Thursday, October 23, 2014

Woman 'gives birth' to lizard, gets accused of witchcraft

As strange as it may sound, an Indonesian woman apparently 'gave birth' to a lizard and is now being threatened by an angry lynch mob that is accusing her of practicing witchcraft.

Debi Nubatonis, 31, gave birth to the gecko after an eight-month pregnancy. Though scientists say that it is clearly nonsense that a woman has given birth to a lizard, officials are sending in a team of experts to clear the mystery.

Nubatonis apparently gave birth to the gecko in May in the remote Oenunto village where a midwife "delivered" the lizard.

The news of the lizard birth led to threats being levelled against the woman and her family who were accused of witchcraft and the debate quickly made its way to the internet as well.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cerro Rico: Devil worship on the man-eating mountain

The 500-year-old mines of Bolivia's Cerro Rico mountain produced the silver that once made the Spanish empire rich. Now riddled with tunnels, the mountain is a death trap for the men and boys who work there - and who pray to the devil to keep them safe.

In a dingy tunnel, 15-year-old Marco shovels rocks into a wheelbarrow. Covered in dust and sweat, he's expected to carry 35 to 40 loads to the surface during a five-hour shift, often working at night so he can go to school during the day.
Marco's mother and her four children moved to Cerro Rico, the Rich Hill, after their father abandoned them. They live at the entrance of a tunnel, without any running water, using an abandoned mine as a bathroom.

"I want to be something better, not work in the mine… I'd like to get a degree, to be a lawyer," he says. But for now the family would not survive without his earnings.

During the Spanish Colonial era, two billion ounces of silver was extracted from the mountain. Over the same period about eight million people are estimated to have died, earning Cerro Rico the nickname, the Mountain that Eats Men.

The Thunder Beasts of Japan

Since the dawn of time, humans have looked to the skies with a sense of wonder, awe, and fascination. The wind, the sky, clouds, thunder and lightning, these are things have captured the imagination of humankind and held an undeniable mystical quality for us since time unremembered. Since long before the age of reason and science, people have gazed at the heavens and sought to explain the various phenomena of the vast skies above, to find some way to grasp how these wonders fit into the universe that they know.

In Japan, thunder and lightning were the elements of the Raijū, or literally “thunder beast,” the mighty servants of the Shinto god of thunder. These creatures were most often described as looking something like a badger, weasel, cat, or fox, although they were sometimes said to look like a wolf or monkey as well. Some accounts speak of the creatures having wings, or having multiple tails. They are quite often dramatically depicted as being wreathed in crackling tendrils of lightning, and their voices were said to boom like thunder. Raijū were said to descend to the earth upon lightning bolts, to ride atop lighting, or to travel about in hovering balls of lightning. Typically the Raijū were said to be fairly docile in nature, but during storms would become extremely agitated and aggressive, ignite with lightning, and frantically dash about leaping from tree to tree, tearing up the bark in the process with their formidable claws. In old Japan it was said that trees scored by lighting had been the work of Raijū claws, and that scorched tree trunks were the result of their wrath.

With all of this fierce and dramatic imagery of flickering lightning and cracking thunder surrounding the Raijū, it is perhaps no wonder that the people of Japan have long feared and respected these otherworldly creatures. Additionally, although they may seem at first to be a totally mythical construct, these beasts were once considered to be quite real to the people of Japan. Most locals in rural areas were well aware of which woodlands were inhabited by Raijū and were careful to stay away during storms. In fact, areas said to be the lairs of the Raijū were for the most part avoided altogether, as they invoked a potent fear in most people.

Texas Football Player Finds Skull

An El Paso middle school football player has discovered a human skull while cleaning a pauper cemetery as part of a community service project.

El Paso police told the El Paso Times that the skull was not near a grave, but likely from the children's section of the McGill Cemetery. The Magoffin Middle School football player made the discovery on Monday.

Police are working to determine where the skull came from and whether it was unearthed by a person, recent floods or an animal.

The cemetery dates back to the 1930s. It houses thousands of unclaimed and unidentified bodies as well as people whose families couldn't afford a funeral.

No Universal Threefold Law in Wicca

The popular misconception that there is a Wiccan Rule or Law of Three or Threefold Return comes from a misinterpretation of a passage in a work of fiction written by Gerald Gardner, the grandfather of modern Wicca. The book was called High Magic’s Aid, and he wrote it with the permission of his High Priestess. It had to be fiction because at that point, witchcraft was still illegal in Britain. In that book and its fictional story, the protagonist undergoes a sort of initiation rite in which he is taught “mark well when thou receivest good, so equally art bound to return good threefold.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kuldhara, India is a cursed ‘village of death’

Two hundred years ago, an entire community vanished overnight.

Nobody saw them leave, or figured out where they went. But as the 1500 villagers abandoned the town of Kuldhara, India, it’s believed they left behind a curse bringing death to anyone who tried to inhabit it.

So to this day, few dare to tread here, and even fewer dare to stay the night.

Just why the residents left remains a mystery.

Legend has it that Salim Singh, the minister of the state of Jaisalmer, fell in love with a beautiful girl upon visiting the village and wanted to marry her, threatening the locals if this was denied.

New England’s Stone-Throwing Devils

It’s true that sticks and stone might break your bones, but once in a while, the real question to be asking is who is throwing them? At least that’s the question that has plagued many locations over many hundreds of years. Mysterious invisible stone-throwing assailants and rocks falling out of thin air might be a rare occurrence, but the number of incidents spanning across time is impressive.

In the United States, one of the earliest documented cases of hurled stones coincides with the witchcraft hysteria which swept across New England during the 17th Century. In a place called Great Island—today known as New Castle, New Hampshire—a tavern owned by George and Alice Walton became the center of strange activity in 1682. The poltergeist activity was so feared and famed that they gave it a name: Lithobolia.

Richard Chamberlain, secretary of the New Hampshire colony, was a boarder at the tavern during the incidents and was a first-hand witness to the unusual activity which included rocks being thrown against the sides of the building, objects inside the tavern moving of their own accord, disembodied footsteps, and “snorting” sounds (attributed to a “daemon”). It wasn’t until 1698 that he published his account of the “stone-throwing devil” in a London pamphlet.

Man Dies In Haunted House, Mistaken For Prop For Almost 2 Weeks

WAUKEGAN, Illinois - Man Dies In Haunted House, Mistaken For Prop For Almost 2 Weeks

Halloween in Waukegan, Illinois is anticipated by the entire town, as every October for the past 8 years, the Graham family has unveiled their haunted house to the neighborhood, with the event drawing thousands of visitors throughout the season.

The event became so popular that for the third year in a row, local police had to set up barricades to keep both automobile and pedestrian traffic moving along at an orderly pace, and the Graham’s started pre-selling tickets to the event to keep track of visitors.

“That’s how we noticed something was off,” said Hank Graham, owner of the Wicked Waukegan Haunted House. “The tickets came up one short when we counted out the receipts at the end of the day. That was the first or second night of the attraction, at the beginning of this month.”

The mystery of the incorrect ticket count was solved late last week when a 6-year-old visitor told his parents he was very frightened of the “old, dead stinky man” on the second level.  “I heard the little boy say that,” said Hank, “and I thought – ‘Oh great!’  If kids are getting a scare, well, that’s the whole fun of it. Every year we add new props – we have mummies, skeletons, and mannequins, plus the ol’ peeled grapes as eyeballs in a bowl, strobe lights, fog machines – crowd favorites, I guess you’d call them. Unfortunately, it was not one of our props that had scared the boy.”

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.”