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  1. 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

  2. The Curse of the Nenets Idols of Vaygach Island, the ‘Territory of Death’

    ... We do this not for God (Haya), but for Syadey (evil spirit, devil). And the devil likes that we do evil, and for this we will get many, many animals and ...

    ancient-origins - 27/10/2018 - 01:55

  3. Bubbling Brews and Broomsticks: How Alewives Became the Stereotypical Witch

    ... of magic (outside of the extraordinary accusations of devil-dancing, and so on) found their beginnings in rumors started surrounding ... ( Public domain ) Traditional Work Becomes ‘Devil Magic’ In the present, brewing is more readily considered a task of ...

    Riley Winters - 01/08/2017 - 18:54

  4. Beware the Evil Dead in Myth and Folklore: The Tale of Khoma Brut

    A well-known medieval tale talks about the three living and the three dead. As the story goes, three young men meet three undead walking, talking corpses. The dead tell the living that they must mend their immoral ways because youth and life are not forever.

    In this tale, the three dead are not evil—instead they act as positive characters who point out the bad ways of the living and tell them to change before it is too late, thus giving them a second chance to live a good and moral life.

    valdar - 11/12/2015 - 21:51

  5. Archaeologists Identify Scottish Church Where Accused 16th Century Witches Were Imprisoned

    ... came to believe that accused witches received power from the devil.  In Scotland, about 80 percent of witchcraft cases involved women. They ...

    Mark Miller - 23/07/2016 - 00:46

  6. Pagans in a Modern World: What is Neopaganism?

    ... sexes. Modern Pagans have often been accused of being Devil worshippers, and have been equated with Satanists. However, whilst Modern ... of deities, the concept of an all-evil being like the Devil in the Abrahamic faiths does not exist in this movement.  Women ...

    dhwty - 11/03/2017 - 18:58

  7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A History of Monsters, from Werewolves to Hippogriffs

    ... rescuing a princess, but also confronting a symbol of the devil. In Harry Potter’s world, creatures such as Buckbeak the hippogriff ... perception of evil. In these increasingly secular times, the devil, once a malevolent force seeking the downfall of humanity, is often seen ...

    ancient-origins - 27/11/2016 - 03:53

  8. Hereford Mappa Mundi: Legendary Cities, Monstrous Races, and Curious Beasts in a Single World Map

    ... light on ancient perspectives Codex Gigas (the Devil’s Bible) - the largest manuscript in the world Myths and ...

    lizleafloor - 11/09/2018 - 01:22

  9. The Snallygaster: Century-Old Fake News Terrorized Citizens of Maryland… But the Creature May be Real

    ... ( The Commons ) Fake News Weeks after the Jersey Devil’s visit to New Jersey in January 1909, reports started coming in saying ... and the Mysterious Rock Art of the Mississippi The Devil Walks Among Us: The Myth of The Jersey Devil Canoe (top ...

    Steve Pearse - 03/08/2018 - 18:58

  10. The Ancient Mystery of the Ever Burning Lamps

    ... dedicated to Venus, and suggests that it was the work of the Devil. During the reign of Henry VIII (or the Early Medieval period, according ... to explain this mystery, ranging from the ‘work of the Devil’ to ‘alien gods’. Others, however, have attributed such inventions ...

    dhwty - 15/12/2014 - 00:37

  11. The Monumental and Mysterious Silbury Hill

    ... 2.0 ) In another story which involves gold, the Devil, for some unknown reason, was travelling to the town of Devizs, and ... Silbury Hill. In yet another story with the evil being, the Devil is said to have been carrying an apron of soil, with the intention of ...

    dhwty - 17/04/2016 - 22:05

  12. Germany’s Brutal Werewolf Belt and The Gut-Wrenching Execution of Peter Stumpp

    ... had intercourse with a “succubus sent to him by the Devil.” Woodcut by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1512, of a werewolf ... black magic since he was twelve years old and said the Devil had forged, and given to him, a magical belt enabling him ...

    ashley cowie - 07/01/2018 - 18:54

  13. The Zugarramurdi Witch Trials: Welcome to the Spanish Salem

    ... .  Skull of a male goat, associated with the devil in witches covens in Zugarramurdi. ( Flickr ) ...

    ancient-origins - 14/09/2015 - 21:41

  14. The Tragic and Spectacular Death of Sophie Blanchard – The First Woman Pilot Balloonist

    Sophie Blanchard was the world’s first female aeronaut. She is not only remembered for her incredible achievements and bravery in early ballooning, but for her dramatic and tragic death.

    dhwty - 27/02/2019 - 02:01

  15. Dating of manuscripts controversially suggests Quran may be older than Prophet Mohammed

    ... and the Biblical Account of Noah Codex Gigas (the Devil’s Bible) - the largest manuscript in the world Ancient Signs ...

    lizleafloor - 01/09/2015 - 21:33

  16. Early Ideas About Extraterrestrial Life: What Might Inhabitants from Other Planets Look Like?

    ... extraterrestrials might look like. ‘Saint Wolfgang and the devil’ ( Public domain ) The people of Venus, by contrast, were ...

    Ron Miller - 17/11/2017 - 18:52

  17. Legends of Spring Heeled Jack, the Uncatchable Demon of Victorian England

    ... in three different disguises — a ghost, a bear, and a devil; and moreover, that he will not enter a gentleman’s gardens for the ... crimes wrongly attributed to Spring Heeled Jack. The jumping devil’s legacy lives on in the popular imagination to this day, notably in ...

    Kerry Sullivan - 09/01/2017 - 14:50

  18. Not Always A Man’s Best Friend: Terrifying Black Dogs of British Legends

    ... was said to have been a huntsman who sold his soul to the Devil. When he died in 1677, black hounds are said to have appeared around his ... Wright, Andy, ‘Devil Dogs: The Mysterious Black Dogs of England’ (1994) ...

    marinasohma - 24/12/2016 - 14:57

  19. The Giants of Ancient Albion & the Legendary Founding of Prehistoric Britain

    ... got the name of Britain. While they were living there the devil assumed the shape of a man, and dwelt among the wicked women, and by they ...

    Hugh Newman - 25/11/2017 - 18:57

  20. Dark History Hangs Over Royal Residence: The Haunted Halls of Holyrood Palace

    ... image, from the Agnes Sampson trial in 1591, depicts The Devil giving witches magic dolls. ( Public Domain ) The Revenge ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 30/01/2017 - 13:56

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