Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody…even joking about the mirrored specter gives me
chills. Some say you have to mention her name 3 times and others say 7 times, but the truth is 13 times .
One of the most popular urban legends is that of Bloody Mary, the spirit of a woman who can be summoned by repeating her name thirteen times into a dimly lit mirror. For whatever reason, this practice has persisted across generations with research on the topic beginning in 1978 when Jane Langlois wrote about the “game” as she came to call it and the origins. In 2014, Italian researchers explored the science and psychology behind Bloody Mary, ultimately adding a bit of credibility to the legend. If this story is true then it essentially proves witchcraft,
ghosts, and an afterlife; a truly extraordinary claim.
A surprising number of adults will admit to at least hearing about the infamous “Bloody Mary” (or any of her variations) and the ritual to summon her at least once in their lives. If any of ese individuals are like me, the story was told at a sleepover or campfire by a friend or older peer. As with most legend the story started with “A friend of a friend” or “My cousin’s friend”, to d validity and personality to the story, attempting the ritual. Alan Dundes writes in his article. Continue Reading →