In 2014 I featured a series of blog posts introducing you to 2,014 names. For the most part they were names that were brand new to me as well. Some names may be more familiar but I found the meaning or origin or some other aspect of the name made it worthy of inclusion here. You may love some of the names, you may hate some, but hopefully you enjoy learning about all of them.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Annie Bangs

Among the common folk of Southern Utah there is a legend of a woman named Annie Bangs. The legend says that she traveled to the state with her family in a covered wagon, but the wagon hit a rock or bump in the road and the child fell out of the wagon. By the time her absence was noticed the family had traveled too far and could not find young Annie. However, a coyote found Annie and raised her as a sort of ‘wolf-child’. Annie therefore was a very wild woman, ferocious when she attacked and with a terrifying appearance, living like an animal as she did. And so, when you hear the howl of a coyote in the Southern Utah desert, it may be a coyote you hear, or it may be Annie Bangs, looking for her meal. She possesses a supernatural ability, in a way, since she continues to haunt the desert with her howls and her form, even though she is said to have lived more than a hundred years ago. Annie is timeless and not bound by death or any human morals. She is survival, rage, and terror.

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