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‘’GUAIWANG’’

In Ancient Chinese Mythos – in particular tales concerning the inner workings of The Underworld ‘’Guaiwang’’ was a frightening Master in The ‘’Dead City’’ of Youdu. Youdu, as we have seen is where all Souls who are in need of ‘’correction’’ go. Divided into Five Kingdoms or Realms – each has it’s own Emperor and Magistrate. Further, each has it’s own Ruling Master in charge. Guaiwang was tasked with ‘’Hungry Ghosts’’, or those Souls who have no Family to offering ritual offerings. Aa such, They often return to Earth as ‘’Haunting Spirits’’, each with it’s own special torment. Guaiwang ‘’teaches’’ such Evil Spirits Their ‘’craft’’ and ‘’assigns Them’’ to Their particular ‘’haunting’’. Conversely, it is Guaiwang who protects Hungry Ghosts from the eventual exorcism from Priests and Shaman.

 

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‘’TAGBAYAN’’

Philippine Mythos tells of a Demonic Lord of The Afterlife called ‘’Tagbayan’’. His Origins are lost, but what little is known of this ‘’Terror’’, is that He feasts on ‘’Evil Souls’’ as His nourishment. With each ‘’sup’’, he grows stronger and stronger. As such, ‘’Higher Beings’’ created a massive Beast called The ‘’Kikikan’’ to guard such Souls (who need to be judged, not necessarily eaten). The Kikikan (akin to Cerebus), is often tricked by Tagbayan. Still, a certain amount of ‘’attrition’’ is allowed……….

 

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‘’EISHETH’’

According to Kabbalah Judaism – ’Eisheth’’ is ‘’Woman of Whoredom’’ – better identified as a Demon. Perhaps related to the original ‘’Fallen Ones’’, She is The Eater of Damned Souls. Shaol (Hell), is Her domain. Although Human in form (a Female), She inhabits complete darkness. Eisheth’s very name was sued as an insult to Women of Ill Repute in Ancient Judea.

 

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‘’GHADDAR’’

Many sects of Islamic Religion tell takes of The ‘’Ghaddar’’. These were non-Human Demons who took the form of Canine (sometimes Goats), and prowled The Desert at night. Unsuspecting perosns who tried to round up the stray animals were fallen upon by the Hellish Beasts, who would then rend Them to pieces. The Ghaddar are easy to spot however, whereas Their eyes ‘’glow’’. Just before the coming of Dawn, The Ghaddar lose Their animal form to be seen as simple smoke or mist.

 

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‘’KULSHEDRA’’

According to Albanian Mythos, The ‘’Kulshedra’’ were massive, Dragon-like Beasts – spewed up from The Underworld (being so Evil, even Hell could not contain Them). Noted for having ''multiple''  heads and wings, The Kulshedra once tormented Mankind. When They flew thru the air, Their massive wings caused great wind storms which damaged or destroyed crops. In addition, the saliva from Theor mouths was highly poisonous and said to be the cause of many ancient plagues. Much had been written of Them in ancient texts, and it is believed that They were used as cautionary tales. The ‘’Drangue’’, a Divine Protector from Heaven came one day and slew all of The Kulshedra, thus saving The Earth and Man. However, it is believed that some ‘’still sleep’’ deep in the Earth and are ‘’waiting’’ to return to Earth to cause havoc.

 

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‘’XEZBETH’’

Relating to Middle Eastern Mythology ‘’Xezbeth’’ was said to be an Underworld Demon of immense power and abilities. Much of His power centered around His skills at causing Humans to lie, cheat and steal. As such, These Souls were immediately condemned to Hell unless recompense was made by The Transgressor. Xezbeth was a favorite of The Devil, who considered Him one of His top ‘’Demons’’.

 

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‘’ESHU’’

Another ‘’merged’’ Deity of the Umbanda Belief, ‘’Eshu’’ is likened to Chr9istanity’s St. Anthony of Padua. He is the Patron of Enforcement for Obatala. Eshu ensures Mankind follows the perceived ‘’Natural Law’’. This can mean anything from not taking advantage of Nature or Man to ‘’how’’ One lives One’s life (Moral or Immoral). Concepts like Justice, Kindness etc. are all attributed to Eshu and He is set apart as the ‘’ideal’’ to try and strive for during Life among Umbandan Practitioners.

 

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‘’USHAS’’

In Hinduism, ‘’Ushas’’ is ‘’Goddess of The Dawn’’. Seen as important to ‘’Cosmic Balance’’ – She is also seen as ‘’Bringer of All Life’’ (whereas Her ‘’Arms’’ or rays bring light and heat and thus new Life). Ushas had another important role in The Cosmos. With Her ‘’coming’’ each day, all ‘’Evil in The Night’’ was repelled away.

 

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‘’SHIJIE’’

According to Ancient Chinese (Taoist) Beliefs, A ‘’Shijie’’ was a type of ‘’self made’’ Immortal Being. For One to be considered a Shijie, He or She needed to ‘’fake’’ Their Own death – by fooling The Gods in The Afterlife. Simply, The Faker staged a funeral, substituting His or Her body with an object so blessed by a Shaman or Witch. This could be some personal item used by The Hoaxer. This was placed in the coffin along with a ‘’legal’’ death certificate. Taoist Belief states that all Souls (in The Afterlife), needed to be registered. Hence, while The Hoaxer ‘’was’’ dead – no Soul was present. This meant The Faker was then seen as Immortal. After pulling off ‘’The Ruse’’, a Shijie needed to abandon all property and relationships – in fact, leaving for some far off Province. Taoists saw such Shijie as living for many years longer than most (perhaps even hundreds of such). However, when The Gods found out about the ruse, The Hoaxer’s coffin was opened and their ‘’Death Certificate’’ was burned. The Shijie ‘’burst’’ into flame – almost immediately. Such Legends were often used as cautionary tales in Ancient Chinese Literature.

 

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‘’XIAN’’

According to Taoist (Chinese) Beliefs, ‘’Xian’’ were Immortal Beings who – may or may NOT have been Human. In some cases, Xian WERE Humans (mostly Royalty or Nobility) – who by Their deeds, were ‘’made’’ Immortal. Of the different classifications of Xian, and depending on Their importance ‘’in Life or Legend’’, They were assigned various attributes. Living Humans often tried to impress The Xian, which was seen as creating some form of favor which would be ‘’honored in death’’. Perhaps a ‘’fine Home’’ or ‘’riches’’ in The Afterlife – when THAT time came. Sometimes, small Household Shrines were build, to honor a specific Xian (and thus entice The Xian to ‘’visit’’).

 

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‘’MALAKAL MAUT’’

The Philippine Peoples too – as do most Cultures, have a version of ‘’The Angel of Death’’. This Entity – much as other variations, gather The Souls of the Departed from Life. She is known as Malakal Maut. It is believed, that when a Soul leaves a body (regardless of it’s Class on Earth), travels to a Realm mildly similar to the perceptions of Purgatory. All Souls are collected on the leaves of a Montaha Tree. After three days, The Soul will begin to fall to the ground. Malakul Maut quickly gathers them and conveys The Souls to Judgement. Often great fanfare and rituals were held, as a means to honor Her and curry her favor is quick collections.

 

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‘’MANUNGAL’’

A Mesopotamian Goddess associated with Prisons, ‘’Manungal’’ was thought to have been transferred in belief to ‘’Goddess of The Underworld’’, especially regarding condemned Souls. Her Cult extends back to The Region and 2,112 BC. Silver was seen as Her most precious sacrifice when venerating Her Patronage. Although ‘’kind’’, Manungal had a particularly ‘’nasty’’ disposition when aroused (by virtue of lack of worship). She was known to cause earthquakes as a means of generating ‘’respect’’ on Earth.

 

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‘’KALMA’’

Finnish Mythos states that The Goddess ‘’Kalma’’ was a Pagan Deity, associated with not only Graveyards – but the overall ‘’stench of death’’ (decay). Ad while this would be seen odd that a Deity was so venerated, Kalma was actually a ‘’good thing’’. Without Her ensuring The Dead ‘’decomposed’’ – nature would be ‘’out of sorts’’ (as it were). Further, the smell of decay, especially among Humans meant that The Soul was no longer present in the ‘’physical form’’ and as such Kalma was ‘’ridding’’ The Earth of such corruption.

 

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‘’LUISON’’

While most Folklorists state that The Philippine Legend concerning The ‘’Luison’’ may have served for that Cultures version of Europe’s Werewolf, other find that it may have been a form of Cryptid species. According to ancient Island Legends, The Luison were the Children of a cursed Deity who tried to usurp God. As a punishment, His children were turned into horrible half-dog and half-human ‘’Monsters’’. The Luison wander around Cemeteries and consume both ‘’living and dead’’ flesh. They do NOT hunt outside of Graveyards. Nocturnal by Nature, it is always seen as prudent to leave a Cemetery BEFORE the Sun sets, lest One befall victim to The Luison.

 

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‘’MYAL’’

An offshoot of The Voodoo Folk Religion, ‘’Myal’’ was first recorded by Europeans around 1774 while observing Slaves in Jamaica (transplanting several African Folk Practices). The Belief is that Adherents see that The ‘’Spirit World’’ and ‘’Human World’’ must co-exist. As such, rituals are performed to merge a Spirit with a Human Soul. This is accomplished by consuming an elixir of cold water and various herbs. The specially selected plants induce a form of alcoholic ‘’haze’’ to the Adherent. Next thru the use of music and frenzied dance, a Spirit is thus invited to take up temporary residence in a Human Host. Although not practiced much today, some small Sects can still be found in several Caribbean Islands.

 

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‘’WINTI’’

Possibly from Suriname, ‘’Winti’’ is a Folk Religion which was practiced by several enslaved Peoples of The Caribbean Region. Transplanted into The American South with Slavery imports, Winti Beliefs center around water. Most of Winti’s ‘’Gods and Goddesses’’ are water dwellers. Hence, large pools of water are needed to allow such Spirits to be ‘’seen’’ and to come forth into the ‘’Physical World’’. Most of Winti Beliefs are non-violent and it was seen as a means of both Ancestor Worship and communing with deceased relatives. Variations of Winti are still practiced today in Brazil and Cuba.

 

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‘’TUONELA’’

Finnish Mythology identifies The realm of ‘’Tuonela’’ as a place very much like The Grecian concept of ‘’Hades’’. In death, regardless of if One was considered a ‘’Good or Bad’’ Soul – all had to traverse Tuonela. A ‘’Styx-Like’’ River, also named Tuonela – needed to be swam. IF One was not weighted down by Sin, They would reach the other side. However, a Soul was not quite done. They needed to work Their way thru a myriad of Mazes and Monsters. IF They succeeded, a Soul would be judged ‘’cleansed’’ and could go on to Paradise. Many Souls did not survive according to Legend, and would either become lost (and become Ghosts), or They too became Demons and Tormentors. A common personification of Tuonela in Finnish Literature and Pagan Art was that of a ‘’Black Swan’’. The sable colored birds were seen as Death personified (not feared, but revered). Hence, killed a Black Swan was an extremely ‘’Bad’’ thing to do.

 

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‘’GAJAH MINA’’

A common sight in many Indonesian Temples, are large and bejeweled Statutes called ‘’Gajah Mina’’. These are said to be huge, Sea Creatures – recorded by Fishermen of The Region for Centuries. Part Protector and part ‘’Demon’’, The Gajah Mina is a part Elephant and part Serpent. Noted for it’s long Tusks, it was common for ancient Fishermen to make a ‘’blood sacrifice’’ before any fishing nets were allowed to touch the Sea. After suitably venerated, Gajah Mina ‘’allowed’’ for successful catches. Over the Centuries, The Mia were likewise venerated by placing Their images as Icons on Temples. But in an example of ‘’Legend becoming possible Reality’’, in 2005 a large ‘’Blob-like’’ carcass washed ashore in Rihau. The decomposing carcass was unrecognizable, save for a pair of long Tusks. Maybe proof?

 

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‘’THE LEGEND OF THE GHOST OF KYIV’’

Every War and Conflict has it’s ‘’Ghost Stories’’ and Legends. No doubt the ‘’rational mind’’ will see this Offering as part Urban Legend and part propaganda. But as we have seen in past Tales, most Legends have a kernel of truth. Currently, a terrible War rages between Ukraine and Russia. Thousands on both sides have perished as a result. But very early in The War, February of 2022 to be exact – a Legend started. The Ukrainian Air Force had many former Soviet (Russian) Fighter Jets in their inventory. One such Model – The MIG-29 is an effective and deadly Fighter in the hands of a skilled Pilot. One such Ukrainian MIG-29 incredibly shot down no less that (6) ‘’superior’’ Russian Fighters in the Air War over The City of Kyiv. The Ukrainian Pilot fought valiantly before He was finally shot down by Russian Forces. The event was reported and made International News, highlighting the raw resolve of The Ukrainians. But for several weeks afterwards, ANOTHER story began to be told – one that is very much downplayed by The Ukrainian Government. This tale states that a ‘’ghostly MIG-20 Fighter’’, still flies the skies of Ukraine. It’s ‘’Spirit’’ Pilot not only still ‘’shoots down’’ enemy Jets, but ‘’He’’ provides ‘’ground support’’ to Infantry Units in a ‘’bad way’’. The phenomenon was given the (joking) name ‘’The Ghost of Kyiv’’. Most, as stated – easily stat that The Ghost is a propaganda and morale tool – although The Ukrainian Government differs. Perhaps it is just that….But Perhaps Again………

  

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‘’THE CARTHAGE REPTILIANS’’

Much can be advanced, theory wise -  about the following Story. Most either doubt it outright or assign it as a ‘’Tourist Hoax’’ to garner Visitors to come to the moderately sized (population) of Carthage, Missouri. The Town sits near an underground myriad of Ancient caves and Tunnels (some thousands of years in age, others man-made and relatively ‘’modern’’). But since 1993, and increasing it seems well into 2013, MANY reports have  come forth of ‘’something’’ living deep within many of these Caverns. Based on the multitude of sightings, these reports state that Humans have come into contact with what has become known as ‘’Reptilians’’. These are described as 6 to 8-foot, bipedal Lizard-like Entities (some even wearing strange clothing). The term ‘’Reptilians’’ is well known to Modern Students of UFOlogy. These are claimed to be an Extraterrestrial Lifeform, by and large ‘’unfriendly’’ to Humankind. Said to be able to ‘’infiltrate’’ Human Society thru disguise, The Internet is full of many videos purporting to show Reptilian Lifeforms at various stages of ‘’losing’’ Their ‘’Human-like’’ visages. To Folklorists, Reptilian-Entities can be traced back thousands of years and in fairly every Cultural Mythos. But in terms of Our Tale, both ideas could apply.

Carthage, Missouri shares many miles of deep tunnels and caverns with adjoining American States. Several ‘’installations’’ were created by the US Navy and Army Corps. Of Engineers in the 1970s and 1980s, as a means of mass survival for Nuclear War. To date, some of these caves still contain supplies for nearly 50,000 Citizens. In 1993, a group of Urban Explorers decided to sneak into such a Cave near Carthage. The group noted that while the cave walls were obviously ‘’machine dug’’, much of the interior walls appeared ‘’shiny and polished’’ (which was odd). The deeper The Group went, the stranger it became. They noted, half-way through – the cave floor was covered with strange symbols and writing. Thinking it some form of graffiti, it only further established that They were NOT the first to travel inside.

The Group began to detect a strange smell as they proceeded. In the dark, The Group stated that They saw movement up ahead in the dim cave – illuminated from a light source They could not locate. The Group stopped in horror as They were suddenly confronted by the so-called source of the odor. Two Reptilian Beings stood in front of Them. One was a ‘’pale white’’ while the other was red in color. The ‘’Red Reptilian’’ also appeared to be wearing some sort of ‘’gold colored material, to include boots or shoes of some kind’’. And while neither creature made any overt or menacing movements, The Group ‘’felt’’ that ‘’Red’’ was ‘’sinister’’. They Group turned to run back. As They did, some saw ‘’Red’’ is a half-hearted attempt at foot pursuit. However, when The Entity reached the point in the Cave where the symbols were inscribed, He stopped immediately and would ‘’not cross over it’’. Terrified The group exited The Cave and called Carthage Police for help. Oddly The Police stated that ‘’They could NOT help them’’ and that They ‘’should call Security’’ at The Site. The telephone line went dead for a minute, when it suddenly came to life – with a voice that stated TE Group should ‘’wait exactly where They were’’. Within minutes, several Vehicles approached. (4) Men, dressed in all black with no patches or identification exited and told The Group, that ‘’They were trespassing on Government Property and could be arrested’’. Despite the tale told, The Men simply told The Group to immediately leave (which They did without question).

Since this first 1993 ‘’encounter’’, The Cave has been sealed with concrete (which features a locked steel door for good measure as well). But other hikers and the curious have reported since ‘’seeing’’ strange ‘’Reptilian Beings’’ wandering through the woods, crossing secluded roads, etc. Alien Invaders? Some strange Government experiment gone wrong? Or as stated, just another Urban Legend based on rumor and hoax?

 

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‘’THE CHICAGO BAT MONSTER?’’

We’ve all read (especially here, in The Mansion) – of reports of strange Bat-like creatures, seen flying (or crawling) throughout The United States and abroad – for decades. Native American Legends even tell of these Entities hundreds and thousands of years in the past. Conversely, who hasn’t heard of the infamous ‘’Mothman Case’’? Perhaps THIS is what was reported and photographed in October of 2011 OVER The City of Chicago, Illinois. The photograph reputedly shows a large (estimated 30-foot wingspan) Creature gliding and flapping without a care. The Creature was high enough to avoid general attention – save the eagle-eyed Person who witnessed it. Brownish in color scheme, The Creature had what appeared to be claws. The fodder of ‘’Yellow Journalism Rags’’ the Worldwide – most critical of such things state the photo is a predatory raptor (despite the size). Further, some cite some form of flying hoax device. But for Those of us who believe in Cryptozoology – the photograph may very well be what it seems…..A ‘’Bat Monter’’ claiming The City of Chicago as it’s ‘’home’’.

 

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‘’MUHEN’’

According to Philippine Mythology, ‘’Muhen’’ is another example of Animals (or Nature) that assume roles in the personification of Fate and Foreboding. Seen as a form of Pagan Deity, Muhen ‘’appears’’ as a Bird (normally smoke or mist that assumes such a shape). Conversely, if One were to see The Muhen, as well as ‘’hear’’ it’s ‘’song’’, One needed to stop whatever plans or actions immediately. Continuing with such, meant impending doom or extremely bad luck.

 

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‘’THE T-REX OF TEXAS’’

Texas. The ‘’Big T’’ – where EVERYTHING is bigger. The American State of Texas is known  for many things. It’s unique food, fascinating History and of course ‘’Tall Tales’’. But starting in 2012 around the small Town of Hebbronville, reports – and even photographic evidence began to surface. This ‘’evidence’’ is straight from a Movie Script familiar to all of us – namely ‘’Jurassic Park’’.  You see, most Folks there swear that the long extinct prehistoric species of Tyrannosaurus Rex is still very much alive (or something very close to it).  Many skeptics naturally decry the fact that the photo IS photoshopped – despite many Experts unclear as to just ‘’how’’ it was done.  Perhaps a ‘’moving prop’’? Other are quick to latch on to the fact that The ‘’Texas T-Rex’’ (there are several apparently), are the real life Secret Government experiment that the fictional ‘’Jurassic Park’’ Films were based on (again according to Modern Urban Legends). Perhaps several escapee’s are in fact loose in Texas. It should be noted that Hebbronville is well known as a hotspot in Texas for not only UFO sightings, but unexplained paranormal phenomenon and other Cryptid sightings (and has been for years). Fake or Not?

 

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''THE MYTH OF THE STAR PEOPLE''

The term ''Star People'' is one attached to several mid-Western Native American Tribes. According to many of these Legends, ''They'' were the first to ''live'' on The Earth before Mankind. The ''Star People'' were said to have come from ''The Stars'' (hence their name). These Beings left, thousands of years before the evolution of Man. But – according to Legend, The ''Star People'' would return to ''govern and oversee'' Human'' advancement. In some examples of petroglyphs from The Mississippi River Region (5,000 BC). The Star People are portrayed as ''strange'' figures with ''large, elongated heads'' and ''slender bodies''. They are also shown ''coming to Earth'' in strange ''Balls of Light''. The Star People were also said to ''take'' Medicine Men into their ''Balls of Light'' to ''educate them''. The study of The Legends of The Star People were investigated by famed UFO Scientist J. Allen Hynek in the 1960s. Ancient Native American ''Deities'' or perhaps ''Visitors'' from ''Another World''?

 

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''VEGGIEMAN''

A rather obscure Alien Encounter comes from 1968 and West Virginia (US). West Virginia is a well known ''spot'' for supposed Alien Encounters and strange Cryptids. In the woods surrounding the far flung Town of Fairmont, A Hunter had an unusual ''contact'' with an Alien Entity – known known as ''Veggieman''. According to The Hunters Testimony, He was out in the woods when He heard what He identified as a ''humming noise''. The Hunter claimed to not have seen any unusual lights or transportation devices. Moving towards the noise, The Hunter encountered a ''7-foot tall, Humanoid-type Being''. Best described as a ''giant walking Celery stalk'', The Creature had ''shining yellow eyes'' and was speaking in a ''high-pitched, gibbery tone''. Upon ''seeing The Hunter'', The Creature stopped it's ''high pitch'' sound. The Hunter stated He began to ''hear a voice in His Head''. The voice was ''low and not threatening''. The Being (of whom The Hunter felt was communicating with Him telepathically), said He ''Meant No Harm'' and was ''injured''. The Hunter stated that He would help. The Creature again told The Hunter ''Not To Fear'', and reached forward with wait appeared to be it's ''hand''. The Hunter ''felt several pricks on His skin''. Within minutes, The Being let go. The Hunter noted that He had two small pricks on His arm, with a very small amount of blood still draining. The Creature began to ''glow slightly'' and ''acted as if whatever had happened, had helped''. The Creature turned and moved very rapidly back into the woods and out of sight. The awe struck Hunter stated He heard the familiar ''humming noise'' again. Then, it stopped. Since this ''encounter'' in 1968, there have been no further reports of ''Veggieman''.

 

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