The Mysterious Woman : Arhato Shakya
There was a big river in a place called Sentar and above the river was a bridge. It was believed that there was a spirit of a woman under the bridge. She used to be in the river at mid-night in white dress.
Once, in the late evening, a traveller came the same way to the other side of the river. When he was going to cross the bridge, a man stopped him and told that it was dangerous to cross the bridge at the time because it was about to be the time when a ghost would appear, but the traveller did not listen to him. The traveller asked the man whether he had seen the ghost and the reply was no.
Determined, the traveller went to the bridge in his bicycle. When he reached the middle of the bridge, he saw a woman in a white dress. He went close and asked, “Who are you?”. The answer was that she too wanted to go to the place where he was going. So, he told the woman to sit at the back of the bicycle. She sat and he peddled, and stopped at the end of the bridge and when he turned back to see the woman, she was not there. She was at middle of the bridge and he thought he had peddled before she sat and again he went back to the woman and apologized for peddling before she could sit. Then she sat in the carrier and he checked and proceeded. After he reached the end of the bridge, he turned back to see the woman but again she was not there. But this time she wasn’t at the middle of the bridge either. He felt so scared that he rushed to a house not far from the bridge and asked the family a place to sleep and he slept somehow even though he was scared.