People of Drapchekha village in Wangdue are afraid of Mems, female spirits that roam the valleys. After sundown, villagers dare not go out or stay home alone.
People believe that Mems wear blue dress and a lot of jewellery. They can undergo physical transformation. They appear like their mother to victims who succumb to their ploy.
There are stories of people in the village who were lured and kidnapped by the Mems. Sometimes, victims survive, most times they do not. According to locals, Mems feed the victims mud and tree barks, which to the victims appear like a sumptuous meal.
Phub Tshering, 44, is an astrologer. According to him, it’s not just in Wangdue where stories of Mems abound. Mems are known by different names in different places. Tshanglalo-speaking people call them Tsan. Kurtoeps call them Nyepo.
“People believe that Mems come only at night. But they can come to the victim anytime, day or night,” says Phub.
Family members and relatives of victims have to perform religious rituals to rescue the victims. Otherwise, Mems won’t let them go.