Post by Gary Carden on Sept 26, 2003 22:06:11 GMT -5
Okay, let's talk some more about old plat-eye. I think I saw a reference to this creature in Sherry Austin's book,Mariah, and other Ghost Stories. I believe Sherry has Old Plat-eye standing in a coastal swamp. Now, Erdajean says that this critter preys on wilful children. I believe she specifically mentions pouty kids who get pickey about what they will or will not eat. Is old Raw Head and Bloody Bones the same kind of fellow? Gary[glow=red,2,300]TEXT[/glow]
Old Plat-Eye eats bad children for supper. He/it lurks in the shadows of moss-shrouded oak trees, loves old cemeteries, watches for kids that are out after sundown -- especially if they were told to be home before dark and paid no attention. Children that do not mind, or wheedle and whine, or complain are all fair-game for Old Plat-Eye. It is too bad he does not spend more time in the toy department at WalMart. He would have a field day.
Post by The Folks @ TanneryWhistle.com on Sept 27, 2003 10:06:29 GMT -5
So, Old Plat-eye is a cautionary tale, just like "Little Red Riding Hood." It says "Eat your brussels sprouts and be home before dark." It is interesting that the old Cherokee terror-tale, "Spearfinger" is also one that is used to make kids toe the line. Spearfinger was a witch that ate children's livers and when she was hungry, she roamed the woods and sang a strange little song that, when it is translated from Cherokee into English says something like, "Livers, livers, I love them." All a Cherokee mother had to do to turn wilful kids into docile and obedient children was to announce, "Listen! Hear that! It is Spearfinger. Look, up there on the top of the hill! Did you see that? There! There she goes!" I suppose, devious measures like that is frowned upon today. Gary