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SKULLS, WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE SKULLS DEPARTMENT -
New Indiana Jones Movie
Based on Mythology of Real Crystal Skulls
The infamous Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull was placed on public display
for the first time in year recently at spiritual expo in the Chicago
area. This mysterious skull was first discovered in 1924 in the
jungles of Belize in South America and is believed to be over 2,500
years old. It is carved in such a manner that defies
explanation. Scientists who have tested the large human-sized
skull found that the quartz crystal was carved against the grain and
found no tool marks, modern or ancient, on the smooth surface.
Theoretically, like the bumble bee that shouldn't be able to fly, this
mysterious artifact shouldn't exist. Carving an object out of
quartz crystal against the grain should have shattered the object and
the mystery surrounding the lack of tool marks remains just that: a
This crystal skull event was significant in that crystal skulls may
become a popular subject in a short while with the upcoming movie,
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," coming out in
May. This is the fourth and perhaps final IJ movie produced
by movie moguls Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas.
The subject of crystal skulls is not well known to the average person
or even to the spiritually or metaphysically-oriented
person. But to the collector of modern crystal skulls, of
which there are many, the idea that a movie about their lovable
collectibles is coming out is exciting.
However, Hollywood does seem to be taking the mythology of the crystal
skull to the extreme, judging by the movie posters which depict a
crystal skull that looks very alien in nature. Mention of
the infamous alien-based Area 51 is also prevalent in the movie, if the
rumor mill is correct about the very secretive story line of the movie.
So what is the true mythology of the crystal skulls?
One starts with the story of the crystal skull in the jungles of South
America, where they were first discovered. These skulls were unearthed
from the ground in ancient ruins by those explorers who were excavating
the South American jungles in the 19th century. Many sites around
the continent were explored and the activities of archeologists of the
time were coupled with fortune-hunters searching for gold and
treasurers. Several discoveries of skulls and other artifacts
were done at this time, although records of these are sketchy at
Among these discoveries is the Mitchell-Hedges skull discovery, as well
as others, some which are held by private owners and others are
displayed in museums. At the time, all of these skulls have been
declared 'ancient' by their respective discoverers, that is to say they
are over 2,500 years old.
Theories of the origins and purposes of the skulls abound, but ancient
Aztecs, Incans and Mayans all had religions with the images of
skulls. It is believed by scientists and archeologists that
crystal skulls were created to be used in rituals and as objects of
The spiritualists or metaphysicians have taken their theories a bit
further; as far as outer space, in fact. The names of Atlantis and/or
the Pleiades are mentioned in regards to the true origins of the
ancient crystal skulls, the number of which are either 13 or 52,
depending on who you talk to about these strange artifacts.
Regardless, of where they came from, these skulls fascinated the public
and many came to see these mysterious objects. The
popularity became intense and it is said that as a result more modern
crystal carvers began sculpting skulls for the general public
use. There is a old glass factory in Germany which was known to
have created crystal skulls for the people at this time and it was at
this time that more unscrupulous individuals began selling these modern
wonders to unwitting peoples claiming their ancient origin, but indeed
they were creations of modern quartz artisans, not ancient
Several of these more modern wonders have landed in the hands of
museums - the British Museum has a crystal skull which was once
declared ancient, but now has been categorized as 'old', or only
several hundred years old, since the authenticity of the crystal
skull's true age is in question.
The truth is that inorganic material, such as quartz crystal, can not
be tested for age with our current science. Only organic material
can be tested and so it is the organic material found around inorganic
artifacts that is measured and thus the inorganic material is declared
Another infamous crystal skull that may or may not be ancient is in the
Paris Museum of Man. The Smithsonian Museum in the United
States also holds within its collection a crystal skull.
Then there are the crystal skulls held by private owners, such as the
Mitchell-Hedges Skull. Of these many owners have declared
their skulls as ancient.
Among these reputed ancient skulls are Max, the Texas skull owned by
Joanna Parks, and Synergy owned by Sherry Whitfield
Merrell. Both these skulls have their own fascinating back
story and their owners have allowed these skulls to be displayed to the
public. Another reputed ancient skull is ET, which actually looks
very alien and is owned by Joky van Dieten. Perhaps this is the
skull that the Indiana Jones movie was inspired by.
The uproar of ancient versus modern caused a clamor in the 19th century
and the crystal skulls fell out of favor for a time. But
the exploration and exploitation of the South American jungle by
treasurer hunters continued into the 20th century and crystal skulls
continued to be found among the ruins. Among those having such a
find was a man named Nick Nocinero, who was not only an explorer but
also a believer in things supernatural. His skull, named
Sha Na Ra, became infamous and subsequently the fascination of crystal
skulls was renewed by the public in the 1980's, when Nocinero
co-authored a book about crystal skulls, with Joshua Shapiro. Shapiro
today is known as a crystal skull explorer and subsequently one of the
most predominant crystal skull experts, especially since Nocinero
passed away a few years ago.
Further in the 1980's a British film team while filming a documentary
in South America stumbled across the original site where the
Mitchell-Hedges skull was found and became captivated with the subject
of crystal skulls. Their quest became a book and a documentary
movie which fired up the public's imagination once more.
Both books mention the fact that the crystal skulls have also been a
fascination for psychic and channelers over the years. Like
the shamans of old who told tales that the skulls often spoke to them,
so have various psychics who have been exposed to the Mitchell-Hedges
skull, the British Museum skull or Sha Na Ra, or any reputed ancient
crystal skulls, said these skulls talk to them. This is
where the information of the skulls beginnings coming from outer space
originates - from those who have 'talked' with the skulls.
Modern crystal skulls are now being carved on a regular basis in China
and Brazil and these pricey modern replications of the ancient relics
are being collected by crystal skulls caretakers from around the
world. Many of these people feel that the modern skulls also talk
with them; these people state that they simply care for the skulls and
not truly own them. They are caretakers of the crystal skulls.
What the messages that the skulls are telling caretakers, psychics and
channelers? Often they are personal messages intended for the
individual to help them in their personal and spiritual
life. Other messages surround world changes, messages of
peace and world events. There are various internet groups who
talk regularly about these messages and the modern caretakers of the
skulls, ancient, old or contemporary relate their various experiences
with their skulls to other skull caretakers. These experiences
include out-of-body travels, dream analysis, mediation and various
personal and spiritual growth experiences among the group.
Now with the advent of a movie that may explore this fascinating
subject being made available to the public, the popularity of crystal
skulls may grow. Or Hollywood may do what it does best - take a
subject of legend and rearrange the facts to ensure the box office cash
register will ring loudly and often.
Regardless, of what Hollywood does, the subject of crystal skulls
remains one steeped in mystery, controversy and secretive
legends. Whether the ancient skulls really came from Atlantis or
further out from outer space or simply from worshiping ancient natives
of South America may be debated for years to
come. However, the movie going public can enjoy
the intrigue of the crystal skulls, their secrets, their beauty and
their mystery, regardless if they believe in anything more or not.
The caretakers of these skulls, ancient and modern, know their own
*Ms. Blake Cahoon is a spiritual writer and teacher. She also is
collector of modern crystal skulls. Her company,
www.amethystmoon.com produces and provides educational materials about
skulls and other metaphysical subjects. She lives in Illinois.
Source: Blake Cahoon
- SON OF THE SUN
Solar Power to Rule in 20 Years, Futurists Say
predicted the fall of the Soviet Union. He predicted the explosive
spread of the Internet and wireless access.
Now futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil is
part of distinguished panel of engineers that says solar power will
scale up to produce all the energy needs of Earth's people in 20 years.
There is 10,000 times more sunlight than
we need to meet 100 percent of our energy needs, he says, and the
technology needed for collecting and storing it is about to emerge as
the field of solar energy is going to advance exponentially in
accordance with Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns. That law yields
a doubling of price performance in information technologies every year.
Kurzweil, author of "The Singularity Is
Near" and "The Age of Intelligent Machines," worked on the solar energy
solution with Google Co-Founder Larry Page as part of a panel of
experts convened by the National Association of Engineers to address
the 14 "grand challenges of the 21st century," including making solar
energy more economical. The panel's findings were announced here last
week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science.
Solar to compete in five years
Solar and wind power currently supply
about 1 percent of the world's energy needs, Kurzweil said, but
advances in technology are about to expand with the introduction of
nano-engineered materials for solar panels, making them far more
efficient, lighter and easier to install. Google has invested
substantially in companies pioneering these approaches.
Regardless of any one technology, members
of the panel are "confident that we are not that far away from a
tipping point where energy from solar will be [economically]
competitive with fossil fuels," Kurzweil said, adding that it could
happen within five years.
The reason why solar energy technologies
will advance exponentially, Kurzweil said, is because it is an
"information technology" (one for which we can measure the information
content), and thereby subject to the Law of Accelerating Returns.
"We also see an exponential progression
in the use of solar energy," he said. "It is doubling now every two
years. Doubling every two years means multiplying by 1,000 in 20 years.
At that rate we'll meet 100 percent of our energy needs in 20 years."
Other technologies that will help are
solar concentrators made of parabolic mirrors that focus very large
areas of sunlight onto a small collector or a small efficient steam
turbine. The energy can be stored using nano-engineered fuel cells,
"You could, for example, create hydrogen
or hydrogen-based fuels from the energy produced by solar panels and
then use that to create fuel for fuel cells, he said. There are already
nano-engineered fuel cells, microscopic in size, that can be scaled up
to store huge quantities of energy, he said.
Other grand challenges
The NAE panel thinks that meeting the
energy challenge and the other grand challenges of the 21st century is
"simply imperative to our survival on the planet," said panel member
Charles Vest, former president of MIT and current NAE president. Other
challenges that the panel addressed include providing access to clean
water , engineering better medicines, reverse engineering the brain,
securing cyberspace and enhancing virtual reality.
The inspiration for the report was a
previous NAE that reflected on the engineering achievements of the 20th
century, such as the automobile, aircraft, jet aircraft, rockets,
missiles, satellites, radio, radar, television, nuclear power, nuclear
weapons, the computer, internet, genetic engineering and antibiotics.
These inventions gave us the green
revolution that improved food production as global population grew, the
distribution of safe water and electricity, improved health and
generated an improved standard of living for many in the world.
However, now the world faces some dark
consequences of these advances, said Stanford University's William
Perry, a member of the Grand Challenges panel and a former Secretary of
Defense in President Clinton's administration, including the depletion
of prevailing energy resources, a looming global environmental disaster
in global warming, the emergence of drug-resistant bugs and the threat
of a security disaster if nuclear and biological weapons fall into the
With this in mind, the NAE brought
together the panel (other members included Segway inventor Dean Kamen,
biomedical engineer Robert Langer, former National Institutes of Health
Director Bernadine Healy and genomics pioneer Craig Venter) to report
on the needs of society and how technology can meet them.
More solutions to 21st century challenges
Other tech solutions suggested by the NAE
panel to the new century's big challenges include:
* Better detection and monitoring of
nuclear weapons components to prevent them from getting in the hands of
* Improving rapid responses to possible
* Advances in genetic engineering to
address the problem of drug-resistant viruses and bacteria, and to
create personalized medicine.
* Desalinization and water filtering to
address the shortage of potable drinking water.
* Tutoring computers to help meet
* Artificial intelligence that better
simulates the brain to help create faster computers and also to aid in
the treatment of neurological disorders
Perry was optimistic about the ability of
society to arrive at these solutions, saying the achievements of the
21st century "will I believe be just as spectacular as achievements of
Panel member Calestous Juma of Harvard
University, an authority on using science and technology to promote
sustainable development, said the policy implications of the 21st
century challenges plan reveal a "more enlightened understanding of
role of science and technology in general."
"This idea [of solving large-scale
problems using technological innovation] is being developed in the
context of a globalized world," he said. "Even though the proposals
have been developed in the United States, the challenges themselves
that humanity faces are global in character."
- GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME YOU DAMN,
DIRTY APES DEPARTMENT -
Planet of the Apes
The idea of
evolution was quite new in the twenties. It was 1925 when John Scopes,
a high school teacher in Tennessee was criminally charged with teaching
the subject to his class. Scopes was using a biology textbook, which
mentioned ideas found in Charles Darwin's book, 'On the Origin of the
Species'. Since there was a law in Tennessee forbidding teaching any
theory that denied the story of divine creation, as depicted in the
Bible, John had to be taught a lesson.
The 'Scopes Monkey Trial' in March of that year
brought the subject of evolution to the general public. Before that
trial only scholars and men of letters paid any attention to Darwin's
writings. Scopes' trial changed all that, not only for Americans, but
across the seas as well. This court battle was big news all over the
world and two giants of the American law community each took a side.
These bigwigs were William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution and
Clarence Darrow for the defense. Charles Darwin himself spoke on behalf
of John Scopes.
There are still people living in the US today who
believe Darwin's ideas are nothing more than a theory and insist on
teaching children the creation story as fact. But luckily it's no
longer against the law to teach evolution today…though these people
think it still should be.
World War II started little more than a decade later,
drawing global attention to two of history's most fanatical leaders,
Adolf Hitler in Germany and Josef Stalin in Russia. How lucky the world
is that these two did not work together. They both did enough damage by
As soon as the war was over Hitler's atrocious acts
were revealed to the world, but it took decades before Stalin's awful
experiments to come to light. One of Stalin's most demented efforts was
that of trying to produce a hybrid ape-human.
The Scotsman newspaper published the story of
Stalin's quest to breed a new species in its December 20, 2005 issue.
This news source claimed that Stalin was looking to create an Army of
ape-men that would be stronger than ordinary men, not need uniforms and
could be fed almost anything, but this was not really the case. Stalin
did work to create this unholy hybrid, but more because he was a
passionate atheist and believed that creating an ape-man would prove
With this goal in mind, Stalin asked prominent Soviet
scientist and animal breeder, Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov for help. Ivanov
had worked in the field of genetics for years and had successfully
crossbred zebras with horses. In fact, Ivanov established the world's
first center for artificially inseminating racehorses. Ivanov, a man
who believed in the Darwinian view of life was the perfect man for the
job and he was pleased to help Stalin prove that there was no God.
Ivanov, who was a lunatic in his own right, took to
this assignment like a duck to water. He immediately set to work and he
and his son went to Africa in 1926 to open a breeding center there.
Archive reports show the Pasteur Institute in Paris let him use a
station they had in Guinea, West Africa. There is very little said in
these papers as to whether the Pasteur Institute understood what their
facility would be used for, but they had a man named Calmette working
there themselves at the time, so they couldn't have been unaware of the
work Ivanov intended to do.
Ivanov also opened up a center in Georgia to house,
care for and raise the creatures he brought forth. Not only is that
Georgia center on record as far as the archives go, but it was
documented that workmen unearthed ape-like skeletons while building a
playground in a small Black Sea town in Georgia a few years ago as well.
Once the Georgia facility was settled, the main work
in Africa began. That work was the cross breeding itself. Ivanov used
the sperm of local tribesmen to impregnate chimps, as he believed that
these men would be genetically closer to apes. There's also evidence to
substantiate that during this same time, female natives were forced to
submit to artificial insemination, using the sperm of great apes as
It was reported that this project failed and Ivanov
was arrested for his troubles in 1930. He ended up being one of the
millions that Stalin rounded up and sent to labor camps. He died at one
of those camps two years later in 1932.
But did the experiments fail?
In the mid thirties Capt. William Hitchens, a
professional hunter on an official lion hunt in Africa in the mid
thirties witnessed, with other hunters and local natives, the actions
of two little ape-man like creatures. These creatures walked upright
and were not recognized by any members of Hitchens' group. It would be
hard to imagine that professional hunters and local native would be
unable to recognize an ape or monkey living in the jungle they so
frequently hunted. Hitchens' report was published in the December 1937
issue of Discovery.
In the late nineteen fifties, Charles Cordier, a man
who made his living collecting animals for zoos and museums came across
a creature in the Congo that amazed and astounded him. He reported
seeing ape like creatures that were around 5 and one half feet tall,
walked upright and had more human faces than any chimp he had ever
seen. Cordier said that these creatures' movements and behavior were
very human like indeed.
The most amazing piece of this story is the capture
of Oliver in 1970. Oliver was not a glimpse of color flitting through
the jungle, but a flesh and blood being, in the hands of trainers in
America. He was a most unusual animal, looking neither like a chimp nor
a human. He walked upright, preferred the company of humans to chimps
and acted decidedly human in many ways. He even drank and smoked.
The timing of these wild discoveries I believe is
quite telling…all after 1926. Before DNA testing, Oliver was sold as
being the missing link and paraded around the country as a side show.
Now that we have DNA testing available, we know that Oliver had 47
chromosomes. That is one less than a chimp and one more than a human.
Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes now. Chimps have 24. Scientists are
telling us now that we once had 24, but as we evolved our second and
third chromosomes fused together.
So I ask again, did Stalin's experiments really fail?
Source: Jeanne Evans
- DEM BONES, DEM BONES, DEM BIG BONES
Giant Bones: A Big Deal, or Merely Tall Tales?
The mystery surrounding reports
of “giant skeletons” has always intrigued and fascinated me.
Specifically, how it seemed to be a common occurrence that human-like
bone remains, often of giant proportions, were known for popping up
everywhere in the mid-to-late 1800s, as featured in reports like these:
* During an 1879 excavation of an Indian mound near Brewersville,
Indiana, a nine-foot eight inch skeleton was found buried within.
* Around the same time, George W. Hill, M.D., also unearthed a skeleton
said to be “of unusual size” while excavating a mound in Ashland
* In 1880, American Antiquarian, volume three, reported that a Doctor
Everhart allegedly found another large skeleton “reported to have been
of enormous dimensions” in a strange clay coffin along with a sandstone
slab marked with unidentified hieroglyphics near Zanesville Ohio.
* In 1881 in Medina County, Ohio, a succession of nine bodies were
found below the cellar of a house, buried as though the corpses had
been “dumped into a ditch.” Albert Harris, one of the residents, was
twenty years old at the time of the grave’s discovery, and removing one
of the large skeletons, said that he could literally fit the piece over
his entire head and allow it to rest on his shoulders like a large
helmet, even while wearing a cap underneath!
Still, we’ve all heard of how even well known authors of the era,
including Mark Twain, contributed to the telling of “whoppers” in their
day; that is, many writers who got their feet wet as newspaper writers
for dailies would occasionally cook up tall tales when local news just
wasn’t doing it (see a great example of this here). Eventually, I
decided to try and find out if there might be any reports that could be
verified with more certainty, and after some digging around in public
domain archives, I found a couple.
In their 1894 report to the secretary of the Smithsonian Institute,
Cyrus Thomas and Thomas Powell of the Bureau of Ethnology wrote of
several discoveries where large human skeletal remains were found, the
first occurring in Roane County, Tennessee:
“Underneath the layer of shells the earth was very dark and appeared to
be mixed with vegetable mold to the depth of 1 foot. At the bottom of
this, resting on the original surface of the ground, was a very large
skeleton lying horizontally at full length. Although very soft, the
bones were sufficiently distinct to allow of careful measurement before
attempting to remove them. The length from the base of the skull to the
bones of the toes was found to be 7 feet 3 inches. It is probable,
therefore, that this individual when living was fully 7½ feet
And yet another instance, this time in presumed Indian burial mounds at
“Near the original surface, 10 or 12 feet from the center, on the lower
side, lying at full length on its back, was one of the largest
skeletons discovered by the Bureau agents, the length as proved by
actual measurement being between 7 and 8 feet. It was clearly
traceable, but crumbled to pieces immediately after removal from the
hard earth in which it was encased….”
Indeed, it seems that the Smithsonian at one time reported oddities
like these which they uncovered, especially during the “giant boom” of
the late nineteenth century. Still, I can’t help but ask; if these
kinds of discoveries were ever at all commonplace, why aren’t skeletons
and other anomalies like this found more frequently in modern times… or
During an email exchange I had last year with my good friend and
mentor, Brad Steiger, we began discussing a few similar reports which
he had included in his book Worlds Before Our Own, where a few such
skeletons were said to exist in private museums. ”After the book was
published, I learned of even more and included photos of them in my
lectures,” he told me. ”Soon, individuals beseeched me to cease; the
private museums were mysteriously suffering unexplained fires.” One is
left to ask; what about anomalous relics of this (or any) sort could be
so worthy of censorship on such a level?
Further complicating the mystery of missing giant bones is the
following excerpt from an article I wrote which included the inquiries
of the late zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson, best known for his interest in
the legends regarding America’s Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowmen
alleged to reside in the Himalayas:
“Sometime in the 1960s, Sanderson wrote about an odd letter he received
regarding an engineer who, during World War II, had been stationed on
the Aleutian island of Shemya. While building an airstrip, the
bulldozing of a group of hills in the area led the engineer and his
crew to unearth several sedimentary layers of human remains. They noted
the extraordinary length of the crania and leg bones at the site,
having apparently belonged to people of gigantic proportions. The
skulls were said to have measured up to 24 inches from base to crown,
far greater than the length of an average human skull. Also of interest
was that each was said to have been trepanned, the strange process of
drilling or cutting a hole and removing a top center portion of the
skull, thought by some ancient cultures to enable a variety of alleged
“benefits”, including psychic abilities, etc. Sanderson actively began
to search for more proof of this incident, and later was able to
contact another member of the unit who also confirmed the bizarre
story. By all accounts, the remains were said to have been gathered by
the Smithsonian Institution, but no record of where they were taken was
ever issued. Sanderson seemed convinced that the institute did indeed
retrieve them however, going so far as to ask ‘is it that these people
cannot face rewriting all the textbooks?’ “
Do I honestly think that there are MIBs out there spiriting away giant
skeletons into an unmarked warehouse someplace? Not at all… but I think
it’s safe to suppose (at least for the sake of a good pun) that someone
may have a few “skeletons in their closet” that they just aren’t
Source: The Gralien Report
- THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
Brazil: High Strangeness Creatures
Brazil is one of the largest
countries in the world: spreading over an extension of 8,511,965 square
kilometers, it is the fifth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China
and the USA. Most of it is made up of jungles that remained unexplored
to this very day, great savannas and a number of mountain ranges which
remain enveloped in dense vegetation, without mentioning the vast
swampland of the Amazon, which harbors an infinity of creatures and
beings, some of them known to science and others known only through
tradition and sporadic sightings made by explorers and aborigines.
Our research shows that two groups of entities may be taken into
consideration: 1) Strange beings linked to the apparition of UFOs
(bearing in mind that Brazil is foremost among the nations with the
greatest number of sightings, landings, contacts, abductions, etc.; 2)
Giant cats, winged creatures, hairy humanoids, dwarves, sea monsters,
gigantic serpents, etc, which steer the investigator toward a
cryptozoological or paranormal phenomenon.
1. Strange creatures associated with UFOs
There are hundreds of reports in which one can find a direct
relationship between UFOs and strange creatures. However, in this
report we shall limit the scope to only the most relevant cases and
those which present the most varied morphology. Likewise we shall
concentrate on those events which transpired after the so-called
"modern era of UFOs", which kicked off, as we all know, with Kenneth
Arnold's sighting in 1947.
Bauru, state of Sao Paulo, July 23, 1947: Only 29 days after the Arnold
sighting, Brazilian topographer José C. Higgins witnessed an
enormous disk some 45 meters in width, whitish-grey in color, and
supported by four metallic struts. Three beings, measuring some 2.15
meters in height (7 ft), stepped out of the craft wearing transparent
outfits which covered them like "plastic bags". They had round eyes,
bald heads and bulky round heads without eyebrows or facial hair; their
legs were proportionally longer than a human's. The witness could not
determine if they were male or female, but found that they had "a
certain beauty" about them.
Near Santa María, state of Rio Grande do Sul, March 16, 1954.
Rubén Hellwing encountered, on two successive days, with a
number of different entities. On the first day, he saw two slender men,
1.60 meters in height, with dark complexions and helmetless. On the
following day he encountered a tall blond man accompanied by two dark
skinned women with long black silky hair, and dark slanted eyes. The
three were dressed in identical one-piece brown outfits. In both cases,
Hellwing was able to see a flying object resembling "an inverted
Pontal, November 4, 1954. José Alves was out fishing when he met
three diminutive creatures wearing white outfits and tight-fitting
helmets. The entities had emerged from a discoidal vehicle some 3 to
4.5 meters in diameter.
Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul, November 10, 1954. An
agronomer from Porto Alegre allegedly saw two strange-looking men
emerge from a discoidal structure some 5 meters in diameter. The
figures were humanlike, with long hair, and wearing coveralls.
Linha Bela Vista, state of Rio Grande do Sul, December 9, 1954. Olmira
da Costa e Rosa, a farmer, met three average-height humanoids described
as: "broad-shouldered, with pallid complexions, slanted eyes and
wind-tousled blond hair," who were gathered outside two discoidal
objects enveloped in a kind of fog. The farmer believed at first that
they were aviators from another country.
Sao Sebastiao, on Brazil's southern shore. At 7:10 p.m. on June 15,
1957, professor Joao Freitas de Guimaraes, attorney and professor of
Roman Law at the Catholic Law School, observed two tall men (1.80 mts.)
with shoulder-length blond hair, fair complexions, youthful demeanor
and a look in their eyes which expressed wisdom and understanding. They
wore one piece greenish outfits that were snug around the neck, wrists
and ankles. Professor Guimaraes was able to see a luminous, hat-shaped
object which descended not too far from his position.
Quebracoco, October 10, 1957. Spanish Navy officer Miguel E. and a
companion were able to see a giant UFO whose portholes offered a
glimpse of seven small humanoid beings, no larger than a child, with
long hair and clad in luminous outfits.
Minduri, August 23, 1958. On August 23, 1958, two giants whose height
was estimated at six meters (19 feet!), clad in brilliant red outfits,
were seen close to Minduri by three witnesses who also claimed having
seen a hat-shaped luminous object suspended in the sky.
Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, August 28, 1963. At 7:15 p.m.,
three boys were standing in the backyard of their home in Belo
Horizonte's Sagrada Familha neighborhood when they noticed an large,
transparent luminous sphere descending toward them. One of the
occupants of the sphere was a tall, slender man, some 2 mts. in height,
dressed in a "scuba diver's outfit" and with an entirely bald head
contained within a massive helmet. The man was earless and noseless,
red-skinned, and had a single large dark eye, without eyebrows or
eyelashes, in the middle of its face. This case was not investigated
until the summer of 1965, when it was brought to light by Brazilian
researcher Hulvio Brant Alexio.
Cruzeiros, state of Sao Paulo, August 14, 1965. A railroad worker in
Rio de Janeiro, Joao do Rio, had a close encounter measuring
approximately 70 centimeters in height, with large luminous eyes
recessed in a large bald head. The singular creature had emerged from a
Sao Joao, state of Pernambuco, September 10, 1965. Antonio Pau
Ferreira, a 45-year old farmer, was startled to behold two disk shaped
objects no larger than 1.50 meters wide and 60 centimeters thick, which
disgorged two small beings of a generally humanlike appearance,
beardless, with reddish-brown skin and waxen complexions. They wore
Alto Dos Cruzeiros, Canhotinho Municipality, Pernambuco. On October 26,
1965, José Camilo Filho, a 56 year-old mechanic, witnessed a UFO
flying over his neighborhood. Minutes later, driving along a highway,
he noticed two small beings, less than a meter tall, with brown skins,
wrinkled and furrowed faces "like those of old men", white hair on
enormous heads, and slanted eyes. One of these dwarves wore a pointed
cap made of dark material, and a patchy beard grew on its face. Both
creatures wore silvery outfits and luminous belts.
Agua Branca, Quipapa, state of Pernambuco, Februrary 25, 1966.
María Marluce and María Marilucy de Silva had an
encounter with a disk-shaped object some 3 to 4 meters wide. Standing
beside the object was a humanoid being some 2 meters tall surrounded by
six small, large-headed creatures in coveralls. The creatures appeared
to be talking among themselves.
Alexania, Brasilia, December 27, 1967. Wilson Plácido Gusmao, a
resident of Brasilia, ran into five humanoid entities shortly after
having witnessed a UFO. The creatures belonged to the oft-described
category of long-haired blondes, with porcelain-like complexions and
shimmering, form-fitting outfits. One of the humanoid, presumably the
leader, had a light in front of him.
Sao Paulo, August 25, 1968. María José Cintra, a worker
at Serafim Ferreira Hospital, was startled to encounter a strange woman
with fair skin, wearing a light blue cloak over a silvery coverall with
tight cuffs. The entity floated into a pear-shaped object which floated
less than a meter off the ground.
Prefeitura de Lins, state of Sao Paulo, October 2, 1968. Turíbio
Pereira witnessed 5 identical beings which appeared to be repairing a
luminous object that rested on the ground. The witness described the
creatures as being some 1.50 meters tall, wearing radiant blue tunics
which covered their head, arms and torso. Two other individuals wore
brilliant red tunics.
Fazenda Bela Aliança, Pirassununga, February 6, 1969.
José Antonio Fioco saw a strange craft lying in one of his
ranch's pastures. Three tall humanoids wearing brilliant silver outfits
emerged from the vehicle. Their outfits had three large buttons on the
Bairro Pinheiro, Pirassununga, February 6, 1969. Several residents of
this community reported seeing the descent of a large luminous object
around 7:30 a.m. Two small men emerged from the object. Witnesses
described tham as having slender lips, flattened noses, dark eyes with
neither pupils nor whites, wearing aluminized outfits that covered
Colegio Batista, March 22, 1969. Two girls observed a small man wearing
a helmet which projected a greenish radiance through bulbs shaped like
"cat's eyes." Two hours earlier, the girls had seen a strange luminous
object which appeared to be following them.
Itaperuna, December 20, 1971. Manuel da Silva Souza witnessed a strange
discoidal object on the ground. Standing beside it were 4 diminutive
humanoids with bare round heads, thin noses and slanted eyes, wearing
emerald colored clothing. The beings appeared to be mouthless.
Baldim, Minas Gerais, July 12, 1972. Joao Alves Sobrinho saw 2 small
beings along the roadside, wearing light-colored, long-sleeved
clothing, standing beside a dark object with 7 luminous sources outside
it. The witness did not hesitate to notify the corresponding
Londrina, January 5, 1973. Joao Marques reported seeing an
airplane-sized object which disgorged a humanoid occupant, dressed all
in white, wearing a helmet. The creature made a friendly gesture at the
1973 (precise date unknown). Bernadette Gómez, adopted daughter
of General Moacyr Ulloa, was taken to some location in the Amazon where
she witnessed an extraordinary blue light which produced a normal sized
entity wearing a tight-fitting outfit. The creature cured the young
woman of a disease known as Mal de Chagas -- a fact corroborated by
Santa Lucía Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
Paciencia, Rio de Janeiro, September 15, 1977. Antonio La Rubia
allegedly encountered an unknown object resting in the middle of a
football field. Upon turning away from it, he was faced by three
robot-like figures measuring some 1.20 meters. The robots had antennae
which extended over their heads like footballs, in whose center was a
band of tiny transparent mirrors in shades of blue. They had thick
bodies and appendixes resembling arms which thinned out toward their
ends (La Rubia compared them to an elephant's trunk). The witness
claims having been abducted by these creatures.
2. Creatures of a cryptozoological or paranormal nature.
Under this heading we include all those creatures which have generated
multiple reports, but whose existence science has as of yet been unable
to determine. It should be pointed out that there are, in fact,
"official" confirmations of their existence, but given the elusiveness
of the creatures, reports are at best sporadic.
As with the previous heading, there exists an infinity of references
concerning these entities, yet we consider it to be more expedient to
mention reliable evidence exclusively, as well as those cases which
portray the diversity of these manifestations.
Isla de Noronha, Brazil, 1905 (precise date unknown). Fernando de
Noronha, a Luso-Brazilian sailor, witnessed a sea monster in the waters
off the eponymous island. The creature's head was allegedly "as large
as a cow" and its body spiraled away from its head to a distance of 9
meters (29 feet).
Rio Negro, Brazil, 1907 (precise date unknown). Commander Percy
Fawcett, an explorer, killed an Anaconda measuring some 19 meters (62
feet). These reptiles normally measure no more than 7.5 to 9 meters.
Pernambuco, Recife, 1907 (precise date unknown). An officer on a
merchant vessel witnessed a sea monster measuring some 55 meters long
(180 feet). The creature reached the ship "...with the speed of a
flying arrow..." It had two large dorsal fins.
Cordillera de Parecis, 1914 (precise date unknown). Commander P.H.
Fawcett encountered savage creatures covered in hair which resembled
apes. According to his testimony, they had knowledge of the bow and
arrow. Locals referred to these beings as "maricoxis."
Cuenca del Urubu, 1930 (precise date unknown). For over 60 years,
persistent rumors concerning the existence of a giant apelike being in
this region have run along the length of the Urubu River. In this
reference, a Brazilian who formed part of a ten-man expedition ran into
a massive hairy creature which growled as it walked and left in its
wake "..a bitter and penetrating odor..." Despite having fired at it a
number of times, the animal escaped. The hunter believed that it was
the Mapinguary, Pelobo or Pe de Garrafa.
Along the Araguaya River, 1940's (precise date unknown). An anonymous
photographer took two pictures of the giant Sucuriju, a sea serpent
measuring anywhere between 60 to 180 feet long, with brilliant green
eyes, which reportedly lives in the Araguaya River.
Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, 1950's (precise date unknown). Luiz do
Rosario Real and his wife Lucy Gerlach Real were walking through the
forest one night next to the sea when they were startled to notice two
flying shadows crossing the path upon which they walked. The couple
believed them to be two colossal birds until the creatures made a
vertical descent, and the Reals were able to see that they were in fact
six-foot tall winged humanoids. It is worth including under this item
the experiences of British explorer J. Harrison while traveling along
the Manaús River, a tributary of the Amazon, in February 1947.
According to Harrison, the "birds" had a nine-foot wingspan, had the
color of dark leather and showed no signs of having feathers. The top
of their heads was flattened and they had a long neck and beak.
Amazon Jungle, 1966 (precise date unknown). A band of savages, standing
more than six feet tall, hairy and very aggressive, raided neighboring
tribes according to those who know them as the Kreem-Akakore. Elements
of the Brazilian army tried to contact the giant raiders but did not
achieve its purpose. A team of British scientists led by Alaistair
MacKenzie, Ian Bishop and David Hunt was dispatched in hopes of finding
Rio de Janeiro, August 1982. A group of fishermen claim having seen a
sea serpent twice. The monster had an elongated neck and was covered in
scales, measuring some 48 meters (157 feet).
Xurucus, Recife, February 3, 1983. A number of people claim to have
seen gigantic green creatures, some 3 meters tall, with box-shaped
heads and square legs, exiting a cave located near Xurucus. The main
witness is farmer Geraldo Cordeiro.
Lagos do Aviso, Vitoria, July 21, 1992. A large number of people
witnessed the presence of an extraordinary sea serpent, with an
approximate length of 15 meters, swimming along the river. The creature
did not attack any living beings.
Sao Paulo, February 21, 1994. David Oren, a Brazilian explorer, went in
search of an enormous creature which traditionally roams the Amazonian
jungles. The Mapinguary, Preguica Amazonica or Pé de Garrafa has
been seen since before 1930 by a variety of witnesses. According to
Oren, the time is right to send out a serious expedition to find it.
Tres Lagos, Matto Grosso do Sul, March 14, 1995. Wilson Dourado de
Paula, a well-known soccer player, was attacked by a wolf man
(lobizón) in Tres Lagoas at 1:30 a.m. as he left a family
reunion. He described the creature as measuring some 2 meters in height
and having fiery red eyes, a pointed tail and entirely black in color.
He had to cast a stone at it, since it very nearly seized him.
Witnesses to the event were Aníbal José Pedro, 43, and
Dirceu Arruda, 52.
San Roque, state of Sao Paulo, October 7, 1996. Farmer Eduardo Roberto
de Moraes stumbled upon a number of claw-shaped footprints deeply
etched into dry, hardened soil. Some of the prints measured up to 40
cm. (13 in.) in length. Tufts of brownish-grey hair were found tangled
in a local fence. To judge by the footprints, the creature would weigh
some 200 kgs. (440 lbs.). According to the testimony of two witnesses
who encountered the creature, it resembled a dog standing some 5 feet
tall, with large black eyes, long fangs and a body entirely covered in
dense yellow fur. A mane of sorts ran down its back. The entity was
able to walk grotesquely on its two hind legs or on all fours. SAMIZDAT
correspondent Encarnación Zapata García submitted the
hair samples to the University of Sao Paulo to have them analyzed.
Source: Inexplicata/Dr. Rafael A. Lara, CEFP
THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT DEPARTMENT -
Rome's Exorcist Gives Inside
Look at Devil
Urges Separating Possession From Psychiatric Problems
Some of the mystery surrounding the devil and exorcism is being
unveiled in a television and Internet report series, detailing the work
of the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome.
Society of St. Paul Father Gabriele Amorth, Rome's exorcist for the
past 21 years and a specialist in the figure of Mary, explained in the
first edition of the series how he performs exorcisms.
"I go to one of Rome's churches, to a parish that is closed during the
day," he said. "There is Mass in the morning and then the church is
closed. There I perform the difficult exorcisms. I always work with
seven to 10 people who help me, and use a small bed. Sometimes we need
to tie people down or simply subdue them."
With Christ, the priest said, it is possible to overcome the devil:
"The exorcist acts in the name of Jesus and with the strength that
comes from Jesus."
Is he real?
The first question Father Amorth addressed in the report is if the
devil exists: "I respond with the words of John Paul II, who was once
asked this question: 'Your Holiness, I find many bishop who don't
believe in the devil.' And John Paul II responded: 'One who doesn't
believe in the devil doesn't believe in the Gospel.'
"The devil is an angel, and therefore, a pure spirit created good by
God and who perverted himself because he rebelled against God.
Therefore, he maintains all the characteristics proper of a pure
spirit, such as a very large intelligence, immensely bigger than ours."
The devil is pleased by the way he is generally represented -- with
wings and a tail, horns, as a bat, etc. -- because these images make
him seem ridiculous and help people to believe that he does not exist,
the exorcist reported.
Medical or spiritual
Father Amorth suggested that diabolic problems be separated from
psychiatric ones; and to do so an exorcist is needed in every diocese
to help in discernment.
"Normally when a person experiences these conflicts and problems, the
first thing he does is see a doctor and psychiatrist," he said. "It is
very difficult to distinguish the devil's action from a psychological
problem. The person goes to a psychiatrist and after years of therapy
obtains no result.
"Then he begins to suspect that the problem is not a natural one and
goes to a conjurer from whom he obtains even greater harm. This is what
normally happens. At this point, it is possible that someone more
experienced in these matters suggests an exorcist."
The exorcist confirmed that Satan's great foe is the Virgin Mary.
He explained: "On one occasion an exorcist friend of mine asked the
devil what most hurts him about Our Lady, what most annoys him. He
responded, 'That she is the purest of all creatures and that I am the
filthiest; that she is the most obedient of all creatures and that I am
the most rebellious; that she is the one who committed no sin and thus
always conquers me.'"
Father Amorth affirmed that on some occasions, God forces the Prince of
Lies to tell the truth, however, the devil's main struggle is to make
man fall into sin.
"To lead man towards evil is to make him fall into sin; this is the
devil's preferred activity and we are all subject to it from our birth
until our death."
According to Father Amorth, Mary is a key figure in the fight against
the devil's tricks, especially since she herself was tempted:
"Mariology is my field and I have often been asked if Mary was tempted
by the devil. Definitely. When? From her birth until her death. But she
STRANGE CREATURES FROM TIME AND SPACE DEPARTMENT -
Monsters From Scottish
Folklore Brought Back To Life
From ghosts and goblins to sea monsters and cannibals, Scottish history
is littered with tales of the weird and wonderful. While some Scottish
legends have become much-loved parts of our culture, other stories have
disappeared into obscurity over the centuries.
Now Glasgow University is set to revive Scotland's folklore thanks to a
new postgraduate course examining mythical creatures, superstitions,
beliefs and the storytelling that kept them alive.
Here's a look at just some of the myths and legends that got handed
down through the generations.
MONSTER OF GLAMIS
Legend has it that the Monster of Glamis was a deformed member of the
Bowes-Lyon family, who was kept in a secret chamber in Glamis Castle.
The "monster" was alleged to be Thomas Bowes-Lyon, the eldest child of
the Queen Mother's great-great grandparents, who was born in 1821.
Official records suggest the child died in infancy but, over the years,
rumours spread of his survival. According to the story, Thomas had an
enormous chest with his head running straight into his body and had
tiny arms and legs.
BLUE MEN OF MINCH
These mysterious sea creatures lived in the stretch of water between
the Isle of Lewis and the mainland. They looked like humans but had
blue skin and would swim alongside fishing boats, making their way
through that stretch of water trying to lure sailors into the sea.
Legend had it they would also conjure up storms to wreck ships and that
they lived in underwater caves, where they were ruled over by a chief.
It was said fisherman could escape them if they were good at rhyming.
Although the idea of the village that only appears once every 100 years
is now considered a Scottish myth, it actually has its roots in the
mythical cursed German village of Germelshausen.
It was this story that inspired composers Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick
Loewe but, in 1947, a musical set in Germany was a no-no, so they
relocated the musical in Scotland.
So the story of the Scots village where the passing of a century seems
no longer than one night became part of our national folklore, with
tourists still asking guides where they can find it.
Given how regularly the seas around Scotland used to claim the lives of
fishermen, it's no surprise people who lived on the coast had a fear of
the water. And that's why so many of Scotland's mythical creatures
lived there, including the kelpie.
Haunting lochs and rivers, they would appear to tired travellers as a
lost pony with a wet mane. If you climbed on to the creature, it would
charge straight into the deepest part of the water, drowning you in the
LEGEND OF SAWNEY BEAN
Scotland's most famous cannibal has become a mythical figure in
folklore and arguments still rage about how much of the story is based
The story goes that in the 16th century, Bean made his home in a
coastal cave near Galloway, where he spawned a brood of more than 40
children and grandchildren.
Together, the clan would ambush, murder and eat people as they passed
by, escaping capture for more than 20 years until they were eventually
found and executed.
The Scottish version of mermaids were half-human, half-seal creatures
who could take their seal skins on and off. It's believed they
originated in Orkney but Ireland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland all
have their own versions.
They often featured in tales telling of how they would lose their skin
and marry fishermen, bearing them children before finding their skin
again and disappearing back into the sea.
Found among the ruined castles scattered across the Scottish borders,
red caps were murderous goblin-like creatures who killed travellers
straying into their path.
They would then dye their hats with their victim's blood and they had
to keep killing as, if the blood dried, they would die. Despite wearing
spike-clad iron boots, the buck-toothed demons were said to be too fast
to outrun and so the only way to escape one was to quote a passage from
Described as a man covered with short brown hair but with a wolf's
head, the wulver is part of Shetland folklore. While other mythical
werewolves were aggressive, the wulver stayed out of the way, spending
its time fishing on a rock still known as The Wulver's Stane.
The wulver would leave fish on the windowsills of poor families. It's
been 100 years since the last sighting.
The word "banshee" comes from the Gaelic "bean shidh" which means
"woman of peace". While different cultures had their own versions,
banshees were believed to be women found near streams, washing blood
from the clothes of those about to die. In some tales they are
described as having just one nostril, one long tooth, webbed feet and
long hanging breasts. Some people believed banshees were the spirits of
women who had died during child birth.
Source: The Daily Record
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