Day 176: Ozark Ghost Tales: The White Bird

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From Vance Randolph’s “Ozark Magic and Folklore”:

“There is an old story of two villagers who had to pass a buryin’ ground on their way home from sparkin’ some country girls. On several occasions they saw a gigantic white bird flopping about among the tombstones like a swan, or maybe a pelican, but much larger than either. Finally one of the boys decided that it was a ha’nt, and called out loudly: ‘In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, what’s the matter with you?’ The great bird croaked a reply: ‘I’m lost and tortured in hell! I’m lost and tortured in hell!’ Having said this, it flew away toward the south, and was not seen again.”

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