Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Raw Head And Bloody Bones

Raw Head And Bloody Bones, a.k.a Rawhead, Tommy Rawhead, or Bloody Bones, is a monster of folklore in Ireland, Britain and in the southern United States. The information below is primarily associated with the monster in the southern United States.

Appearance: A dead-but-animated, decapitated, razorback hog, whose flesh has been stripped from the bones of it's carcass. In Ireland and Britain the beast may appear as a hairy, goblin-like creature. The monster may be similar in appearance to the Cutty Black Sow.

Lore: While alive, Rawhead was the favorite pet, some say familiar, of the old witch who owned him. One day a group of hunters came and killed Rawhead. They butchered him, chopped off his head, and defleshed his bones. When the witch realized what had happened, she flew into a rage and performed a powerful spell of revenge. With her magic she raised Rawhead from the dead. His bloody bones joined back together and his head reattached. The horrible Rawhead and Blood Bones monster had been created. The monster then set out to gain revenge by killing the hunters responsible for his death.

After killing the hunters, the monster took up residence in the woods, in lakes or ponds, or else in the homes of bad boys and girls whom the creature kidnapped and ate.

"Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Steals naughty children from their homes,
Takes them to his dirty den,
And they are never seen again."

-British Nursery Rhyme

Rawhead And Bloody Bones has now become a bogeyman, a monster used to frighten children into behaving.

Powers: Rawhead And Bloody Bones walks upright like a human and possesses supernatural strength. Rawhead And Bloody Bones also has taken parts of other animals like cougar teeth and raccoon tails and added it to his body. In Ireland and Britain Rawhead is said to possess the ability to shape-shift.

Defense Against Rawwhead And Bloody Bones: ??? -I guess children should behave and not be naughty!

Rawhead And Bloody Bones Trivia: Clive Barker's Rawhead Rex was based on the legends of the monster. The first written reference to a monster named Rawhead was in the Oxford English Dictionary in the year 1550.

Raw Head and Bloody Bones

Bloody Bones


Lex said...

The Siouxsie and the Banshees song 'Rawhead and Bloodybones' (1988) is a description of the creature and its behaviour towards ill-behaved children.


"Bad word, or bad deed, unpunished invites grief. Here’s Rawhead and Bloodybones. Reaching from dark cupboard, crouching under stair. Lurking in chimney, pond, or well. We’re down here, held here, dragged here, and drowned here by Rawhead and Bloodybones. Pop eyed, horns, bushy tailed. Long teeth and claws as well. Rawhead and Bloodybones."

BoyintheMachine said...

@ Lex,

Thanks. Didn't know that.

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