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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Dragon Myths: Tales of Beasts, Beauties, and Brutes

    ... had fought with her would be revealed to her. At once, the Devil , in the form of a dragon, appeared before her. In one version of the ... Wu Mingren References DHWTY, 2017. She Met the Devil, Escaped a Dragon, and Survived Several Attempts on Her Life: The ...

    dhwty - 13/10/2019 - 19:11

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Italy’s Ancient Benandanti: Harvest Rites and Ghostly Battles

    ... we go forth in the service of Christ, and the witches of the devil; we fight each other, we with bundles of fennel and they with sorghum ... like Herodias or Diana , who would eventually become the Devil under Church influence. As with the women of the benandanti, it was ...

    Morgan Smith - 28/09/2019 - 14:00

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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