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The World

Well.
After the initial shock of the American presidential election outcome has somewhat subsided I feel the need to talk a little bit about what seems to be going on in the world.
No, I’m obviously not a Trump supporter, but that is actually beside the point.

There’s this wave that seems to be sweeping over the world nowadays, of people digging their heels in and refusing to fall in line anymore.
Here in Sweden the Sweden Democrats have surprisingly grown from nothingness to the largest party in just a few years. A party that I in no way support, yet I can see quite clearly the reasons for this happening.
It’s the same reasons Trump won the presidential election. The same reasons Putin is so wildly popular, not only in Russia but even in America.

Media and politicians

The media has been manipulating us for a long time. No longer are they independently reporting current events. There’s an agenda. We all know it and the disgruntlement and discontent is growing exponentially among the people of the world. We’re starting to feel like pawns, pieces on an enormous chessboard.
The professional politicians are another huge factor in this mess we’re currently in. For much too long they have been playing their own game while completely disregarding the public and our opinions. They have relied on the media to angle the news and thereby swaying us to fall in line and adopt the opinions they feed us.
Both the politicians and the media failed in picking up on the magnitude of the ever growing need to pull the emergency brake among us mere mortals. They thought they were omnipotent. They thought they had us eating out of the palm of their hand. They thought we  were powerless to resist.

But resist we have.
These events of late is nothing but a massive yanking on the emergency brake. It’s us saying STOP! Continue reading The World

Crom Cruach, Burning Man and Werewolves

Hi everyone!

I know there has been a certain lack of actual text based posts lately, and I apologize for that. The videos are taking a lot of time. It’s not exactly like I just read them perfectly on the first attempt, no no. Every recording is almost twice as long at first as it is when I’m done editing it, lol!

Today I want to talk a little (or quite a lot actually) about  Ireland, and more specifically about the werewolf traditions from there.
Most famous of these are the werewolves of Ossory and the werewolves of Tipperary.
Today I’ll be focusing on the Tipperary ones.

Laignech Fáelad and Tigernmas

 

As we all know, it’s a long way to Tipperary, but the distance between the werewolves of Tipperary and the Dogmen of today may not be as long as one might think.

Faoladh. By Nashoba-Hostina at Deviantart

According to the Cóir Anmann manuscript, Laignech Fáelad was originally a man capable of shape shifting into a wolf at will. Later the name Laignach Fáelad came to refer to his offspring and possibly others who had this shape shifting ability.
The Laignech Fáelad were fearsome warriors. Sought after by kings who didn’t mind paying the price. Continue reading Crom Cruach, Burning Man and Werewolves

TCH turns 4!

The Cloaked Hedgehog. Such a perfectly normal name…
And now it’s been around for over 4 years.

I started on Blogspot with a blog called Pieces of the puzzle, but quite soon moved to WordPress.com, where I’ve now been writing for 4 years.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about the future of this blog.
Should I just continue the same way? Should I move to wordpress.org? Should I move more towards a vlog? Should I maybe even quit altogether?
It’s hard to get readers when you write about things like Dogmen and you are 1. a woman, who is not Linda Godfrey, and are 2. Swedish.
I don’t have any schmexy first hand accounts to share. I don’t have any photos of footprints or blurry potential photos of the creature itself to share as I can’t just go out into the woods and find stuff like that since we really don’t have Dogmen in Sweden. At least not to any extent that would lead to people having sightings or finding tracks.
Instead I’ve offered what I can. History and background, theories, science mixed with an open mind. Ideas and speculations from my brilliant mind (cough…). Continue reading TCH turns 4!

The Big Bad Wolf?

I need to address a subject that I know a lot of people will have a hard time with.
Lately we’ve been hearing about these reports of killings of humans by one or more unknown canines.
The official explanation is that packs of stray dogs are killing these people, or, in the cases where the killing takes place in their homes, that their own pup turned against them.
In a few of the cases I’ve heard of I can say that I simply don’t have enough information to claim that the story is a cover, though in quite a number of cases the official story just doesn’t hold water.

For a long time the general view of Dogman in cryptozoological circles was that they probably didn’t kill. Sure, they’d scare the crap out of you, but once they had chased you out of an area they would return to their relatively peaceful existence.
Many still hold this belief and I respect it, but personally I have always been convinced that they are more dangerous than that.
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Reports of relatively “peaceful” encounters with Dogman abound, and by peaceful I simply mean the witnesses lived to tell their story.
Few have reported the Dogman actually causing physical harm.
Many however have reported a feeling that their lives were in danger. Almost every witness perceived the Dogman as emanating malice, anger and sometimes pure evil.
It’s the eyes.
Those who didn’t see the eyes appear to be more positive in the description of the encounter and they seem much less traumatized by it.
Not being a witness myself (as far as I can remember at least) I have often wondered what those eyes look like. They can’t just look like animal eyes as I have never heard of anyone describing an animal as having “evil eyes”.
There must be something different about the eyes of a Dogman. Continue reading The Big Bad Wolf?

Sweden, wolves and Dogmen

By some immensely fortunate fluke Dogmen seem to be, at least as of right now, non-existent in Sweden.
Or are they?
Quite regularly I do search for a bunch of terms in Swedish. Upright wolf, wolf on two legs, strange creature in the woods etc. So far I have found nothing online indicating that Dogmen are in Sweden right now.
However, while searching for wolf attacks on sheep to see if I could find any discrepancies that might point me in a particular direction I did come across a peculiar case, which I will soon discuss.

karta-varg-skandinavien-juni-2015After having been as good as extinct in Sweden in the 1960’s, the current 415 wolves in Sweden seem to mainly hang around the Värmland, Västmanland, Södermanland, Uppland and Dalecarlia areas, as seen on the map on the left. Naturally, many of the attacks on sheep happen in this area.
Strangely though,there has been quite an increase in later years of wolf attacks around the Scania area, in the Southernmost part of Sweden.

Location of Scania
Location of Scania

Of course, wolves can wander far, still, it seems somewhat strange that little Scania alone is subjected to 30% of all wolf attacks on sheep.
There is a possibility though that some of the Scania attacks are actually by dogs.

Another strange coincidence is that Scania is the only Swedish province where Werewolves have allegedly been sighted in the 20th century. Continue reading Sweden, wolves and Dogmen

Humankind- a force for evil?

Cecil, the beautiful

Cecil the lion was shot by a Minnesota dentist and the world was in uproar. Cecil was a 13-year-old Southwest African lion who was a major attraction in the National Park in which he lived.
The dentist allegedly paid 50 000 USD to a local “professional hunter” to be able to shoot the lion.
They lured him out of the sanctuary and wounded him with an arrow. Then they tracked him for 40 hours before he was finally shot with a rifle, skinned and had his head removed as well as his tracking collar.

I can’t even write about my feelings on this subject, it wouldn’t be publishable. All I can say is that it makes me very angry and very sad.
And the worst part is that it in no way is a solitary case. That Cecil got all the headlines was only because he was the best known and most beloved animal in that National Park.

Of adult male lions that were tagged within the park 72% have been killed by people hunting for sport.
In 2013, 49 lion carcasses were exported from Zimbabwe as “trophies”.
Northern White Rhinoceros are practically extinct. There are FOUR (4) individuals left in the world!
The West African Black Rhino became extinct in 2011.
A century ago there were 100 000 tigers in Asia. Now only 3200 remain.
Elephants are poached for their tusks. In three years 100 000 elephants have been killed this way. Continue reading Humankind- a force for evil?

95.1%

In the Bigfoot world many are finding it hard to accept the concept of Dogman as a separate entity, not related to Bigfoots.
It’s peculiar, even knowing that most people look down on the Bigfooters and ridicule their convictions, they do the same to those witnessing a Dogman.

The Dogman believers accept the idea of it being a living, breathing, mostly physical creature. Most of them completely discount the old ideas of a physical transformation taking place since by the laws of physics that is supposedly impossible.
We are enlightened people of today, Dogman can exist as long as it behaves and does its thing within the boundaries of physical reality as we know it.

Yet constantly Dogman, and Bigfoot as well, break the shackles we try to bind them with. They disappear into thin air, they prove impervious to bullets.
Tell me then how the logical reaction to this is to ignore it? To pretend it never happened?
To keep clinging to the idea that us humans have a fairly good grip on how the universe works and anything behaving in an unnatural way is an anomaly, an anomalies are best left ignored?

All the universe, our known universe, and everything in it- suns, planets, comets, what have you-all of it amounts to 4,9% of ordinary matter.
4.9% is everything we can see, smell, touch.
The rest, 95.1%, is dark matter and dark energy.
So:
Everything we know= 4.9%
Everything we don’t know: 95.1% Continue reading 95.1%

Windigo

When looking for information on the Windigo/Wendigo one is first informed that it is a creature from Algonquian lore, which is correct and straight forward.
After that one is given a mish-mash of mythology and peculiar descriptions of a creature who is pretty much impossible to make heads or tails of:

It’s a cannibal.
It’s a spirit of the North with a heart of ice and taller than the pine trees.
It’s a half man, half caribou creature.
It’s an evil spirit, emaciated, pale, crawling on all fours.

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From Wikipedia

Can it really be all those things?
Could it be that The Algonquian peoples, who once inhabited most of Eastern and Middle Canada, as well as parts of the Eastern and Middle US, actually had several legends describing several creatures?
Could it be that through the years and generations, bits have been added, others forgotten?
Could it maybe even be that this Windigo has been taking on traits of other mythological beings as the lines between legends have been blurred by time?

To address the cannibalistic trait one must first remember that to be a cannibal one has to eat ones own species. A man-eating lion is not a cannibal. A lion-eating lion would be.
For the Windigo to be cannibalistic, in the sense that it eats humans, it would have to be human in the first place.
Cannibalism was an enormous taboo with the Algonquian peoples, yet the cold and the lack of food would sometimes drive people to these hideous acts.
The only way to make sense of something so senseless would then be if they were affected by an unclean, evil spirit.

Nowadays we call it Windigo psychosis. The insatiable desire to consume human flesh, even when other food is available.
Continue reading Windigo

Go fund Lon & Vanessa Strickler

Lon Strickler, the publisher of the Phantoms and Monsters site and newsletter and several other projects, and author of several books , has started a fundraiser.
His wife Vanessa is suffering from colon cancer and is in treatment, and with Mr. Strickler being on disability you can imagine the bills are beginning to pile up.
If you can, please donate, even if you can only give a little. It would surely help them out a lot.

Vanessa’s Medical Support Fund

Manchester, England, England

Something unsettling is happening in Manchester. Men are drowning in canals and rivers in numbers that, just by themselves, is cause for alarm.
Add to that mysterious circumstances in many of the cases and you are left feeling that whatever is going on is something more than mere accidents.

In January of this year the official number of men dead from drowning in the Greater Manchester area was 61. And that’s in the last six years.
No particularly mysterious injuries indicating foul play, just death by drowning.
And when I say men I literally mean only men.
61 men in six years.
And no women.
How does that make any statistical sense?
Still, police claim nothing out of the ordinary is going on. Continue reading Manchester, England, England