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Leavings of the Black-Dog's Breakfast

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* The Poison Dress is an urban legend about a young woman who died of the leftover formaldehyde on a dress recycled from a corpse. Formaldehyde is not actually deadly. In Finnish folk magic, death has great magical power. The Finnish word for mana is väki, which in current use means folk and strength. It's my understanding that the magical power of death which was believed to follow corpses and everything they touch has a dual meaning, both as mana and as a gathering of the spirits of the dead. Finnish wizards would frequently use the mana of death for both good and evil.

* The Roommate's Death tells of a student who comes home late and goes to bed in the dark, because she doesn't want to wake up her roommate. In the morning she wakes up to find her roommate murdered, and the legend "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?" written on the wall in her blood. There are several versions of the story of the skinning of the young woman who bathed after midnight, the turn set aside for the farm's haltija. I always wondered why she didn't bathe with the others. (A haltija is a spirit of place. The etymology is contested, but in current use the word also means keeper, owner. Since it fits the meaning, I chose to translate directly.)

* The para is a constructed, demonic creature, which steals treasures from one house and carries them to another. The name comes from the Swedish bära, to carry. The maker of a para was bound to it by their blood, and if the para died, so did its maker.