BOOK REVIEW: “Mysterious Tales of Western North Carolina” is a enjoyable examine supernatural – The Cherokee One Feather



MYour friends in the media have been using the term lately. We are in the “Halloween month.” And I think that’s true for most people. Decorating, dressing, and dividing are as common as October and December at Christmas.

We all enjoy surprises, surprises, and dangers, even though some of us love those things from a distance. There’s nothing like sitting down on a good book or a horror movie. Instead, I think of asking my best friend Mariah to watch Stephen King’s “IT”. You see, Mariah has a phobia and it’s more fun to see her act than a drama.

I recently received a book called “Mysterious Tales of Western North Carolina” by Sherman Carmichael (The History Press, 2020, Charleston, SC). They are myths, legends and stories. Strange or strange twisting stories – from the real life of mysterious deaths to the legends of the Cherokee people and the mountains. Each story is one or two pages, so there are seventy stories to enjoy and meditate on.

Carmichael explains later that he used the tools he had acquired on other items over the years. In “The Mysterious Stories of Western North Carolina”, the author analyzed articles in newspapers, books, and social media in our area. He also adds a comment to his view that the stories are legitimate, though sometimes they speak.

These are not really child sexual abuse issues. The tone of most of the stories is future research, as the research journalist would say. Some are just amazing, such as the story of “people with the eyes of the moon” or the legend of “Ulagu” taken from Cherokee lore.

Some are more natural, according to Dillsboro Vampire or Macon County Bigfoot. At the back of each story is a person or two who claim that their encounter with the mysterious is real and that they have either seen it or someone they believe has seen it. Dillboro Vampire’s case, for example, dates back to the late 18th century. A doctor and his family move to a small town, and a rare death occurs among his patients. “One day in the fall, the prime minister’s wife entered her children’s room. He also said he saw a dark man climbing on top of a woman’s bed. The mother screamed and ran to the daughter, but found him dead. When Dr. Alfort tested their daughter, the only signs were a puncture in the girl’s neck and small drops of blood on the pillow near her neck. ”

The great thing about short stories is their ability to be remembered and shared with friends and relatives. As a culture, our Nation respects narrators. They are the storytellers. One of the most interesting aspects of this story in our history is privacy. Some stories are made to explain what is still unknown in our traditions. In our myths and legends, we have the mysterious animals and plants that describe how the earth was created, because the bear has no tail, and the origin of the yellow jackets – stories written and drawn, passed from family to family from previously written languages.

The book contains the story “The Mysterious Judaculla Rock”, about Cherokee’s “Tsul ‘Kalu”. Judaculla Rock is located at Caney Fork in Jackson County and legend has it that the “ugly and hairy” giant makes up 1,548 characters that you will see if you go to the Rock resort at Caney Fork.

Carmichael’s collection of ghost stories and other wonders is a fun read for those with a strange, mysterious, and spiritual interest. I suggest you take your copy and read the “Halloween month”. The most important thing about the dangers in these books is that, unlike foreigners, they are from here.

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