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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. What is Chauvinism? Tracing the Term from the Legendary Nicolas Chauvin to Misogyny

    In the modern world, a chauvinist is a person who has “excessive or prejudiced support for one's own cause, group, or sex”. Before this, the word ‘chauvinism’ had a narrower scope, and was used specifically to indicate an “excessive or aggressive patriotism”.

    dhwty - 21/04/2019 - 14:02

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Icelandic Sorcerers and the Books of Black Magic They Coveted

    ... destroyed when they die. But if a man knows enough, then the devil (djofullinn) will have no power over the man, but rather he must be his ... turned to the penitential psalms of David rededicated to the devil and made a confession of all the good he had ever done as if it were sin ...

    isav - 06/04/2019 - 19:00

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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