There are many monsters, creatures, legends, myths, and stories we have been told. Have you ever thought that these creatures exist? That these beings actually walk amongst the humans here on Earth? Now there is a HUGE list for this, but let us discuss the more common ones, then in there is the less common ones in which I shall discuss in tomorrow’s post. Let us begin to discuss some of these common beings and entities that walk amongst our world –
Witches – The history of witches goes back to the beginning of time. Most people associate witches with being green, boily, evil, ugly, and potions…this is because the Christian population related witches with evil, but that is not what witches are all about.
The best-known witch trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The Salem witch trials began when 9-year-old Elizabeth Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams began suffering from fits, body contortions and uncontrolled screaming. As more young women began to exhibit symptoms, mass hysteria ensued, and three women were accused of witchcraft: Sarah Good, Sarah Osborn and Tituba, an enslaved woman owned by Parris’s father. Tituba confessed to being a witch and began accusing others of using black magic.
On June 10, Bridget Bishop became the first accused witch to be put to death during the Salem Witch Trials when she was hanged at the Salem gallows. Ultimately, around 150 people were accused and 18 were put to death. Women weren’t the only victims of the Salem Witch Trials; six men were also convicted and executed. Massachusetts wasn’t the first of the 13 colonies to obsess about witches, though. In Windsor, Connecticut in 1647, Alse Young was the first person in America executed for witchcraft. Before Connecticut’s final witch trial took place in 1697, forty-six people were accused of witchcraft in that state and 11 were put to death for the crime. In Virginia, people were less frantic about witches. In fact, in Lower Norfolk County in 1655, a law was passed making it a crime to falsely accuse someone of witchcraft. Still, witchcraft was a concern. About two-dozen witch trials (mostly of women) took place in Virginia between 1626 and 1730. None of the accused were executed.
Now, are witches real? Yes, they are in fact real beings and people. Witches have always walked among us, populating societies and storyscapes across the globe for thousands of years. It is something that dwells inside a good number of women who have accepted the way of the witch, whether it is by ancestory, spirit, or by the way that society is causing someone to believe in the witchcraft. To this day, people still judge people for being a witch, but you cannot let that control you. You must do what makes your spirit happy.
Vampires – Vlad the Impailer, blood drinkers, immortal, and stakes in the heart? Sounds impossible to be real, but what if there was proof of people with vampirism aspects? It isn’t uncommon for anyone with an unfamiliar physical or emotional illness to be labeled a vampire. Many researchers have pointed to porphyria, a blood disorder that can cause severe blisters on skin that’s exposed to sunlight. Some symptoms of porphyria can be temporarily relieved by ingesting blood. Although modern science has silenced the vampire fears of the past, people who call themselves vampires do exist. They’re normal-seeming people who drink small amounts of blood in a (perhaps misguided) effort to stay healthy. Communities of self-identified vampires can be found on the Internet and in cities and towns around the world.To avoid rekindling vampire superstitions, most modern vampires keep to themselves and typically conduct their feeding rituals—which include drinking the blood of willing donors—in private. Some vampires don’t ingest human blood but claim to feed off the energy of others. Many state that if they don’t feed regularly, they become agitated or depressed.
Werewolves – Werewolves made an early appearance in Greek mythology with the Legend of Lycaon. According to the legend, Lycaon, the son of Pelasgus, angered the god Zeus when he served him a meal made from the remains of a sacrificed boy. As punishment, the enraged Zeus turned Lycaon and his sons into wolves. Werewolves also emerged in early Nordic folklore.
In 1521, Frenchmen Pierre Burgot and Michel Verdun allegedly swore allegiance to the devil and claimed to have an ointment that turned them into wolves. After confessing to brutally murdering several children, they were both burned to death at the stake.
Peter Stubbe, a wealthy, fifteenth-century farmer in Bedburg, Germany, may be the most notorious werewolf of them all. According to folklore, he turned into a wolf-like creature at night and devoured many citizens of Bedburg. Peter was eventually blamed for the gruesome killings after being cornered by hunters who claimed they saw him shape-shift from wolf to human form. He experienced a grisly execution after confessing under torture to savagely killing animals, men, women and children—and eating their remains. He also declared he owned an enchanted belt that gave him the power to transform into a wolf at will. Not surprisingly, the belt was never found. Peter’s guilt is controversial since some people believe he wasn’t a killer but the victim of a political witch hunt—or perhaps a werewolf-hunt.
According to a study conducted at Australia’s Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital, a full moon brings out the “beast” in many humans. The study found that of the 91 violent, acute behavior incidents at the hospital between August 2008 and July 2009, 23 percent happened during a full moon. Patients attacked staff and displayed wolf-like behaviors such as biting, spitting and scratching. Although many were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, it’s unclear why they became intensely violent when the moon was full.
Lycanthropy – a rare, psychological condition that causes people to believe they’re changing into a wolf or other animal, possibly caused by hallucinogenic herbs. Still, werewolves have a cult following, werewolf sightings are reported each year, and werewolf legends will likely continue to haunt the dreams of people throughout the world.
Ghosts – The idea that the dead remain with us in spirit is an ancient one, appearing in countless stories, from the Bible to “Macbeth.” It even spawned a folklore genre: ghost stories. Belief in ghosts is part of a larger web of related paranormal beliefs, including near-death experience, life after death, and spirit communication.
Personal experience is one thing, but scientific evidence is another matter. Part of the difficulty in investigating ghosts is that there is not one universally agreed-upon definition of what a ghost is. Some believe that they are spirits of the dead who for whatever reason get “lost” on their way to The Other Side; others claim that ghosts are instead telepathic entities projected into the world from our minds. If ghosts are real, and are some sort of as-yet-unknown energy or entity, then their existence will be discovered and verified by scientists through controlled experiments.
Ghosts are real, and they can mess with your head at times. My best bet is this, don’t mess with them, and they will not mess with you. Ghosts can be from your own past or they can be from the past in which you dwell in. They can appear through many different aspects of shape shifting or appearing as different creatures.
Fairies – Are fairies real? Do they help the plants grow and come bring sweet dreams of protection to our little ones? Fairies are tiny, often beautiful human-like creatures that appear in legends and folklore around the world. Fairies likely began as versions of pagan nature gods and goddesses, and thus they are often associated with the outdoors, as well as magic and journeys.
While the existence of fairies is commonly associated with the United Kingdom and Ireland, most nations around the world have their own version of this magical creature. For example, the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina refer to fairies as Yunw Tsunsdi. These little people are effectively elf-like natives. The Cherokee have great respect for these elves as they believe they are spirits belonging to an age before man.
Fairies are here to help Mother Nature grow, warm our hearts and bring beauty to the nature around us.
Demons – This is a creature that is defined many different ways through many different cultures & religions. Everyone familiar with the Bible knows it talks about angels and demons. But most would be surprised to learn that there’s no verse in the Bible that explains where demons came from. Christians typically assume that demons are fallen angels, cast from heaven with Satan right before the temptation of Adam and Eve. But guess what? There’s no such story in the Bible.
In ancient Jewish texts like the Dead Sea Scrolls, demons are the disembodied spirits of dead Nephilim giants who perished at the time of the great flood. Many of those classified as European “demons” in this list come from Greek, Roman and Norse mythologies and display trickster-like behavior – like Loki from the Norse gods or are associated with the underworld.
Are demons real? Demons are spirits that can invade a human soul and take over their life. Is this because they want to bring evil to the world or merely because they are souls that just want to live again? Some say we cannot prove that demons exist because we cannot see them. There are some people who walk with a demon inside and there are some people who are actually demons, crawled up, and born with a natural streak of evil within them. It can be defined as multiple things, killers, murderers, etc. These are all examples of what a demon can do and be within a person. We all have our own demons inside though, right?
Mermaids – The beautiful women of the sea…or are they? What about Sirens? Are they the same? Somewhere along the literary and mythological road, mermaids and sirens got confused into one creature: a half-woman, half-fish creature known for her beautiful singing voice. Originally, it was only the mermaid that was a half-human, half-fish creature, and a singing voice wasn’t mentioned in early myths. Sirens were the singers, and they were actually half-woman, half-bird creatures.
Mermaids have been in myths and folklore since their first appearance in ancient Babylonian stories. Era, the fish god, was half man and half fish; after that, it was the Greek god Triton. In fact, it was the Greeks who gave us the first descriptions of mermaids.
It was the sirens that were known for their singing voices, supposedly of such beauty that sailors would forget what they were doing, and simply stop to listen. Ships would crash on the rocks around the sirens’ island, killing those who fell prey to their song. The sirens were further cursed when they entered a singing competition with the Muses and lost the contest as well as their wings and many of their feathers. Eventually, the sirens died with the fulfillment of a prophecy that should anyone be able to resist their song, the sirens would perish.
Do mermaids and sirens exist though? On Jan. 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus reported seeing three mermaids near the Dominican Republic. In 1608, Hudson noted in his logbook that a few of his crew had spotted a mermaid swimming close to the ship’s side looking up at them. Something strange began happening in the seaside town of Kiryat Yam, Israel in 2009. It started with one person, but soon dozens of other people reported seeing the same astonishing sight: a mermaid frolicking in the waves near the shore.
Dragons – Fire breathing, compatible pets, and great to have in a war… we all love dragons. Shit, I have a huge one tattooed on my body because when I was younger, I used to have visions in my room that I had a huge dragon to protect me from all the bad in my life. But did dragons actually exist at one point?
If you are like me, and you believe in the Norse religion, you would know that there are many dragons in the cultural that really came to be in existance. Jörmungandr, also known as the Midgard Serpent, is described as a giant, venomous beast, and Níðhöggr is identified as a dragon in the Völuspá.
In medieval times, most people who heard anything about dragons knew them from the Bible, and it’s likely that most Christians at the time believed in the literal existence of dragons. The belief in dragons was based not just in legend but also in hard evidence, or at least that’s what people thought, long ago. For millennia no one knew what to make of the giant bones that were occasionally unearthed around the globe, and dragons seemed a logical choice for people who had no knowledge of dinosaurs.
The word “dragon” comes from the ancient Greek word “draconta,” meaning “to watch,” suggesting that the beast guards treasure, such as mountains of gold coins or gems. But this doesn’t really make sense because a creature as powerful as a dragon surely doesn’t need to pay for anything, right? It’s probably more of a symbolic treasure, not for the hoarding dragon but instead a reward for the brave knights who would vanquish the evil beast.
Scholars believe that the fire-breathing element of dragons came from medieval depictions of the mouth of hell; for example, art by Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, among others. The entrance to hell was often depicted as a monster’s literal mouth, with the flames and smoke characteristic of Hades belching out. If one believes not only in the literal existence of hell, but also the literal existence of dragons as Satanic, the association is quite logical.
Dragons, in one form or another, have been around for millennia. Through epic fantasy fiction by J.R.R. Tolkien and others, dragons have continued to spark our collective imagination and — unlike the dinosaurs that helped inspire stories about them — show no sign of dying out.