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Who Is La Llorona? Investigating a Cultural Haunting, By Jason S. Cordova

Immage by Heather Jane Metcalf La Llorona (the weeping woman) is a prominent folk legend among Chicano communities. She is described as a specter who cries and wails in the night, lamenting the loss of her children. She wears a filtering white dress and emits a strange translucent glow. She appears near likes, rivers, and … Continue reading Who Is La Llorona? Investigating a Cultural Haunting, By Jason S. Cordova

Nazis, Frauds, and Grifters: The Truth About The Lovette-Cunningham Incident: By Heidi Beedle

"Pale Rider" Bill Cooper The midst of a global pandemic is a perfect time to catch up on TV shows. With just about everything other than “essential businesses” closed there isn’t much to do except hunker down and binge-watch those shows you’ve been meaning to check out. I took the opportunity to finally watch the … Continue reading Nazis, Frauds, and Grifters: The Truth About The Lovette-Cunningham Incident: By Heidi Beedle

Exorcisms: Cross Cultural Approaches to Dealing with Energetic Parasites and Doorway Devils By Jason S. Cordova

Possession, not just my favorite Sarah McLachlan song, but also a time-honored tradition of mischievous and malevolent entities. For the contemporary, Anglo-American, the concept of possession usually conjures images of Demons. Numerous pop culture references persist. Movies like The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose are two remarkably vivid depictions of the Catholic version … Continue reading Exorcisms: Cross Cultural Approaches to Dealing with Energetic Parasites and Doorway Devils By Jason S. Cordova

Black Magic Mayhem: By Jason Cordova

Follow the link for the full audio version of the podcast. Magic can take many forms. Even seemingly ordinary things can be viewed as magic when time is taken to appreciate them appropriately. Sunset is as magical as the whispers of the wind caring freshly fallen Autumn leaves. The song of a child laughing and … Continue reading Black Magic Mayhem: By Jason Cordova

The Phenomenon: A review of the new documentary by Jim Brown

https://youtu.be/onEXmLX2ZZQ “No one ever proved there is nothing to it. No one has had the opportunity to prove there is something to it.” Senator Harry Reid “…we are the norm and not the exception…we need to begin to prepare and accept that we are not alone in the universe…” Christopher Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary … Continue reading The Phenomenon: A review of the new documentary by Jim Brown

Indonesia’s Hobbits: Orang Pendek, Ebu Gogo, and Homo Floresiensis

The Cranium and mandible of Homo floresiensis. American Museum of Natural History Stories that tell of diminutive humanoid creatures, running the gamut from magical and spiritual to decidedly material in nature, are a widely dispersed feature of human folklore. Nowhere in the world however does the possibility of fiction maturing into fact hinge so precipitously … Continue reading Indonesia’s Hobbits: Orang Pendek, Ebu Gogo, and Homo Floresiensis

Tikoloshe: African Dwarves, Sprites, and Fairies

Tikoloshe sketch Photo courtesy of The Mythical Creatures Guide The Tikoloshe, found in Zulu mythology are said to be small, imp-like creatures that possess various forms of magical powers.  The Zulus describe the Tikoloshe as being about as tall as a typical Gnome or Gremlin. Their heads are similar in appearance to that of a … Continue reading Tikoloshe: African Dwarves, Sprites, and Fairies

Spirits and Stories of Japan

https://youtu.be/Gnj89lIYxhE Follow the link above for the full episode A special two-part episode with Folklorist and Cultural Adviser, Savannah Rivka as our guide on a whimsical journey through the legends of Japan. Hear tales of ghosts, phantoms, strange apparitions, spirits dolls, stigmatized properties, magic, mystery and more.

Meet John Mothman

https://youtu.be/ZYowHHo8_Xs Follow the link above for the full episode. “The Mothman Prophecies” is a 1975 book by John Keel concerning events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, during 1966 and 1967, focusing on sightings of a creature dubbed Mothman. It also includes Keel's theories about UFOs, Men in Black, ghosts, and other paranormal phenomena, as well … Continue reading Meet John Mothman