeared. She was someone I knew, that’s why she had put her towel in order not to let me see her face.”
Well, this was indeed a scary story, but I don’t know if it was true or not. Regardless this was a very interesting creature, and I plan to continue my research. I will make sure to give the Albanian witch a lot more importance. By the way in Albanian “shtrige” means “witch”. That ca be used even to offend someone.
This was the second episode of “Creature Feature”