Posted at 11.25.2018
Throughout Folklore worldwide there's a great variety of monsters, but one seems to link all of them; the "Boogy Man". His stories have been passed on for decades, mainly to keep children from disobeying their parents. But this dark story would not be overlooked easily, rather it trapped with them into their older lives. The boogeyman is a feared monster by all years, but is so feared or prominent in today's new age, new technological era? Discover the manner in which the boogy man still has his hand in the the world of dread.
Origins of the Boogy Man: To understand why the Boogy Man is so fearsome and has used up his mark in the world; you must know how he had become known. Stories around the world depict him in different ways, so that it is hard to trail his exact source story down. The key to recognizing a genuine boogeyman is through the idea of children. More famously, the taking of children; or even in some instances, devouring. "IN THE US, he's usually regarded as the scary evil that lurks beneath the bed, but in many countries--from Latin countries to European countries, the Caribbean plus some regions of India and Asia-- he's a man with a sack who kidnaps disobedient children, either to keep for some time or to eat them for dinner, " (Breyer 1). A common theme among all the different types of boogie men is to adopt bad children away. His storyline is assorted among countries, but scholars have traced his origins the center English. Looking simply at the name "boogy" or "bogey" it can be traced to "bogge/bugge" middle english. Following that it is derived from "German boggle, boggle-man, " (Breyer 1) This theory doesn't exactly pinpoint the origin, however it does give a rather big hint. Germany. But no account is strictly given credit being the origin of the Boogy Man.
New age Mr. Boogie: In such a new era, the world appears to have transferred beyond its more primitive characteristics of believing in experiences and rather relying on science. Reasoning is presented as the point of knowledge rather than faith and old sensible tales. However, has this rid the world of the Boogie Mans' carry, or has he just developed to fit the world's ever growing scientific culture? Many would agree that he is eliminated, others would say differently; more that he is scarier than ever before. New interpretations on the Boogeyman are everywhere, all over public mass media and entertainment. One field that he has dominated is film. Many movies have come out depicting a "boogy man". One recent film would be Sinister and its own sequel Sinister 2 directed by Scott Derrickson. In this particular new age revealing of the "Boogie Man" he is regarded as a tall male physique with newspaper white skin area and black holes where his eyes and nasal area should be, also no mouth. The evidently a demon named "Bagul" to which he's also described by other heroes of the film as "Mr. Boogie. " He is the embodiment of dread. Like all the tales he is said to be after the children, and in once picture the main protagonist is talking to a professor where they discuss the demon Bagul. "It's a symbol associated with the worship of an pagan deity. A very obscure one dating back to Babylonian times named Bughuul, the Eater of Children. The crimes that you're dealing with, they all have the element of a absent child, right? Well, Bughuul eats children. Now, the fragments of experiences which may have survived, each of them revolve around him requiring the souls of individuals children from the physical world and traps them in his own nether world and consumes their heart and soul over time. Now any worship of this deity would include a blood vessels sacrifice or the general eating of a child. --Teacher Jonas explaining Bagul, " (Derrickson) The next popular interpretation is at the very popular film A Problem Before Christmas compiled by Tim Burton and aimed by Henry Selick. The antagonist of the storyplot is a creepy insect filled creature, that's not only feared by humans but also the other halloween cities folk. Inside the film the children call him "Mr. Oggie Boogie". The final well known film depicting a Boogy Man would be A Headache On Elm Street compiled by Wes Craven. This movie does not come right out with the Antagonist being a boogy man, however considering the type himself he gets the characteristics of one. He is a vintage, terrifying old man whose victims are kids. These videos are incredibly popular movies which may have terrified the dickens out of many, over a variety of generations.
Like in the old days, the storyplot of the Boogeyman was to keep children from disobeying their parents. The question is; do children still know and dread the Boogeyman? Within an interview with 3 season old Josslyn Lovell, she was to describe the creature and what he does. "He's high, and scarey. With Dark scalp. And big Claws. And he eats little kids. " she was then asked if she presumed he was real. "Yes". The final question she was asked was what she'd do if she saw him, "scream!" (Josslyn). At 3 she recognizes and comprehends the Boogeyman and is also worried of him just as they use to be. The other child interviewed was Madeline Wallace age group 9. She was asked the same like of questions. She said the boogy man has "Tall, like 8 feet! He has pointy tooth and red eye. He gets bad kids and eats them up!" (Madeline). She was also asked if she possessed seen the Boogeyman to which she replied, " Yes Sissy! Hes scary! I ran and hid in my foundation!". Maybe it was a figment of her imagination or maybe he is real.
This goes to show that the Bogeyman is merely as alive as ever before, and still has his grasp on the earth; spreading his dread and terror all over, Through the new age he has not vanished; he has progressed into an even more terrifying being. Maybe with the world's technology, rather than him fading away, it has actually given him a very real persona. No more is he a tale that whispers through decades. But a noisy dominant figure in today's culture.
Sinister. Dir. Scott Derrickson. Perf. Ethan Hawke and Nicholas King. Koch Advertising, 2013. Film.
Tim Burton's the Headache before Christmas. Dir. Henry Selick. By Caroline Thompson, Eric Leighton, Chris Sarandon, and Catherine O'Hara. Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc, 1993. DVD.
Craven, Wes. "A Headache on Elm Road. " A Nightmare on Elm Streets (1984) - Rotten Tomato vegetables. Senh Duong, 12 Mar. 2017. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.
Breyer, Melissa. "Where Does the Bogeyman Come from. " MNN - OUR MOTHER EARTH Network. Narrative Content Group, 24 Oct. 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
Staff, Listverse. "15 Bogeymen From Around The World. " Listverse. N. p. , 16 June 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
"Madeline Wallace- Boogy Man. " Phone interview. 2 Mar. 2017.
"Josslyn Lovell-Boogy Man. " Personal interview. 4 Mar. 2017.