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  • Writer's pictureS. N. Linn

Forest Mimics

A sinister figure of a hiker in the deep forest

Forest mimics are said to inhabit remote forests and mountains, where they mimic the voices and appearances of travelers to lead their companions astray, causing them to become lost in the wilderness. They can also disguise themselves as animals, luring hunters off course.

In rural areas of Myanmar, there are rules and taboos to avoid encounters with these beings, although the rules vary depending on the region. For example, one might be cautioned against wearing certain colors of clothing or forbidden to eat specific types of meat. It is also generally considered unwise to call each other’s real names in the forest. Instead, travelers use coded animal calls to communicate, as a precaution against encountering these sinister beings.


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S. N. Linn is a blogger and author of books on folklore, legends, and heart-pounding ghost stories and paranormal adventures. You can find more of her work on her website:

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