Black Annis Abroad

Found this image on a Korean tweet while Googling for Black Annis, a nightmarish folktale figure from my neck of the woods, Leicester. Strange to think this technically depicts a tree on the New Parks housing estate but imagined and rendered by someone far away.

The weird thing was I translated the tweet and it informs the reader there’s a cave in New Parks full of a unique and tasty black aniseed that the local children wolf down, thus ‘Black Annis’. News to me. But an example of how distance can

still generate myth, even in the social media age.

Maybe I’ll write a bit more on dear Annis in the near future, time allowing.

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