Friday, 28 March 2014

The Cavalier of Littledean Hall

The Cavalier of Littledean Hall

An anonymous cavalier haunts Littledean Hall in the heart of the Forest of Dean. This is said to be England's oldest inhabited house having Saxon foundations visible in the cellars and standing on a site with pre-Roman ruins clearly visible. This haunting dates from the Civil War when a troop of Parliamentary troopers rode up to the hall just as two prominent local supporters of the king were visiting. Colonel Congreve and Captain Wigmore were taken by surprise, but managed to grab their weapons before the Roundheads were upon them. A brutal swordfight took place in the Hall, with the two cavaliers being killed after accounting for several of their enemies. The ghostly royalists give no hint of this violent end, sitting quite happily to one side of the room. The bloodstains caused by the fight can still be seen.
From Haunted Gloucestershire by Rupert Matthews

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Rasputin - The Early Years

Rasputin - The Early Years

The story of Rasputin is a remarkable one, with the events of his life exceeded in peculiarity only by the truly inexplicable circumstances of his death. During his time he was a healer and self-proclaimed holy man, as well as the most unlikely of statesmen, enjoying incredible influence over the rulers of Russia.

The real name of the man who came to be known as Rasputin (the word means ‘debauched’ in Russian) was Grigory Yefimovich Novykh. Born in 1865 into a typical Siberian peasant family, he could never have envisaged, in his early years, how much he would go on to accomplish in his life. When he was about 18, Rasputin underwent a religious experience and decided to enter the monastery at Verkhoture, where he stayed for some months. Despite his famous soubriquet of ‘the mad monk’, however, Rasputin never actually became a genuine monk, perhaps because he was illiterate and unable to read the scriptures for himself. Whatever the reason, it is unlikely that any monastery would have been able to contain for long such an unusual character as Rasputin.

While at this monastery, Rasputin became familiar with the Khlysty religious sect – which mixed its own brand of mysticism with a degree of sexual hedonism not often found in the church, and which had actually been banned in Russia on heretical grounds. In spite of the fact that he was married, Rasputin launched himself into this world of fornication with considerable enthusiasm, even holding orgies in the marital home. At this time he was beginning to be aware that he might possess some unusual powers, and believed that these could be directly attributed to his sexual indulgences – for this reason he took part in these excesses at every opportunity.

Rasputin gained a reputation as a healer and clairvoyant. He had developed an unusual ability to cure ailments without even having to make a diagnosis, almost as if he detected the nature of the problem through psychic means alone. He travelled as far as Mount Athos, in Greece, and Jerusalem, where he demonstrated his skills to the religious dignitaries, to great acclaim. And so he established his reputation as a ‘staretz’ (the term for a self-proclaimed holy man and faith healer). Needy people would travel great distances to meet him, rewarding him for his services with gifts or money.

from THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE PARANORMAL by Rupert Matthews

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Monday, 3 March 2014

Bigfoot - and others

Bigfoot - and others

If we are to take the reports at face value it would seem that there are gigantic upright hominid apes stomping about North America in large numbers. They steal food from campsites, attack cars and leer through bedroom windows. They might run off as soon as a human approaches, but are just as likely to kidnap the hapless intruder and force them to live in the forests for months on end. They also smell terrible. They are called Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Other apes wander the jungles of South America, though they are smaller and less human-like than those of the north.

It is not just in the Americas that these apes are to be found. The high Himalayas are home to the enigmatic yeti. The Sumatran jungles harbour a short hairy man called the orang pendek. Central Asia is stalked by a being that might be a primitive form of human, and which locals call the Almas. Over the border in China reports are made of an almost identical beast called the Yeren. Even Australia gets in on the act with a big hairy ape called the Yowie.

What all these animals, or perhaps humans, have in common is that conventional science does not recognise that they exist.

All these creatures are classed as “cryptids” or “hidden ones”. These are animals which have been reported to exist, but for which there is not enough evidence to satisfy the scientific community. The standard of evidence needed is exacting, but simple. Until an example - living or dead - is produced for examination a beast remains a cryptid. Once an example, a type specimen in the scientific terminology, has been produced the beast becomes accepted as a known animal.

And yet there is ample evidence that some, at least, of these cryptids are real animals. The sheer mass of evidence for the Sasquatch is impressive. The quality of some of that evidence is also most convincing. It must be admitted that some of the evidence is of poor quality and other evidence has been falsified by hoaxers. The evidence for the other man-beast cryptids is less great, but not always less impressive.

And yet science and most scientists refuse to accept the reality of these beasts.

from "Sasquatch" by Rupert Matthews
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