'What The Boogeyman Looks Like In Other Countries'

Kei Quinal

Reading — Intermediate Level
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Do you remember being a child and worrying about the Boogeyman coming out from under your bed? As it turns out, you weren’t alone.Kids throughout the world had to be on their best behavior, or their parents would scare them with some supernatural creature.

Playing outside with friends is such a blast that breaking curfew is rampant among youngsters. Not in Haiti. If you don’t notice any kids running in the streets after dark, that may be because they are afraid of the long legged Métminwi coming to get them. He shares a lot of similarities with the Choctaw mythological figure Nalusa Falaya.

Being at home after dark is no guarantee for safety, however. In Brazil, children who like to avoid bedtime are setting themselves up for a meeting with a crocodile woman. Her name is Cuca, and she likes to take away kids who stay up too late.
  1. Parents would scare their children of the boogeyman for fun.

  2. Children in Haiti are afraid of the creature known as the  

  3. Children who like to sleep early will see the crocodile woman, Cuca.

  4. The boogeyman is known to hide under the  

  5. Supernatural creatures from around the world are similar in some ways.


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. Have you heard of the boogeyman?

  2. Does you country have its own version of a boogeyman? What's it called?

  3. Do you believe that the boogeyman is real?

  4. Did your parents scare you using a supernatural creature every time you misbehave?

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