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“The other shape,
If shape it might be call’d, that shape had none,
Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
Or substance might be call’d that shadow seem’d;
For each seem’d either; black it stood as night,
Fierce as ten furies, terrible as Hell,
And shook a dreadful dart; what seem’d his head
The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
Satan was now at hand; and from his seat
The monster, moving onward, came as fast
With horrid strides; Hell trembled as he strode.”
-- John Milton
One of my articles that appeared in the Paranormal Inquiry! I believed it appeared in the April edition. Since I’m finishing up the fairy shoot today I felt it was appropriate to share:
Fairy lore versus Cryptozoology
It’s springtime! Flowers are blooming. Baby animals are being born. Leprechauns are abound playing with the butterflies. All of that good stuff. It’s the time of St. Patrick’s Day and Ostara, a pagan holiday. Both of these welcome the spring and have a lot of fairy influence. Fairies abound this time of year.
What does this have to do with the regular cryptozoology article? It would seem at first glance fairy lore would pertain more to the mythological/spiritual/metaphysical realms whereas cryptozoology pushes into the anthropological/scientific/physical realms but a lot of times fairy lore and cryptozoology overlap.
Many cryptids sightings first start as fairy tales. You have to remember that not all fairies are cute little humanoid beings with gossamer wings and are all smiles and sparkles. Fay creatures can be nasty and mean and just down right evil bordering on demonic. Most of the time a fairy’s temperament reflects their surrounding environment, whether physically or socially.
The fairies previously described are usually found in calm wooded clearings beautiful and pristine. Others like trolls came from a darker, usually higher harsher climate. Most cryptids are also found in these harsher climates with a lower human population density. There are also some fays that are found world round like many of the cryptids.
Take for example the werewolf. Were-creatures are found all of the globe. There’s were-jaguars, were-snakes, were-bulls, etc. We all know the Britannic werewolf, the cursed creature that cannot control their bloodthirsty urges come the full moon. The Irish werewolves are actually much different. They are considered guardians and protectors of children, wounded men, and the lost. According to some legends they were recruited by kings for war. Irish werewolves also lived in clans. This is also an example of differences to social environment. This belief was strongly held before Christianity pushed into Ireland. It wasn’t until later that it became a curse from St Natalia from some vague pagan reason.
Even Bigfoot has been grouped in with the Fay folk being a forest guardian spirit. In some Native American tribes Bigfoot is also considered a shape shifter, much like a werewolf, contributing to the fact that he has never been captured or a body has never been discovered.
We have to remember that many creatures we now have at the local zoo were once just legend. It might be best not to count the fairies out just yet.
One of the main Aztec gods, he was the god of war, sun and human sacrifice. His name either means “Hummingbird of the South” or “Left-handed Hummingbird”, seeing as how he is the god of war it’s very fitting, because the Aztecs believed that hummingbirds were the departed souls of warriors. He is typically portrayed with blue paint on his skin and hummingbird feathers on his left arm and leg and his serpent-shaped spear called an atl-atl.
When the Aztecs got kicked out of their home Aztlan Huitzilopochtli promised to watch over them. He foretold that the Aztecs would reach the place of their future capital when they see an eagle sitting on a cactus with a serpent in its beak in the middle of a lake. He was pretty specfic and the Aztecs soon found the eagle and made an artificial island there and named in Tenochtitlan “place of the cactus fruit”, now known as Mexico City. (Oldest capital in the Americas)
The Aztecs believed that Huitzilopochtli was the eagle they found, seeing as how one of his animals was the eagle. This story is also shown on the modern Mexican flag.
What’s so weird about him?
What makes him strange would probably be his birth. His mom,Coatlicue, was minding her business when suddenly his dad comes up to her and impregnates her. His dad was a ball of hummingbird feathers.
When his sister, Coyolxauhqui, found out that their mother got pregnant in that shameful way, she plotted to kill their mom and their 400 siblings. Four hundred siblings, I’d like to see Octomom beat that. Just as his sister was about to stab their mom, Huitzilopochtli bursted out of the womb, fully-grown and ready to fight. He dismembered his sister and threw his other siblings into the sky where they became the stars, when he saw how his mother cried over Coyolxauhqui’s death he threw her head into sky and gave her the job of being the moon and its goddess.
Family reunions must be so awkward.
On another note, when the Aztecs built a pyramid in his honor, they sacrificed over 25,000 prisoners of war over four days. Some historians argue this fact and say the actual number was much smaller. Either way the Aztecs knew how to party.
What if I see him?
Despite being the god of human sacrifice, he was a very approachable god and cared a great deal about his people. So if ever you come across him and you’re not fighting against him, you should be fine.
And don’t try to pronounce his name if you know you’ll probably butcher it, I doubt he would like that.
(Art belongs to El-Walrok)
Roman, 1st-5th century AD
Made in Egypt
This doll is fairly well-proportioned, and has a head and a body. The arms are made from a long roll of linen attached at the back. The doll is made of made of coarse linen and is stuffed with rags and pieces of papyrus. Coloured wool, now faded, was applied to parts of the face and body. The gender* of the doll is unclear, although the presence of a small blue glass bead attached to the proper left side of the head suggests a hair ornament and therefore that it is probably intended to be female. As well as dolls, children had a wide range of toys and playthings, such as toy animals, soldiers, doll’s houses with miniature furniture, spinning tops, hoops and marbles.
In the ancient world dolls were usually made of rags, wood, bone or fired clay, and ranged from simple home-made playthings such as this example to miniature works of art, with finely worked features and jointed bodies. There is no reason why dolls should not have been as popular in the Roman period as they are now, but relatively few have survived because of the perishable nature of their materials. This doll survived as a result of the very dry conditions in parts of Egypt, which helped to preserve organic artefacts of all types, from sandals, furniture and baskets to brushes, boxes and even hairpieces.
(Source: The British Museum)
Incubus and Succubus
AKA: None found
Origin: Medieval Europe (that’s when the legend become popular, the idea of them existed since Mesopotamia times)
Similar to the Alp, an Incubus is a demon that comes at night and sits on sleeping victims. Medieval European priests said that an Incubus was a fallen angel who was kicked out of Heaven because of his lust for women. The same goes for the Succubus, the female counterpart of the Incubus. Priests of the time, said for every nine Incubi there is one Succubus, so attacks by a Succubus is much rarer. Some say that the Succubus is actually just an Incubus who can change its sex, but the idea that they are both separate beings is much more well-known and accepted. Some say that an Incubus is bisexual and that it’s an Incubus that is sexually assaulting a man, not a Succubus. Others say that Incubi find male victims sexual unappealing and prefer females. But it all depends on whether or not you believe that Succubi exists, not just Incubi.
What’s so weird about it?
Remember when I said they were similar to an Alp? I was right but there’s one little difference. They rape their victims in their sleep.
Okay so maybe that’s a big difference. The Incubus rapes his victim in order to father a child, the same goes for a Succubus. Another thing is that priests used to say that an Incubus/Succubus didn’t have a body of their own so they had to used a corpse or use human flesh. Some of the more crafty ones can also take the appearance of a human.
About the whole “fathering a child” thing, there’s a name for a child born of that, they call them a Cambion. One of the most famous stories about a Cambion is Merlin, the famous wizard is said to be the result of his mother getting pregnant from an Incubus.
What do I do if I see one?
Well first off, there are two big ways to tell if your lover is one. First, they have the power to put other members of the household into a deep sleep. Second, they’re cold to the touch so the victim will feel extremely cold. They’re also very nasty to the people and besides intercourse they don’t care much for the human.
Now that you know the signs, consult an exorcist. An Incubus/Succubus is no laughing matter and, if you believe in this sort of thing, you should talk to a priest.
And if you don’t believe in this and want a more scientific explanation, historians say that the myth of these demons arise from sleep paralysis and nocturnal arousal are likable explanations for these apparent attacks. Not to mention that at this time sex for anything other than creating offspring was seen as a sin.
Whether or not you believe in these creatures, we can all agree that having sex with a reanimated cold corpse isn’t the best thing and most likely is not on the top of people’s “to do” list.
“Mad” King Ludwig II and his Mysterious Death
Ludwig II became king of Bavaria, in 1864. During his reign, Ludwig II was obsessed with lavish surroundings and little else. He spent all of his personal funds on the construction of fairy tale castles. These fantastically beautiful castles pictured above are Linderhof Palace, Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Herrenchiemsee Palace and remain extremely popular tourist attractions in Germany. The Hall of Mirrors in Herrenchiemsee was illuminated with the light of more than 1800 candles.
He was painfully shy, and ill-equipped for his duties as king. He spent hardly any time governing his people, and had a strong aversion to public appearances.
In 1866, Ludwig was accused of being insane. Whether his eccentric behaviors were caused by insanity is unknown. The man who declared him mentally ill had never examined him. He was deposed on the grounds of insanity at the request of his uncle, who may have wanted control of the government. The day after the king’s deposition, he was found dead in a pond, along with the very doctor who had diagnosed him insane. At first the deaths were deemed suicides, but many believe that Ludwig and his doctor were murdered. There is still talk of exhuming the graves for autopsies. Should this come to fruition, the fate of the “mad” king and his doctor may finally be solved.
Titanoboa (Titanoboa cerrejonensis)
- In the pantheon of predator, its one of the greatest discoveries since the T-rex: a snake 48 feet long, weighing in at 2,500 pounds. Uncovered from a treasure trove of fossils in a Columbian coal-mine, this serpent is revealing a lost world of giant creatures
- In the lowland tropics of northern Columbia, 60 miles from the Caribbean coast, Cerrejon is a criss-crossing of roads leading to enormous pits 15 miles in circumference
- 58 million years ago, a few million years after the fall of the dinosaurs, Cerrejon was an immense swampy jungle where everything was hotter, wetter and bigger than it is today
- Today Cerrejon happens to be one of the world’s richest, most important fossil deposits, providing scientists with a unique snapshot of the qeological moment when a new environment was emerging
- After the dinosaurs disappeared the river basin held turtles with shells twice the size of manhole covers and crocodile kin-at least three different species- more than a dozen feet long. And there were seven-foot-long lungfish, two to three times the size of their modern Amazon cousins
- The lord of this jungle was a truly spectacular creature- a snake more than 40 feet long and weighing more than a ton. This giant serpent looked something like a modern-day boa constrictor, but behaved more like today’s water-dwelling anaconda.It was a swamp denizen and a fearsome predator, able to eat any animal that caught its eye
Or watch the video by the Smithsonian: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/site/sn/show.do?show=140671
I do not own this information, video or these images
The necropants, as they’re called, are at the center of a very strange legend that’s part of an exhibit at Iceland’s Holmavik Witchcraft and Sorcery Museum (a macabre little pit-stop where you can learn the stories of 17 people burned at the stake in the 17th century — for supposedly “occult” practices like cursing someone with uncontrollable farting). The necropants were made from the skin of the bottom half of a dead guy — but that’s not the weird part, if you can believe it. From Lonely Planet Iceland:
It was believed that the necropants would spontaneously produce money when worn, as long as the donor corpse had been stolen from a graveyard at the dead of night and a magic rune and a coin stolen from a poor widow were placed in the dead man’s scrotum. [Source]
And from the Museum’s website:
If you want to make your own necropants (literally; nábrók) you have to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his dead. After he has been buried you must dig up his body and flay the skin of the corpse in one piece from the waist down. As soon as you step into the pants they will stick to your own skin. A coin must be stolen from a poor widow and placed in the scrotum along with the magical sign, nábrókarstafur, written on a piece of paper. Consequently the coin will draw money into the scrotum so it will never be empty, as long as the original coin is not removed. To ensure salvation the owner has to convince someone else to overtake the pants and step into each leg as soon as he gets out of it. The necropants will thus keep the money-gathering nature for generations.
[The ‘uncontrollable farting’ link is left in there for your reading pleasure too]
The Guillemot is a seabird that lays its eggs on a bare rock ledge on a cliff face. When an egg is accidentally dislodged, its shape causes it to spin in a tight circle, which prevents it from falling off the ledge into the sea. (Springwatch - BBC)
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how fucking awesome this is?
These eggs no doubt started out like all other avian eggs, but they had the problem of rolling off the cliffs. The eggs that were slightly more oblong tended to roll off the cliffs less, and thus the genes contained in those eggs lived to be passed on. Fast forward a few million years, and BAM tight-circle eggs.
Naturally selected for your viewing pleasure.
That was probably where that line of seabird diverged into two new ones, those that were lucky enough to lay oblong eggs and the ones that were smart enough not to lay eggs of bare cliff faces.
Did you guys know that My Neighbor Totoro is actually based on a murder of a little girl that occurred in the 1960’s? I did research for my film studies class. The whole movie is actually kinda fucked up.
Okay I just posted this this morning… Anyways, in reference to “It’s just coincidence” there are too many “coincidences” for this to just be “coincidence”. For those of you curious, it has to do with a murder called the “Sayama Incident” in May 1963. Satsuki (the older sister) is Japanese for “May”. & The younger sister’s name is Mei (pronounced May). The little black dust balls are called susuwatari, & when those (or Totoro) are seen it is said “death is close”. Totoro is actually a shinigami, or grim reaper type, meant to transport & protect the souls of young children who have tragically passed. The nekobus (the many legged cat bus) is what is used to bring the children to the next world. In the movie, the first time the bus is seen, the two destination characters read “Grave” & “Road”. There is a part where Mei goes missing & Satsuki is asked to identify a pink slipper found in the water during the village search for Mei. Satsuki denies it, but notice after this, the characters stop having shadows. This is because Mei died & Satsuki is soon to follow, once she asks Totoro to help her find her sister & he allows her to ride the Catbus.
The whole thing is tragically cool, honestly. But it does have a lot to do with the Sayama Incident, & there are WAY to many coincidences to not be noticed. I love Miyazaki & how he goes about stories. Spirited away is no different, there’s a secret meaning of how Sen (Chihiro) is working as a sex slave in a turkish bath house.
Trying to be a film major, after watching these movies you kind of notice the details. But it’s really nit-picky things people don’t notice. Why would halfway through the movie, Miyazaki decide “The character’s don’t need shadows”?
Cool read, I suggest checking it out.
AKA: Rusalkar, Rusalki, Russalka, and Vodyanik
All over Eastern Europe, there exists a version of the Rusalka. They are most often compared to mermaids and demons. A Rusalka is said to be the ghost of a young unwed girl who was murdered near a body of water. A Rusalka’s appearance varies with each Slavic country. Some say they are beautiful creatures with glowing green eyes and long hair. Others describe them as hideous looking monsters with long claws and rotting skin. With the first accounts it says they don’t leave the body of water where they died, that they come out at night and play with their friends, the water sprites. Later on, they are said to climb trees and sing in the moonlight.
What’s so weird about it?
A Rusalka, like stated above, is the ghost of a killed woman near a body of water. They never stray far from their homes but instead sing a beautiful song to attract people to them. When their sweet voice finally does bring somewhere near to their home, they reach out and drown them. They drown them as revenge because of their own anger at their death. They don’t care who they drown, men, women, or children, so long as someone pays for their death.
What if I see one?
Rusalka are doomed to resign in the waters where they spent the last moments of their lives, unless someone avenges their death. If you avenge it, their spirit will be at rest and no more midnight drownings.
Glass Beach is a unique beach, not because nature made it that way, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man’s mistakes.
Beginning in 1949, the area around Glass Beach, California became a public dump. It is hard to imagine this happening today, but back then people dumped all kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, including old cars, and their household garbage, which of course included lots of glass.
By the early sixties, some attempts were made to control what was dumped, and dumping of any toxic items was banned. Finally in 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board realized what a mistake it was and plans were begun for a new dump away from the ocean…
Now, over 30 years later, Mother Nature has reclaimed this beach. Years of pounding wave action have deposited tons of polished glass onto the beach. You’ll still see the occasional reminder of it’s earlier life, such as a rusted spark plug, but for the most part what you’ll see is millions of pieces of glass sparkling in the sun. (As part of MacKerricher State Park, collecting is no longer allowed).
AKA: Skogsrå, Skogsfru, and Skovfro
Huldra are gorgeous elf women that live in the woods throughout Scandinavia. While there are men as well, it’s more common to see females. Huldras are extremely human-like in appearance, you can only tell them apart from the fact that they have a tail. It’s either a cow or fox tail depending on which region you’re in. Some say that they have a hollowed out back filled with rotten flesh and if you see that, you’re dead.
What’s so weird about them?
Aside from the whole tail and killing you if you see their back, or lack thereof, they’re very seductive. They lure men into the woods and make them into their sex slaves. If you cut off their tail, the Huldra turn human, so they often trick men into marrying them in order to become human.
You might be thinking “Hey, if I cut off a Huldra’s tail, I get a hot wife who only wants to have sex with me! Sounds like a good deal!” And sure there’s that, but if you mistreat a Huldra or if you anger her in anyway she’ll turn into an old ugly woman who might just kill you.
What if I see one?
Nothing is really said about how to escape one. Mainly because it’s hard to tell them about from regular women, and most men wouldn’t want to escape the grasps of a beautiful seductress.
Just run like mad, there’s no other option.
IN THE BEGINNING according to Japanese mythology, there was a whole mesh of stuff and the sky and the earth and the male and the female and all that stuff was all mushed together. Then stuff separated and a God called Kuni-toko-tachi happened and then there was other stuff and THEN the deities Izanagi and Izanami, these sort of male and female archetypes, were born.
Izanagi and Izanami were standing on this floating bridge in the sky and they wondered if there was anything down below. So they lowered a jewel-spear down and were like WOAH there’s an ocean down there. Then they raised the spear a little bit and water dripped from it and coagulated into an island somehow? And they went down on it and even though they were brother and sister they were like HEY let’s get married and have sex.
So they set up a pillar in the middle of the island so that they could do this pre-sex ritual thing where they’d walk around it in different directions and meet each other. So they did, and when they met Izanami said oh hey there handsome
and then Izanagi was like
WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH. HOLD UP. I’M the guy so I get to speak first. Start over.
So then they walked around it again and when they met Izanagi said oh hey there beautiful
and then they sexed it up and made the islands and seas and rivers and all that naturey stuff.
Then they were like, hey, let’s make some folks to rule over all this stuff we just banged out.
Then they made Ama-terasu, the sun goddess, and they were like WOAH you beautiful, you gonna go up in the sky k
Then they made the moon god Tsuki-yumi, and he wasn’t as awesome-looking as Ama-terasu, but they were like, eh, he’ll do. And then they sent him up in the sky to be Ama-terasu’s consort, but then the two fought a lot and were basically just not a good couple
So then they were separated by night and day. Then Izanagi and Izanami made Susa-no-o, and he’s gonna be a jerk but that comes later.
Then Izanami gave birth to the fire god Kagu-tsuchi and it made her really sick and she died. Then Izanagi followed her to the Land of Yomi (underworld) and she was like WOAH WOAH okay why are you here. Dude I’m about to start being dead and gross so get out.
But Izanagi was curious so he ignored her and broke off a tooth of his comb and lit it and he saw Izanami looking dead and gross and a bunch of thunder gods on her? And the thunder gods leered over at Izanagi and he was scared and disgusted and he was like
GODDAMN THIS PLACE IS HORRIBLE and Izanami was like WELL WHY THE FUCK DID YOU COME HERE AND LOOK and she was so mad that she sent these Eight Ugly Females of Yomi after him, and he ran away and they chased him
And then he flung off his headdress and it hit the ground and became a bunch of grapes, and when the Ugly Females saw it they were like OOO FOOD
and they stopped and ate it and Izanagi continued to the Even Pass of Yomi, where he met Izanami. And he was like BITCH I WANT A DIVORCE. And Izanami said WELL FINE IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT THEN I’M GONNA KILL EVERYONE. And Izanagi said FINE WELL THEN I’LL MAKE 15 HUNDRED PEOPLE IN ONE DAY.
And then he escaped from Yomi and then he took lots of baths because, ew, underworld, and somehow this made a bunch of deities get born? And then he went and became a hermit on the island of Ahaji.