Monday, September 17, 2018

High Strangeness: A "Witch" Frightens Residents of Soledad, Colombia

Date: 07.06.2018

Colombia: "Witch" Frightens Residents of Soledad

Some local residents have allegedly been chased by a "diabolical" hag that climbs trees.

Residents of 10 de Mayo district of Soledad have been harassed by the alleged appartion of a 'witch' in the area. Some claim having been pursued by this figure, others claim seeing her up in the treetops and even flying. A curfew has been set in the community to keep people from leaving their homes at night.

Some of the people who claim having seen the supposed 'witch' described her to the Al Dia newspaper as an elederly woman with pale and wrinkled skin, standing a meter and a half tall, long black hair covering her face, fangs and fingernails so long as to resemble claws. They have seen her flying among the trees from backyard to backyard, leaving a wake of smoke in her path.

According to Andres Fuentes Dañer, a 22-year-old man known as 'Indio': "I was walking alone through the neighborhood when I heard people screaming. That was last Thursday (June 28) around eight o'clock in the evening. When I asked what was going on, they told me it was a witch. I had a white thread and a bow in in my hands. I wanted to tie her up. That's how you catch a witch. That's how my grandfather told me it was done."

Dañer was given money by his neighbors to go after the putative 'witch' and force her to leave the area.

"Since there are so many trees in the area, this has attracted the witch. The first time we saw her she was hiding in the medlar trees in our home. She was dressed in black, had boots on, and moved surrounded in smoke," said Ikin Dario Ortiz, another local resident.

Thre are many skeptics in the neighborhood. Some declared a curfew to keep anyone from leaving their houses at night. Furthermore, they have placed slippers in the shape of a cross at the foot of each bed, rosaries behind the doors, and are burning candles to the Blessed Virgin.

[Translation (c) 2018 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Al Dia and INFOBAE]