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#1 Clover

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:56 PM

I’m not sure how everyone feels about folklore, but I have always found it extremely interesting as these stories had to have some sort of base truth to them or they would never exist… although I’m sure that there have been quite a few bits and pieces added as the years progressed.

I found the below in my encyclopaedia of the psychic world and think its origin is quite interesting:

Mary Worth / Bloody Mary

“According to lore, Mary Worth, also known as Bloody Mary, is an evil ghost who cannot find peace. She is said to appear in a mirror when summoned.

The origins of the Mary Worth story may point back to seventeenth-century Massachusetts. Mary Worth was a young girl whose face was covered in hideous dark-red scars that were either an accident of birth or caused by an injury. The village children teased her and followed her in the streets calling out ‘Bloody Mary’ over and over again.

During a witch scare, Mary was accused of witchcraft and hung. According to lore, one night, not long after Mary’s execution, a group of children decided to play a game of conjuring. They set up a mirror against the wall and began to chant, ‘Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary’. Suddenly Mary appeared in the mirror. Her face was even more hideous and her hands had turned into claws. She reached through the looking glass to tear the children’s faces. Shrieking and screaming, the terrified children ran out of the room.

Although Bloody Mary disappeared that day, it is said that her spirit remains, waiting for someone to stand in front of a mirror and chant her name.

In some versions of the legend, the summoner must say ‘Bloody Mary, I killed your baby.’ In these variants, Bloody Mary is believed to be the spirit of a mother who murdered her children, or a woman who was murdered shortly before of after her wedding. On the other hand, it has been suggested that the story about taunting Bloody Mary about her baby may relate tenuously to folklore about Mary I, Queen of England from 1553 – 58, who became known as Bloody Marry for her persecution of Protestants. The Queen’s life was marked by a number of miscarriages or false pregnancies; if she had succeeded in having a child, this would have established a Roman Catholic succession and the continuance of religious persecution after her death.

The mirror ritual by which Bloody Mary is summoned may also relate to a form of divination involving mirrors and darkness that was once preformed on Halloween. Young women were encouraged to walk up a flight of stairs backwards, holding a candle and a hand mirror, in a darkened house. As they gazed into the mirror, they were supposed to be able to catch a glimpse of their future husband’s face. There was, however a chance that they would see a skull-face instead, indicating that they were destined to die before they married.

Hope you enjoyed this bit of information :thumbsup:

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#2 Marion

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 10:34 PM

Personally, I love this kind of thing. I'd never heard the last bit about walking upstairs backwards though so thanks for that. It would probably take one of those Myth Buster programme to get to the bottom of it...or some lengthy, indepth historical research which I do not have time for right now! :)
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#3 TigerLily

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 10:40 PM

When I was in middleschool girls used to dare eachother to go into the school bathrooms and flush all the toilets, splash water on the mirrors and turn off the lights and say, Bloody Mary 3 times. Usually they would all go in and perform the "Bloody Mary ritual", and when the lights were off, one of the girls would grab her friend and scare her. lol
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#4 Dark Phoenix

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 11:25 PM

I heard and love things like this. My mom told me a story about a similar thing her and a few friend did. They were in an upstairs bedroom and said something similar dealing with bloody mary and a ghost appeared in the mirror. She gets freaked out when she talks about it.
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#5 Crimson Witch

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 11:53 PM

I have never done this though I have been tempted to do it sometime. I will tell you have I have goose bumps right now and while I was typing this my phone beeped telling me there was a message and I jumped and said ***k. I guess this spooks me more than I had guessed.

I have always loved collecting stories like these and thanks, there's things there I didn't know.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 05:16 AM

Yeah it always scares the mess out of me. I have 3 younger sisters (yeah my mom had 4 girls!) and we always used to do that. We were never brave enough to finish it. I have always thought it came from Queen Mary that killed 300 protestants. I believe she was beheaded.

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#7 magentarose

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:48 AM

Girls used to do this in elementary school. I never did, but some girls would run out of the bathroom screaming so who knows what actually happened, lol. It was fun to read some of the history about it though :)

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