If you haven’t noticed it yet, I love writing about different creatures, legends, and monsters hailing from different countries, and different cultures. The proof that I have features such as “In Search of Monsters” and “Creature Feature” is enough to support my statement.
I have a passion for different cultures, and learning about them, and I do have a passion about legends, and monsters. When these two passions collided, this blog was created.
These legends are usually created based on fear, fear of the unknown, of the future, of the enemy. Fear changes in different countries and in different time periods. For example, there are legends in Albania that if you married a Turk, you became a vampire. This legend was created when Albania was under the Ottoman Empire’s control, and that was one of the ways used to not get the Albanians to assimilate. I could go on and on for days, talking about the connection between the “paranormal” legends and the history timeline.
What I found from years of research (that made me seem so professional, but I only do this, because I truly care about it) is that these legends and superstitions are mostly based on discrimination. It is very hard to face it, but it is true. A lot of them derive from discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and mental or physical state.
I want The Horror Muse to be a place where every culture is welcomed and celebrated, and I’ve always been trying to inform people about legends and creatures. But I feel like I want to do something more with this blog, I want to change something, to make people aware of discrimination, and they can do whatever they want to do with that information. I am not here to tell you how to live an ethical life; I am here to inform you. Starting from tomorrow, I have picked some interesting legends regarding discrimination of all sorts.
Post Scriptum: These posts have nothing to do with the subject of diversity in horror. I plan to do another series for that matter.