Hi there! I'm reading a books about stories and myths from Japan and I got curious what myths and legends you have in your countries that might be interesting to share.
I live in Chile, and here there is an Island that is very rich in mythology. It is said that even today there are witches, sorcerers and shamans. They can be your neighbors and friends, and you might never know what they really are.
One of the stories that are told there is the one of the Pincoya. She is a spirit of the water, a kind of mermaid that appears dancing on the shore, near the sea. If she dances facing the sea, the fishing will be good. If she dances facing the land, the fishing will be poor, since the fish and seafood will be scarce.
Another mythical “being” is the Caleuche, a ghost ship. It is a being because it is said that it has consciousness and feelings. The Caleuche is crewed by the drowned victims of shipwrecks of fishing boats. It is also said that when it appears you can hear music and parties coming from the inside, alluring sailors and fishermen to come and become victims that will never be back home again.
There are many other interesting stories, meant to explain what people couldn't understand, or meant to entertain, in a time when technology wasn't a thing.
Share some myths from your cities/countries :) I’m eager to learn!