The "fairie ? Nice bit of legend and foklore , without which Ireland especially, would be a rather dull and boring place. So said my g.mother, when we were planning to travel there and I ask her about them, as well as other "creatues" native to the country. I was warned never to offend them or "you'll be sorry". She never said what would happen if I did. Never sleep on a 'fairy mound", local legend or a real warning? If anyone does and come back, let me know.
"Do I know what is wrong with you? I'm just a Ph.D. psychologist, having trouble doing the cross-word puzzel each morning and you have the gall to bother me before I finish my STARBUCKS coffee today". Still enjoy watching belly dancers perform, fast car, btw, I have 1 now. The fast car, not the belly dancer.
i believe 'fairies' are interdimensional beings, i believe they have the ability to travel back & forth between dimensions... my guess would be they live in the closest ones to us... probably the 4th & 5th...
A bragging post today. This morning a copy of Marjorie Johnson’s Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society arrived by express delivery: major kudos in the village when the red van drives up and the courier demands a signature, the butcher and the baker came out to watch. Regular or perhaps better veteran readers of this blog will know that Marjorie Johnson was secretary of the Fairy Investigation Society in the 1950s and that a missing manuscript of fairy sightings that she put together was the subject of prior posts here. In fact, readers of StrangeHistory were instrumental in helping find this manuscript and it is fair to say that had it not been for the many contributions from readers then this book would never have emerged from the printing press: or at least not in this form and on this timetable. As such this is one of a number of examples where strangehistory readers have changed history: or, at least, rewritten history; the blog and readers are thanked in the acknowledgements. I made a vague calculation and came up with a figure of about 350-400 fairy (and a few angels!) sightings in as many pages that stretch from the late nineteenth century through to the late twentieth century with a concentration in the Second World War and immediately afterwards and with sightings from all over the western world (and beyond). There are a lot of flowers and wings for traditional tastes and some angels: but there are also ‘folk’ accounts that could have come from 1700 and it is difficult to think of any collection with this range and number of memorates. The following extract is from Ireland and might be a sampler: note particularly the time slip.
A strange adventure befell the late Mr. Hugh Sheridan in the first week of February, 1953, and Mr. Willie Monks has kindly sent me this summary of his friend’s statement: ‘I was going home as usual across the fields from where I work at Messrs. J. McColloch & Sons, Gerrardstown, to my home at Bettyville. Both these places are in Ballyboughal, and the distance between them is about a half-mile. I was alone. It was duskish – about 6.30 p.m. – and when nearing the corner of one of the fields I heard a tittering noise ‘like the titter of someone going to play a joke on you’. At first I thought it was some of the other men who had gone on before me and who might be intending to play some prank. However, I noticed immediately afterwards what looked like a large, greenish tarpaulin on the ground, with ‘thousands of fairies’ on it. I then found there were a lot more around me. They were of two sizes, some about four feet high, and others about eighteen or twenty inches high. Except for size, both kinds were exactly alike. They wore dark, bluish-grey coats, tight at the waist and flared at the hips, with a sort of shoulder-cape. As all the fairies kept facing me I could not be sure if the cape went around them, but the ends stuck out over the shoulders. The covering of their legs was tight, rather like puttees, and they appeared to be wearing shoes. I started on the path towards home, and the fairies went with me in front and all around. The larger fairies kept the nearest to me. The ones in front kept skipping backwards as they went, and their feet appeared to be touching the ground. They seemed to be wearing hats rather like a raised beret in shape, with a jutting-out top edge. There were males and females, all seemingly in their early twenties. They had very pleasant faces, with plumper cheeks than those of humans, and the men’s faces were devoid of hair or whiskers. I did not specially notice their hands.
Would You Believe in the Cottingley Fairies If You Saw Them Today?
By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times January 18, 2015
Frances Griffiths (L) and Elsie Wright (R) posing in 1917 with what they maintained for decades were real fairies. (Public Domain) Background: The beck in Cottingley, UK, where the girls took the photos. (Paul Glazzard/Wikimedia Commons)
The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In "Beyond Science" Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.
In 1917, two little girls took photos of themselves surrounded by what looked like fairies. For the next 70 years, they faced the scrutiny of critics, accusations of perpetrating a hoax. For decades, they maintained that the fairy photos were genuine. After plenty of badgering the story changed slightly, but with nonetheless intriguing implications. One of them, Elsie Wright (1901-88), told the BBC in 1977: “They’re photographs of figments of our imagination.”
Some took this as an answer to brush off the media, some took it as an admittance of fraud, others took this to mean the photos were taken psychically. Toshio Akai, a humanities and sciences faculty member at Kobe Gakuin University in Japan, explained what it means to take photos “psychically,” in his paper “The Cottingley Fairies Photographs and Spirit Photography.” At the time, Akai said, photographic expert Fred Barlow was convinced the photos “were taken ‘psychically,’ that means, the mediumship of the two girls, being enhanced with each other, enabled them to capture spiritual entities into pictures.”
Some say these are fairies caught on camera in Rossendale Valley, U.K. (John Hyatt)
Barlow was skeptical at first—he was considered an expert in psychic photography, and particulary in spotting fakes—but when an investigator from the Theosophical Society followed up with Elsie, and her cousin, Frances Griffiths, Barlow was convinced.
Polly Wright, Elsie’s mother, went to a meeting of the Theosophical Society in Bradford in 1919, at which she mentioned the fairy photos to a member, wondering if they might be real. Word got around to lead Theosophist Edward Gardner by early 1920.
Are fairies back? Fortean Times editor David Sutton says they never went away. They just started dressing like aliens for a while…
Fairy tales have weathered the centuries remarkably well; they continue to resonate whether cleaned up and defanged by Walt Disney, reclaimed for feminism by Angela Carter or dissed by literal-minded rationalists like Richard Dawkins.
Fairy tales, with their useful life lessons dressed up in images of terror and wonder, are one thing; but actual fairies – not the winged cuties of children’s books and cartoons – are quite another. They don't want to teach us anything and aren’t much amenable to analysis: they lurk, always just out of sight, at the edge of our consciousness, pointing to some Otherworld that may co-exist with, or even overlap, our own mundane reality.
they’d often help themselves to babies and leave weird changeling children in their placeEvery culture has its little people – elves in Iceland, leprechauns in Ireland, duendes in Latin America – and they are usually ambiguous figures at best, downright sinister at worst, demonstrating an unhealthy preoccupation with abducting human beings and spiriting them away to fairyland. In traditional British folklore, they’d often help themselves to babies and leave weird changeling children in their place.
But this was long ago, in a superstitious past banished by science. Surely people didn't see fairies (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle aside) in the 20th century, and certainly no longer report them in this, the 21st? Perhaps – although the atomic age itself gave birth to a new mythology, one which continues to this day.
From the late 1940s, witnesses began to come forward with tales of UFOs and alien visitors to Earth. By the 1980s, these initially friendly space brothers had turned into naughty little kidnappers with big black eyes and rectal probes, interfering with cows, whisking innocent abductees off in their saucers and leaving behind spooky hybrid children.
Ah, said the UFO believers: now we can see that the fairy folklore of old was just the way simple, pre-scientific people described our ET visitors. More astute commentators noted that, seen from another viewpoint, these modern tales of alien abduction were simply fairylore dressed in space age clothing.
Belief in fairies, in one form or another, is found all over the world, but is strongest among primitive peoples. It is presumably as old as mankind itself, and in Christian communities is one of the surviving relics of paganism.
That was a passage I remember well from the 1144-page tome pretentiously entitled, The Great Encyclopædia of Universal Knowledge, apparently published in 1938, and the constant literary companion of my boyhood. Indeed several of the front and rear pages have been seriously damaged from the caresses provided by my childish fingers. I was only a little boy at the time. That was the first time I had heard that there were people who genuinely believed in fairies. As I grew older, I discovered that a detailed and complex mythology exists regarding fairies, and that during both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries folklorists recorded people who not only believed in fairies, but claimed to have seen them. Of course, it is assumed that they were making it up. Just the same, the folklorist Katherine Briggs included in her 1967 book, The Fairies in Tradition and Literature a chapter 16 entitled, "Fairy encounters and odd experiences". Interestingly, some of them were by people who did not share the tradition and did not expect it. Then there was Fairies, real encounters with little people (1997), in which Janet Bord culled the literature for exactly that. In this blog I myself have published two posts of such odd encounters from different parts of the world. (See here and here.) And at the back of all this, there were rumours of a mysterious organisation called the Fairy Investigation Society, which I could never discover for itself. Well, at last it has made its appearance. I am, of course, referring to Seeing Fairies by Marjorie T. Johnson (Anomalist Books, 2014) But before we venture there, let us have a glance at the background. If I were to see a diminutive human figure, I would hesitate to call it a "fairy" or "elf", for the words come with a lot of baggage: magic powers, but ineffective against iron, changelings, shape-shifting, invisibility, underground realms where time moves faster than on earth, and the use of twigs and clumps of grass as witch's broomsticks for flight, because they do not have wings. Getting down to appearances, we come to something slightly more concrete. According to tradition, some as incredibly beautiful, and some grotesque. Some are human-sized and are capable to marrying humans, while others are tiny, but mostly they are described as of a similar size to a human toddler. Their clothing is mostly of bright primary colours, and their caps often peaked. These are the accounts folklorists were hearing while children's novelists were creating creatures with filmy garments, magic wands, and butterfly wings. Then, in the early twentieth century, a collection of spiritualists and theosophists - the forerunners of the modern New Age movement - decided that they really did believe in fairies after all. However, they were "nature spirits", dedicated to helping flowers, trees, and other vegetation grow and develop, the tutelary spirits of natural places. Of course, there never was any real evidence for this view (and still isn't), even if all the encounter stories were taken seriously, but it is amazing how deeply it has seeped into popular culture. At any rate, the organisation was founded in 1927 by a group of such esoteric believers. In the nature of human networking, one would assume that information would be more likely to come from people sharing the same worldview. Enter Miss Marjorie Johnson (1911-2011), a long time theosophist who joined the society not long after she had written to an obscure London journal concerning a fairy seen by herself and her older sister, Dorothy. About that time she started collecting reports of her own. Then, in 1950 she became hoannary secretary of the revived society, and in 1955 a folklorist, Alasdair MacGregor wrote to the press on her behalf requesting reports from the general public. Imagine the situation: suppose you had once experienced a close encounter with a flying saucer, and wished to discuss it with someone who would take it seriously, and not laugh at you. At last, such an organisation appears. But the only UFO groups available were the Aetherius Society and the Raelians. It was about this time Miss Johnson began writing her book - but nobody wanted to publish it. (Tell me about it! I'm a frustrated author myself. I don't wish to make any aspersions on this book in particular, but when I see the vast amount of rubbish which somehow get published, I am constantly amazed at how many of us can't find a publisher.) Nevertheless, she continued adding to it, and its most recent record is dated 1996. Then - the irony of it all! - when she was 89 years old, it did get published - in German, a language she could not read. Five years later, an Italian version came out. Despite the fact that she lived long enough to get a telemessage from the Queen, the original English version wasn't published until three years after her death.
A mysterious angelic figure was captured on a wildlife camera in Georgia Department of Natural Resources
A strange photo that was posted on Coast To Coast AM's website Friday is getting a lot of attention today. A law enforcement officer from Georgia shared an image of an angelic figure that was captured on a wildlife camera. A lot of people are wondering what the unidentified presence could be and there are quite a few theories as to what the figure actually is.
Coast To Coast AM guest Dingo posted the image under the headline "Strange Figure on Wildlife Camera". According to Dingo, he and another officer responded to a call about hunters trespassing on private property. The officers were unable to locate the suspects. The next day the property owners set up a infrared wildlife camera in an attempt to catch the trespassers. They seem to have captured something else instead.
"After a number of reports from the complainant and unable to locate any hunters in the area, the property owner put a wildlife camera up. The property owner checked the camera the next day and contacted us to take a look at the pictures. The property owner wouldn't tell me what he thought it was and I wouldn't express my opinion of what I thought it was, for fear that we didn't want the other to think each other was crazy." Dingo said about the incident.
The image was shared on the Above Top Secret forum and a few guests are weighing in on what the figure might be. Some say it might be an alien, someone said it looked like a fairy, others believe it is an angel, many wonder if it is an insect, and one guy thinks it just might be an ordinary person. But who really knows for sure.
"Obviously it is a fairy, we see the wings and the magic wand in the left hand. What more proof do you need? One member posted.
"You can even see what sort of hair style he has. Torch in right hand that was just swung to his front as the photo was shot. The stick in his left hand is for spider webs most likely. You can see his sleeves are rolled up." Another member posted.
The two officers also stated that they think it was a hunter. According to them, they have access to other similar photos collected nearby from a Ranger of the Department of Natural Resources.
"We (law enforcement officers) believed the light source were in fact coon hunters during the night (very common for the area)." Dingo stated in his report that he and another officer believed the figure to be a hunter.
Most people will imagine faeries as little pixies flying about on gossamer wings; benevolent sprites which are shy at best and invisible to us at worst. Most often linked in with Celtic legend, fairies in some form or another actually play an important role in the folklore of many cultures throughout the world, where they have been portrayed as everything from nature spirits, to fallen angels, to conversely demons. They come in all shapes and sizes and are attributed with an array of paranormal powers, but far from being merely the denizens of legend there has actually been a good number of very real fairy sightings and encounters over the centuries. They are indeed far too numerous to list here, but one thing they mostly tend to adhere to is that fairies are for the most part benevolent, or at the very least innocuous and relatively unconcerned with us. Yet there are other reports and accounts, although rarer, that paint the fairies we envision in a different light, that of destructive, threatening entities that wish to do us harm in one way or another.
One early and quite sinister account with alleged evil fairies I first came across was on a site with a good array of old articles on the unexplained, called Anomalyinfo. Apparently, in 1911 a Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz published a book called The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries, in which there is interviewed 73-year-old Neil Colton, who claimed that as a youth in 1853 he had had a rather strange and frightening fairy encounter indeed. Colton claimed that one summer day he had been put with his brother and cousin gathering berries out in the countryside when they heard some inexplicable, ethereal music wafting through the air from beyond some nearby rocks. When the group went to investigate, they claimed that they had come across a band of fairies dancing in a clearing, and one of these little folk, a woman dressed in red, suddenly noticed they were being watched and rushed forward with decidedly aggressive intent.
The mysterious woman is claimed to have surged forth with a stick, or rush in her hand to strike the cousin across the cheek, after which she reached out to grab Colton’s brother’s arm to keep from falling. This sent the group scurrying away in a panic, and at some point on their flight back to their home Colton’s cousin collapsed to the ground seemingly dead. The girl’s father and a priest by the name of Father Ryan then came to the scene and Ryan said a prayer over her body, after which she slowly and groggily awoke. The priest would come to the conclusion that it had only been her grabbing Colton brother that had kept her from being taken by the fairies “forever.”
Even predating this rather spooky encounter was another from 1757, in which a British cleric named Edward Williams claimed that he had been playing in a field as a child with some other children when they had seen a strange procession of eight couples marching along dressed in red and measuring only a few inches in height. Oddly, each one of them had been carrying a minuscule white handkerchief in its hand. According to the report, as soon as the little folk realized that they were being watched, one of the men of the group aggressively chased the children, and it was reported that they could see a “full and clear view of his ancient, swarthy, grim complexion.” As the children ran for their lives, Williams claimed that the little people had shouted and cursed at them in some alien, unintelligible language. Williams would apparently remain perplexed by this incident his whole life, allegedly conceding, “I am forced to class it among my unknowables.”
In the 1800s there was a report of what appears to have been a whole murderous group of fairy-folk that rose up to attack witnesses. This case seems to revolve around the discovery of a “fairy fort” by a moat, that seems to have been fiercely protected by whatever magical creatures resided there. The report, related by a Clare Westropp, said thus:
i believe 'fairies' are interdimensional beings, i believe they have the ability to travel back & forth between dimensions... my guess would be they live in the closest ones to us... probably the 4th & 5th...
This is from a quote from the article"
"Famed author Sir Conan Doyle took an interest in the case, and believed the girls had indeed captured photos of these nature spirits, which he called “dwellers at the border.”
Dwellers at the border indeed. And if anyone can approach the border its dreamers and children.
DISCLAIMER: If we weren't half crazy we wouldn't be here But then they'd just have to find another place to keep us
Fairies Continue to be Seen in the Modern Day, According to this New Research
by Greg Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Fairies are a well-known staple of folklore and modern children’s literature: supernatural beings who were thought by people of previous ages to inhabit the pastoral landscapes of Europe. But while belief in such creatures might be assumed to have no place in our modern, rational world, it seems fairies don’t really care, as new research has found that some people still regularly have encounters with them.
In fact, more than ‘some’: in the newly released, 400-page-long Fairy Census, 2014-2017 (free PDF download), some five hundred fairy experiences from the modern day are detailed. They were collected over the last few years via an ongoing internet questionnaire about who sees fairies, when and why.
The Fairy Census questionaire was designed not only to just let the respondent relay their experience; it also sought to understand the phenomenon better by looking for common elements. As such, questions included the location of the experience, whether other people were present (and if they too experienced it), the time of day, the duration of the experience, the mood of the fairy, how often the experiencer has had other supernatural experiences, any special state of consciousness before the experience, and any special phenomena connected to the experience such as loss of sense of time or strange sensations.
In the PDF, the experiences, recorded between 18 Nov 2014 and 20 Nov 2017, are divided into five sections based on geography: Britain and Ireland; North America; Europe; Australasia; and the ‘Rest of the World’. Editor Simon Young, a British historian who has written extensively on the topic of folklore, says that the Census is being released in PDF format free of charge in the hope that it will allow and encourage others to undertake their own research into the topic of fairies.
Here’s just one of the many experiences, which readers of my essay “Her Sweet Murmur” (on the sounds heard during paranormal experiences) will likely find quite interesting (the first paragraph is a summary of the aforementioned elements of the experience related to location, time etc.):
358) US (Oregon).Female; 2000s; 21-30; inside a private house; on my own; 9 am-12 pm; less than a minute; friendly, mischievous, ‘not sure, they seemed to want to be near me’; occasional supernatural experiences; no special state reported; a sense that the experience was a display put on specially for you, unusually vivid memories of the experience.
It was around 10 or 11 am in the early summer of 2002, and I was in the bathroom, just starting my bath. It was so warm and bright that I had the small window open, and the breeze was coming right in from the backyard. (There was never a screen on that window because it was a little high up, and too small for a person). I shrugged off my robe, and sat down on the tub edge, waiting for the tub to fill. Quite suddenly, a flickering cloud of little lights came right in through the window and, as though attracted to me, flew close, almost touching, around my head and shoulders.
I was so shocked that my brain just froze! There was a tickle in my nose, and something in my understanding just clicked. I said out loud, and I mean, LOUD, (though as a twenty-nine-year-old woman such a thing had never occurred to me as being within the realms of possibility or even reality) ‘Hey! Faeries! Go away!’ And I tossed my head and flicked my wrist. The cloud of little lights zoomed off a little bit away from me, then gathered close together, for just a second, and I almost heard a sound, but it wasn’t quite a sound, really, more of an impression that there was communication between them that I could very nearly hear, like a buzz or a high frequency whine or bells shimmering like when they bless the Host in Mass – and then they flew as one, right out the window again!
I was so surprised that I jumped up, naked as a jaybird, shut the window, and yelled out to my husband to come to the bathroom. My knees were too wobbly to support me just then. Whew! Never thought I’d get a chance to tell that to someone who didn’t think I was NUTS!!!
For the skeptical readers, editor Simon Young notes that while previous well-known ‘fairyists’ such as Evans Wentz and Marjorie Johnson set out trying to prove that fairies exist, he does not have this ambition – he is just trying to understand the phenomenon better. Nevertheless, he is “convinced of the sincerity of the vast, vast majority of respondents”. While in four or five cases he suspected that the respondent “made up the account for fun, or found themselves bored late at night on the internet with a whisky”, Young says that after reading hundreds of accounts “you get a feel for patterns within impossible experiences”. He nevertheless included the suspect accounts, “because I can hardly edit out experiences that smell rotten, to my subjective and possibly flawed judgment”.
To dig a bit deeper into fairylore beyond the accounts in the Census, be sure to get the companion book featuring essays from Simon Young and other folklorists and historians, Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies, 500 AD to the Present, available now from Amazon US and Amazon UK (see John Reppion’s review of the book here on the Grail). And you can head over to the Facebook page for the Fairy Investigation Society to find out more about research into fairy sightings, both ancient and modern.
One of the mysterious specimens found in the basement
For those who search for strange creatures or look up to the skies and wonder if we are alone or not, one pervasive question has often been whether there is any evidence we can find to show that something is there. Is there some definitive proof in the form of a physical specimen and will we ever find it? There have actually been quite a few cases of just this supposedly happening, of finding things such as alien mummies, fairies, unidentified mystery monsters, and more, with the odd discoveries of such mysterious corpses and carcasses allegedly found all over the world, but which have still somehow only managed to deepen their respective mysteries.
One of the odder and more well-known mysterious discoveries of unidentified remains of something possibly not human was made in October of 1932, when two prospectors named Cecil Mayne and Frank Carr would make a very bizarre find in the San Pedro Mountains of Wyoming, in the United States. The two men were blasting away into the rock trying to uncover a vein of gold when they managed to unearth what appeared to be a room hidden away deep underground. This anomalous room was said to measure around 4 feet high, 4 feet wide, and to stretch into the murk for about 15 feet.
Even odder than the discovery of this strange room was what they reportedly found within it. There sitting on a ledge in an upright position was the mummy of what looked to be a diminutive, misshapen man measuring only 14 inches in length and weighing a mere 20 ounces. Its tiny size and strange appearance made it hard to even tell if it was human or not. The face of the mummy had odd features, such as a flattened head, wide mouth with thin lips and outsized canines, a squashed in nose, and bulging, heavily lidded eyes, all of which was purportedly covered in some sort of slimy, gelatinous substance, which seemed to suggest that the well-preserved specimen had been kept in some sort of liquid, and the body of the humanoid had wrinkled brown skin.
Soon after its discovery, the San Pedro Mountain Mummy, also popularly called just “Pedro,” drew the attention of scientists, and a deeper analysis in the 1950s using x-rays showed that it had broken bones that were thought to indicate a violent death. Over the years the mummy drew various different theories as to what it could be. Original analyses seemed to show that the specimen would have been a 65-year-old man at the time of death, whereas later opinions would suggest it was more likely the corpse of an anencephalic infant, a condition which causes deformities of the skull. Amazingly, a second mummy was supposedly found in the same general area, this time of a female only 4-inches high and displaying the same odd appearance as the first mummy.
While analysis has shown that these were likely deformed babies, there nevertheless has long been debate and further speculation as to the origins of the San Pedro Mountain mummies. One is that it was all simply a hoax that got out of hand. Of course there is also the theory that these were the corpses of aliens, and another theory is that they represented a race of little people spoken of in Native American lore. Unfortunately, it may be that we will never really now for sure, as further analysis with more modern technology is not possible as the mummies have disappeared. The first one was acquired by a drugstore owner in Meeteetse, Wyoming, where it was put on display for a while before passing on to a New York business man named Leonard Wadler and seemingly vanishing off the face of the earth. What happened to the second one is anyone’s guess. Without a body, we will probably never really know for sure what the mummies were.
Another tiny humanoid was supposedly unearthed in 2002, when a man named Julio Carreno was on vacation in Concepcion, Chile with his family. The creature he managed to find in a field was reported as being a mere 3 inches in length, pinkish in color and with an oversized head and slanted eyes. The bizarre tiny beast was apparently alive when Carreno initially found it, and over the next few days it was reported as awake and frequently opening its large eyes. Sadly, it then died 8 days later, after which it reportedly turned a dark brown color and spontaneously mummified after being placed in the refrigerator to preserve the carcass, yet it stayed warm for some time after its apparent death and its fingernails allegedly kept on growing. One of the family members, an Armando Carreno, would say of the freakish creature:
When we found it in Concepcion, it was able to open its eyes. Then a few days later, once we had returned to Santiago, it opened its eyes one more time. After that, it never opened them again. But there was something peculiar about that: When we thought it was already dead, the body was still warm, and it stayed warm for a long time. I always thought that a dead body was supposed to be cold.
The Concepcion Mummy
Rumors swirled in the wake of the news of this discovery, including that it had telepathically reached out to the family who had found it or that it had walked around before dying. When veterinarians in Santiago studied the corpse it was widely thought to be the fetus of a wildcat, but the public was sure that it was an alien. Further analysis showed that it was not a fetus, but what it actually was is not entirely clear. Some have stated that it is the desiccated corpse of some mundane animal native to the region, such as a possum, but it doesn’t seem to have been conclusively identified to the satisfaction of all. Throughout all of this the family who found it has kept it sequestered within a first-aid box lined with cotton to protect the fragile corpse. Unfortunately, it is hard to tell if any meaningful further study was ever done on this tiny corpse, and it remains a mystery.
Chile seems to have its fair share of weird miniature humanoid carcasses, because the very following year another, an even more well-known one was purportedly found in the country’s forbidding Atacama Desert in 2003. In addition to its small size, there were many anomalous features of the body, not the least of which was that it had an elongated cone-shaped head, as well as a tiny mouth, a squished looking face, only 10 ribs as opposed to the usual 12, and overall inhuman facial features. Considering this bizarre appearance, the Atacama mummy, also called Ata, was widely touted as being the remains of, of course, an alien. Others believed it to be an obvious fabricated hoax, while others still suspected that it was merely a deformed human fetus. At the time the mummy was kept in a private collection and was unavailable for further investigation and analysis, so wild speculation and debate raged on.
In 2009, the Atacama Mummy came into the possession of a symposium in Barcelona, and in 2012 it was finally subjected to proper tests to try and understand its origins. Some of the things that were found were that the corpse contained well-preserved organs such as a heart and lungs, and it was also a surprise to find that the body was not that of a fetus, as had been presumed, but rather that it was consistent with the features of a 6 to 8-year-old child. DNA tests showed it was human 9% of the DNA found was unidentifiable, which was thought to be because of degradation over such a long time in the arid, dry region. There were no clear explanations for why the ribs should be missing, or why the body should only be 6 inches long, and these have been left to speculation. Although human, the fact that this DNA was a bit off, the odd shape of the head, the missing ribs, and that the specimen was found to be that of a 6 to 8-year-old but was only 6 inches long, have all ensured that the Atacma Mummy has managed to retain an air of mystery.
In early 2016, a strange finding was supposedly made in Mexico, when an author named bob Foerster claims he discovered a very bizarre specimen floating within a glass jar in an office. The strange, tiny creature looks reminiscent of a fairy, with a thin frame and wings, yet with a rather lizard-like, reptilian face. Foerster would say, “I saw this very odd animal in an office in Mexico City in January of 2016. As a trained biologist I have a hard time thinking it is fake,” and went on to claim that further analysis had shown that the creature had a skeleton and that DNA tests would be forthcoming.
The specimen was also looked at by Mexican paranormal journalist Jamie Maussan, along with researcher, author and filmmaker LA Marzulli, who saw the body himself and was convinced that it was not a fake and not a plastic mold of any sort. This all generated quite a bit of excitement in UFO circles and was touted as being some of the best physical evidence for alien life on Earth found so far, with much debate and discussion as to the nature of the creature. One problem with all of this is that this was originally released on a promotional clip by Foerster himself for a longer documentary on the finding, and anyone who wants to see the whole thing has to go to a website and pay to access it, making it seem like it could be a money-making stunt, but those who have looked at the body claim that this is all real and not any sort of hoax. Another potential red flag is that as far as I know the supposed alien creature has not been submitted to any respected scientific institution for proper testing, and if it had been and then been found to be real we would have all certainly heard about it by now, so who knows what they have there.
bob Foerster and the winged mystery mummy
Another thing that perhaps may been seen as slightly suspicious to some people is that unbelievably this is not even the only such discovery linked to Foerster. He also claimed later the very same year that he supposedly found the “fairy” specimen that in 1928 there were found bizarre elongated “alien” skulls and another mummified humanoid body in the desert of Paracas, on the southern coast of Peru. The specimens were supposedly found by archaeologist Julio Tello, after which they were stored away for years before being coming to the attention of Foerster, who describes the amazing find thus:
We were recently shown, and examined the above artefact that supposedly was found, along with many others, in a cave in the southern desert of Peru; exact location to be given, hopefully, in the future. The head appears to be made of bone with skin over the top. It has two eyes, but eyes it is nothing like a human, it is more amphibian or reptilian. The mouth seems to be so tiny that it does not even appear to be for feeding. It is a very mysterious thing and I can’t imagine how those two specimens could be fake.
UNIVERSITY LECTURER CLAIMS TO HAVE CAPTURED REAL-LIFE FAIRIES
A 50-year-old photographer and university lecturer says that he has been taking photographs of real-life fairies for the last two years. He said that in the beginning he did not know what he was capturing in his photos and when he blew them up he got a shock. He said that following this he went back and took more photos of the gnats and flies but they did not look the same.
FAIRIES OR INSECTS?
Of course, people might want to cast their minds back to 1920 when Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright said that they had captured photos of fairies playing at the bottom of the garden. It wasn’t until the 70s that the photos were debunked and revealed that the photos included cardboard cut-outs. So is this another hoax or are the fairies in the recent photographs nothing more than flying insects?
A university lecturer is claiming to have photographed these ‘fairies’ flying through the air in the British countryside
John Hyatt is going to be displaying the fairy photos in the Rossendale Whitaker Museum and he said that there are stranger things in life than fairies. Looking at the photographs blown up it does seem that there are wings on either side of what looks like a body, with arms and legs dangling down underneath.
A CLOSER LOOK
John Hyatt, 53, says his series of photos which were taken over the past two years prove that they do exist in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire
Hyatt said that people should look at the photographs with an open mind and then decide for themselves just what the creatures are in the photographs. He went on to say that it was one of the situations where people had to see something to believe. He concluded by saying that many people had seen them and said that the photographs had brought magic into their hearts.
Historians, literature experts, and anthropologists from the University of Exeter are teaming up to study and catalog the mysterious methods used by ancient cultures to summon fairies, demons, and other supernatural entities. Is the university having difficulties filling their lecture halls, or is something more sinister afoot?
In all likelihood, neither. The research project is likely merely an attempt to preserve and understand the cultures and traditions of the past; given the subject matter, though, who knows might be possible? Whatever their intentions are, University of Exeter researchers have just launched the project to examine and analyze a one-of-a-kind collection of rare spell books and grimoires written between the 15th and 17th centuries. The manuscripts contain instructions for spells and rituals which were believed to summon and conjure all manners of entities from the spirit world: demons, fairies, and who knows what else.
University of Exeter PhD candidate Samuel Gillis Hogan is moving to Exeter from Canada to join the research team. Hogan told DevonLive that as opposed to creating a dark army of twisted beings from the ethereal plane, the project is intended to reach a better understanding of the belief and value systems of the past as opposed to actually summoning any magical beings:
The study of the history of magic is a rich vein for analysis and insight into the history of thought, religion, medicine, science, and philosophy. It shows much about beliefs at the time. By fully understanding these practices, we can often reconstruct how it was perfectly rational given contemporary beliefs. It’s easy to look down our noses at past or present cultures and dismiss them as ‘backwards’ or ‘primitive’, but intimately understanding these very different worldviews emphasizes that our own is simply one among many.
Cultural anthropology is all well and good, but what happens if one absent-minded post-grad hopped up on too much coffee and too little sleep accidentally reads one of these incantations aloud and summons a creature of pure evil magic from some unspeakable dark dimension at the farthest reaches of the metaphysical plane? Will this research project unleash unspeakable horrors, or merely unreadable journal articles?
W.Y. Evans-Wentz was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1878 and developed a deep interest in the world of the paranormal at a young age. It was an interest that he never lost. Indeed, it stayed with him until his death, in 1965. As well as being a respected anthropologist, Evans-Wentz was someone who was also fascinated by Buddhist teachings and beliefs. Evans-Wentz was a prestigious writer and publisher, having published, in 1927, an English version of widely acclaimed and still extensively read, The Tibetan Book of the Dead. As for his own books, they were as notable as they were varied, one of the most revered being The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries. It’s a book which is packed with fascinating accounts of old, supernatural encounters between the people of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Brittany, and magical entities that have variously been referred to as elementals, fairies, goblins, sprites, and the “wee folk.” One story collected by Evans-Wentz stands out.
The story was personally shared with Evans-Wentz by a colleague at England’s Jesus College at Oxford University – a university which Evans-Wentz studied at as a young man. The story told to Evans-Wentz was as bizarre as it was undeniably sensational. The man in question was Irish and a former resident of County Kerry, one who had chosen Oxford University as his place of education. According to the curious story told to Evans-Wentz, it was in the first week of December 1910 that the man and a friend were heading home from a night out in the Irish city of Limerick. Given that it was a fair distance away, and darkness was already on the land when they went out – never mind during their return – they chose to travel on horseback, something which would make the journey to Limerick, and home again, an easy one. It turned out, however, that fate had other things in store for the two twenty-three-year-olds. Very strange and unforgettable things.
It was as they approached Listowel – a 14th century market town in County Kerry – that the pair couldn’t fail to see a powerful, brilliant light at a distance of around half a mile from them. Suddenly, the light was joined by another one that was practically identical in appearance, and also in size, which was somewhere in the order of around six feet in height. As the two men sat on their horses, and stared in amazement at these curious displays of light, they saw something incredible happen: within the flames that were contained within the two lights, they could see a pair of what were described as radiant beings with “human form;” the flames having transformed into the entities. The lights then moved towards each other and unified as one. The figures within, Evans-Wentz was told, then strode out of the lights and towards the two men. Incredibly, they seemed to be glowing. In other words, the brilliance they gave off was not a reflection from the balls of light that surrounded them. No, they were radiating the glowing eeriness themselves.
Such was the brightness, the two friends were unable to make out if their visitors of the night were male or female, or one of each. But, they were clearly humanoid and had noticeable halos around their heads. Not surprisingly, they quickly headed home, their galloping horses getting them there in a timely fashion.
Now, we get to the next part of the story: note that the two witnesses saw a pair of lights that transformed into radiant beings with “human form.” This issue is very similar – if not practically identical – to a story told by Contactee Orfeo Angelucci in the 1950s. It was the night of May 23, 1952 and as he drove home from work, not long after midnight something very strange happened. As he drove down Victory Boulevard, Angelucci was shocked and amazed to see “slightly above my line of vision,” a red, glowing, oval-shaped object that was “about five times as large as the red portion of a traffic light.” It seemed to carefully maintain its distance from Angelucci’s car, as if beckoning him to follow – which he did. He drove across a bridge spanning the Los Angeles River, and looked on, mesmerized, as the object came to a halt, hovering over the intersection at a “lonely, deserted stretch of road called Forest Lawn Drive.”
Without warning, the red-colored ball suddenly shot away at high speed – but not before two, smaller, fluorescent green objects, about three-feet in diameter, flew out of it and headed directly for Angelucci. They hung, magically, only a few feet above his car for a few minutes, after which something dramatic allegedly occurred. Emanating, apparently, from between the two green balls of light, said Angelucci, was the sound of “a masculine voice in strong, well-modulated tones and speaking perfect English.” Stressing that he should not be afraid, the disembodied voice explained to a shocked Angelucci that he was in direct communication with “friends from another world.” Angelucci was also told: “Man believes himself civilized, but often his thoughts are barbaric and his emotions lethal. We do not say this as criticism, but state it only as fact. Thus it is best to approach all planetary visitors with friendly, welcoming thoughts.” Angelucci went on to have other encounters of the Contactee variety and became a well-known figure in 1950s-era Ufology.
There is no doubt that there are notable parallels between both stories. Some might say that the two events – 42 years apart – were caused by the very same phenomenon. But, there is another connection that just might get to the heart of the matter. Just like W.Y. Evans-Wentz, Orfeo Angelucci was born in Trenton, New Jersey. In light of this, I have to wonder if Angelucci may have taken a deep interest in the writings of someone who just happened to be a local author (namely, W.Y. Evans-Wentz) and, subconsciously, weaved parts of the Evans-Wentz saga into his own. At the very least, it’s a theory to ponder on…
Ronald Hutton discusses the not-so-Disney aspects of the 'real' fairies in the folklore of the British Isles.
Traditional Fairy Beliefs
In this lecture Professor Ronald Hutton looks at how the Isle of Man is famous as an island full of fairy traditions: in some ways it may be regarded as having the greatest concentration of them in the British Isles. It therefore seems a good place in which to address the question of what traditional fairy beliefs - those shared by ordinary people until recent times - actually were.
A fascinating evening at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas with Professor Ronald Hutton Friday 14th January 2011
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