Monday, November 27, 2006

He's Hiding Under Your Bed

In Portugal, it’s a Bag Man like a hobo, who collects mean disobedient children in his sack to sell. The Czech Republic’s guy weaves cloth on the full moon, making clothes for his stolen souls, and has a cart drawn by cats. The guy in Denmark hides under the bed and grabs children who will not sleep. The French have an evil fellow who puts bad children in a big bag and hits them with a whip. In Persian culture, he is used to threaten small children to eat their meals. He's the Bogeyman, the Boogeyman, and this is what Wikipedia says about him.

Italy has its own fine Bogeyman custom, of a tall man wearing a heavy black coat, with a black hood which hides his face. Sometimes, parents will knock loudly under the table, pretending that someone is knocking at the door, and saying, “Here comes the bogeyman! He must know that there’s a child here who doesn’t want to drink his soup!” He takes them away to a frightening place for a month.

Meanwhile, in Quebec, the “7 o’clock man” is said to visit houses around 7 o’clock to take misbehaving children who not go to bed back to his cave where he feasts on them. Spain isn’t far off; theirs is a shapeless figure, sometimes a hairy monster, that eats children that misbehave when they are told to go to bed.

Most of these evil people tend to hide under children’s beds at night and either take them away and/or eat them. Not a good thing to ponder as you lay there in bed, wishing you hadn’t sassed your mother.

2 Comments:

Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

Oui.Le Bonhomme Sept Heures.....very much a figure in Québec culture. Too bad he retired, as we could use a few to help out incompetent parents who can't keep their kids off the streets at night.

Yeah man, that Ol' Bonhomme get you, your butt is grassed!

Love dirt roads and the old days.......

November 27, 2006 7:04 AM  
Blogger Reading Reader said...

Tony Mickey just did a report on the Comanche Indians, who had their own version of the Boogeyman. The Indians would dress up at night and scare the you-know-what out of little miscreants. Gives "scared straight" a new meaning, huh?

November 27, 2006 11:54 AM  

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