"Legends: the Lange Wapper" Legends and urban stories Tip by Pavlik_NL

Legends and urban stories, Antwerp: 19 reviews and 21 photos

  The statue of "Lange Wapper" in front of the Steen
by Pavlik_NL

In medieval times, people often took to legends and stories to explain the unknown. Plagues, accidents and disasters - they always were the work of some evil spirit and in Antwerpen, the worst one of them all was: Lange Wapper (Long "Wapper"). This ghostly figure lived in the canals (Reien) and came out when the sun went down. Then young girls and old ladies had to watch out and also men were not safe for his pranks and jokes. He tried to lure youngsters into sin - for example gambling and drinking - but was also used by drunken husbands as an excuse towards their wifes when coming home. The "Lange Wapper" had paid them a visit when returning home from work and the only safe place was ... of course ... the bar.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2003
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