Thursday, October 21, 2010

The God’s Helmet

Conventional science has long held that spiritual experiances simply reduce to the mysterious workings of the physical brain.

Dr. Michael Persinger, affliated with the Behavioural Neurosciences pregram at Laurentian University, believes NDEs are no different.His research that centres around a less-than-conventional line in headwear, nicknamed ‘The God Helmet’, was said to induce in eight out of ten subjects the feeling of a presence of a being beside them.

imageThe converted snowmobile helmet contains  solenoids placed in position over the temporal lobes, stimulating these regions by a way of weak but complex magnetic fields, producing what in some subjects as spiritual experiences.

This precess supposedly replicated spiritual NDE which, Persinger claims, is an artefact of micro-seisures that occur within the deep structures of the temporal lobe; the interpretation and extent of which may be explained by a person’s ingrained beliefs and possible sensitivity to magnetic disturbance.he claims it is no coincidence that similar experiances are often reported in case of temporal lobe epilepsy(TLE); a condition that may leave the sufferer especially sensitive to magnetic fields.

Persinger’s primary studies, performed under stringent double-blind conditions , were published in major referred journals. As in nature of mind-brain dynamics however, these claims shrouded in doubt. In response, Neuroscience Letters recorded a Swedish team of scientists that attempted to replicate his studies under double-blind conditions. This method, which aimed to curb any bias by way of controller or subject from influencing the outcome, failed to verify the effect.

For Persinger it was hardly surprising:

’They did not replicate our procedured. The computer programs they utilized distorted the presentation of magnetic field patterns. It is relevant that our patterns responsible for the “sensed” effects in humans also produce clear analgesia( absence of pain while conscious) in rats and evoke molecular pathways in cell cultures; neither of which were pursued or tested by the Swedish researchers’.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Incubi/Succubi – The creatures of Night- First Vampires Roman Origin

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One of the  horrific night visitors that prey on Roman sleepers were the incubi and succubi In some cases, these two were said to be differing aspects of the same demon. But it was generally held that the incubi was male whilst the other, much more prolific and dangerous succubus, was female. The name succubus probably comes from the Latin succubare, meaning “to lie under” and it is possible that the demon was a variant of the Greek Mormo, who was sometimes considered to be both female and sexually voracious. Indeed, it was a sexually voracious appetite that characterised both the incubus and the succubus. Both demons (or various aspects of the one demon) had sexual intercourse with men and women as they slept. The succubus in particular drew the seed from sleeping men, sexually exhausting them, and might have even done so to do them harm. Although initially a terror in ancient Rome, the succubus was to assume greater attention in the early Christian period right through to the Middle Ages, when the demon was thought to plague monks in order to distract them from their holy vows. Monks often experienced erotic
dreams and nocturnal emissions, which were credited to the attentions of the succubus during the night. In his Compendium Malificarum, written some time in the 16th century, the Milanese monk and demonologist Francesco Maria Guazzo details succubi in his list of demons that torment the righteous. He states that these dreams are in fact real and the experiences of the monks, in the throes of their eroticism, were due to a completely physical manifestation of the demon whose desire was not only to break their vows of chastity but to do them actual harm. Guazzo was following the categories of demons, which had been established by the Byzantine thinker, Michael Psellus the Younger. It is thought that Psellus was born around 1018 in the city of Nicodema (now Izmit on the Gulf of Astacus) and that, as a child, he had been exposed to both Greek and Roman culture. Although more associated with the Platonist school of thought, Psellus did outline certain categories of demons, one of which was
“terrors of the night” which included beings that both extracted semen and drank blood. This would undoubtedly prove the inspiration for Guazzo many centuries later.

Hecate: The Dark Goddess –Greek Origin

 

Hecate enjoys something of an ambivalent and confusing position because it is not extremely clear as to whether she was considered a night-demon or a dark goddess. Although some Greeks referred to her as Hecate, others knew her as Aragriope, meaning “savage face” hinting at a far older entity. She was the daughter of the Titans (giants) Perses and Asteria, although others record her  parents as Zeus and Scylla (a nymph who was turned into a sea-monster by the enchantress Circe, devouring all mariners who passed by her rock). She was also considered to be the dark side of the goddesses Artemis, Selene (the
moon goddess), and Diana and was regarded as the Queen of the Ghostworld and matriarch of all witches; the mistress of chthonic rites and black magic. As soon as it was dark, she emerged from the Underworld to do harm to those against whom she had taken spite against. In this she was accompanied by many other foul and dangerous creatures, denizens of the Phantom world over which she ruled. These were simply known to the Greeks as “The Companions” but they comprised a legion of hideous goblins and “watchers of the night”—ill-defined terrors, some of which may have had an appetite for human blood. As she passed their houses, Hecate induced nightmares and night fevers, which sapped the strength of many sleepers, leaving them tired and listless in the morning.

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Hecate, a divinity of the Underworld and companion of Persephone, is called the queen of night and the goddess of the cross-roads; her three faces are turned towards as many directions, and her name was shrieked at night at the cross-roads of cities. She is often seen bearing torches, and it is with them that she killed Clytius 6 in the course of the Gigantomachy. Hecate is regarded as supreme, both in Heaven and in the Underworld, and it is said that Zeus calls upon her whenever any man on earth offers sacrifices, and prays for favor.

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On becoming the ruler of the universe, Zeus did not deprive Hecate of the privileges—concerning earth, heaven and sea—that were her share when the TITANS ruled the world before him, but she keeps them just as the division was in the beginning.

Gives and takes away

This goddess, a night-wanderer, is credited with wit-depriving spells, reminding those of Pan or the CORYBANTES, but also with power: It is Hecate, some believe, who bestows wealth and grants advances to those whose prayers she receives favorably. Similarly, the outcome of war and victory in games may depend on her, who grants glory to whom she pleases. And to those who work at sea, she gives great catch or takes it away, if that is her will; likewise, concerning herds, she increases their number from a few, or reduces it to be less, following her own will. Hecate, who is regarded as nurse and overseer of the young, is also said to have a part in judgements, when these take place; and in assemblies, she distinguishes whom she will.

Witchcraft 

This power resembles that of sorcery. For Medea, who was a priestess of Hecate, used witchcraft, apparently under the guidance of the goddess, in order to handle magic herbs and poisons with skill, and to be able to stay the course of rivers, or check the paths of the stars and the moon. The Caucasian witch also relied on the goddess' help, when she was about to commit a crime in Hellas:

"By the goddess I worship most of all, my chosen helper Hecate, who dwells in the inner chamber of my Hecate_p118house, none of them shall pain my heart and smile at it! Bitter will I make their marriage, bitter Creon's marriage-alliance, and bitter my banishment from the land!" (Euripides, Medea 400).

For Hecate had not left her, although Medea sailed away from Colchis. But when the goddess noticed that Medea, by a trick of Hera, would fell in love with Jason and leave the country, she lamented:

"Alas! you'll leave our woodland and your maiden bands, unhappy girl, to wander in your own despite to the cities of the Greeks. Yet not unbidden you go, nor, my dear one, will I forsake you. A signal record of your flight shall you leave behind, nor though a captive shall you ever be despised by your false lord, nay, he shall know me for your teacher, and that I grieved with shame that he robbed me of my handmaid." (Hecate. Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 6.497).

Nevertheless, she helped Medea in Colchis, as did both Hera and Aphrodite; and the reason why the witch succeeded in helping Jason against her own father and brother is that she was supported by these three goddesses, and particularly by Hecate. It was the latter who gave Medea the Caucasian herb of great potency, sprung from the gore that dropped from the liver of Prometheus 1; with it Medea anointed Jason's body and arms, making him practically invulnerable.

Underworld

Hecate, daughter of Tartarus, has never been a comforting sight; for her changing aspect and triple head turn her into a terrible appearance. Besides, she held swords in her hands, and they say that from her left shoulder came forth a long maned horse, while the furious face of a bitch could be seen to her right; and in her middle there was a wild serpent. Yet Hecate has been called tender-hearted, probably because she was concerned with the disappearance of Persephone, and addressed Demeter with sweet words when the latter was distressed:

"Demeter, bringer of seasons, what god of heaven or what mortal man has taken away Persephone and pierced with sorrow your heart? For I heard her voice, yet saw not with my eyes who it was." (Hecate to Demeter. Homeric Hymn to Demeter 55).

And when Demeter finally found her daughter, Hecate embraced Persephone, becoming, from that time, her companion. All three are seen with torches, and Hecate—who, according to some, is attended by the CORYBANTES, or by the CURETES—had a share, along with Demeter and her daughter, in the mystic element in initiations, as also had Dionysus 2, Apollo, and the MUSES. Hecate, being a deity of the lower world, also grants power in that realm; otherwise had not Aeneas addressed the Cumaean Sibyl thus:

"I beseech you, gracious one; for you are all-powerful, and not in vain has Hecate made you mistress in the groves of Avernus." (Aeneas to the Sibyl. Virgil, Aeneid 6.116).

And later, the same Sibyl tells Aeneas:

". . . when Hecate appointed me to the Avernian grove, she instructed me in heaven's punishments and guided me through all." (The Sibyl to Aeneas. Virgil, Aeneid 6.564).

Threefold Hecate

According to the traveller Pausanias, Hecate was worshipped mainly in Aegina (the island in the Saronic Gulf midway Attica and Argolis), where every year the mystic rites said to have been established by Orpheus, were celebrated. Hecate has been identified or associated with Artemis; that is why Antigone 2 invokes her thus:

" O Lady Hecate, child of Leto!" (Euripides, Phoenician Women 110).

And the poet Publius Vergilius Maro says:

". . . threefold Hecate, triple-faced maiden Diana." (Virgil, Aeneid 4.511).

Others have expressed themselves otherwise, saying that Iphigenia is Hecate by the will of Artemis. And still others have conjectured that she is represented with three heads for resembling Artemis on earth, and Selene in Heaven. And Artemis herself is identified with Selene, being often depicted with the arch of the moon on her forehead; and others have thought that Apollo, the bright one, dethroned Helius, becoming the sun himself. The list could certainly be made longer and more complex, given the many aspects of many deities. But some humans, hating the contradictions they happen to discover everywhere, demand—in the name of knowledge—that the gods and goddesses be as easy to classify and understand as the birds that fly accross the sky.

 

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Hecate is most famous today as a Dark Moon Spirit and Queen of Witches. Those are but two aspects of this multifaceted deity. Hecate was once the chief deity of the Carian nation, now in Western Turkey. She is matron of the city of Istanbul. She has dominion over life and death and who makes the journey in between, indicating her power as a healing deity. Hecate is matron of midwives and herbalists.

Her priestesses (the most famous was Medea) were trained herbalists. Those in need of healing or solace journeyed to the gardens attached to Hecate's shrine in Colchis on the Black Sea, home of the Golden Fleece pilfered by the Argonauts.

Hecate's assistance may be accessed by building a living altar in her honor:

  • Plant a garden outdoors or create a living altar inside with potted plants.
  • Add some or all of the following: dog roses, garlic, lavender, mandrake, Queen of the Night, roses, thorn apple, and tuberoses.
  • Hecate's trees include: black poplar, date palm, pomegranate, willow, and yew.
  • Place votive images of Hecate, together with her favorite creatures - dogs, dragons, and snakes - in the garden.

To petition Hecate directly or to receive spontaneous magical inspiration regarding your healing needs, sit in or beside your living altar in the dark.

Stories and Legends of Supernatural

Anything paranormal has its roots in the supernatural….of course not speaking of aliens of course…but anything apart that humans have no rational explanation in ways of science and technology is termed as Paranormal…including the spirits and cryptids as well.

I suppose most of the urban legends are actually well known to everyone of u all and there is absolutely no use of posting them over again……’so i have decided to well post some stories about the mythologies and original legends where they all started and the ounces of  truths they have..

Most will be published form most of the books….

some will be as well from local legends, surveys and correlations…

so …stay tuned!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Strange Energies, Hidden Powers : The Moon

It could have been the wind. They hoped it was, but the next time they heard it they knew they were
wrong. That long, sad cry was the sound of a lone wolf howling at a full moon. Nervously people in
the small German village of Bedburg double-checked the latches on their doors and windows, then
rushed back to the warmth and security of their fireplaces. To those people on that night in 1589, the
cry was the sound of death ... one they had heard for the past 12 years.
Every spring this lone wolf returned to their part of the Rhine Valley and stayed until the first snows
of winter came. Every year, at this time, it would kill more villagers. At first it had only been a
nuisance to the farmers, attacking a few of their sheep and cattle. In time it began to turn on people as
well and over the years had left a bloody trail of corpses behind. During its seasons of attacks, the
bodies of at least a dozen children and two women had been discovered in the forest outside the
village as well as the bodies of nine men found with their throats ripped open.

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The villagers knew this was no ordinary wolf because it behaved in such an odd way. For some
unaccountable reason it ate only the bodies of the women and children it killed, not those of the men.
Also, it only attacked during the time of the full moon and then only during the warmer months of the
year. This was especially peculiar because wolves usually turn into man-killers only in the winter,
when there are fewer animals around to eat. Finally, after each attack the animal disappeared without
leaving a trace - no tracks, no animal droppings, none of the usual signs.
In 1589, after years of frustration, a hunting party of villagers and their dogs finally picked up the
fresh scent of the wolf not far from the mangled remains of its latest victim. It was already October
and the men knew time was running short. If they didn't get the animal now it would be gone with the
first signs of winter, only to return the following spring.
This time they were lucky. The dogs were able to keep on the scent and eventually trapped the animal
in a steep ravine. The hunters got ready for the kill, moving slowly in an ever shrinking circle on the
cornered wolf. When they got ready to strike, they saw something that first stunned, then bewildered
them.
Instead of a wolf they found a man scrambling around on all fours, snarling and clawing back at the
dogs and their owners. He was a local woodcutter named Peter Stumpe who had lived in Bedburg for
years. Now he was barely recognizable. He had the strength of ten men and it took at least that many
to tie him up and drag him off to the nearby city of Cologne, where he would go on trial for the wolflike
killings of Bedburg's citizens.
A squat, husky man, Stumpe did have a reputation around the village for bizarre behavior. Still, it had
never occurred to anyone that it could have been a human being who committed those savage killings,
much less that it was Peter Stumpe. And no one could have been prouder of such vicious crimes than
he.
During his trial he eagerly described in bloody detail how he killed his victims and he claimed what
helped him to do it was a magic wolf pelt given him by the Devil. He said when he put it on during a full moon it turned him into a vicious wolf and gave him the urge to kill women and children for food
and any men he felt had offended him, for revenge.

Peter Stumpe was no werewolf in the horror movie sense. No claws sprouted from
his fingertips, hair did not cover his body, and none of his teeth turned to fangs. He was the victim of
lycanthropy, a bizarre kind of mental illness in which the sufferer believes the full moon has the
power to turn him into a bloodthirsty wolf. During most of the sixteenth and part of the seventeenth
century, it was a serious problem in Europe. During that time there were about 30,000 cases of attacks
by individuals who thought somehow the moon had turned them into wolves.

 

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In fact the word lunatic itself comes from luna, the Latin word for moon, because of the belief that
anyone who was crazy was somehow under the control of the moon This is probably the most well
known of all moon legends and is the basis for bits of horror folklore such as the werewolf.
For years scientists dismissed all this talk about the moon driving people crazy as a lot of superstition.
It didn't make any sense to them that a huge hunk of dead rock, circling this planet at a distance of
more than 200,000 miles in space, could have anything to do with people on earth being crazy or sane.
At the same time no one bothered to check and see if there could be any truth to this ancient belief.
Finally, in 1951, Dr. E. Beamer-Maxwell, a psychiatrist, decided to settle the question once and for
all. She figured that if the full moon did drive people mad, then more people would be sent to mental
hospitals during that phase of the moon than any other time of the month. As a simple test, she
checked back through ten years of admission records at the hospital where she worked. As a result of
her search, she found there was a big jump in the number of mental patients not once a month, but
twice a month. These two times always coincided with the two main phases of the moon, when it is
full and when there is a new moon, that is, when the moon disappears completely from the night sky.

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Other equally skeptical scientists copied her experiment in attempts to prove her wrong but in every
case they got the same results. It began to look as if that old belief about the moon's causing insanity
had some truth to it after all.
An even more disturbing discovery was made in 1972 by a Florida psychiatrist who found a link
between the moon and murder. As a young intern working with mental patients, Dr. Arnold Lieber
had heard stories about the moon driving people mad and he himself had noticed strange outbursts
among mental patients during both full and new moons. He never forgot this and years later he
decided to see if there was any connection between the moon and the ultimate act of insanity, the
murder of one human being by another.
He and psychologist Carolyn Sherin decided to do a little scientific detective work by going over 14
years of crime records in Miami. They carefully noted when each murder took place and fed all this
information into a computer. The computer did a month-by-month breakdown of murders and then
drew them on a graph as up and down waves. Lieber noticed a steady pattern from one month to the
next. The number of murders always shot up during full and new moons then settled back down again.

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It's not only the human mind that is sensitive to the powers of the moon; the body is as well.
Old-fashioned doctors would never operate on a patient during the time of a full moon if they could
avoid it. The reason offered was that people bled more at this time than any other time of the month.
For years doctors either followed this belief or ignored it completely, performing operations when
they felt like it. Finally, in the 1950s one doctor did what no one else had done. He decided to find out
if this was just another superstition or was based on fact. For two years he kept careful records of all
the operations he did, making special note when there was heavy bleeding. Then he went back over
the records looking for a bleeding pattern and found it. In four out of five cases the operations with the
greatest blood loss were always done at the same time of the month - when the moon was full.
Another bit of folklore doctors have also discovered to be true is that more people are born during the
full moon. The most elaborate investigation to support this idea was one in which doctors went over
the records of more than half a million births; month after month they found the greatest number of
babies were always born within 24 hours of a full moon.
As a matter of fact, every living thing seems to respond to the mysterious force of the moon.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Dark Side Of The Moon

Tonight I'm going to journey to a distant place and time,
where sorrow and teardrops are unknown
and heartbreak's left behind,
where there's no pain nor any gloom -
the far side of the moon.

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WHAT WE CANNOT see, often, we fear… or at least consider with suspicion. This is perhaps because it’s unknown, and people tend to be frightened of the unknown. Ghosts, for example. The far side of the Moon might be another example. Because we cannot see it, the far side of the Moon is for many a place of dark mystery. Why can we never see it? What’s there? Rumors in certain circles speculate that it’s the perfect place for an alien base.

Rumors aren’t reality, of course, so is there any information to back up these claims?

Why we can’t see it ?

When we look up at the Moon, we always see the same side. This peculiarity results because the Moon rotates just once for every orbit it makes around the Earth. The Moon is slightly lopsided, so over millions of years, gravitational forces have slowed its rotation so that the one side always faces our planet.

The side facing away from us often used to be referred to as “the dark side of the Moon,” which is erroneous since, on average, the side we don’t see receives just as much sunlight as the side we do see.

For many hundreds of years, humankind wondered what the far side of the Moon was like. Was it similar to the familiar near side? Was it different? What secrets did it hold? The mystery began to be revealed in 1959 when the Soviet Union’s Luna 3 spacecraft flew to the far side of the Moon and photographed it for the first time. These first photographs were crude and grainy, but seemed to show a land as bleak and lifeless as the near side.

Subsequent space probes, such as the Lunar Orbiter 4, succeeded in photographing the surface of the far side in much greater detail in 1967. Then in 1968, astronauts aboard Apollo 8, which circled the Moon in preparation for the Apollo 11 landing, saw the far side of the Moon with human eyes for the first time.

Today, we have detailed photo maps of the far side, as well as topographic maps calling out its main features. So the far side of the Moon is not as mysterious as it once was. Yet the stories persist that there are still many secrets there – stories fueled in part by the fact that since Apollo 17 in 1972, we have not returned to the Moon with a manned mission. The conspiracy minded suspect that there’s a reason for that: the aliens don’t want us there.

Alien bases

It has long been a theory of some UFOlogists that the far side of the Moon could harbor a base for extraterrestrials. Presuming they come from a distant planet in some other solar system, they must have a base from which they can make their regular visits to the Earth. What better place than the far side of the Moon, which is perpetually hidden from sight?

To bolster this claim, authors at such websites as Alien Presence on the Moon, site the words of Milton William Cooper, allegedly a former intelligence officer with the US Navy. In a 1989 press release from Cooper (again allegedly), he swears under oath that he was privy to information that the US government has knowledge of alien craft visiting Earth. “LUNA is the alien base on the far side of the Moon,” the release states. “It was seen and filmed by the Apollo Astronauts. A base, a mining operation using very large machines, and the very large alien craft described in sighting reports as MOTHER SHIPS exist there.”

Also known as William or Bill Cooper, he wrote about his theories in such booklets as The Secret Government: The Origin, Identity and Purpose of MJ-12 and his 1991 book Behold A Pale Horse. Cooper was killed by officers of the Apache County Sheriff's Office in 2001 during a raid on his Arizona house for tax evasion. (Cooper opened fire first.)

Is there better evidence?

How many time have you used that phrase, "dark side of the moon?" Maybe not many. Other than as the title of a very popular Pink Floyd CD, I don't believe the saying is used much anymore.

Dark side is a bit of a misnomer, but there are two ways of looking at it. At times, some people have been of the belief that one side of the moon was always dark, hence the phrase "dark side of the moon." As NASA astrophysicist, Dr. Steve Bloom, says, "the side that we are familiar with is dark just as frequently. A better term might be "far side of the Moon."The orbit of the Moon is such that one rotation is just about as long as one revolution in its orbit around the Earth. Because of this, one side is facing us during its orbit." So, if you think of dark as meaning unknown, then yes, for centuries the far side was "dark" to us.

Of course, there is also a dark side literally. However, unlike what some may have believed in the past, it's not the same side all the time. "During a 'new moon', the moon is between the Earth and the Sun, and so the side we know is totally dark" says Dr. Bloom. "When the moon is opposite from the Sun, the side we know will be totally bright, and the far side will be dark."

However you look at it, the far side of the moon hasn't been as mysterious since the first images were sent back by the USSR's Luna 3 mission in 1959.

Undead Pop Cuture

Vampires, zombies, the occult: Why such a sanguinary sell? When life is in tumult, pop-cult goes undead.
Pop culture is dripping, dripping, with the occult.

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The book and movie of Twilight , Anne rice have become instant megahits, HBO's True Blood is one of the biggest shows on premium cable, and the novels of Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer are haunting the bestseller lists.

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New series like The Vampire Diaries have caught greater attention on CW with its all time hit series of the winchester brothers….Supernatural.

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Werewolves, then zombies, then vampires take turns as movie monster of the month. Left4Dead, a zombie-hunting video game, has sold more than 2.5 million units since it appeared last fall. Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines declared to be the best RPG game where you play a type of Vampire in a  RPG universe.

 

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The supernatural is everywhere, and a wildly popular genre has been loosed from the vault: the supernatural or paranormal romance.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sarah Ellen Roberts: The Bride of Dracula?

A woman who was reputedly executed as a Bride of Dracula and now haunts a Peruvian city has been revealed as a humble Lancashire weaver who met her death on holiday.

Sarah Ellen Roberts has become a cult figure in Peru, where the story goes that her husband brought her after she was executed in 1913 as a murderer, a witch and a vampire.

She had apparently been seen biting the neck of a child and sucking its blood, and her merchant husband John witnessed her pouring blood over ice cream before eating it.

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though she was reputedly tried and executed in Blackburn, John Roberts is said to have travelled the world seeking a place to lay her to rest after the Church of England refused her burial on consecrated ground.

Only the town of Pisco in Peru would take her body, according to local playwright Racso Miro Quesada, who is adapting Sarah's story for the stage.

He said: 'Her husband John Roberts travelled the world trying to find a place to bury his wife.

'Because of the things she was accused of, there was no place on earth where she could rest.' 

He added: 'No one wanted to have the remains of the person he loved. She ended up being accepted in the small fishing town Pisco.' 

In an elaboration of the story, Sarah was one of 'three brides of Dracula' along with two sisters, Andrea and Erica, who were executed in Blackburn in the same way and were buried by John Roberts in Mexico and Hungary or Panama.

Ever since Sarah's interment, Pisco's inhabitants have been terrified she will return, having vowed to rise up again in vengeance in 80 years' time as she was forced into her lead-lined casket.

 

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On the 80th anniversary of her death, June 9, 1993, all thoughts in Pisco - now Peru's main port with a population of more than 100,000 - turned to fears of the revenant vampire.

Pregnant women fled, fearful that her spirit might try to reincarnate itself in their child. Hundreds bought anti-vampire kits, complete with garlic and stakes, before descending on the tombstone to wait the resurrection.

When she failed to reappear, those who had been throwing holy water and praying said they had kept her at bay.

Then in August 2007 a massive earthquake struck Pisco, killing hundreds and demolishing swathes of the city.

In the cemetery, large numbers of coffins were uncovered by the tremor - but not Sarah's. A counter-myth seems to have sprung up in which, far from being a vampire, she is blessed.

Racso Miro Quesada said: 'It was the only grave that survived - something that reinforces the belief that Sarah is a powerful saint.' 

Aside from the well-documented 2007 tragedy, British historians understandably smelt something fishy about the whole Sarah Roberts story. For a start, although the good citizens of Lancashire may have famously executed the so-called witches of Pendle in 1612, by 1913 they tended to consider that kind of thing rather passé.

 

Blackburn history expert Stephen Smith has dismissed the legend of Sarah as hocus pocus and says that, far from being the third Bride of Dracula, she was just an ordinary weaver from Burnley.

He said: 'The courts in Blackburn could not have tried Sarah and sentenced her to death for any crime, and even in those days the worst that could have happened to her for practising witchcraft would have been a prison sentence.'

Mr Smith's researches reveal that Sarah was born with the surname Gargett in 1872, and had just one sister who was called neither Andrea nor the equally un-Lancastrian Erica.

Sarah married John Roberts 20 years later. The 1901 census lists both husband and wife as weavers and says they had two sons.

In the same year, John's younger brother moved to Lima, Peru, to set up a cotton mill, and the couple later crossed the Atlantic at least once to visit.

It was during one trip that Sarah died.

Her grandchildren, who were completely unaware of the vampire legend until the well-publicised events of 1993, believe she probably met her end accidentally somewhere isolated.

Her husband would have been forced to carry her in a makeshift coffin to the nearest village - but the strange incident could have raised suspicions and spawned an enduring local myth.

Mr Smith suspects the legend owes most to spin by the Peruvian media in 1993, noting that tourism in the Pisco area had increased by more than 60 per cent since the Sarah legend took hold.

At one point the Mayor of Pisco even said he would like his town twinned with Blackburn - to which the Lancashire town’s own Mayor, Paul Browne, responded: 'This vampire lark will do our town no good at all.  People around the world will think we are bloodsuckers.'

Roger Booth, Blackburn library's local history expert, said: 'Sarah has gone down in history but in reality she was just a cotton weaver.

'It is understandable people in Peru may have believed this tale in 1913 but it is hard to see how they are still thought she was going to emerge from the grave in 1993.'

Illuminati

 

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The very word "illuminati" can produce strong reactions among true believers and debunkers alike, and the situation is not helped by the many inaccuracies in the film "Angels and Demons." One little known fact: the word has a very specific meaning. It refers to people who are either spiritually enlightened or who claim to be, and it is perhaps significant that many of today's elites refer to themselves as "wise men," and tend to be intellectually pretentious. Mystics have always believed that, by such means as meditation, people can achieve a higher state of consciousness and a oneness with God and with the entire universe. But they have also warned of the "left hand path" to a dangerous partial enlightenment sought (or settled for) by people seeking the supposed paranormal abilities attained in this state, abilities that can be used to obtain temporal wealth and power. Those who believe in the kundalini energy claim that it rises up the spine from the base chakra all the way to the crown chakra, which is when total enlightenment is achieved. It is perhaps significant that the highest level in freemasonry is supposedly the thirty third degree...and most people have 33 vertebrae. This hints that these Masons may be only partially enlightened.

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There really was a historical Illuminati, an actual organization, founded by a Bavarian professor of law at the University of Ingolstadt, a man named Adam Weishaupt. Although of Jewish ancestry, his family had become Catholic, and he had been educated by the Jesuits, a somewhat mysterious order in their own right. He joined the Freemasons, and then created the Illuminati as an organization within an organization, infiltrating numerous Masonic lodges and taking control of them, as well as the universities. He created the order on May first 1776, and Mayday is a holiday sacred to ancient pagans, and, interestingly enough, to modern communists, and 1776 was the year of the American Declaration of Independence...and many of its instigators were Masons. He chose "Spartacus" as his code name for himself, after the gladiator who rebelled against Rome, and German communists after WWI referred to themselves as "spartacists." Weishaupt preached revolution against all existing social and political order and the destruction of religion, Judeo-Christian morality, and the nuclear family and the institution of marriage. He advocated a global socialist state. He advised his followers to recruit women by telling them that they were oppressed by men. Note that all of these ideas are preached by modern leftists.

Bohemian Grove

 

What is the Bohemian Grove?

The Bohemian Grove is a 2700 acre redwood forest, located in Monte Rio, CA. It contains accommodation for 2000 people to "camp" in luxury. It is owned by the Bohemian Club.

What is the Bohemian Club?

The Bohemian Club is a private. all male club, which is headquartered in the Bohemian building in San Francisco. It was formed in 1872 by men who sought shelter from the frontier culture (or lack of culture).

Who are the present members? The Club has evolved into an association of rich and powerful men, mostly of this country (there are similar organizations in other countries). Some artists are allowed to join (often at reduced rates), because of their social status and entertainment value. The membership list has included every Republican U.S. president (as well as some Democrats) since 1923, many cabinet officials, and director; & CEO's of large corporations, including major financial institutions.

What industries are represented among the members?

Major military contractors, oil companies, banks (including the Federal Reserve), utilities (including nuclear power), and national media (broadcast and print) have high-ranking officials as club members or guests. Many members are, or have been, on the board of directors of several of these corporations. You should note that most of the above industries depend heavily on a relationship with government for their profitability.

The members stay in different camps at the Grove, which have varying status levels. Members & frequent guests of the most prestigious camp (Mandalay) include: Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, S. D. Bechtel, Jr., Thomas Watson Jr. (IBM), Phillip Hawley (B of A), William Casey (CIA). and Ralph Bailey (Dupont). George Bush resides in a less prestigious camp (Hillbillies) with A. W. Clausen (World Bank), Walter Cronkite, and William F. Buckley.

What activities take place at the grove?

The grove is the site of a two week retreat every July (as well as other smaller get-togethers throughout the year). At these retreats, the members commune with nature in a truly original way. They drink heavily from morning through the night, bask in their freedom to urinate on the redwoods, and perform pagan rituals (including the "Cremation of Care", in which the members wearing red-hooded robes, cremate a coffin effigy of "Dull Care" at the base of a 40 foot owl altar). Some (20%) engage in homosexual activity (but few of them support gay rights or AIDS research). They watch (and participate in) plays and comedy shows in which women are portrayed by male actors. Although women are not allowed in the Grove, members often leave at night to enjoy the company of the many prostitutes who come from around the world for this event. Is any of this hard to believe? Employees of the Grove have said that no verbal description can accurately portray the bizarre behavior of the Grove's inhabitants.

Besides this type of merriment. the annual gathering serves as an informational clearing house for the elite. The most powerful men in the country do their "networking" here, despite the Grove's motto "weaving spiders come not here" (don't do business in the Grove). At these gatherings men representing the government, military-industrial, and financial sectors meet and make major policy decisions. The Manhattan project, which produced the first atomic bombs, was conceived at the Grove in 1942. Other decisions made at the Grove include who our presidential candidates will be. There are speeches, known as "Lakeside Talks", wherein high-ranking officials disseminate information which is not available to the public-at-large.