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‘’FLESHEATER’’

An example of another ‘’Zombie’’ Film that should NEVER have been made, (or at least a good idea wrongly executed) – was 1988s ‘’Flesheater’’. The most striking point to the Indie Film, was it’s (unintentional) link to the grand 1968 Film ''Night of The Living Dead’’ by George Romero. The film was written (and even starred in), by Mr. Bill Hinzman. It was He that portrayed the original ‘’Cemetery Zombie’’ from Romero’s Film, and was the first portrayer of what We now know as a ‘’Modern Zombie’’. But Mr. Hinzman, who had a great idea – let it ‘’rot’’ (so to speak). The parallels to Romero’s Film was seen as too close, which is a wonder why He was never sued by Romero. The Plot deals with typical young adult Love – manifested by a ‘’Halloween Hayride’’ and a Group of such. Left at a remote Barn b y a Farmer (the Sponsor), He goes back to work removing a Tree stump. Doing so, He finds an ‘’ancient box’’ with a carved warning – AGAINST opening. He does, and releases………The Zombie from ‘’Night of The Living Dead’’ (to include an exact copy of His moldy suit). The Zombie bites The Farmer (who becomes zombified) and The two set out to ‘’get The Kids’’ at The Barn. I wont go one but to say, - again, a clever idea that was poorly executed (and Filmed). A real Good example of how NOT to make a ‘’Zombie Movie’’.

 

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‘’THE EVIL EYE’’

Since it first ‘’appeared’’ around The 6th Century BC in The Mediterranean Region of The World, The ‘’Evil Eye’’ has been synonymous with the ‘’casting’’ of Evil (both practical and magical). Identified in its earliest form as a single Human Eye, ‘’gazing malevolently’’, the ‘’stare’’ was seen as the method of putting a spell against another. But in other Regions – and at even older dates – (as far back as 3,000 BC) The Single Eye Motif was associated with Religion and was not necessarily seen as Evil. Viewed as a God having ‘’all seeing power’’, it was unclear when ‘’Malevolency’’ would be attached and just why. In many Ancient Cultures, fashioning Amulets or Talisman in ‘’Eye Imagery’’, were seen as both ominous and ‘’helpful’’. In addition to ‘’casting a spell’’ against an Enemy, some Shaman and Priests required the wearing of ‘’The Eye’’ to ‘’ward off’’ Evil. Some examples would be the previously mention Hamsa Image of India and The Far East. One ‘’method’’ of warding off ‘’The Eye’’ was the use of a counter symbol, similar to The ‘’Horned Fist’’ or simple ‘’Fist’’. Both were ‘’counter-active’’ to ‘’The Evil Eye’’. The use and protection from ‘’The Eye’’ is still engrained into many Cultures, even today.

 

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‘’THE CANNIBAL OF ZIEBICE’’

An ‘’terrifying’’ Case, because MUCH of it was and still remains UNKNOWN – Mr. Karl Denke was a ‘’mild mannered’’ Man who lived in Silesia, Prussia (now a part of modern Poland). Born in 1860, He was a ‘’hard raised Child’’ who sought life as a Gardener. When His Father died, Denke was left a very small portion of money. Using it to buy a small plot of land, He tried Farming (which failed). Denke would sell this and use the monies to but a small House. But the economy was high and He had to sell THAT as well. He lived in a small room off of His former Home (which the new Owners allowed). Denke was a Member of The local Lutheran Church, played Organ and was ‘’well liked’’. It is very hard – and will probably never be known just ‘’why’’ Denke began His ‘’career’’ as both Serial Killer and eventual Cannibal. Between 1903 and 1924, Denke began to murder and ‘’eat’’ Vagrants and Travelers in and around Ziebice (Poland). Police estimated that Denke may have killed and consumed as many as 40 (or more) Victims. When His last Victim escaped and survived a vicious pickaxe attack, The Police found Denke (at home) and arrested Him without the slightest difficulty. Jailed, when Police searched His Room – Denke hung himself in His cell. Police would later find MANY Human bone fragments and pieces – buried all around Denke’s Property. Another unproven rumor, is that Denke worked as a ‘’Home Butcher’’, advertising locally of ‘’fresh meat’’ for sale. The rumor stated that PERHAPS Denke was really serving ‘’Humans’’. As stated, The Case was never tried and’The Cannibal of Ziebice’’ remains (burial) have been lost to time.

 

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‘’MANI STONE’’

A practice in some Buddhist Sects – ‘’Mani Stones’’ are various (non-specific) stones, rocks or pebbles – unto which are inscribed one of six Prayers relating to the embodiment of ‘’Compassion’’, The Goddess ‘’Avalokiteshvara’’. These six stones (often painted Red, Blue, Yellow or Green), are them placed in makeshift Shrines or Temples. They serve as ‘’Prayer Zones’’ and can be found duplicated over and over again – especially on a road to a major Place of Worship. Rarely are they constructed on ‘’personal property’’, like a ‘’Family Shrine’’ – the leaving of Offerings to The Goddess are common. In practice, One must stop at every Shrine and recite The Prayer on The Mani Stone.

 

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‘’JIGGER JOHNSON’’

His real name was Albert Johnson, but friends called Him ‘’Jigger Johnson’’. Perhaps seen by many as a real life ‘’Tall Tale’’, Jigger’s Life was full of exploits – many seen as ‘’hard to believe’’ (for some). Born in Maine (US) in 1871, Family ‘’Legend’’ states he ‘’came out of His Mother, Pipe in Mouth – wearing logging boots and holding an axe’’. In reality, Jigger was born into a hard working, poor – but loving Family. An Outdoorsman, Jigger learned early – every facet of Lumberjacking, Hunting and Mountaineering. At 12, Jigger took a job helping The Cook of a Lumber Company. But some of The Men poked fun at The Lad. Jigger, as His Legend states, took ‘’issue’’ with One in particular – and got into a fight. Naturally, a skinny 12 year old Boy would become short work to a 200-lb. Man. Jigger jumped on the Man and ‘’fought like a wildcat’’. When They pulled Him off His opponent, Jigger had ‘’bit off’’ The Man’s Ear! Jigger was respected after that.

From there, Jigger’s ‘’Legend’’ began. He survived ‘’freezing Winter’s’’, ate ‘’Tree Bark’’ to survive – even caught Bobcat’s with His ‘’bare hands’’. Jigger would eventually become a Fire Warden with The US National Park Service and helped establish The Civilian Conservation Corps. (still in existence). Despite His ‘’hard drinking and Hard fighting’’, Jigger was loved and respected by all – regardless IF you believed the many ‘’Tall Tales’’ of His Life. In His later life, Jigger turned into a Fur Trapper. True to His ‘’Legend’’, many of His Beaver, Fox and other catches – were done with ‘’His bare hands’’. It was in Southern New Hampshire (US) in 1935 that Jigger was driving back from checking His Fur Traps when He lost control of His vehicle and crashed. Found hours later and taken to a Hospital, he unfortunately passed away from His injuries at 63 years of age. Several Books and Films were made later about Jigger Johnson. The State so honored Him by naming a Memorial Campground after Him. Johnson is often cited as a true example of what a ‘’Tall Tale’’ was.

 

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‘’LEDGER STONE’’

A ‘’Ledger Stone’’ is a type of Funerary Art, common in Europe around the mid to late Middle Ages. These were flat granite stones, used to mark the ‘’resting place’’ of a Noble, Royal or ‘’important’’ Person. The primary difference with Ledger Stones, was that an actual body need NOT be buried underneath. The purpose of The Stone was to ‘’memorialize’’ the Personal History and Achievements of The Deceased. Ledger Stones were particularly useful during many of The European Crusades into The Middle East, when often physical remains were NOT recovered. As such, Families or Communities could memorialize Them. Ledger Stones were often very intricately carved with entire narrative of The Life of The Deceased. Other than a Coat of Arms or Crest – no other form of Adornment or Statuary were attached. Ledger Stones would be adopted (especially in Churches and Cathedrals), throughout most of Europe, and even be ‘’transferred’’ to The New World, with European Colonization. Although having fallen ‘’out of fashion’’ (today) because of cost, some Nobility (Titled) – still use Ledger Stones, providing They are ‘’officially listed’’ in a Roll of Honor for Nobility.

 

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‘’ZHUYIN’’

A ‘’Serpent God’’ In The Chinese Underworld, ‘’Zhuyin’’ also occupied an important component in Chinese Creationist Beliefs. The Zhiuyon was a Snake ‘’1,000 feet’’ long. When The Serpent had His eyes ‘’open’’, The Earth remained in daylight. When he ‘’closed’’ His eyes – the opposite – darkness would follow. The Zhuyin needs only to consume ‘’air and water’’ (which it sucks into it’s mouth from the air) – to survive. It will exist until the very ‘’end of things’’, it is written. When Zhuyin ‘’dies’’- so to will The Earth.

 

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‘’KAKURAN-NO-MUSHI’’

One may not associate 16th Century AD Japan as a haven for Modern knowledge with regards to Virology. But, as was studied and written by an ‘’unknown Author’’ then, a species of invasive parasites were well known (and quite feared). They were known as The ‘’Kakuran-No-Mushi’’. These were very small worms that lived inside the stomach. They were responsible for all stomach aliments and diseases. The worms were known to craw up the throat and into the mouth. IF a sufferer tried to ‘’pull Them out’’, They would start to choke. As soon as One stopped, The Kakuran-No-Mushi retreated back to ‘’safety’’. Eventually, The Victim died – with The Worms (now numbering in the millions), simply left Their dead Host – in search of another. Described as having a ‘’Black Head and Red Body’’, The Worm seemed to have an almost ‘’Human Intelligence’’. The ‘’condition’’ was reported up until the 19th Century AD, when all reports simply died away. What Could They Have Been? Real, Allegory or Something Else?

 

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‘’JIMENG’’

In Chinese Mythos, a ‘’Jimeng’’ was an Underworld Being which caused Storms in Lakes and Oceans. Jimeng also guarded all Jade Stones gathered as offerings to The Gods. Part Human and Demon – Jimeng normally have no great part in Afterlife Judgments. They will rend to pieces and Human Soul who tries to steal The Jade of The Gods, however.

 

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‘’MATSYANGANA’’

A similar ‘’Species’’ of Being common in Southeast Asian Mythology – The ‘’Matsyangana’’ is akin to European Tales of ‘’Mermaids’’ and ‘’Merpeople’’. A ‘’Human-Fish’’ Hybrid, These Creatures are mostly Female (Upper Half). More common in Cambodian Culture, Their images can be found in Art going back thousands of years. They are also associated with being ‘’Demi-Gods’’ and as such – it is considered extremely ‘’Good Luck’’ to see one. As with most European versions, The Matsyangana will seek out Human Men to procreate with.

 

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‘’FRESHWATER MONKEY’’

A ‘’common’’ link found regarding this strange Creature, The’Freshwater Monkey’’ is said to be an unknown species of animal which, while resembling a Primate – may actually be a form of Reptilian Life. Found mostly in swampy locales in The Far East and portions of The American South (also swamplands), They are called many things (mostly Cultural in reference). Sizes vary from 12-inches to 3-feet. The ‘’Monkeys’’ can live on both land and water (seen in Trees near water) as well as ‘’swimming’’. The have long legs and arms (like a Frog), and often ‘’Humanoid Faces’’ with ‘’large Eyes’’. The Creatures are never said to be vicious but do avoid general contact with Humans. Perhaps an ‘’unknown’’ form of Reptilian-like Life, or Something Else?

 

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