Hide and Seek Alone is a game that derived from a Japanese folk story told to children by their parents. This game has recently become an internet sensation and is a huge hit on the website creepypasta.com.
This is how you play.
The “One-Man Hide and Seek”, aka the “One-Man Tag”, is a ritual for contacting the dead.
The spirits, which are wandering restless on the Earth, are always looking for bodies to possess. In this ritual, you will summon such a spirit, by offering it a doll instead of a human body.
Warning: If you have psychic abilities, you may feel unwell or be prone to accidents during the ritual.
Things you will need:
- One stuffed doll. It must have limbs.
- Rice, enough to stuff the doll full.
- One needle, and one crimson thread.
- One nailclipper.
- One sharp-edged tool, such as a knife, glass shard, or scissors.
- One cup of salt water. Natural salt would be best.
- A bathroom, with a bathtub and some form of counter.
- A hiding place, preferably a room purified by incense and ofuda. There must be a TV in there.
- Take out whatever the doll is stuffed with. Once all of its stuffing is removed, re-stuff it with rice.
- Clip off a few pieces of your nails, and put them inside the doll. Sew up the opening with the crimson thread. When you finish sewing, tie up the doll with the rest of the thread.
- Go to the bathroom and fill your bathtub with water.
- Return to your hiding place, and put the cup of salt water on the ground.
How to do it:
- Give a name to your doll. The name could be anything but your own.
- When the time is 3 AM, say “(your name) is the first it,” to the doll three times.
- Go to the bathroom, and put the doll into the water-filled bathtub.
- Turn off all of the lights in your house, go back to the hiding place, and switch on the TV.
- After counting to ten with your eyes closed, return to the bathroom with the edged tool in your hand.
- Go to the bathtub, and, say to the doll, “I have found you, (the doll’s name)”. Stab the doll with the edged tool.
- Say, “You are the next it, (the doll’s name),” as you take the doll out of the bathtub and leave it on the counter in the bathroom.
- As soon as you have put the doll down, run back to the hiding place, and hide.
How to Finish:
- Pour half of the cup of salt water into your mouth. Do not drink it, just keep it there.
- Get out of your hiding place, and start looking for the doll. The doll is not necessarily in the bathroom. Whatever happens, do not spit out the salt water.
- When you find the doll, pour the rest of the salt water in the cup over it. Then, spit out the salt water in your mouth onto it as well.
- Say, “I win,” three times.
This is supposed to end the ritual.
After this, make sure you dry the doll, burn, and discard it later.
Please do not stop this ritual halfway. You must do it through to the end. This is a dangerous ritual, and I will not be responsible for what happens to you if you try.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Do not leave your house until you have done the finishing ritual.
- You must turn off every single light in your house when told to do so.
- You must keep quiet while hiding.
- You do not need to put the salt water in your mouth during the beginning. You only need to do it during the finishing ritual.
- Remember, if you are living with someone, you might put them in danger too.
- Do not continue this ritual for more than one or two hours.
- For safety reasons, it might be best to keep all the doors in the house unlocked, including your front door. As well, have friends close by, so that they can come and help you at a moment’s notice, if you ever need them. Keeping a mobile close at hand would be a good idea too.
- – The rice represents innards, and also has the role of attracting spirits.
- – The crimson thread represents a blood vessel. It seals the spirit(s) up inside the doll.
- – By cutting the thread off, you break the seal and release the spirit(s) you have trapped.
- – If you go out of the hiding place without salt water, you may encounter “something wandering around” in your house, which may harm you in some way. The way to feel the presence of “something wandering around” is to watch “what happens to the TV.”
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