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  2. ‘’SORANUS’’ Possibly adopted from Ancient Etruscan Mythos into early Roman Religion – ‘’Soranus’’ was another ‘’Underworld Deity’’. She was invoked during the sacrificial ‘’readings’’ of animal entrails, used to predict some future event. His ‘’Priests’’ were Firewalkers, who could control their pain centers of the brain and thus – travel across hot embers (wood) or coal. During this ‘’ritual’’, They carried the aforementioned guts to be quickly read by an older, more experienced Seer.
  3. ‘’MASTAMHO’’ Among The Mohave Native American Tribes of antiquity – ‘’Mastamho’’ was a ‘’Earth Deity’’. Seen as ‘’Protector of The People’’ (Mohave), His ‘’Grandmother’’ was The ‘’Earth Mother’’ (or ‘’Frog Mother’’). In still surviving prehistoric ‘’land art’’, examples still exist of large Icons (etched into the ground) of His image. Human in form, His arms outstretched - were much longer in proportion with Mastamho’s frame. This was so that His arms ‘’covered the land’’, in protection.
  4. ‘’ELBIS’’ Dating back thousands of years, ‘’Elbis’’ was part of Turkish Mythology and featured prominently. Possibly even adopted from older Islamic sources, Elbis was a ‘’War Deity’’. Shown with a frightening visage (almost demonic), He was invoked to possess His Followers heart and strike cowardice (and thus preventing Them from fighting).
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  6. ‘’GRANNY SQUANNIT’’ The Wampanoag Native Americans are a very small Tribe, found in Massachusetts (US). They have a story concerning a Deity called ‘’Granny Squannit’’. Possibly a Demi-Goddess, ‘’Granny’’ was a powerful Healer, whom was ‘’consulted’’ by Tribal Shaman thru ‘’trance sessions’’. Often, particularly difficult ailments or conditions which did not respond to ‘’traditional’’ Tribal medicines, meant that only Granny Squannit could ‘’heal’’ it. If a Victim died, then it was thought Granny Squannit found Them ‘’unworthy’’.
  7. ‘’GAOH’’ Many of The Iroquois, Huron and Seneca Native American Tribes, have a shared belief in The ‘’Goah’’. The Being was perceived as an ‘’Evil Spirit’’, that was cannibalistic by nature. The Gaoh could destroy whole forests with a ''sweep of it’s arm'', when angered. The Gaoh was placed on Earth as a ‘’balance’’ to ‘’calm and peace’’ amongst Tribes. It was seen as good to have ‘’strife’’ (at times), in One’s life. Hence, most mischief and discord in Life was ‘’blamed’’ on The Gaoh.
  8. ‘’CHITRAGUPTA’’ In Hindu Mythos, ‘’Chitragupta’’ was a Deity tasked by Vishnu, to maintain all Records of Human achievements as well as Their transgressions. Kept in a large ledger, it was Chitragupta who then delivered such information to Vishnu. This was used to judge One when They died (thus determining Their ultimate reward or punishment). He was often portrayed next to The God Yama, associated with Death.
  9. ‘’THE KILLING BOX’’ A 1993 classed ‘’B’’-Movie (unfairly) – ‘’The Killing Box’’ (aka ‘’Ghost Brigade’’ and several other re-purposed Titles), was actually a rather well made and at time accurate American Horror Film, which brought forth ‘’Zombie Soldiers’’ with a flair of American History. A few well known Actors (Martin Sheen for one), star. Financed by Television Mogel Ted Turner (Himself a Civil War Historian and Enthusiast), ‘’Killing Box’’ will surprise you. Never shown in Movie Theaters (it was a Direct to Video Production, sadly), The Title takes it’s name from a Civil War tactic, by which an Enemy Force was surrounded. With rifles brough to bear from all sides – hence a ‘’Killing Box’’, none would have survived. Taking -place in 1862, a Confederate Regiment (51st Alabama), is outgunned and forced into a ‘’Killing Box’’ by Federal Soldiers. Before the battle, The Rebels are hiding out in a cave. Unbeknownst to them, the cave was used by escaped African slaves from The Yoruba Tribe. They summoned Evil Demon Spirits to deal with Their Slave Masters and – when done, cast The Spirits into the cave. Accidentally freed by The Soldiers, The Spirits possess Them. When the battle ensues, The Rebels (now Zombies), quickly make short work of Their Enemy. Every Soldier They kill, regardless of being Federal of Rebel – are likewise turned. This creates a ‘’combined’’ Zombie Army. Federal authorities send out a ‘’Task Force’’ to deal with The Horde. Recruiting The Rebels former Commander (captured before the change), Our Heroes go after The Undead. Learning from a former Yoruban Slave Girl, that The Undead cannot fight during The Day (sunlight will turn Them to dust), at night – They can only be killed with silver. Using silver cast bullets and bayonets dipped in the metal – a climatic end battle ensues. As stated, well filmed and with no ‘’over the top’’ Acting, makes ‘’The Killing Box’’ an enjoyable 1-hour and 20-minutes of Horror. It can be found on DVD and on many Streaming Services.
  10. ‘’IYATIKU’’ The American Southwestern Pueblo Tribes, spoke regularly of The Goddess known as ‘’Iyatiku’’. She arose from The Underworld in ‘’The Beginning’’ and served as ‘’Midwife’’ to bring forth Humans (Pueblo Indians). She took Her heart and broke it into pieces. These served as the first Grain grown and harvested by Man. Other ‘’pieces’’ would become Corn and other vital Crops. In October seasonally, Iyatiku was provided great Rituals and Dances in Her honor.
  11. ‘’ALLANI’’ In The Ancient Mesopotamian Mythos, ‘’Allani’’ was an obscure ‘’Goddess of The Underworld’’. Also associated with The ‘’Darkness of Night’’, She coordinated great Feasts for The Dead. Upon arrival, Souls would reunite with long dead Ancestors. The ‘’Family’’ would feast, at the kindness of Allani. However, if One was not well liked or thought of in Life, no such feast was held and The Past Dead, shunned The Sad Soul.
  12. ‘’MEDJED’’ Dating to perhaps 50 BC, ‘’Medjed’’ is seen as a very unusual ‘’Deity’’ in ancient Egypt. He is an Underworld ''Guardian’’ known also as ‘’The Smiter’’. It seems Medjed is only found in The Book of The Dead, and was tasked by The God Osiris to destroy all those who tried to use ‘’The Book’’ for their own profit and prestige. Medjed is extremely bizarre in appearance. He (assuming Medjed IS a ‘’He’’, is nothing more that a ‘’Skirt’’ or ‘’Sheet’’. Human legs and a waist protrude from the bottom. Resembling a ’’half a body’’ (at best), Medjed as two eyes at the top of the cloak. From these ‘’burning beams of The Sun’’ appear to ‘’cut down’’ Offenders to Osiris.
  13. ‘’ANDJETY’’ Perhaps one of Egypt’s most ancient of Deities, perhaps dating back as far as 5,000 years – was ‘’Andjety’’. Little is known of His Cult, save that He was a ‘’Creationist’’ Being, who preceded ‘’Ra’’. Associated with The Vulture (a sacred animal) and the symbol of a ‘’Ladder’’ (denoting His ‘’place in Heaven), Andjety would (much later), be associated with The God ‘’Horus’’.
  14. ‘’NOT PARTED EVEN IN DEATH….THE STORY OF WILLIAM AND NANCY ASHLEY’’ This is not a tale of traditional ‘’Ghosties and Ghoulies’’, nor even one of Curses and ‘’Bumps in The Night’’. It is however about a ‘’Monster’’ nonetheless….Human Prejudice. The strange story begins in 1871 with a lone Black Woman, crying at the recent grave of Her Husband in Tampa, Florida. In this, nothing is too unusual…..save that Her Husband was White. The Story of William and Nancy Ashley goes back (in part) to The Ashley Family coming to Florida in 1806 (Florida was not even an American State at that time). Moving to The Port of Tampa Bay, The Ashley Family made a vast sum of monies in Commerce. The Family Heir, William – would inherit the business in the 1850s. It is unclear, but it appears that John’s Father purchased a Black Female Slave/Servant, to look after William’s Home. Florida, when it became a State, was in the Deep South. Like most Southern States, Slavery was accepted and encouraged. Although no photograph of Nancy remains, all agreed that She was a woman of ‘’great beauty’’. William apparently saw ‘’no color’’ and fell in love. So did Nancy. This naturally caused great issue, for Black American were seen as Property and as such, no ‘’White’’ could marry them. Discouraged, William found that The Law proclaimed Florida to be a ‘’Common Law’’ State in this regards. Based on Medieval Law, and in the eyes of John and Nancy…..They WERE married. But William knew that if He signed Nancy’s ‘’Papers of Emancipation’’, the two still could not live ‘’in the open’’ (as it were). Nancy and William lived a well off life, ‘’behind the walls’’ of their Home. No one suspected anything . In fact, then only one who did know was William’s best friend, John Jackson. He saw no issue with the two being in love. He vowed to keep ‘’the secret’’. When The American Civil War came in 1861, it caused no effect on The Ashleys. With the end of The War, and The Federal Government declaring Slavery illegal – William immediately signed Nancy’s papers. But still the couple could not finally live in peace and happiness. Die to the harsh Laws of The Reconstruction Era, The Federal Government found it better to punish The South for The War, rather than educate it in it’s waywardness. Racial hatred was even more rife. Black and White were segregated away from each other (in ‘’polite company’’). Even when a person died, Blacks were buried in their ‘’own cemetery’’ and Whites theirs. In this, is the real element of our tale. Sadly, William died in 1871 – leaving Nancy despondent. According to His Will – all His monies and properties went to Nancy. When She died, He expected Her remains to be buried next to His. A proper plot was selected. William’s friend John mad sure that William’s Last Will and Testament was carried out to the letter. But when Nancy passed away in 1873, just two years after Her William, The Cemetery refused to allow a ‘’Black Woman’’ to be buried in The ‘White Cemetery’’. No one would even consider exhuming William and re-burying Him in a ‘’Black Cemetery’’. John was determined to see justice. Late one late, John paid an ‘’understanding Gravedigger’’ to accompany Him to The Cemetery where William was buried. Digging up William’s grave, the two Men gently placed Nancy’s remains on top on William. The Grave was filled in. No One suspected anything until the new Headstone arrived. Bearing William and Nancy’s name together, a rather lengthy epitaph is paraphrased to The Reader…..’’There is No Color or Race in Death, Only The Dust of The Grave….From Which We All Become’’. The Reader of The Sone is further told to contemplate ‘’A World Where Color is Tolerated and Not Insulted’’. Given that no One in The Town would dare dig up William and Nancy’s Grave (Superstitious), the event went by without a nod. The two still rest in Oaklawn Cemetery in Tampa, Florida…..at Final Peace. Perhaps The World will one day take Their example to heart.
  15. ‘’VEJOVIS’’ Dating to The Etruscan Culture and adopted much later by Rome – ‘’Vejovis’’ was said to be one of the ‘’First Gods’’ created (Roman Kingdom Era). He was associated with Volcanic Eruptions, seen as both a ‘’Good and Bad’’ issue. While Vejovis’ eruptions caused death and destruction, they also brough with them Life. The ash would help fertilize soil and help produce rich crops of grain and later vines of Grapes from which wine was made. Vejovis was among one of the first ‘’Gods’’ to be featured on Roman coinage, around the 8th Century BC.
  16. ‘’SEELKEE’’ Said by Canadian Native Tribes to be a ‘’Great Lake Monster’ near present day Chilliwack, British Columbia, ‘’Seelkee’’ was said to have the ‘’body of a Human, with the Head of a Horse’’. The Creature was known to terrorize Tribes, trying to kill any One who ventured too close to any number of local Lake or Swamp Land. Later, with European colonization – some claimed to have seen Seelkee quite often (but without happenstance). Most Folklorists agree Seelkee may have been misidentified as some form of Giant Otter or Beaver. With Urbanization and several hundred years of technology, Seelkee has NOT been seen.
  17. ‘’METZTLI’’ From Aztec (Mesoamerican) Mythology, ‘’MetztlI’’ was Goddess of ‘’The Moon and Night’’. Later, She was associated with Farmers. It was due to a ‘’disagreement’’ with The God of The Sun, that Metztli was banished to The Night. At one time, so legend states, both The Sun and Moon were equally as bright. When The Sun God decided to become ‘’brighter’’ so too did The Moon Goddess. This ‘’back and forth’’ became so bad, that Humans could not determine ‘’when’’ Night was nor Day. The Great Creator God forced Metztli to ‘’dim down’’ Her Light and forbade Her from ever ‘’appearing as bright as The Sun’’. In terms of Farming, Aztec Farmers saw it as a ‘’Good Omen’’ when Metztli ‘’shone bright’’ at Night, whereas They could continue Farming under Her light.
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  19. ‘’THE LEGEND OF THE MILTON LIZARD’’ Near Milton, Kentucky – Camp Creek, many local Hunters and Campers since 1975 - tell tales of a massive 15-foot ‘’Monster’’ called The ‘’Milton Lizard’’. By most ‘’accounts’’ The ‘’Monster’’ resembles a Monitor Lizard of The South Pacific. Many Biologists cite such a species would not be able to survive in the colder climate of Kentucky, while other think it may be a released former ‘’Pet’’ (although such reptilian species are forbidden by Law to Own in The US privately). Still others, look to the fact that The ‘’Lizard’’ may be some unknown similar form of Creature. But given the varied ‘’hiding locations’’ (both natural and man-made), of all the many ‘’expeditions’’ – no evidence of the Beast has been found.
  20. ‘’HYMEN’’ Of Ancient Greek beginnings, and later Roman, ‘’Hymen’’ was one of those rare Male Muses (Deity) – which was viewed as the masculine personification of both ‘’Love and Marriage’’ (at the time of Union). It was the Human Groom whom invoked His name BEFORE starting up for His ‘’ceremony’’ with is intended. Additionally, One prayed to Hymen – to ensure a ‘’good’’ Reception AFTER the Marriage Ritual. This was to make sure the Couple were ample Gifts (mostly land), and had a successful ‘’Wedding Night’’.
  21. ‘’NANTOSUELTA’’ Goddess of ‘’Nature and Earth’’, ‘’Nantosuelta’’ was a Celtic Pagan Deity. Although shown in Icon, She was Human, She ‘’changed’’ into a wide variety of Animal and Plant. It was Nantosuelta who brought forth The Sun in the sky – which brought Life. Adopted (earlier) to a small degree by Rome upon occupation of Gaul and close by Regions, Her Temples were noted for their cylindrical shape. This was seen as The Goddess having a complete ‘’view’’ of The World.
  22. Let's revive this tread! I visited Hungary again this weekend, so I have several new pictures to share from Szeged. Among other things, here, you may see the Heroes's Gate, which commemorates Hungarian soldiers from Szeged who died in WWI. However, those painted solders look too much angry to me, but I don't know, maybe that's because Hungary and Serbia were fighting each other back than.😄 According to this text (where one can see the statues and the frescoes more closely) it is the largest outdoor fresco in Europe. It was covered for more than 15 years after WWII. Right there is also a statue of Ferenc Rákóczi II, who led the war of independence against Hubsburgs, which took place from 1703 to 1711. That war is often mentioned as a jacquerie, a peasant rebellion, as most of the Hungarian nobility did not support Rákóczi's uprising. Dugonics Fountain Square, Szeged by gari, on Flickr Ungár Mayer Palota (Ungar-Mayer House) by gari, on Flickr Hősök kapuja (Heroes' Gate), Szeged by gari, on Flickr Kárász Street, Szeged by gari, on Flickr A traffic circle in Szeged by gari, on Flickr Reök Palace, Szeged by gari, on Flickr Szeged Sinagogue by gari, on Flickr Gutenberg Street, Szeged by gari, on Flickr
  23. Stronghold Warlords is on sale these days, it's 75% off! Which is great, I finally got a copy for myself.😄 I used to have only one copy of the game for the entire family, but now I shall finally be able to play it in multiplayer with others. Summer is ahead of us, so I expect I'm gonna have time.😎 Off topic. I finally got a background for my Steam profile - I picked Sir William.😁 And I got myself an avatar frame,😎 I must follow the trends.😄
  24. Merlin's Mansion Article Index Page #185 1. Arimanius 2. Aristaeus 3. Augerino 4. Bellona 5. Chepi 6. Gwyn Ap Nudd 7. Kasamaan 8. The Lake Worth Monster 9. The Mystery of The ''Lady in Red'' 10. Ningishzida 11. Owuo 12. Pana 13. Pinciukas 14. Poubi Lai 15. Roma 16. Sacthach 17. Shalim 18. ''Sharlie'', The Dragon of Payette Lake 19. Shuwala 20. Tuchulcha 21. Tuoni 22. Veles 23. Voluptas 24. Xtabay 25. Yue Lao
  25. ‘’THE GLOUCESTER SEA MONSTER’’ From 1817 until 1819, hundreds (if not thousands) of Sailors from around The World (coupled with untold hundreds of land based reports from everyday people), off The Coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts – reported a massive ‘’Sea Serpent’’. Hundreds of feet long, The Creature was said to be a ‘’shiny black, with many humps extending throughout The Beast’’. So well documented, The ‘’Sea Serpent’’ has become one of the most reported cases of a possible Cryptid. And while, owing to the technology of the Day (or lack of), only hand drawn pictures are known to exist. In fact, in 1818 – a group of Citizens on a local Massachusetts beach, ‘’found’’ what They concluded to be an ‘’offspring’’ of The ’’Serpent’’. This specimen was close to 5-feet long and a ‘’miniature’’ of it’s ‘’Parent’’. But after Scientists of The Era examined the animal, they concluded that it was a common Eel (perhaps). After 1819, sightings rapidly decreased, but as late as the mid-1960s, Shipping in the area still reported seeing ‘’something’’ resembling a ‘’Sea Serpent’’.
  26. ‘’SHARLIE, THE DRAGON OF PAYETTE LAKE’’ In Idaho’s (US) Payette Lake – many reports of a strange Cryptid Creature have been reported since the 1920s. Dubbed ‘’Sharlie’’, the Beast is reputed to be a ‘’Loch Ness’’-Type of animal. Thought by many to be a long extinct form of prehistoric Beast, Sharlie has been seen by many. It was a group of Loggers, who – while cutting down trees, first saw The Beast. Reputed to be 50-feet in length, with flippered appendages, Sharlie too has a long ‘’serpentine neck’’. It has never been properly photographed, and has – as of 2002, been reported by Campers and the curious.
  27. ‘’PANA’’ The Native American Inuit Tribe of Alaska and portions Northwest Canada, have a Mythology concerning a Deity called ‘’Pana’’. In that Tribes belief, He inhabits The Underworld known as Aldivun. It is His vocation to ‘’guide Souls’’ that pass from ‘’Human Life’’ into Their ‘’Spiritual’’ one. This must be done by Pana, so that said Soul could reincarnate into ‘’another Life’’. Should Pana NOT be able to ‘’find’’ The Soul, it is judged ‘’Lost’’ and can become an ‘’Evil Spirit’’.
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