It is interesting to note that as I have been conducting my interviews the belief in the supernatural is present. From spirits and ghosts and goblins, to name a few, the creatures of the dark, to many, still exist. By being deep into the rainforest, I can understand why the things that go bump in the night would scare a person. During the daytime, the sunlight brightens the forest and the birds happily sing and chirp. It closely resembles a scene pulled directly from a Disney Fairytale. Lovely, beautiful and carefree one can forget the worries of the world. However, once the early evening arrives, the clouds and rain blanket the sky and the sunlight disappears. As it darkens into night one realizes how truly dark the surrounding area is. Unlike a large city, there are no floodlights that illuminate the town. There are no lights that illuminate the highway or walkways around the village either. The only light that can be seen is the light hidden inside houses, as families gather together for dinner.
Now when I say darkness sets in, I mean around 7:00 pm it is already pitch black. Looking up to the sky you can see stars, as small specks of light to help orient you. What one would think resembles 2 am in the morning is only 9pm at night. Thus, the trees and forest life can look very ominous and every sound whether it be a scratch or howl sounds terrifying, especially when you cannot pinpoint where the noise originates. The wind whispers through the night and the things that go bump in the night are told in stories to keep children safe inside. Since the stories are effective in keeping children away from wandering the town at night, the stories are passed down and told to each generation. Almost every individual I have interviewed recounts a story of where they or they personally know an individual that has encountered the supernatural creatures of myth. Thus, each encounter strengthens the story and it is continuously told. After hearing a few ghost stories myself I want to remain inside as well!Share on Facebook