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The Egyptian Nile

The ancient Egyptian culture is perhaps one of the most fascinating of all time. The pharoahs along with their elaborate lifestyles have given a treasure trove of information to us. I have travelled around the world and enjoyed learning about many civilizations, Egypt by far is my favorite. It's almost an obsession. I find myself thinking about the undiscovered tombs, temples and the everyday life that hasn't changed much for the last 5000 years. The Egyptian have a saying, "Once you drink from the River Nile, you will always return." It seems to be true in my case.

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The Wendigo

 

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The Wendigo

Have you ever heard of it? The first time I encountered this mythical creature is in the video game Fallout 1 & 2. I Googled it and it turned out to be an interesting mythical creature which has many tales bound to it.

The wendigo is a mythical creature in the Algonquian Mythology. It is said to be a malevolent cannibalistic spirit who has the ability to transform into human form and the ability to possess humans. This legend is also known to reinforce cannibalism as taboo.

It was said to be an entity that resembles the cold and the north. In popular culture it is depicted to be a dog-like creature with antlers. However, according to sources related to the origin of this myth it looks more human than animal. It might be closer to a zombie than any other pop-culture beasts. The Wendigo is said to have ash-grey skin with bones pushing out. Its face wore sunken hollow eyes, red bloody lips and sharp yellowish fangs. You can probably be warned before hand that it is coming because it gives of the smell of a rotting carcass.

The Wendigo Psychosis


It was said that you are possessed by a wendigo spirit if you develop the desire to eat human flesh.

 

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Bhangarh Fort : The City of Trapped Souls

Bhangarh is a ruined  in  that is famous for its historical ruins. It is in the municipality of the in the state of . The modern village has a population of 1,306 in 200 households. Bhangarh is also a popular tourist attraction. (Wikipedia) 

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Archeological facts:  

Bhangarh has great things to offer in the field of Archeology. Excavations through out the vicinity discovered different types of tools used by early humans from pre-historic period.

Recorded history of Bhangarh started in year 1573 when the fortress was said to be built by Raja Bhagawant Das, the ruler of the city of Amber.

The most probable reason for the people of Bhangarh to disappear is famine just like how the Mayan civilization abandoned their massive temples.

Two Myths:  

The city of Bhangarh was cursed bu the Guru Balu Nath, who permitted the construction of the town with a condition that states that : “The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more!.” When a descendant unknowingly renovated the palace to a height that casts a shadow on Balu Nath’s retreat, he cursed the town. Balu Nath is said to be buried with in Bhangarh’s vicinity and is theorized to still have influence over the dilapidated ruins.

The other myth tells about of that of the Princess of Bhangarh Ratnaviti, who was 18 and is to be wed to whom ever deserve her across the region. There was this magician who was a master in the occult arts named Singhia who was madly in love with her. Singhia was desperate to make the princess his bride and tried to put her in his spell by dosing her with magic oil. The princess knew of this and acquired the elixir and poured it on the sand. The magic oil turned into a boulder and killed Singhia. With the magician’s last breath he cursed the place with death all human life. The souls of the dead would for ever remain in the city for ever and would never cross limbo or can never be reincarnated. 

Paranormal Occurrences/Activities :

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) placed a sign board for tourists and archeologists alike which states:

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“Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited.”

They said that authorities prohibited access to the city at nightfall because there were a lot of disappearances. Some say that the city vanishes at night and human beings would disappear along with the whole city. However, when the sun rises the temples  and all the bricks would reappear but human souls would be lost forever. 

I've read stories and accounts that claimed of hearing a loud sharp scream of a woman. There were also known humanoid apparitions. Many tourists also claim that the place made them anxious and ill. 



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Being Sensitive or Just Being Paranoid?

We all know the sensation when someone stares at you from behind. The sensation always lets you turn your back to check if your gut is right. However, there’s a big differences when you are already in a mindset that you WOULD be watched. Expectation blocks the intuition. I think it’s just the same thing when you feel or when you think you feel the paranormal. A morbidly looking place may make you feel uneasy and scared. On the other hand, a comfortable place puts you in a mindset that you are safe. You may misjudge the place as being haunted just because it looks haunted. You may also feel uneasy not just with the looks of the place but with stories about it. Like for example, one particular room is said to be haunted, you may feel uneasy knowing that this place has the possibility of being haunted. Therefore the mindset that a place is possibly haunted blurs out your authentic gut feelings that tell a place is haunted or not. These biased feelings may affect judgment consciously and unconsciously.

So how would I know if I am just paranoid about a place or am I authentically feeling a supernatural presence?3206769976?profile=original

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Haunted Diplomat Hotel

3206770052?profile=originalThe former Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, Philippines is an abandoned building which is allegedly saw the beheading of priests and nuns during the World War II. Former hotel employees and the residents in the area said that they heard howling and screaming even at daytime and often seen headless man walking the hallways.

In 1987, the hotel stopped its operation and it has been closed to the public since the death of the owner, Tony Agpaoa. It was held off limits to all visitors too. However, the residents living nearby the hotel would frequently be disturbed by screams coming from the building, banging of doors and windows and clattering of dishes.

Plenty of documentaries and stories have been written about this mysterious building. Until now, many people interested and like to see its ruins in person, the once grand hotel in Baguio City.

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The Vanishing Hitchhiker

The vanishing hitchhiker story is an urban legend in which individuals traveling by vehicle meet with or are followed by a hitchhiker who afterwards disappears without explanation, often from a moving vehicle. Vanishing hitchhikers have been reported for centuries and the tale is found across the world, with numerous versions. The popularity and endurance of the legend has served it spread into actual common culture.

The primary modern vanishing hitchhiker is a figure seen in the headlights of a vehicle traveling by night with one occupant. The form acquires the position of a hitchhiker. The motorist stops and allows the figure a lift. The travel goes on, sometimes in total silence, and at some subsequent point, the passenger seems to disappear while the vehicle is in motion. In numerous cases, the hitchhiker disappears when the vehicle reaches the hitchhiker's destination.

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Astral Projection : Out of Body Experiences

My mother has more than a dozen stories but one in particular held so much meaning to her because it was about almost losing her lover, my father. When they were still not married my father often go out and drink. He was totally wasted one night, he drove his motorcycle straight at a running bus. He was rushed to the hospital with his face smashed so morbidly he had to breath through a tube inserted through his esophagus. The doctors claimed him dead but my mother would not accept it. He was dead for about 2hours. He came back after a while. 

My father always share the details of what he saw that day. He claimed he has seen his face all smashed up in the hospital room. He could see my mother crying. But the weird thing is he claimed he could hear music and there was a bright light. He said the music was ambient, calm, soothing and alluring. It was like calling him to another place. He saw images of things he could not explain yet he said they did not scare him but rather gave him comfort. After that all he could remember was waking up in the hospital room he saw. Then he realized it wasn't a dream. 

I could still see his scars until now. 

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Manananggal in the Philippines

3206769883?profile=originalI am originally from the Philippines and there, we have that what they call the "Manananggal" which is a mythical creature, a witch-like person usually woman that can detach her upper half of her body to her lower half. She usually flies at night to sucks blood from her victims and eat the fetus from a mother's womb.

Application of salt and garlic on the lower half of her body while the other half is away will make it impossible for the manananggal to return to its original form.

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Christianity & Ghosts

I thought this was interesting when doing my bible study, I stumbled across this article, albeit, I cant give the author credit since I forgot where I was.

  Apart from ancient Pagan writings with ghosts, You most likely know, Christianity also offers its share of ghost stories. Just about all saint apparitions are ghost sightings. They will often come as good mood, to work some miracle, to advise and guide those that believe in them, or they may come demanding anything to be done or as angry mood,  

In the dawn of Catholicism, the Church accepted that intervention of ghosts been around, slowly the opinions of the people inside this religious beliefs has changed. In the 16th century, with the 2nd great division of the Church - between a Catholic and a Protestant one - occured, the Protestants adapted most of the Catholic rules and began to preach that although the souls with the dead could inhabit your Purgatory, Heaven and Hell, the spirits that will appear to the trustworthy were mere illusions or demons in the shape of their loved ones. And another change in the belief of the Protestants would happen through the rule of King Adam I of Britain, the one who claimed that the Bible was re-written and also the reviewers had to make all kinds of adjustments to it, to fix the view of their superior. 

This Bible is the one that has been used throughout the time by all the Protestant religions around the world. King James was caught as a fanatic who witnessed a myriad of demonic acts anywhere he or he thought, he showed that apparitions, all ghosts  and all spiritual intervention weren't in the Church, we were looking at the works of Satan. 

When the 18th century came, that European world was completing through crucial changes in philosophy and all spiritual manifestations began to be regarded with skepticism, including those relating to the Christian belief. 

In the 19th century Allan Kardec useful to teach several different sciences with his home, such as Chemistry and Anatomy, and he had been a student involving Medicine, he or she always explained his beliefs in the scientific way and in 1857, he or she published "The Book of the Spirits" in which he established the foundation of the Spiritism, he explained his beliefs in simple terms, which were considered subversive by the Catholic Church right away. But even though this different approach, the Spiritism is totally based on Christianity. While the beliefs of the Western world changed through the centuries, due to the control that the Catholic Church had on the knowledge of the instances, in the Eastern world the beliefs continued much the same. A number of the Eastern religions accept that the souls of the dead can appear to the living and that reincarnation can be done. 

As you know, this is one of the most complex subjects associated with human knowledge, since there's much myth and a myriad of lies involved in it and everyone, as per their own beliefs together with creeds, regards it in another way. 

Those who claim to be religious mediums themselves, a poor reasons to believe they have contact with the souls with the dead and those who believe they've already seen angels, new orleans saints, gods, enlightened spirits, challenges, etc, people obviously see no reason in doubting the power of the spiritual nation.

 

 

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