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Lady in White - Folklore from around the World


The Lady in White is a popular ghost tale relayed from generation to generation in many countries around the world. Of course, there is no solid evidence that any of these spooky stories have any substance in truth whatsoever, but this hasn’t stopped thousands of people retelling them over Halloween or around the campfire.In most versions of the story, the lady comes to her end tragically and continues to search for peace in her spirit state. On this list are some of the most popular adaptations of this legendary tale.


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U.S.A.

Given the size of the North American continent, it is no wonder that many states in the US have a unique White Lady legend. One of the most infamous is the tragic story of the ghostly lady wandering through Durand-Eastman Park in Irondequoit. It is said that before the park was established, the area was home to a woman and her teenage daughter who rarely left their house. The reason was that the daughter possessed extreme beauty and her mother became very protective of her, especially since the young woman was pursued by several young men.

The teenager loved and respected her mother’s wishes but, as with any young girl that age, longed to have a relationship with someone special.One night, the girl left her home to go for a walk. She never returned. Falling into grief and despair, her mother believed that her daughter had abandoned her to run off with a young man. Neighbors believed that the girl might have been murdered.

Wearing a flowing white dress, the mother started walking around outside at night, looking for her daughter. After many years, she died without ever knowing what had happened to the girl.Years later, visitors to the park began to report seeing a white figure floating toward them followed by two dogs. Others stated that they saw an apparition dressed in white flowing clothes rising from the lake in the park. Ghost hunters continue their stakeouts each year hoping to witness the grief-stricken ghost of the mother who lost her daughter all those years ago.

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A couple of years ago, a chain message with a video started making the rounds on Facebook. The video purported to show a young hitchhiker by the name of Teresa Fidalgo being picked up by a group of friends in a car.The video went on to show Fidalgo pointing to a certain spot in the road where she had died years earlier, causing the people in the car to panic and crash. Just before the crash, the video revealed Teresa with blood on her face. The message attached to the video stated that if you didn’t forward the message to a certain number of people, something terrible would happen to you.This chain message is linked to a car accident that allegedly took place in Portugal in 1983, causing the death of a young girl named Teresa Fidalgo. Naturally, there is very little evidence supporting this incident, but that hasn’t deterred people from reporting that they saw Fidalgo hitchhiking next to the road years after her death.[2]Her story became Portugal’s Lady in White legend because the girl said to be Teresa Fidalgo wears a white dress in the video. This caused many terrified souls to delete their Facebook accounts after watching it.

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The Swiss version of the Lady in White legend started out as the specter of a man emerging from the shoulder of the highway that runs through the Belchen Tunnel. As soon as a Good Samaritan offered a lift to the man, he would disappear from the vehicle, leaving the driver in shock.Eventually, the tale morphed into that of an older, very pale woman dressed all in white standing on the side of the road. In September 1983, two young female lawyers picked up the woman and gave her a lift through the tunnel. The two women asked their passenger whether she was ill, and the older woman confirmed this.Out of the blue, the woman blurted out that something terrible would happen soon and then disappeared from the car. Shaken, the two women drove to the nearest restaurant and called the police to report what had happened. An article about the incident made headlines in Switzerland. While it is unknown who the White Lady may have been when she was alive, it is thought that she may have been the victim of an accident in the tunnel and is unable to cross over.

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The White Lady of Kinsale is the one of the most famous ghosts in Ireland. Her story dates back to the 1600s. Legend has it that a soldier at Charlesfort got married and he and his new bride stayed over at the fort on their wedding night.Unfortunately, the soldier missed his watch duty that night after falling asleep. He ended up being shot dead for it by another soldier. The devastated bride couldn’t come to terms with her husband’s death and jumped to her own death from the top of a wall surrounding the fort.Many years later, children began to report seeing a woman dressed in a white wedding dress smiling at them from within the fort. Soldiers’ families would visit the fort only to have the children tell stories afterward of meeting or seeing the White Lady. Many captains reported being pushed down stairs by an invisible presence. The apparition has also been seen moving about in Kinsale where she used to live.

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The lady in white who haunts Balete Drive in Metro Manila has been floating around since the 1950s. She is especially fond of scaring the pants off cabdrivers. She quietly sits in the back seat waiting for the cabdriver to notice her staring at him. Naturally, when the driver glances in the rearview mirror and sees a ghostly figure looking at him from the back seat, he is scared out of his mind.It is believed that the White Lady singles out cabdrivers due to an incident that occurred when she was alive and attending the University of the Philippines. The young woman took a cab to get home from school. The driver raped and killed her and then dumped her body on Balete Drive. Therefore, she is now looking for revenge by appearing to unsuspecting cabdrivers that use this street. Another version of her story has it that she appears to cabdrivers at 3:00 AM seeking their help to escape the abuse happening at home. The drivers then end up driving in a circle or loop for hours and can only stop when they start praying and turn their shirts inside out

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