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Venrayse Schepenen are flaming ghosts said to roam the border between Venray and Bakel, which were divided by arid heather and peatgrounds. The peat area found itself on the side of Bakel in Brabant and was known as De Peel. It was around 1640[1] when a few displeased men from Venray in Limburg decided to claim a bit for themselves. At night they traveled through the heather and moved the border stones up by a long distance. This of course aggravated the people in Bakel. Unable to pinpoint where the border stones used to be exactly, they turned bitter towards the people of Venray. This impasse was solved when eventually the mayors of both towns met eachother on the border. Venray's mayor had filled his shoes with dirt from Venray and hid a small shovel under his hat. He pointed at his hat as he proclaimed "As long as my maker is up here, I'm standing on Venray's soil". This was a trick on words however ("Schepper" is Dutch for creator but "Schep" is also a shovel). This obvious lie upset the mayor of Bakel, but he patiently waited for the liar before him to be struck by lightning. When this did not happen, he concluded his words must have been truthful. Bakel's mayor regained his trust and reluctantly shook the man's hand. But the people of his town did not forget the shady ordeal. Years rolled by and a generation of people passed away, among whom were the border stone movers, whose afterlife did not offer them peace. They were destined to roam the border as flaming men whose appearance was somehow more terrifying than regular ghosts. It was best to avoid that place after sundown. [2][3]

List Of Dutch Monsters (edit)
Ghosts Haunted Locations Aamsveen · Folperd van der Leede · Huis De Griffioen · Goddeloas Tolhûs · Goddeloaze Singel · Pelgrim van der Leede · Skilige Pypke · Solse Gat · Urnenveld · Witte Wievenkuil

Flaming Ghosts

Blauw Dámpke · Dwaallichtjes · Glüenden Gerrit · Hémänneken · Laakmannetje · Pelgrim van der Leede · Schinderhinke · Venrayse Schepenen · Vurige Landmeter · Zwartmakers

Border Ghosts

Dove Waander · Laakmannetje · Venrayse Schepenen · Vurige Landmeter
Unsorted Assepoesters · Barende Vrouwe · Barneman · Beeldwit · Budde · Bornes · Elf-rib · Folperd van der Leede · Ijzeren Veulen · Jager van het Meer · Klopgeest · Ossaert · Spinwijf · Spookuur · Trije Wiif · Vliegende Hollander · Wederganger · Witte Wieven · Zwarte Juffer
Child Terrors Bietebauw · Bloedkoets · Bloedpater · Boeman · Boezehappert · Bornes · Bullebak · Duivel · Elf-rib · Griet Met De Lange Armen · Haarhand · Heintje Faar · Heintje Pik · Ijzeren Veulen · Kladdegat · Loekenbeer · Lorrenboer · Man Met De Haak · Nikker · Pikkepoot · Roggemoeder · Sint Nicolaas · Spinwijf · Takkenman · Tongesnaier · Waterwolf · Zwarte Piet
Hellhounds Belleman · Börries · Den Dier · Elf-rib · Flodder · Kardoes · Kladdegat · Kludde · Korenwolf · Loeder · Nikker · Ossaert · Schuimert · Stoep · Stommelstaart · Waterwolf · Weerwolven
Witches Alruin · Bloedende Wind · Danskring · Heggemoeder · Nachtmerries · Olde Marolde · Tante Cor · Trije Wiif · Vaar-Köbke · Varende Vrouwen · Wanne Thekla · Weerwolven · Witte Wieven · Witte Wievenkuil
Tormentors Belleman · Blauwe Gerrit · Den Dier · Flodder · Gloeiige · Hémänneken · Kludde · Korenwolf · Lange Wapper · Loeder · Opwippen · Ossaert · Schuimert · Stoep · Weerwolven
Dragons And Serpents Basilisk · Draak van Gelre · Draak van Rodeklif · Hazelworm
Other Lange Man

References Edit

  1. http://www.erfgoedgeowiki.nl/index.php/Gemert-Bakelse_sagen:_Gloeiende
  2. http://www.verhalenbank.nl/items/show/47568
  3. https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_gloeiende_kerels_en_kerkekruiers

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