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  1. Grime's Graves: 5,000-Year-Old Flint Mine Opens a Window to the Past

    ... this area was once identified as the resting place of the Devil. According to other sources, the site was associated by the Anglo-Saxons ... these pits have sometimes been referred to as ‘the Devil’s Holes’. This odd landscape was variously interpreted by English ...

    dhwty - 25/11/2016 - 22:03

  2. The Malleus Maleficarum: A Medieval Manual for Witch Hunters

    ... in Romania: Exploring Beliefs about Witchcraft and the Devil New Editions of the Malleus Maleficarum It has been argued that ... the three necessary concomitants of witchcraft which are the Devil, a witch, and the permission of Almighty God”, the second being ...

    ancient-origins - 29/11/2015 - 14:46

  3. Magic of the Ancients: Five Incredible Texts of Spells, Curses, and Incantations

    As long as humanity has had beliefs in a higher power, the use of magic, spells, curses, and incantations have featured widely across cultures. A number of influential texts or ‘grimoires’ (textbooks of magic) were developed over the centuries, many of which became the books of choice for secret societies and occult organizations that endured well into the twentieth century.  Here we feature five manuscripts that provide a fascinating window into the magic of the ancients.

    aprilholloway - 24/06/2015 - 00:27

  4. Witches, Vampires and Werewolves – 10 Ghoulish Archaeological Discoveries

    ... who died in a mortal sin or made some other union with the devil would be reborn as werewolves. Have archaeologists found the last ... grim faced committee of church elders that she had met the Devil in a cornfield and had accepted him as her lover and master. The ...

    aprilholloway - 31/10/2017 - 19:16

  5. Inge H. Borg

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    ancient-origins - 02/01/2013 - 08:03

  6. An Ambiguous Amphibian: The Everchanging Frog Symbol in World Myth

    Frogs and toads played a wide variety of roles in ancient cultures. Although there are some differences, they generally represented female creation energy. Frogs appear in ancient stories, myths, legends, religions, diets, art, and proverbs.

    ashley cowie - 07/02/2018 - 13:56

  7. The Misnomer of Gypsies: The Real History of the Romani People

    ... Sun? Looking for the Origins of the Uros People The Devil Walks Among Us: The Myth of The Jersey Devil This likely origin point should not, however, imply ...

    Riley Winters - 03/08/2018 - 22:42

  8. Aboriginal languages could reveal scientific clues to Australia’s unique past

    ... According to the stories of the Luritja people, a fire-devil arrived on the Earth seeking vengeance for the breaking of sacred laws. ... Scientists have now been able to establish that the ‘fire devil’ was actually an ancient meteorite that blasted several impact craters ...

    Robin Whitlock - 27/08/2018 - 23:46

  9. Laas Geel Complex and The Magnificent Ancient Rock Art of Somalia

    ... and evil spirits.  “We believed it was drawn by the devil with blood,” said caretaker Musa Abdi Jama [via  csmonitor ], “and believed that when we slaughtered a goat for protection, the devil would come and suck the blood from the sand.” Depiction of a ...

    Bryan Hill - 13/07/2018 - 10:46

  10. Divine, Demonic, or Something In-Between: How the Changing Face of Elves Reflects the Zeitgeist

    ... speak up and reveal its true form. The devil steals a baby and leaves behind a fairy replacement, known as a ...

    Caleb Strom - 01/09/2017 - 01:50

  11. Rings, Gestures, and Phallus Talismans: The Evil Eye and Ancient Ways to Ward Off Its Power

    ... amongst many cultures around the world. God or the Devil? Whose Mystical Eyes Follow Visitors through the Bulgarian Prohodna Cave? ...

    aprilholloway - 09/08/2017 - 01:49

  12. Domovoi: Stay on the Good Side of This Mischievous Slavic House Sprite

    ... way to keep a Domovoi happy is to give them milk.  (axis-of-devil / CC BY-SA 3.0 ) Rules to Live by to Keep Your Domovoi Happy ...

    dhwty - 10/12/2018 - 13:57

  13. Who Are the Yazidis and Why Have They Been Continually Persecuted?

    ... centuries, the Yazidis have been regarded to be heretical ‘devil-worshippers’, and therefore were subjected to persecution by the ... Taus by the Yazidis, their enemies considered them to be ‘devil-worshippers’. By the 15 th century, clashes between the Yazidis and ...

    dhwty - 16/11/2018 - 13:24

  14. The Nile – Its Fertile Past and Its Imperiled Future

    ... remain, forever wind-swept by the fierce khamsin , the devil wind of the Nile. Inge H. Borg is author of the novel KHAMSIN, The Devil Wind of The Nile. -- Top Image: Artist’s depiction of an ...

    Inge_H._Borg - 27/09/2016 - 21:59

  15. What is hell?

    ... Supreme Court Judge: Of Course I Believe in the Devil! ...Do You? Toxicity at Gateway to Hell Explains ‘Miracle’ in ...

    ancient-origins - 24/04/2018 - 13:45

  16. Leave No Stone Unturned: What Propels the Racetrack Playa Moving Rocks?

    Racetrack Playa is a dried-up lake located in Death Valley, California, USA. This dry lake is notable for its sailing stones, which are known also as sliding stones, rolling stones, or moving rocks. The sailing stones are a geological phenomenon that has been observed since the early 1900s. Although they have been studied for a long time, no one has managed to provide an adequate explanation for this curious phenomenon.

    dhwty - 08/06/2017 - 01:54

  17. 17th Century Sickle Burials Reflect Belief that Demons Stalked War-Torn Poland

    ... Catholic clerics inciting the populace with tales about the devil and witchcraft. The imaginations of many were beset by demons and ... Catholic clergy stoked by spreading fear of witches and the devil. “As a result, old beliefs and superstitions came back to life. A ...

    Mark Miller - 10/12/2015 - 03:54

  18. The Gospel of Satan: Grand Grimoire is One of the Creepiest Medieval Manuscripts Out There!

    ... of Thebes, who is said to have been possessed by the devil. The occult manuscript is said to contain magical spells, as well as a ... submission once he is evoked. After this, a deal with the Devil may be made. Therefore, the Grand Grimoire also contains a section ...

    dhwty - 12/11/2017 - 18:49

  19. Aspidochelone: A Giant Sea Monster of the Ancient World and an Allegorical Beast

    ... authors, the vision of the sea monster as a metaphor for the devil stayed strong for many centuries. Crocodile in the Medieval ... tried to express many different Christian ideas, such as the devil, God, and Christ’s death and resurrection. The Physiologus made the ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 21/01/2016 - 03:47

  20. Santa’s Horned Helper: The Fearsome Legend of Krampus, Christmas Punisher

    ... throw them in a river. Ruprecht became a common name for the devil in German. Illustration of Knecht Ruprecht, 1863. ( ... in popularity, even though there are those who believe the devil-like Krampus figure is inappropriate for children, or he is believed to ...

    lizleafloor - 03/12/2015 - 21:49