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There’s an urban myth in the United States about hitchhikers. Every now and then someone will pick one up, and all of a sudden the hitchhiker disappears again, sometimes in a flash of light. The hitchhiker will be described as ghostly, maybe as angelic, and leave something behind – a garment that gives a clue who he or she was in life – or something less tangible; some drivers report having been healed from disease or affliction.
Apparently this myth is part of the collective unconsciousness, with counterparts to the story in Korea and tsarist Russia. In Hawaii the hitchhiker is the fire goddess Pele, who rewards people kind enough to give her a ride.
Tom Waits turned the story around in ‘Big Joe and Phantom 309’, in which a hitchhiker gets a lift from a truck driver. The truck driver drops him off at a roadside diner and gives him a dime for a cup of coffee. When the hitchhiker orders a cup of coffee with the regards of Big Joe, he learns that the truck driver is long dead, having sacrificed his own life to evade a class of children suddenly crossing the road.
Every hitchhiker, every driver, is a possibility.


Texto por: Wibo Kosters
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