Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monster mummies of Japan

Lurking in the halls of Buddhist temples and museums across Japan are a host of monster mummies — the preserved remains of demons, mermaids, kappa, tengu, raijū, and even human monks. Here are a few remarkable specimens for the adventurous and brave at heart.

Demon mummies

It might seem odd that Buddhist temples in Japan house the occasional stray mummified demon (oni), but then again it probably makes sense to keep them off the streets and under the watchful eye of a priest.

Zengyōji (善行寺) temple in the city of Kanazawa (Ishikawa prefecture) is home to the mummified head of a three-faced demon. Legend has it that a resident priest discovered the mummy in a temple storage chamber in the early 18th century. Imagine his surprise.

Nobody knows where the demon head came from, nor how or why it ended up in storage.

The mummified head has two overlapping faces up front, with another one (resembling that of a kappa) situated in back. The temple puts the head on public display each year around the spring equinox.

Monday, October 20, 2014

'Ghost' Caught on N.M. Police Video Likely an Insect

A mysterious moving object caught on camera outside a New Mexico police department last week has many people scratching their heads and wondering if it might be a ghost.

According to a report on "Good Morning America," "Police in Espanola, New Mexico, are trying to figure out what human-shaped, blurry, translucent figured was captured on camera strolling across a locked area of their station Saturday night. The video shows the figure walking through a chain link fence and slowly walking out again."

Because the outside lot is a secured area, it would be impossible for anyone to open the gate without an alarm going off, and in any event the object appears to move through objects in classic ghostly style.

Police officer Karl Romero said that at first he assumed that the moving figure in the video was an insect, probably a fly or moth. But when he looked again he saw something that made him change his mind: “Then, I saw the legs … and it was a human,” he concluded. Yet it could not be a real human because it appeared to move effortlessly through a high chain link fence. So it was “not a real human,” he concluded: “No — a ghost.”

Voodoo chicken killing shocks Geneva, prompts calls for CCTV surveillance

A dead chicken killed voodoo-style has been found in a park in Geneva, Switzerland. Shocked locals are demanding surveillance cameras at the site, while a government agency is speculating whether such killings are against the law.

A white chicken was found with its throat chopped and innards removed in Budé park, Petit-Saconnex district. The carcass, which was found by dog walkers, was lying in plain sight on a white sheet covered in blood.

Candles, pieces of potato, eggs, and coin grains were also found at the site, along with a vest, sweater, and jeans belonging to a young girl, The Local reported.

Devil-worshipping cults and sword-wielding men in robes - the truth about demons that live in our homes

A paranormal expert has painted a terrifying picture of the truth about demons which can occupy our homes and their 'dark satanic history'.

Liverpool resident Lorna McDonald was left living in fear due to bizarre occurrences at her home, which led to her daughter moving out and Mrs McDonald racking up bedroom tax arrears.

She claimed to have seen demonic shapes and mirrors flying off the wall, and expert Tom Slemen told the Liverpool Echo he believes this could be the case, with the Belle Vale area having a very dark history.

“The whole area around Southbrook Road where Mrs McDonald lived has quite a dark Satanic history,” he said.

“Southbrook Road derives its name from Childwall Brook, which once ran through the road on which 34 houses are now built, and the house which is purported to be the lair of the demon is situated on land which once belonged to the Ivy Farm – just one of the infamous spots where a sinister and ancient band of occultists known as the Lily White Boys used to hold their bonfire rituals.”

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Council's advice to resident's request for details of paranormal activity

Cheeky council officials told a worried resident to contact GHOSTBUSTERS for details of past paranormal activity.

Staff at Essex County Council offered the tongue-in-cheek reply to a Freedom of Information request asking for cases of paranormal activity dealt with by the council over the past decade.

The response read: "For all investigation concerning paranormal activity please contact 555-2368 Ghostbusters and ask to speak with Dr Venkman, Dr Stantz or Dr Spengler."

The doctors mentioned are ghost-hunting characters played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in 1980s blockbuster film Ghostbusters.

Other requests within the FOI for details on UFO sightings, zombie attacks and pandemics were referred to Mulder and Skully from The X-Files, Shaun from zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and Major Henry West from 28 Days Later.

Ebola victims in African village 'rise from the dead'

Panic is spreading across an African community after reports that two Ebola victims have risen from the dead.

The victims, both females in their 40s and 60s, died of the deadly virus in separate communities in Nimba County, Liberia.

But according to reports in a local newspaper, the pair have reportedly been resurrected and are now walking among the living, causing panic and fear among locals.

The New Dawn Nimba County said the late Dorris Quoi of Hope Village Community and the second victim identified as Ma Kebeh, in her late 60s, were about to be taken for burial when they rose from the dead.

Ma Kebeh had been indoors for two nights without food and medication before her alleged death.

'Haunted' pub near home of 'black eyed girl ghost' goes up for sale

A spooky derelict pub near where a mysterious black eyed child was reportedly sighted has gone up for sale.

Spirits said to roam the ancient rooms of the Four Crosses include a Roundhead soldier and a broken-hearted damsel called Emily - who is often spotted crying in the ladies toilets.

But the inn, which is classed as one of the most haunted places in Britain, has now been put on the market for £325,000.

It dates back to 1636 and is located less than three miles away from Cannock Chase in Staffordshire.
It is not known if the Black Eyed Child, who was recently said to have appeared in the area,  has visited, but ghost children are said to frequent the downstairs bar.

And a spirit-like young girl, dressed in tatty clothes, has been seen disappearing through a wall.
Other paranormal incidents recently reported include glasses flying off the shelves and spooky footsteps.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chilling sightings of 'Black Eyed Child' ghost spark paranormal hunt

A leading paranormal investigator has scoured a beauty spot following chilling sightings of a ghost known as The Black Eyed Child.

Lee Brickley launched an in-depth investigation of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire after reports that the ghoulish apparition has returned to the sprawling heathland.

The child was last spotted 30 years ago, sparking worldwide interest – and is today a cult internet sensation.

Latest descriptions of the girl, who has coal-black pits for eye sockets, are identical to those chronicled in the early 1980s.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Lee, author of books about the paranormal, was stunned recently when he received a new eye-witness account of the Black Eyed Child.

Police warn group in South Norwood after child 'exorcisms'

Apparent "exorcisms" of children have been taking place in the early hours of the morning on a street corner in South Norwood.

The Advertiser witnessed a group of eight people congregating at 5.25am on Tuesday (September 23) and chanting in a group around a toddler behind South Norwood Leisure Centre.

Some of the incidents involve children, but it is not known whether it is the same child in all the alleged 'exorcisms'.

On Tuesday, members of the group took up different spots in the roads around Enmore Road, Portland Road and Denmark Road. They then gathered under a street lamp on the corner of Enmore Road and Denmark Road, near Woodside Medical Centre and South Norwood and Woodside Social Club.

Members of the group were heard to say "release your spirit" and "get the demon out" – which has alerted the council and police to monitor what is feared may be an exorcism.

Missing Persons At National Parks Remain Mystery

The phenomenon of missing persons near National Parks in the U.S. is becoming more prominent of an issue as unexplained disappearances of children and adults increase in numbers. For decades, a big number of people have gone missing around the country especially places like Lake Tahoe and Mt. Charleston in the Nevada area.

The persons found were retrieved under unusual circumstances in many cases. Some would be discovered miles away from where they were camping, confused about how they got there. Other times it wasn’t a person that was found, but only piles of clothes sometimes neatly folded on the ground. But why would anyone hiking in the wild strip naked, exposing themselves to the elements?

Author and retired police officer David Paulides wrote a book about these strange cases called “Missing 411” which talks about this very real problem and theorizes about how and why these disappearances continue to this day. David got the idea for his book after speaking with a ranger who came to him about the people that go missing on an annual basis.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Schoolgirls Confess Link to Flesh-Eating Witchcraft Group

Residents of a Zimbabwean village are living in fear after two young girls, who allegedly admitted to drinking blood and eating human flesh, confessed to being part of a cannibalistic cult of witches.

The Glendale duo, approximately 8 and 11, apparently claimed that they visit graveyards at night in the company of elderly witches, where they would exhume graves and collect human remains for consumption.

"This granny would pick me up and go with me to gather firewood where she would always say to me 'look at those snakes'," one of the girls told My Zimbabwe News.

"From there I started seeing three people at night who would say to me 'Let's go and eat human flesh'. I would sneak out of the house then go with them."

Witch Hunt in Zimbabwe for 'Holy Water' Goblin Killer

Two elderly women have been killed with poison because neighbours in their African village thought they were using goblins to harm local children.

Jersey Mutero, 83, and Erita Bhebhe, 73, were blamed for a child falling ill in the village of Mangisi, in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe.
According to the New Zimbabwe news service, the pair, who were related, died after drinking 'holy water' in a ceremony presided over by a witch doctor.

They collapsed just moments after supping the toxic brew handed to them by the holy man.

The shaman, named Maxwell Pira, was summoned by relations who believed both women were witches and had used goblins to harm the child.

A cleansing ceremony was held in a bid to drive out the 'goblins' in the hope it would cure the ailing child.