Have you ever heard of the urban legend of the momo doll that has been terrorizing people on whatsapp and now on the internet? Do you know how this momo legend came about? Why did momo go viral? In this article, we are going to do an in-depth research on all the origins and curiosities of momo, the cursed doll.
Like the blue whale, momo mainly appeared on whatsapp to terrorize people, telling things about her life in an aggressive way. Unfortunately people believe and easily fall for these lies. Anyone, a friend or foe can generate an online number even from another country and create a whatsapp pretending to be this momo.
So if you really believe that momo is some supernatural monster from Japanese folklore, I want to make it clear that it's just a human legend where someone who knows you ended up jumping on the bandwagon and participating in this game that grew insanely just like the blue whale .
What is the origin of the real momo?
It all started in 2016 when an Instagram user named @nanaakooo posted a photo of a sculpture that ended up going viral on the internet. This sculpture was created by the Japanese special effects company called Link Factory. Through the images of this sculpture, the urban legend that became popular on whatsapp was created.
Things started to get popular in the Spanish language. In 2018 youtubers started to spread this urban legend even more through their videos and also through social networks and memes. It didn't take long for this legend to gain several versions and people use it to cause disgrace in the world.
In the legend that quickly spread across the web, Momo is an evil spirit that can come in contact with you or can be summoned. In this case, through a call or WhatsApp message. The best time to speak up is believed to be three in the morning (another viral thing on youtube).
If you want to see the doll in person, or the “Woman Bird” sculpture, you can visit the Vanilla Gallery Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Momo is a common Japanese name that can mean peach, thigh, and pelvis. Perhaps referring to the bird's feet in the sculpture.
A simple photo of a scary doll with a smile and bulging eyes worthy of horror movies!
The real danger of the doll – Momo's challenge
It all started as a game where people are causing fear through intimidating messages. Some ended up taking advantage of this opportunity to embezzle, exploit and blackmail the innocent. Things got worse when deaths in different parts of the world emerged because of this momo on whatsapp.
Children aged 9 to 12 in Colombia, Mexico and even Brazil ended up committing suicide because of the momo challenges they received via whatsapp, something very similar to the blue whale. Unfortunately these children were easily manipulated. Amazing how parents let their kids communicate with strangers on social media and whatsapp.
Some people take advantage of these events like blue whale or momo doll to steal people's personal data, some even manipulate fragile girls to rape them or make them commit suicide. Be smart and don't reply to any messages on behalf of momo or anything dubious.
The important thing is to ignore, block and not believe, so the legend dies instead of spreading and causing more problems!
Is momo really dangerous?
The momo is nothing more than a scary doll made by a Japanese company. She is as lifeless as the person who propagates these lies or participate in this game playing the role of momo. How does a person end up wasting their precious time to create a fake whatsapp to annoy others?
The real danger lies in the words challenge and anonymous people that have spread in a bizarre way and reached innocent people who believe any word.
The blame for this legend to spread goes mainly to youtubers, with thousands of followers and who make videos communicating with spirit and without making it clear that it is a joke and that the person should not respond if they receive such messages. Something similar happened with the blue whale, the video below shows a little of this unfortunate spread:
Discredit the Legend of the Momo Doll
The best way to end the dangers of momo's challenges, or to help people who may or are being harmed by such an urban legend, is to totally discredit it and encourage others to do the same. If you waste time watching videos, reading articles and details about the legend, it will only help to spread it!
Some may question the fact that whatsapp numbers are from other countries, just make it clear that this is something easy to do on the internet. Others say they have seen videos of momo chatting in different parts of the world, which is nothing more than filters and effects from cellphone applications.
An ironic thing is that the legend of momo is practically unknown in Japan, even though it is a doll of Japanese origin. First the Japanese don't use whatsapp but Line.
In Japan there are already many urban legends and the Japanese easily believe in superstitions. It's amazing how they weren't infected by the legend like in the west, but if this continues, maybe it will end up happening! I hope you enjoyed the article, if you did, share it with your friends and leave your comments.
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