What is Legend Tripping?

Wikipedia defines “Legend tripping, as known as ostension, is a name recently bestowed by folklorists and anthropologists on an adolescent practice (containing elements of a rite of passage) in which a usually furtive nocturnal pilgrimage is made to a site which is alleged to have been the scene of some tragic, horrific, and possibly supernatural event or haunting. The practice has been documented most thoroughly to date in the United States.” It looks to me that whoever wrote that was trying to use as many big words as he or she could to confuse everybody.
The best way to define it is to break it down. The definition of Legend is a non-historical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical (freedictionary.com). The word  “ Tripping” by definition refers to the reaction a person has using drugs, but in this case Tripping is simply the word "trip" expanded, which is a journey which takes you to another place (urbandictionary.com).

My definition is simple. Legend tripping is to go or participate on a quest or adventure for something which has defined a mystery or legend and not verified or explained by science. These legends are cryptids (Bigfoot, Skunk Ape or the Loch Ness Monster), the paranormal (Ghosts and Haunted Houses), extraterrestrials to include UFO’s and lost treasures and places of wonder. 

1 comment:

  1. The following 3 URLs should be of very great interest to legend trippers in general. They contain real photographs of faeries, bug-sized micro-craft and time-camera(trans-time)photographic images of the past: