In Association With Mysteries Magazine!
Subscribe for free at our subscription page:
You can view this newsletter online at:
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain - he may be trying to control your mind with microwave beams. Or he could be hiding the truth about aliens and UFOs. Or he could be selling drugs to finance some government priority that the public need not know about. Or he could be reading the latest issue of the number one, weekly conspiracy newsletter of strange stuff and high weirdness - Conspiracy Journal!
This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such hip-shaking stories as:
- Darpa: Heat + Energy = Brains -
- Australian SETI-Astronomers Detect Unknown Signal -
- Hobbits and Menehunes -
- Have You Heard the Hum? -
AND: The Goat With the Gold Chain
~ And Now, On With The Show! ~
The Conspiracy Summit Dossier: Whistle Blower's Guide To The Strangest And Most Bizarre Cosmic And Global Conspiracies!
AN IN-DEPTH WHISTLE BLOWERS GUIDE TO THE STRANGEST AND MOST BIZARRE COSMIC AND GLOBAL CONSPIRACIES!
Newly Added Revelations From:
Adam Gorightly: Ritual Magic, Mind Control and UFOs.
Commander X: Mind Control In The 21st Century.
Kenn Thomas: Wilhelm Reich, Eisenhower And The Aliens.
Terry Melanson: The Sulphur Enigma Of Paranormal Visitation.
Hundreds gathered at the Alien Agenda and Cosmic Conspiracies Conference to hear the testimony of a dozen of the world s leading theorists discussing various cutting edge topics.
Panel members included... Retired Air Force pilot Mel Noel, Jordan Maxwell, Wendy Wallace, Vladimir Terziski, Alexander Collier, Carol Stopper, PX Survivor Al Bielek, Gary Schultz ,Sean David Morton, AND MANY OTHERS!
Discussed were Mind Control The Rapture Eisenhower And The Aliens The Gulf Breeze Six Project Blue Beam Ritual Magic And UFOs What was hidden aboard Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded over the Atlantic System of tunnels built 200,000 years ago by aliens who are linked to the New World Order Secret anti-gravity ships were built in 1860 and landed on the Moon and Mars NASA is just a front for the real space program Hybrid children have been born in American hospitals Ultra-secret military legions were trained to enter UFO crash sites to recover aliens and wreckage Anti-gravity ships exist that will take thousands of elitists from earth in case of a cosmic disaster (which is on the way)!
EXCLUSIVE! FIRST TIME EVER INTERVIEW: BILL COOPER S DAUGHTER SPEAKS OUT! Daughter of the legendary patriot and former Naval Officer, Jessica Cooper, gives her first ever interview with Tim Beckley, discussing her dad's raging battle with the authorities, what he REALLY believed about UFOs, the Kennedy assassination, and how the Feds tried to use her to lure her father down from the safety of his mountain top retreat.
If you order RIGHT NOW we will include an incredible audio CD of the late Bill Cooper, the man the White House said was the most DANGEROUS person in broadcasting! Both The Conspiracy Dossier and the Free Bill Cooper audio CD are yours for only $22.00 + $5 s/h. (All Foreign Orders $13 Shipping)
This incredible book and CD is available now for just
$22.00 + $5.00 S/H ($13 for Foreign Shipping)
OR -You can order with our secure order page:
CLICK HERE TO ORDER
You can also phone in your credit card orders to Global Communications
24-hour hotline: 732-602-3407
And as always you can send a check or money order to:Global Communications
P.O. Box 753
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
MYSTERIES MAGAZINE #23
In This Incredible Issue:
Decoding the Bible
Whether resting on an altar, courtroom podium, or bedroom nightstand, the Holy Bible commands respect. Although the longest debate about its teachings concerns evolution versus creationism, today’s controversy is not generating sermons or atheists’ arguments inasmuch as challenging a standard belief system. The Good Book is getting a closer look from people who are learning that past tragedies, such as 9/11 and the future Apocalypse, may actually be encrypted in this 3,200-year-old text.
Sunspots and the Number 11 in the 2012 Prophesy
Our times are bracketed by two specific dates—September 11, 2001 and
December 21, 2012—the greatest single act of terrorism on the continental United States and the end of the Mayan calendar. If, as some observers suspect, something more than a coincidental relationship exists between these two events, its explanation must lie beyond the powers of ordinary human reason and in the world of numbers.
The Mayan Calendar: Ancient Prophesies for a New World
On December 21, 2012, the world as we know it will cease to exist. This prediction, made thousands of years ago by Mayan shamans, has raised many questions: What does the ancient prophecy mean? Will a cataclysmic event destroy the planet and how and why did the Mayans choose the winter solstice in a year so far into the future? Scholars claim the answers to all these questions are found in the Mayan
The Loch Ness Monster: Hoax or Horror?
Whichever estimate of sightings we accept, be it 600, 3,000, or 10,000, there is no shortage of anecdotal evidence that a strange creature inhabits Loch Ness.
Coming soon to your favorite bookstore or magazine stand.
Last weeks article "Markawasi: Dimensions Beyond Our Own" was written by Scott Corrales and was originally published in Brent Raynes' Alternate Perceptions magazine.
- TRYING TO BUILD A BETTER BRAIN DEPARTMENT -
Darpa: Heat + Energy = Brains
The U.S. military’s premiere research agency is already trying to use math to predict human behavior and neuroscience to replicate a primate’s brain. The next step: Lean on the study of energy and heat to create an entirely new theory for how intelligence actually works.
The idea behind Darpa’s latest venture, called “Physical Intelligence” (PI) is to prove, mathematically, that the human mind is nothing more than parts and energy. In other words, all brain activities — reasoning, emoting, processing sights and smells — derive from physical mechanisms at work, acting according to the principles of “thermodynamics in open systems.” Thermodynamics is founded on the conversion of energy into work and heat within a system (which could be anything from a test-tube solution to a planet). The processes can be summed up in formalized equations and laws, which are then used to describe how systems react to changes in their surroundings.
Now, the military wants a new equation: one that explains the human mind as a thermodynamic system. Once that’s done, they’re asking for “abiotic, self-organizing electronic and chemical systems” that display the PI principles. More than just computers that think, Darpa wants to re-envision how thought works — and then design computers whose thought processes are governed by the same laws as our own.
Sounds spooky, but what Darpa suggests has been kicking around as branch of philosophy, called physicalism, since the early 20th century. And researchers have already designed computers that can solve problems of complex physics. What is a little freaky is what DARPA’s new paradigm would mean for the distinction, or lack thereof, between humans and machines.
“If successful, the program would launch a revolution of understanding across many fields of human endeavor, demonstrate the first intelligence engineered from first principles, create new classes of electronic, computational, and chemical systems, and create tools to engineer intelligent systems that match the problem/environment in which they will exist.”
Even for Darpa, this is a wildly ambitious goal — one that may never be reached. But if the human mind is nothing more than the sum of its parts, Darpa’s new paradigm just might create computational intelligence that outdoes our own thermodynamic capabilities… making your brain the equivalent of last year’s model.
Pentagon Telepathy Research
In somewhat similar research with Darpa, the Pentagon hopes that when the soldiers of the future want to communicate, they’ll read each other’s minds.
At least, that’s the hope of researchers at Darpa. The agency’s budget for the next fiscal year includes $4 million to start up a program called Silent Talk. The goal is to “allow user-to-user communication on the battlefield without the use of vocalized speech through analysis of neural signals.” That’s on top of the $4 million the Army handed out last year to the University of California to investigate the potential for computer-mediated telepathy.
Before being vocalized, speech exists as word-specific neural signals in the mind. Darpa wants to develop technology that would detect these signals of “pre-speech,” analyze them, and then transmit the statement to an intended interlocutor. Darpa plans to use EEG to read the brain waves. It’s a technique they’re also testing in a project to devise mind-reading binoculars that alert soldiers to threats faster the conscious mind can process them.
The project has three major goals, according to Darpa. First, try to map a person’s EEG patterns to his or her individual words. Then, see if those patterns are generalizable — if everyone has similar patterns. Last, “construct a fieldable pre-prototype that would decode the signal and transmit over a limited range.”
The military has been funding a handful of mind-tapping technology recently, and already have monkeys capable of telepathic limb control. Telepathy may also have advantages beyond covert battlefield chatter. Last year, the National Research Council and the Defense Intelligence Agency released a report suggesting that neuroscience might also be useful to “make the enemy obey our commands.” The first step, though, may be getting a grunt to obey his officer’s remotely-transmitted thoughts.
Australian SETI-Astronomers Detect Unknown Signal
Sydney, Australia - Instead of listening to possible alien radio signals, Australian OSETI-Astronomers looking for possible intelligent laser pulses from distant civilizations have detected an unknown signal that could not have been identified yet.
Contrary to the classical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, (SETI) that is listening to intelligent radio signals from outer space, so called "OSETI" is searching for strong "optical" laser pulses or strong laser flashes. While SETI-researchers dismiss the idea of crop circles being a communication from aliens because - according to Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute - alien visitors with the ability to travel to Earth would surely use a more sophisticated technology to communicate, such as radio transmission, the idea of OSETI turns this argument around (even if certainly not in favour to the much debated crop circle phenomenon): "For an advanced civilization, radio wave technology would be old hat. (...) My strong feeling is that if there are (extraterrestrial intelligence) civilizations out there, they will send the signal by laser pulses or laser flashes", explained Dr. Ragbir Bhathal head of the "OZ OSETI PROJECT" at the University of Western Sydney in an interview with "The Australian".
And indeed, in the first week of last December (2008) Bhathal's team detected an unusual strong laser signal that could not have been identified nor did it re-occur since: "It may be a glitch in our equipment, or some astrophysical phenomena (e.g an optical pulsar) or some unknown source. We are still investigating it", told Bhathal to the German online-newsmagazine "Grenzwissenschaft-aktuell.de".
Even if still unidentified, the signal's discovery seems to have created enough enthusiasm within the team to mark it with a "Was t ET?"-comment - not unlike the famous "Wow"-Mark next to the detection of a strong, narrowband radio signal detected by Dr. Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of Ohio State University.
However, to be treated as an official intelligent signal from an alien civilization, the puls must occur again several times thus its existence can be confirmed and analyzed by other astronomers as well. Furthermore other natural, astronomical or technological source from earth has to be excluded before the official SETI-procedure for announcing the detection of an alien signal would start to roll.
While the newly discovered signal is the first still mysterious OSETI-Signal, classic SETI has produced already a few detected signals, that were first thought to be of a possible extraterrestrial intelligent nature. However, the only signal which is still controversially discussed today is the already mentioned "Wow-Signal" from 1977. While a source on earth, in earth's orbit or even from within the solar system seems very unlikely, most researchers at least do agree that the "Wow-Signal" came from interstellar space, while its nature still remains a mystery today.
- THE LOST RACE OF LITTLE PEOPLE DEPARTMENT -
Hobbits and Menehunes
In June, there is forthcoming a special issue on the Liang Bua site of Homo floresiensis in the Journal of Human Evolution. (See “Articles in Press.”) Indeed, nine articles are “in press” for JHE on Homo floresiensis.
Meanwhile, a just published research paper, featured on the cover of the May 7, 2009, issue of Nature, addresses the question of the bipedal walk of the so-called “Hobbits” and why several features of their feet were so primitive that their gait was not efficient.
The second wave of acknowledgment and interest in Homo floresiensis appears to be beginning.
The long, flat “Hobbit ” foot next to the tibia. Both are from type specimen LB1. (Credit: W. Jungers)
"The discovery that Homo floresiensis survived until so very recently, in geological terms, makes it more likely that stories of other mythical, human-like creatures such as Yetis are founded on grains of truth….Now, cryptozoology, the study of such fabulous creatures, can come in from the cold." Henry Gee, editor of Nature, “Flores, God and Cryptozoology,” 2004 editorial.
The Menehune of Hawaii and the Little People of Flores, the tiny 3 feet tall Homo floresiensis, appear to have a lot in common as Proto-Pygmies, it almost goes without saying.
The time is assuredly upon us to expand the Hobbit hunt. The systematic study of Proto-Pygmies in Oceania seems tied to the probable findings of future fossil evidence for Homo floresiensis beyond Flores. What is being discovered in Palau appears to be the latest reinforcement for such thoughts.
The 900-2,800-year-old “insular dwarf” remains from Palau seem to confirm traditions of “Little People” 2 or 3 feet tall from various Pacific islands. The best-known of these Pacific “Little People,” of course, are the Menehune of Hawaii. They are usually described as 2 to 3 feet tall, with short, stout, hairy, and quite muscular bodies, red-skinned faces, big eyes hidden by long eyebrows, low protruding foreheads, and short thick noses.
Luckily, I once journeyed to Hawaii over two decades ago, for a two-week stay with my son Malcolm and my wife-at-the-time. I spent time on Kauai investigating recent sightings of the Menehune seen around that island. My research resulted in the location photographs and content in the article, “The Menehune: Little People of the Pacific,” Fate, Vol. 4, No. 7, July, 1989.
I also summarized my investigations of the 1940s’ Waimea sightings of Menehune by school superintendent George London and about 45 children from two middle elementary level classrooms, on pages 148-149, of The Field Guide of Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates.
Details of the encounter were recalled for me by Reverend Kenneth W. Smith, the pastor of Waimea’s Foreign Church, Christian Church and Hawaiian Church, who had spoken with many of the witnesses first hand. They told of seeing the Menehune playing around the large trees on the lawn of the parish property, which stands directly across the street from Waimea High School today.
I highly recommend that people in Hawaii visit that site today, as an interesting point in a cryptozoological tour of the islands.
As I have mentioned in talks and writings, there was actually a census done where Menehune were counted. An anthropological study of Menehune accounts authored by Katharine Luomala and published by the Bishop Museum in 1951, noted that 165 years previously, under the reign of Kaumualii, the last independent ruler of Kauai, a census of the population of the Wainiha Valley revealed that out of 2,000 people counted by the king’s agent, 65 were Menehune. Luomala herself wondered if the little people might be a "tribe of dwarfs."
In the field guide (page 148), I also mention the accounts of Menehune-like figures, "believed to be dwarfs," from the island of Fiji, southwest of Hawaii, according to the Fiji Times of July 19, 1975. The six witnesses to a mid-afternoon encounter described seeing eight figures, two feet tall and covered with black hair, run behind some bushes and disappear.
The Menehune of Hawaii directly relate to the reports of the Hobbits of Flores, Indonesia (see cover and pages xvi-xvii), and the Nittaewo of Ceylon/Sri Lanka (pages 128-129).
As T. Peter Park has noted to his colleagues: “The discovery of the Flores ‘Hobbits,’ who shared our planet with us as recently as 12,000 or 13,000 years ago, coupled with the native Flores tradition of the ebu gogo who sound very much like ‘Hobbit’ survivors in their own old haunts, have made ‘mainstream’ scientists more open than before to the idea that there ‘might well be something’ to native traditions and recent reports of hairy ‘little men’ on various Indonesian islands–especially Sumatra’s orang pendek. This was the view, for instance of Kate Wong, editorial director of ScientificAmerican.com, in the concluding paragraph of her ‘Hobbit’ article, ‘The Littlest Human,’ in the February 2006 Scientific American (Vol. 292, No, 2). She quoted Australian archaeologist Peter Brown, who also alluded to orang pendek, noting that ‘Every country seems to have myths about these things.’ Indeed, as Coleman’s & Huyghe’s Field Guide abundantly confirms, ‘It’s not at all silly to think there may well be populations of hidden hominids on just about every continent.’”
- CURSE OF THE HUMMADRUZ DEPARTMENT -
Have You Heard the Hum?
To the unaffected, it sounds suspiciously like a case of mass hysteria. It is the stuff of dark conspiracies, cover-ups and general spookiness. But to "sufferers," if that is the right word, this mysterious throbbing noise, which never goes away and exists right on the brink of perception, is real and concrete enough to ruin lives.
For decades, hundreds of people worldwide have been plagued by an elusive buzzing noise known as "the Hum". Some have blamed gas pipes or power lines, others think their ears are faulty. A few even think sinister forces could be at work.
"It's a kind of torture, sometimes you just want to scream," exclaims retired head teacher Katie Jacques.
Sitting in the living room of her home in the suburbs of Leeds, the 69-year-old grandmother describes the dull drone she says is making her life a misery. Most visitors hear nothing, but to Katie the noise is painful, vivid and constant.
"It has a rhythm to it - it goes up and down. It sounds almost like a diesel car idling in the distance and you want to go and ask somebody to switch the engine off - and you can't."
Katie says she no longer has any quiet moments and getting a good night's sleep has become impossible.
"It's worst at night. It's hard to get off to sleep because I hear this throbbing sound in the background and you know what it's like when you can't get to sleep and you're tossing and turning and you get more and more agitated about it."
Katie first became aware of the maddening rumble two years ago. She turned everything electrical off at the mains, but that made no difference. Neither did her efforts to block out the sound with ear plugs, or smother it with music.
Neighbours are unaffected and tests by environmental health officials have drawn a blank. Checks on Katie's ears ruled out tinnitus, a ringing noise that generally follows the sufferer wherever they go.
Katie, like most victims of the hum, only hears the noise at a specific location - in her case, at home. Elsewhere, her hearing is fine. Moving out is an option she's considered, but she's reluctant to leave the house she's lived in for nearly 50 years.
"My children grew up here, they still live nearby, so do my grandchildren. I have lots of friends here. I don't want to move, but I have thought I may have to if I can't find out what's causing it."
The hum is a phenomenon that has been reported in towns and cities across the world from Vancouver in Canada to Auckland in New Zealand.
In Britain, the most famous example was the so-called "Bristol hum" that made headlines in the late 1970s. One newspaper asked readers in the city: "Have you heard the Hum?" Almost 800 people said they had.
The problem persisted for years. Residents complained of sleep loss, headaches, sickness and nosebleeds. Experts eventually found traffic and factories were to blame.
There have been other cases in Cheshire, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, London, Shropshire, Suffolk and Wiltshire. A low-pitched drone known as the "Largs hum" has troubled the coastal town of Largs in Strathclyde for more than two decades.
Scientists often dismiss the sound as a byproduct of our industrial society. Cars, trucks, rail traffic and the general hubbub of city life can easily generate whole layers and sub-layers of sound, easily perceptible as a sort of low-level white noise.
Low-frequency sounds also carry further, and through more materials, than high-frequency noises. That is why we can hear the bass notes of a car stereo from further away than the treble tones.
Factory noises, the sounds emitted by high-tension powerlines and the various machines and devices which form the bedrock of the modern urban environment, such as central heating and air conditioning systems, water pipes, wind turbines and fans, can all carry a long way and may be amplified by walls, foundations and enclosed spaces in ways that are not yet entirely understood.
However, strange sounds and hums have been reported for centuries. There is even a word for such mysterious sounds...hummadruz.
The term hummadruz seems to have been coined in the last century. In 1878 R.E.Bibby, a local musician and composer, recalled from his 1820s childhood a low drone or humming noise heard in suburbs to the south and east of Manchester, especially Gorton, Rusholme and Longsight. It was heard on calm, clear days, usually in the early morning or at dusk.
Even Gilbert White, the naturalist author of "The Natural History of Selborne," reported on such a noise in 1769, and gives the impression that it was a common occurrence:
"Humming in the air. There is a natural occurrence to be met with upon the highest part of our downs in hot summer days... a loud humming as of bees in the air, though not one insect is to be seen. The sound is distinctly to be heard the whole common through. Any person would suppose that a large swarm of bees was in motion and playing about his head."
A seismic origin has been suspected for some noises; Comrie in Perthshire UK experienced 430 earth tremors over 38 years in the 19th century, many accompanied by sounds like "rumbling in the earth" or "a moaning sound in the air."
There are without doubt aspects of the hummadruz which place it in the broad area of earth mysteries interest. Some reports come from the vicinity of ancient sites or trackways. Maurice Hewlett in 1913 heard "the expectancy of an air" near Chesilbury Camp near Salisbury - "a very shrill, piercing, continuous music" yet without melody; he followed this up with a vision of "oreads" (hill-spirits) dancing at the same place the next year.
The problem, it seems, is on the increase. According to the Low Frequency Noise Sufferers' Association, two thousand people have so far contacted its helpline, and it says it receives two or three new cases every week. They are generally over 50 and are mostly female.
So what is the cause? Various features of modern life have been blamed - gas pipes, power lines, mobile phone masts, wind farms, nuclear waste, even low-frequency submarine communications.
The internet is abuzz with rumour and speculation. There are dark mutterings about secret military activity, alien contact and government cover-ups. The hum even featured in an episode of the sci-fi drama "The X-Files".
Such conspiracy theories are understandable, but unhelpful, according to Dr David Baguley, who's head of audiology at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
He estimates that in about a third of cases there is some environmental source that can be tracked down and dealt with.
"It may be a fridge or an industrial fan or a piece of heavy machinery at a nearby factory that is causing the disturbance and can be switched off," he says.
Most of the time, however, there is no external noise that can be recorded or identified.
"People do come up with some strongly constructed, sometimes strange theories," says Dr Baguley.
His own theory - based on years of research - is that many sufferers' hearing has become over-sensitive.
Surrounded in his office by plastic models of human ears, he explains how we each have an internal volume control that helps us amplify quiet sounds in times of threat, danger or intense concentration.
"If you're sitting by a table waiting for exam results and the phone rings you jump out of your skin. Waiting for a teenager to come home from a party - the key in the door sounds really loud. Your internal gain is sensitised."
This is a mechanism we all rely on at moments of pressure or stress when we want our senses on full alert.
According to Dr Baguley, the problem comes when an individual fixes on a possibly innocuous background sound, and this act of concentration then triggers the body's "internal gain", boosting the volume.
The initial "signal" may vary from person to person, but the outcome is the same.
"It becomes a vicious cycle," he explains. "The more people focus on the noise, the more anxious and fearful they get, the more the body responds by amplifying the sound, and that causes even more upset and distress."
In an attempt to break this cycle, Dr Baguley is currently working on a pilot project with the acoustics laboratory at the University of Salford.
The trial - funded by the Department for Environment and the Department of Health - uses psychology and relaxation techniques to help sufferers become less agitated and distressed by the hum.
The experiment is not finished, but Dr Baguley says the initial results look promising, allowing the noise to quieten and in some cases fall silent.
"It's really exciting," he says. "For years I've been seeing people with this problem in my clinic and it's been hard to find answers. But now there is hope and there is potentially help."
Back in Leeds, Katie Jacques is pleased the hum is being taken seriously, but remains adamant that her suffering is caused by a real, external noise nuisance.
She suspects it may be something to do with the nearby airport, although the authorities there say no engines are left running overnight.
"People assume you must be hearing things, but I'm not crackers," she laughs.
"I don't know how I can get this over to people, but this is not in my head. It's just as though there's something in your house and you want to switch if off and you can't. It's there all the time."
- A HAUNTING WE WILL GO DEPARTMENT -
Ghostly Image Caught on Film
A ghostly image has been snapped at a museum prompting speculation that the spirit of the English scientist Edward Jenner could be haunting his former home.
A photograph seems to have captured a hazy image of a man sitting on a chair in the attic of the Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.
The picture was taken by BBC photographer Chris Sandys, who said: "I don't believe in ghosts myself, but this is strange."
Mr Sandys, who was taking images for a story on the museum's new Ghosts In The Attic exhibition, added: "As soon as I'd taken a panoramic photo, I reviewed the image on the camera and straight away noticed this strange formation of light, shaped like a figure, through the doorway in the next room.
"Without moving I did a few takes to try and work out what had caused it but couldn't see anything. It was so weird."
Jenner was the pioneer of smallpox vaccination and the father of immunology. He was born in Berkeley in 1749 where he spent most of his career as a doctor in the town before he died in 1823.
Museum director Sarah Parker said: "There have always been stories of ghosts at the Edward Jenner Museum. We usually take them with a large pinch of salt. We are truly flabbergasted by the image.
"You can basically see through a doorway what looks like a figure reclining in a chair, only there is no chair there. Who knows whether it is Jenner himself?
"We have graffiti from soldiers previously billeted in the attic rooms from the late 19th century and perhaps this is one of them or even one of Jenner's servants."
Source: Yahoo News
WHEN THE GOAT IS WALKING, DEATH COMES A KNOCKING DEPARTMENT
The Goat With the Gold Chain
Throughout history, it appears goats have always gotten a raw deal.
There is the Bible telling of the scapegoat carrying away the burden of the sins of the people.
The Devil is also often depicted with the face of the poor ruminant.
The symbol of Satan-the pentagram-is shaped like the head of the goat.
Goats are sacrificed as part of religious rituals.
Even the goatee-that little beard under the chin-is out of fashion these days.
Only the "three billy goats" fairy tale made them heroes-the oppressed animals eventually conquer the troll and make it to the green, green, grass on the other side of the bridge.
So it was perfectly supernatural that when the evil spirits decided to make trouble for the people of Granville, Cedros, two years back, it came in the form of a goat possessed.
The people of the fish and food crop community came out in their numbers to stage a religious procession through the streets.
It looked more like witch-hunts of centuries past-complete with torches, burning incense, chanting of prayers and reading from the holy scriptures-to rid the village of an evil spirit after strange things started happening to women there.
The alleged paranormal activity began in Granville after a 27-year-old woman with a blood-related illness died mere days after being diagnosed.
Her death was followed by the death of another female villager, who took her own life shortly after attending the first woman's funeral.
Dohmatie Seebran, who had complained of feeling nauseated and had vomited-although not ill before attending the funeral-placed her baby into a play pen one day, walked to the back of her home and set herself on fire.
Her husband, Mookesh Seebran, said his wife was never suicidal, but did complain to him about something talking to her.
The police report also stated that Seebran had told friends that she had been hearing a voice that told her to kill herself.
After Seebran's funeral, at least three other women in the village were said to have had encounters with the demon, and one of them said she too was prompted but disregarded a voice telling her to kill herself and her child.
There were residents who spoke of sensing the evil force and those who even said they had seen a white goat wearing a gold chain going in and out of the forest during the night.
The fear was real, few daring to go out at night or even into the forested areas to tend to their crops. There was no choice but to fight the evil with good.
Pundit Praboodeo Maharaj, also a police corporal, led the interfaith procession. So through the streets of Granville they walked-the Christian holyman, Bible in hand, reading scripture, the pundit sprinkling holy water. The idea: since the spirit was born of an occult ritual, only collective prayer would be able to exorcise the evil goat.
Of course, there were the non-believers.
Dr Harry Ramnath, a psychologist who had seen many patients describing paranormal experiences, believed counselling and not prayers would help the people of Granville, simply because their actions reflected mass hysteria.
Ramnath said the Granville incident was similar to what happens at schools: one child falls ill and a dozen others complain of similar ailments when they have none.
Explained away too was the death of Seebran, who appeared to have symptoms consistent with a brain tumour.
Pundit Maharaj disagrees. More than a year and a half after the religious procession through the streets of Granville, the village remains peaceful and devoid of spirits, or at least evil ones bothering people. Maharaj said: "Things are back to normal. The goat has not been seen since."
And the people are no longer afraid to tend to their land or walk the streets after dark, as there have been no more sightings of the white goat wearing the gold chain and no one has complained of hearing voices since then. And that, he believes, is the power of prayer.
Source: Trinidad Express
Sign up today for Bizarre Bazaar and Conspiracy Journal Magazines
Click on banner to sign up for two FREE magazines!
Cosmic Horizons - Sundays at 8:00pm Eastern
Conspiracy Journal - Issue 522 5/22/09
Subscribe for free at our subscription page: