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    10 Legendary Monsters of North America: Part Two

    Legendary monsters live wherever there are people to tell the tales to -including North America, where there are many more than will fit into one post. This is part two of a list that began last week. And there are plenty more scary tales to tell! 1.
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    Bronze Age Trepanated Skull from Jericho, C. 2200-2000 BC Although this skull shows four separate holes made by the ancient surgical process of trepanation, they had clearly begun to heal. This suggests that although highly dangerous, the procedure was by no means fatal. Also known as trephination, or trepanning, the process of making a hole through the skull to the surface of the brain might be carried out to treat a range of medical conditions or for more mystical reasons.

    Ashy Murphy video, Blackrock, Cork, Ireland - videos like this are easily faked, but others are legitimate. Which is this? I find it interesting, but judge for yourself.

    Chupacabra is rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas, the first sightings being in Puerto Rico. It is believed to attack and drink the blood of livestock, and seems to prefer goats. Descriptions vary, but commonalities are that it is heavy with spikes along the back and fang-like teeth.

    Krampus - from German folklore. He's a demon-like companion of St. Nick who brings punishment to children who misbehaved as opposed to his counterpart (St. Nick) who brought gifts.

    Do's and don'ts of using a Ouija board - don't insult the entity - never play alone - properly dispose of the board (if necessary) - DON'T BURN THE BOARD - Never fully trust a spirit - Avoid graveyards or where terrible deaths have occurred - never use when sick or under the influence - stop if others become uncomfortable - mind the planchette - NEVER LEAVE THE CIRCLE

    "The Conjuring" was based off the true story of the Perron family, who lived in the farmhouse from 1971 to 1980. One of the daughters - Andrea - said that the movie held many truths with bits of fiction woven in. The activity they experienced was the stench of rotting flesh accompanied by the lifting of their beds. Spirits were believed to dwell in the basement. Carolyn Perron was temporarily possessed during a seance but an exorcism was never attempted during the Warrens' investigation (1974).

    Smudge stick - it is believed that certain herbs can be used to bless or purify people and places. Some can also be used to cleanse unwanted entities and repel evil influences. Attention should be paid to when the herbs are gathered because potency can vary depending on the time of year they are harvested.

    Wraith - A Scottish word, first used in English in 1513. A wraith is an apparition, vision, or double of another living person. Its appearance is commonly seen as an omen that the person being doubled is about to die. - Picture credit: bao pham thien bao wraith ghost specter spectre phasmophany fantasy horror digital art -

    The Kunekune - has been popular in Japanese folklore for the last decade or so, and is considered the Japanese version of Slenderman. It is described as a white sheet with long, twisting arms, even when the wind isn't blowing. It's believed that those who see the Kunekune either go mad or simply disappear.

    Robert the Doll - is currently housed in a Florida museum, put there after terrorizing the family he belonged to. The doll was given to the son of Thomas Otto by a fired servant who practiced witchcraft. Not long after receiving the doll the child - Robert - changed his name to Gene, and started acting oddly. Eventually the doll ended up appearing at the foot of people's beds, while toys started to show up mutilated. Some even thought that they could hear the doll speaking and giggling evilly.

    Slenderman - is often described as faceless, tall (about 8 ft) and thin, with long, tentacle-like arms. In some stories, he merely stays in the shadows and watches, and sometimes stalks and kills. In other stories, he uses people like puppets to do his bidding. This came to light in 2014 when a pair of teenage girls tried to kill one of their classmates, though I personally believe that the impulse came from personal evil within the girls as opposed to influence or orders from an urban legend.

    The Russian Sleep Experiment - occurred in the 1940's when political prisoners were allegedly exposed to toxic gas, which was supposed to keep the subjects awake for a targeted 30 days. Only halfway through the experiment, there were reports that the subjects had started eating each other and even themselves. Subjects developed superhuman strength and were filled with rage. When finally restrained and asked what he was, one of the subjects replied "Madness".

    Oni - come from Japanese folklore, which translates to demons, devils, ogres or trolls. They are popular in Japanese art, literature and theater. They are often depicted as hideous, gigantic creatures with sharp claws, wild hair and two long horns growing from their heads, and for the most part are humanesque. They are also often depicted carrying large, iron clubs called kanabō. They were believed to cause unpleasant things such as disease and disasters.

    Erzsébet Báthory - was a countess in Hungary in the late 16th-early 17th centuries. She had a thirst for torturing young women. She also killed them and consumed their blood under the belief that it would keep her young. She's often been compared to Vlad the Impaler and called the Blood Countess. She was allowed to get away with her crimes for many years because of her family name, but was eventually convicted. She died in an isolated, bricked-up cell four years after her conviction.

    Paris Catacombs - Beneath Paris' City Streets, There's an Empire of Death


    ghosts in video store - I was on the internet and came across this footage of a ghost in a video store...what do you think? Is it or isn't it real?

    Azzurrina, Poggio Torriana, Montebello - Guendalina Malatesta, a.k.a. Azzurrina, was the daughter of Ugolinuccio da Montebello, who lived in a castle in the Riminese region around the mid 1300s. She was born an albino and with her birth were the old suspicions that she was an agent of the devil. Her mother tried to dye her hair, which was said to turn as blue as her eyes. Because of the gossip and suspicions of the locals, she was kept in the castle with two bodyguards at her side at all times. One rainy day in June 1375, while playing in the castle's basement, she disappeared, never to be found. It was on the summer solstice, and it is said that every five years, her cries can be heard, also on the summer solstice.

    Defleshed and disarticulated bones found during excavations of Scaloria Cave's upper chamber in the late 1970s. (click for article!)

    A Draugr is a creature of Nordic mythology similar to a vampire, though the original Norse meaning of the word is “ghost”. Draugar were believed to be the bodies of the dead. Views differ on whether the personality and soul of the dead person lingers in the draugr.Unlike the vampires of Eastern European lore, Draugr are savage nightwalkers who possess superhuman strength, the ability to alter their size at will, being able to escape from their mound as a wisp of smoke or become so enormous that they can crush their opponents easily.

    djinn - while the djinn originated in Arabian lore, some believe that they can exist around the world. They can be either good or evil, though are considered more demonic in Western lore. They are also believed to be shape-shifters and can appear as anything from a demon to an animal, to a seductive human to ghosts and so much more. Some believe they are from the past, others believe they exist now and can enter our realm on a whim. (paraphrased from R.E. Guiley article - click for more)

    Trolls - are supernatural beings in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore and are believed to have resided in isolated rocks, mountains and caves. They were believed to have lived in small family units far from humans and never helpful to them. Some believe that they were ugly and slow-witted while others believe that they could appear human with no outstanding characteristics. Most trolls are associated with particular landmarks.

    The Grinning Skeletons of Peru's 1000-Year-Old Nazca Cemetery - aiding to the preservation of the skeletons is their preparation. They were embalmed in a layer of resin, dressed in embroidered cotton and buried in a vault made of mud bricks. The resin is believed to have helped keep insects at bay and limited the speed of bacterial decay. Image: Colegota

    The Grinning Skeletons of Peru's 1000-Year-Old Nazca Cemetery - Chauchilla Cemetery - the dry conditions of the Peruvian desert aids in the preservation of the corpses in the cemetery. Image: Colegota

    Onmyōji - are specialists in magic and divination in the time of the 10th and 11th centuries, and their court responsibilities range from tasks such as keeping track of the calendar to mystical duties such as divination and protection from evil spirits. Modern day onmyōji are defined as a form of Shinto priest and many are mediums and spiritualists.