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'Odd Thomas’ And The Historical Roots Of Bodachs

June 28, 2014


Being a monster nut, I was particularly intrigued by the bodachs. I knew the name “bodach” sounded familiar, so after I watched the film I went to my little library of monster books and started flipping through them. As it turns out, “bodach” is an old Scottish term for a “bogeyman” – and of course, “bogeyman” is in itself just a variant of “boggard” or “boggart” – a type of goblin or household spirit. However, the bodach isn’t just any goblin. Even in Scottish folklore, they can appear as omens of death.

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