Folklore Friday- Part 4: Teke-Teke

Alexis Smith , Writer

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The Teke-Teke is a Japanese urban legend that tells of a school girl who took her own life in 1969. She laid down on a train track and was cut in half by an oncoming train, as a result of school bullying. Her vengeful spirit takes out its revenge on those who look or act similar to the ones who bullied her. There are other versions of her as well. To some, she is a nurse, who was split in half as a result of a crazed physicians experiment. To others, she is just a girl who had been brutally murdered, or died by accident. Regardless of her origins, the fate of her victims is always the same – they are chased down and cut in half.

The name ‘Teke Teke’ comes from the distinctive sound she makes as she runs on her hands, or at other times her elbows, a ‘tek, tek’ sound with each hand fall. 

People have reported her as a normal, sweet-looking girl until they approach; her welcoming face morphs into an angry sneer. She then will lunge at whoever comes near, leaving the bottom half of her body behind, causing her entrails dangle from the ghastly slice that rent her in two. Her long black hair passes over her face, and if her prey manages to evade her, she starts running after them, creating her signature sound of hands slapping the ground. Teke-teke-teke-teke.

Some people manage to break free, while others are left mutilated on the same train tracks she had been discovered. Bloody handprints lead too and from their corpses, informing locals that Teke-teke had struck again. It is said there is no escaping Teke-Teke, for even if you manage to outrun her – a near impossible feat – she will find you and you will surely be dead within three days. Just glimpsing her is said to be a death sentence.

Due to this, children, and even adults, have been warned to stay away from all train tracks during dusk, in fear of losing their lives.