Naale Baa, the urban legend, originated in India and means come tomorrow in Kannada, a language spoken in the Indian state of Karnataka.
I find the reason for the name, and its meaning a bit humorous. Additionally, during my research I found different versions of the urban legend.
The First Version
Least popular is the telling of Naale Baa as a cautionary tale about the dangers of traveling alone at night. Especially women.
Naale Baa, a demon, appears as a man and attempts to lure a woman. She asks his name. He says, Come Tomorrow. However, she wakes the next day. In her own bed. With no memory of what happened and how she got there.
Which makes me ask, how anyone knows the creature’s name since according to the legend, the women have no memory?
The legend is popular in the southern Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. In some versions of the story, the woman’s family never sees the woman again. While in others, her family finds her the next day in a dazed state, with no memory of what happened.
Second, More Popular
AKA a witch roams the streets and knocks on doors.
This version has been the source material for a couple of movies. A malevolent spirit, a witch, stands outside a person’s door and calls their name.
Naale Baa mimics the voices of family members or friends to get the person to open the door. Once inside, the witch takes the children. The parents never find their kids.
Or, the witch takes away the man of the house—sole bread-winner of the family. Thus, dooming the family to poverty, starvation, and all-in-all crappy luck.
Or, in yet another variation, if you open the door, thinking the person calling your name is someone you know, you die puking your guts out.
Or, she’s a Bridal Ghost in search of a man to stay with her, forever.
The story went viral in 1990 Kannada and became an instance popular urban legend. Believers of the story paint Naale Baa on their front doors. Supposedly, this keeps the restless spirit at bay, because it tells the witch to come tomorrow. (Yes, I’m giggling.)
A Creepy Question
Nighttime, you’re sound asleep, a familiar voice calls your name, ever happen to you?
This has happened to me three times. Recently. Outside my bedroom door. I’ve been too asleep to answer. My dogs didn’t bark or show concern, so I didn’t either.
It’s usually my mom’s or dad’s voice. They passed years ago. And being the ghost magnet that I am, I figured it was one of my parents trying to get my attention.
But, to be safe, I will now paint Naale Baa on the outside of my door. But since I live in an English speaking country do I paint Naale Baa or Come Tomorrow? I mean, is the creature a polyglot?