It’s an ancient practice with roots so far back, no singular origin is known. It was practiced across civilized nations as far back as Richard the Lionhearted. Many Arabic documents make mention of a similar ritual as far back as 800 A.
This was a phenomenal year for anyone interested in meteorology, especially in weird weather. Many historic accounts state the seasons were reversed in 1348. Snow fell in France during the summer.
This vampire is in Mexican mythology. Any woman who dies during her first labor was believed to become a vampire. These creatures are also known as “Ciuapipiltin.
There is a wealth of fascinating lore surrounding something as simple as an intersection, or “crossroads.” This commonplace fixture of our landscape was once held as a mystical place where dark and infernal forces conspired. In much of Britain and throughout Europe, the crossroads were feared at a variety of periods in time.
As many genealogists can tell you, death certificate research is relatively modern. You can only go back so far and then it seems the paper trail just ends. It may be a surprise to you, but the death certificate is centuries younger than even census records.
An old Irish belief is that some people are born with the gift of the “Evil Stroke.” This renders another person or animal paralyzed. It is believed this power is completely instinctive and the bearer has no control over it.
There is a line of Stuarts, from Allenbank, Scotland, that suffered with a banshee called “Pearlin’ Jean.” This tale used to be one of the most popular in England. In life, Jean was a French mistress for a Stuart Lord.
One of the most common stories in folklore is that of the sleeper. Our hero usually sleeps an unnaturally long time and arises much later, if he’s even arisen. Many heroes continue to sleep, according to legend, until some significant day when they will rise to fight.
On the coast of Long Beach currently resides a legend that is open to the public. The RMS Queen Mary is a historic liner that used to be one of the finest cruise ships. Mary embarked on her maiden voyage in 1936.