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‘’LELIOURIA’’

According to The Greek Orthodox Church of the 10th Century AD, and it’s ‘’classifications’’ of Demons and related Evil Spirits – The ‘’Leliouria’’ were of the highest level. Akin to the Title (in Western Orthodoxy) of ‘’High Prince’’ in Hell, They were ‘’Destroyers’’ of Worlds. Often given ‘’Heroic’’ qualities – perhaps as a nod to past Ancient Greek Gods and Demons. The Leliouria were ‘’Leaders’’ of other Demons, although they were arranged into Legions (as is with most Western Theologies).

 

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‘’CHTHONIA’’

Another Demon of The Greek Church, The Chthonia were Evil Spirits who attacked The Earth – in particular Land. They destroyed crops, ruined harvests and could so affect Farmers with sloth – so as not to work. Their origins so interested American Horror genre Writer HP Lovecraft, that He incorporated them into several of His Short Stories, as ‘’interdimensional Beings’’, who were part of ‘’The Old Ones’’ – or malevolent Beings who once ruled The Earth and Man.

 

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‘’BYPOCHTBONIA’’

The lowest form of Greek Orthodoxy’s ‘’Demon’’ Classes – The ‘’Bypochtbonia’’ were ‘’dumb and senseless’’ Beasts. They could neither ‘’hear, see or speak’’. They relied on their heightened sense of smell. In particular, was their grotesque appearance which – caused fear. The tangible emotion could be smelled by The Demon, who would then track down it’s prey – to consume. Regulated to Hell as a ‘’Tormentor’’, The Bypochtbonia was another ‘’idea’’ borrowed by American Horror Writer HP Lovecraft (and others).

 

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''THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT''

What was seen as a ''campy'' independent Film of 1999 that no saw ''coming'', ''The Blair Witch Project'' became an overnight World Hit. The film is seen as launching the ''Found Footage'' genre in Horror Films. Spawning several sequels and a ''Mockumentary'', many in The World thought that the Film was ''real'' to some extent. When shown on Theater screens, some viewers experienced symptoms similar to ''motion sickness'', which only added hype to The Movie.  In truth, The Film was loosely based on the real 19th Century case from America, known as The ''Bell Witch Haunting'' (and was well documented). The premise of ''Blair Witch'' deals with (3) Filom Students who travel to an out of the way Maryland (US) Township, to investigate a two century old ''curse'' involving a ''tormented'' woman (supposedly a witch) in the 17th Century. Disappearing into ''spooky old woods'' She was never found. But thru the years, many children (and others) - have disappeared, leading locals to believe that it Her curse that is the cause. This curse also alludes to a 1950s child abductor and murderer who (when captured), claimed ''The Witch made Him do it''. 

As The Students go to various locations of interest in The Woods to film Their Documentary, strange things begin to happen. They find hundreds of strange talismen made of wood, hanging from trees. Worse, for some reason - the Students cannot find a way ''out of'' the ''spooky woods''. Time seems to stand still as well as We (as viewers) watch as some unknown ''supernatural Entity'' begins to take out The Students.....one by one! In the end, the abd of recorded film tapes are found (by The Police), who find little ''rationale'' reason for just ''what happened to the Students''. The compilation of these tapes are the film the Viewer ''watches'' in Theaters. The last 5 minutes of ''Blair Witch'' are perhaps the scariest of all...especially in ''The Dark''. Give It A Try........

 

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‘’AERIA’’

‘’Aeria’’ were ‘’Demons of The Air’’, according to Greek Eastern Orthodoxy. They were invisible to Human eyes. They influenced storms and other weather-related calamities. They were also responsible for the continued winds in Hell, which ‘’whipped up’’ the Firestorms that tormented The Damned.

 

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‘’NALAI’’

In The Religious ideologies of The Mandaeism (Gnostic) Beliefs – The ‘’Nalai’’ were Evil Spirits who were ‘’blood drinkers’’. In short, they were the Gnostic version of Europe’s Vampire. Seen as ‘’Evil Spirits’ who occupy a ‘’high social’’ position in ‘’The World of Darkness’’ (Mandaeic Hell), The Nalai dealt with those Souls who refused to learn from Their ‘’past life transgressions’’ (needed in being able to leave Darkness and transcend into ‘’The Light’’). The Nalai ‘’forever torment’’ these Souls, drinking their blood for all Eternity.

 

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‘’PASIPHAE’’

From Greek Mythology – ‘’Pasiphae’’ occupies twin origins. In Human form, She was Queen of Crete. Aunt to another Greek ‘’tragedy’’ figure – ‘’Medea’’, Pasiphae’s Husband – King Minos was supposed to sacrifice the most ‘’perfect bull born’’ to The God Poseidon. When He refused, She (under enchantment) – feel in love with the creature and became pregnant. The issue of Her Lust? The Minotaur! Later generations of Greeks came to know Her as the personification of ‘’Witches and Sorcery’’.

 

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''THE STRANGE CASE OF AUGUSTE DELAGRANGE''

Many ''Followers'' of The Macabre debate the validity of The Case of Auguste Delagrange. Perhaps, due to the almost complete lack of evidence - save a rather bizarre ''offering'' on E-Bay, much of this Story is unproven (none the less unlikely, as you will see). Our Tale is set in New Orleans, Louisiana (US).....the year is 1905. A ''strange Man'' named Auguste Delagrange was known to ''haunt'' the more ''seedier sides'' of The Quarter in and around Rue Bourbon (Street). By some accounts, He was a ''Tall, gaunt Man'' - One who appeared to NEVER seek sunlight. He dressed in Black always. In the bars and ''Houses of Ill Repute'', he made ''friends'' with the many Prostitutes, Pimps and Gamblers (perhaps for good reason). But after the Summer of 1905-06, may  of His ''friends'' would be found murdered in their homes. But not just murdered, butchered. Chopped up, Police found that absolutely NO BLOOD could be found, either on the remains or anywhere in the crime scene. Every ''part'' it seems, as ''drained of blood and fluids''. Police began to stake out Delagrange (given as being in the company of most of the Victims when They were ''alive''). But The Police couldn't surveil him during the daylight hours.....They could not ''find Him''.

The Case drew the attention of a rather ''radical'' Catholic Priest. Radical, in that He was friends with a local ''Houngon'' (Voodoo) Priest. The two determined that Delagrange was a ''demonic Entity'', possibly a Vampire. After many years of ''sleuthing'', the two located the ''whereabouts'' of Delagrane. Found ''sleeping in a coffin'', they staked Him thru His ''Evil Heart'' (even removing it when The Vampire's body ''crumbled away'' - leaving only the ''foul organ still impaled on the Oak Stake''). This was in 1912. Now to the matter of ''Police Evidence'' - there is none. Of the many floods and hurricanes that plague The ''Delta States'', any record was lost (supposedly). But it was not until the mid-2000s that a rather strange item was offered up on of all places.....E-Bay.

The ''anonymous'' Seller stated He (or She) was selling a ''wooden case'' which contained a preserved ''Human Heart''. The organ had a large hole in it. It was accompanied by a long  dried, blood-stained wooden stake. But of even more oddness....was a long ''explanation'' of The Delagrange Case, supposedly penned by our two ''Supernatural Crime Fighters'' in 1912. The box appeared to be of the correct age, but as for The Heart? It is unclear just ''how'' it was preserved - but it IS Human. And incidentally? It was purchased by an ''unknown Buyer''. ''Believe What You Will........''

 

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‘’LYNX STONE’’

The ‘’Lynx’ Stone'' was a type of amber-like material, seen by The Ancient Greek -  as a type of powerful talisman used to spur ‘’Love’’ as well as ‘’Lust’’ between sexes. The Stone was mined and often cut (then polished). The Lynx was then placed (set), into various jewelry to be worn primarily by Females. Earrings, necklaces and rings, were favored. Often, blessings were placed on Lynx Jewelry by Priests of various Goddesses and Gods who controlled the emotion of Love, as a means of placing such ‘’power’’ in the piece.

 

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‘’EIRENE’’

From Ancient Greek Mythology – ‘’Eirene’’ was one of The ‘’Horae’’. These were a type of Goddess that was ‘’of The Earth’’. As such, They regulated many facets of not only the passing of Seasons, but of Time. Eirene in particular was the personification of ‘’Peace and Prosperity’’. A Daughter of Zeus, She would later be associated with Fertility. When adopted (later), by Rome – She became known as ‘’Pax’’. In both Greek and Roman Art, Eirene was shown as a ‘’White’’ Dove, which to this day is still the symbol of ‘’Peace’’.

 

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‘’GALENE’’

One of the previously discussed ‘’Nereids’’ (or Nymphs) – ‘’Galene’’ was a Goddess who personified a ‘’Calm Sea’’. Important to Sailors in Ancient Greece, Galene was often ‘’found’’ (in statuary form), alongside Her ‘’Father’’, Poseidon in His Temple. Sailors often carried or had on their Ships, small icons of Galene ‘’for protection’’ from Storms.

 

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‘’MENOETIUS’’

A Greek Titan and part of the Adversaries who challenged Zeus and His Olympians for ‘’dominance’’ of The World, ‘’Menoetius’ was a ‘’Giant’’ who was Brother to Atlas. Similar in strength, when the other Titans began to plan Their final assault against Mount Olympus, it was a ‘’headstrong and rash’’ Menoetius who ‘’charged’’ The Mount, using His strength to topple it. Zeus quickly killed Menoetius with a thunderbolt. In Greek Culture, His name would come to be associated with One who ‘’is rash or quick tempered’’.

 

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Interesting articles, as always.🙂

I have a comment about tree pulling, which you mentioned was invented by Romans. I remember that I had read or heard that Bessus, who betrayed Darius III, was killing in the same or a similar way.

I found an article about that story, although interestingly, they state themselves that it is not known for sure how Bessus was executed.

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Ancient reports contradict each other about the nature of Bessus's execution. Quintus Curtius Rufus, the historian, says he was crucified in the place where Darius had been killed, Arrian states that he was tortured and then decapitated in Ecbatana, and Plutarch suggests that he was torn apart in Bactria by recoiling trees after a Macedonian trial, a style which was according to Persian custom: two trees would have been forcibly bent towards each other, the victim tied to both, and then the trees released, causing an agonizing and drawn-out death in which the ligaments, tendons, muscles and organs would slowly come apart as the trees straightened themselves.

The article

Now, since you said tree pulling was invented by Romans, I guess it is more likely Bessus was executed in another way. Or, this may imply where Romans learned that.😁

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You may remember ''Tree Pulling'' as part of the original ''Torture Thru The Ages'' Section. I just decided to migrate them into the New Format of ''Merlin's Mansion''. Although ''credited'' to The Romans, it wouldn't surprise Me if The Macedonians ''played with it'' first. Philip of Macedon was a particular cruel Ruler and relished in such torments. Thanks for the Bessus info. Eagle!

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‘’EUPHEME’’

In Ancient Greece, when One exclaimed loudly to The Heavens ANY word or phrase of praise – to include well being, the act would invoke The Goddess ‘’Eupheme’’. Her patronage of such words and phrases were said to come true, if shouted loud enough and of course, with true intention. In time, Her very name would serve as a cry of ''Victory''  (especially in War and Combat). She was personified as a Woman of great ‘’Beauty’’ and caused joy to all who ‘’viewed Her’’.

 

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‘’THE DANAIDES’’

According to Ancient Greek Mythology, The ‘’Danaides’’ were Demi-Goddesses (Part Human and Part God), who numbered 50 in count. Each Sister married well, but grew tired of Their Husbands and each drowned them in water. As punishment, when They died, Zeus banished Them to Tartarus (Hell’s worst level of torment). There – each Sister were punished with never ending thirst, and would spend Eternity filling a large Vase with water. But as soon as the Vase was filled, it would spring a leak.

 

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5 hours ago, Crusader1307 said:

You may remember ''Tree Pulling'' as part of the original ''Torture Thru The Ages'' Section. I just decided to migrate them into the New Format of ''Merlin's Mansion''. Although ''credited'' to The Romans, it wouldn't surprise Me if The Macedonians ''played with it'' first. Philip of Macedon was a particular cruel Ruler and relished in such torments. Thanks for the Bessus info. Eagle!

That's right!

Indeed, now when I was reading more about it, I realized it was much more cruel technique than I had imagined it before. As it was described in the case of Bessus, the intention was not a quick death for the victim.

Thank YOU for your service!😎

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‘’THE BRIG OF DREAD’’

The ‘’Brig of Dread’’ (with Brig being an early 10th Century term for ‘’Bridge’’) – is a concept from Northern England. It was believed that such a construct existed, between ‘’Life and Death’’ (Purgatory). Souls of the recently departed had to traverse such a bridge to achieve one form of eternity (or another). Said to be a ‘’rickety old suspension foot bridge’’, Souls that were ‘’Evil’’ fell off (or thru) – to Hell and Damnation. ‘’Just’’ or ‘’Worthy’’ Souls would be able to cross over without fear – hence ‘’travel onward’’ to Judgment.

 

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‘’ASTRAEUS’’

Another of The Titans of Ancient Greece – ‘’Astraeus’’ was the personification of several concepts. The first, as ‘’Lord of The Dusk’’  (Twilight) and second as The ‘’God of Winds’’. He sired The Anemoi – who were ‘’The Four Winds’’. Unlike other Titans, Zeus did not destroy Him.

 

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‘’THE SIMONSIDE DRAWFS’’

An English Myth from Northumberland – The ‘’Simonside Drawfs’’ were a type of ‘’Druegar’’ (small, supernatural Beings). They were mischievous pranksters, who liked to wander marshes and moors at night with torches. IF a wayward victim followed the torches, thinking they were a means to safely traversing a Moor, They were wrong. The Simonside Drawfs were trying to lure the hapless subject to their death – by drowning (at worst), or to become hopelessly lost (at best). With the coming of The Dawn, The Beings simply vanished – only to ‘’reappear’’ with The Night. They were also identified with being ‘’Minions’’ of mor more ‘’Evil Creatures’’, such as Vampires and Witches.

 

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‘’THE LEGEND OF FAT LIPS’’

A strange Title to an even stranger Story – The ‘’Legend of Fat Lips’’ is linked to one Dryburgh Abbey, a ruined Monastery near Dryburgh, Scotland. Built in 1150 AD – The Abbey was ruined ‘’destroyed’’ by The English during the Jacobite Revolt of 1745. Not long after, an ‘’Old, Poor Woman’’ took up living in the destroyed Abbey. Living there for many years until Her death – she regularly would tell visitors of a ‘’Spirit’’ She named ‘’Fat Lips’’ – that ‘’helped Her clean up the ruins’’.  ‘’He’’ would ‘’sweep, gather wood etc.’’ The name was associated with Her statement that the ‘’Laddie had very Fat Lips’’. Even many centuries after Her death, some Visitors to The Abbey reported  hearing ''sweeping noise’’ and even a ‘’Man Whistling’’. Some state that ‘’Fat Lips’’ may be the Ghost of a killed Jacobite Soldier who formed an ‘’attachment’’ to both The Abbey and The Old Women.

 

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‘’SEMPER FI…THEY NEVER DIE….THE GHOSTS OF PARRIS ISLAND’’

Parris Island, South Carolina has a long and interesting History. A 16th Century French ‘’Colony’’ (and later taken by The British), some form of ‘’Military Activity’’ has always been associated with The Island. But it’s most famous link to past and present History, is that since 1915 – Parris Island has ‘’created’’ United States Marines (thousands upon thousands of them). As the primary recruit Training ‘’Depot’’ (Base) which serves The ‘’Eastern Coast’’ of The United States, Parris Island is only one of two such establishments in the Country which trains Marines (the other being Camp Pendleton, California on The ‘’Western Coast’’). The Island has many tales of courage and tragedy. The tragedy comes in the form of those few Marines who for a myriad of reasons, cannot endure the often harsh Marine Training required of all who wish to earn the Title. Of these, over the years – many have been suicides. Rather than face embarrassment hat Home (and other reasons), some young recruits have taken Their life (using firearms, hanging and of course – cutting Their Wrists (veins). These few sad events however are still ‘’witnessed’’ (by some). MANY Recruits (and Drill Sergeants alike), have reported over the years of very decided paranormal events and experiences. From the unmistakable sounds of ‘’crying’’ (when no one is present) to the actual visible images of ‘’shadows’’ that are obviously ‘’young recruits’’ (often seen in out-of-time clothing), wandering thru The Barracks. Cold Spot are VERY common, as are the feelings of ‘’someone’’ pulling off blankets from sleeping Marines. Many of the supposed Spirits are thought to be from the many suicides in the 1960s, during The Vietnam War. And while many of these phenomenon could be explained, many still believe that these are the Spirits of those who took their lives in training. Strangely, Camp Pendleton in California does not suffer from such ‘’issues’’, making Parris Island even more ‘’unique’’ than it already is.

 

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‘’KYLIK’’

An Ancient Greek ‘’Magical Belief’’, associated with ‘’Protective Magic’’ – ‘’Kyliks’’ were a style of imagery painted onto the side of drinking cups and bowls. Shaped as ‘’human eyes’’ – they were thought to be the ‘’opposite’’ of The ‘’Evil Eye’’ of past discussion. The Kylik ‘’watched and warded off’’ any ‘’Evil Force’’ (Spirit of Curse), that may try to ‘’enter the mouth’’ of a person.

 

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‘’BRIGID’S CROSS’’

A facet of Ancient Ireland and it’s original Christianization from Paganism, The ‘’Brigid Cross’’ is made from river (plant) rushes (reeds). While still green, rushes are hand woven into a Cross with a central square base. The crossbeams of the Cross are often not of the same length or dimension. Crude, many hundreds are constructed by people and displayed as a type of ‘’Good Luck’’ device (over doorways, entrances etc.) They are placed on St. Brigid’s Feast Day (February 1st). The origins (and there are several), states that evangelized in Ireland in the 6th Century AD. She came across a Pagan Man, suffering from some illness. Feverish, Brigid built a fire and tried to doctor. As it was cold, and She had no blanket – Bridgid noticed The Man had cut reeds on His floor. Bridgid began to weave may hundreds of small Crosses, placing each on the floor, until they covered it. All the while, Brigid told of the benefits of Christ. The Man became well and converted to Brigid’s Belief’s – seeing the many small Crosses as the true ‘’symbol’’ of Christianity. Since, they are name for Her.

 

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‘’APOTROPAEI’’

A ‘’religious’’ concept practiced in Ancient Greece, as well as the classification of any God or Goddess who was invoked to do such – ‘’Apotropaei’’ was the Belief that specific Deities could stop or avert any pending calamity or disaster. Although the ‘’list’’ was long – the Deities Zeus, Apollo and Hera were among the chief Apotropaei. The practice involved the placing of a statue (icon) in locations which were seen as vulnerable. Priests would perform elaborate rituals and ceremonies to so ‘’activate’’ the power of a God. Floods, plagues and especially crop blights, were all example of Apotropaei usage.

 

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