Whether one is studying European, Asian, or American folklore, different variations of the same nightmarish creatures tend to crop up. Of all the things that go bump in the night, the most prominent is probably the hag/witch. These nightmarish, murderous, and often cannibalistic women have been cropping up in folklore for thousands of years. While some of these witches, like the Greek Circe, were always just the stuff of legend, many entries on this list were once believed to be real. In fact, in certain parts of the world, some of these hags are still feared to this very day.
1.Nelly Longarms – The Quintessential English Hag
When one imagines a wicked old hag, the first thing to come to mind likely resembles traditional depictions of Nelly Longarms. The legend of Nelly Longarms comes from Durham, England. She was described as a withered old woman with freakishly long, thin arms and wild hair.
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