Teke Teke roughly translates as “the sound of her walking on her hands.” It is a legend from Japan of the spirit of a woman, severed at the waist, who will appear on dark roads or lonely subways.
She is amazingly fast despite having no legs. If she catches you, your fate will be terrible and deadly.
The legends appear to stem from the story of an office worker who was raped by a US soldier in the weeks after World War II. Later, she jumped to her death from a bridge onto the railway below and was ultimately cut in two by an oncoming train.
With the rise of the Internet, the legend has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts.A similar Japanese legend of Kuchisake-onna sparked genuine fears in the 1970s.
The origins of this tale go back approximately 1,000 years to the Heian period.Upon discovering that his beautiful wife had been unfaithful, a samurai slit each side of her mouth with his sword as revenge. “Who will think you are beautiful now?” he asked.
This “warning” to remain faithful has stayed in Japanese culture throughout the centuries.However, in the 1970s, reports surged of a woman wearing a surgical mask over her mouth and appearing to people while they were alone. According to the stories, the strange woman asked, “Watashi kirei?” (“Am I pretty?”)If the person answered no, Kuchisake-onna would slit the victim’s mouth or even kill that person.
If the individual answered yes, legend states that Kuchisake-onna would remove her mask and ask, “Kore demo?” (“How about now?”)Regardless of the answer, she attacked her victims—at least, according to the legends.At the time, these stories were taken so seriously that schoolteachers often accompanied children home so that the kids would not fall prey to Kuchisake-onna.
Even more bizarre, a woman chasing a lone child was knocked down by a car and killed in the late 1970s. Her mouth was slit at each side! The sightings continue today but at a reduced rate.