Appalachian Yama Mori/ Dark Mori/
Glitch Witch


Asa Smith. Celestial Illustrations from Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy. 1851. 

Wood engravings with hand highlighting, written by the principal of Public School No. 12 in New York City with the goal “to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible”.

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Scandinavian Folklore – Myling

A myling is the spirit of a small child, or infant forced to walk the earth until they could persuade someone to help put their soul to rest. A child would only become a myling if they were killed by their mother and their remains hidden away. In the old days this was a fairly common way for an unmarried or poverty-stricken woman to get rid of an unwanted child.

The stories tell of the mothers horrible deed being revealed when the myling sings a song about their fate.  Mylingar were believed to exist in places were a young mother were most likely to hide away a dead infant, such as mires, outhouses, cairns and forest valleys.  From these you could sometimes hear a child crying.

Sometimes the unnamed, unwanted child would call for help; ‘’Give me a name!’’ they would scream. You would then have the opportunity to save them by answering;

‘’You can take mine! My name is XXXX’’

You could also help their soul find rest by finding their corpse and giving the child a proper burial.

The name myling derives from myrding, the old norse myrða, which literally means ‘’to murder’’

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