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41. The Bell Witch (Southern US Folklore)

41. The Bell Witch (Southern US Folklore)

In today's episode, we talk about the Bell Witch from Southern United States folklore, a spirit that haunted a family in Tennessee in the 19th century. We discuss horror as a way to talk about abuse, the demonization of independent women, and the problematic nature of the "Indian burial ground" trope.

Transcript

Sources

An Authenticated History of the Bell Witch: A True Story by Martin V. Ingram

“Digging Up the Problem of the Indian Burial Ground Trope” by Shea Vassar