Residence: New Jersey/Los Angeles/Australia
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/14/14
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
When I asked my roommate if she had any folklore from New Jersey she replied “Yes, New Jersey has a devil.” This is an urban legend that tells of a woman who gave birth to a devil like creature that disappeared into the swamps immediately after being born. The creature has the head of a goat, the body of a kangaroo like creature and bat-like wings.
My roommate did not have any personal stories about the New Jersey devil but noted that it was where the state basketball team gets its name. She also compared the creature to other mythical animal creatures like the Sasquatch.
This story is interesting because it is very similar to myths like the Chupacabra and Big Foot, but unlike those myths it is specific to New Jersey, which builds a sense of pride in the people who are active and passive bearers of this piece of folklore since they are bonded together by identity.