Thursday, August 28, 2014

Creature of the Month: The Green Man: Woodwoses of Ancient Europe by Micah Hanks


Myth knows only one shade; that of darkness. It is from that darkness of the realm of legend that a figure arises, pervasive throughout legends worldwide, that has become so common, and yet remaining obscure enough that most overlook it.

High among the caved cliff tops of China, there are tales of a beast called the Yeren that lives apart from humans, but with a form not unlike that of man. Elsewhere, similar legends have described a beast in the Himalayas called Yeti, purportedly with feet oriented backward on the ends of its legs, to aid it in climbing along steep slopes. In the Americas, the Sasquatch is said to haunt the lonely back roads of the country’s more remote portions; and even in the proverbial underworld of Oz, the Australian outback is riddled with tales of a manlike beast called Yowie that stalks the bush by night.

For many, this narrative begins, and ends, by the remote tales of man-monsters that seem to haunt the legends of people all over the world. How familiar a beast, it would seem, and one so much like us; arguably, if any such creature could truly exist, it would be more like us than any other living animal. Stepping over the line of distinction between the thinking, feeling man and his beastly opposites of the wild, this proverbial thing we have called the “wild man” might very well be human, to some extent.

But the story untold here is one that reaches much further back than the scattered reports and retellings of “monsters” said to be in our midst. There is, in fact, a cultural concept that has emerged many times, interweaving itself between our storied legends and mythic representations much like that shadow said to lurk between the trunks of tall trees in the forest. From within the man, the darkened wood, and his woes, a beast emerges… and yet, something that may not really be so much a “beast” at all.

It is, instead, a strange green man, clad in hair all over.
Throughout European myth in the Middle Ages, there were tales of the beasts that were called Woodwoses. These are viewed by many scholars today as cultural renditions of the enduring “wild man” of legend, as well the supernatural werewolves, which betrayed a more occult component, or at least, some cursed nature that afflicted a normal man with the onset of “wildness”.

Stemming from old English forms such as wudu, the prefix of the term seems to clearly depict an etymological precursor to "wood", or that which comes from within the forest. The rest of the term (possibly of the ancient Anglo-Saxon meaning to be alive) seems to flesh out the term in a way that could be interpreted today as essentially meaning “forest dweller” or perhaps “man of the wood.” Hence, the notion of the man coming from the wood may literally have contributed to a man that is also of the wood, bearing not only the beastly traits of his forest familiars, but also the literal coloration of his leafy surroundings: a literal “green man”, as it were.  

Among the most famous tales to tell of this Green Man of folklore, there is the tale of Arthur’s loyal Sir Gawain, whose meeting with a Green Man is featured in writings dating back to the late fourteenth century. Here, the Green Man is described thusly:

For scarce was the noise not a while ceased,
and the first course in the court duly served,
there hales in at the hall door a dreadful man,
the most in the world’s mould of measure high,
from the nape to the waist so swart and so thick,
and his loins and his limbs so long and so great
half giant on earth I think now that he was;
but the most of man anyway I mean him to be,
and that the finest in his greatness that might ride,
for of back and breast though his body was strong,
both his belly and waist were worthily small,
and his features all followed his form made
and clean.
Wonder at his hue men displayed,
set in his semblance seen;
            he fared as a giant were made,
and over all deepest green.

While prevalent in legend, the story of the Woodwose is not typical to most writings on cryptozoology. This is largely because the creature discussed here is, rather obviously, not intended to be construed as a physical animal per se, so much as it is a representation in legend of a concept of which our modern “Bigfoot” and “Abominable Snowman” no doubt represent a sort of continuance. No less among those who drew such parallels had been Ivan T. Sanderson, the astute, but at times credulous Scottish zoologist who helped put Bigfoot on the map beginning in the 1950s and 60s in magazines like Argosy, and in his exhaustive Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life. To Sanderson, the stories of the Woodwoses were “readily distinguishable and quite distinct from depictions of apes and monkeys on the one hand, and people in costumes playing the parts of these wild men in traditional, religious, or secular plays and carnivals on the other hand.” Furthermore, the consistency of key features in various artistic renditions of the creatures suggested, to Sandserson, "representations of relic knowledge of some fully haired Primitives or Subhumans that once inhabited Eurasia," with special attention given to the creature's feet in many depictions over the centuries:
[E]ven more convincing… is the care with which they depict the feet of each of these creatures, [here being] greater significance than any other anatomical detail in distinguishing between hominid and pongid anthropoids.

Sanderson similarly pondered the significance of the Woodwose’s accessories, namely the clubs they tended to wield, which he compared with modern reports of Abominable Snowmen:
The crude clubs carried by the Wudewasa types are invariably of the same form and size, and are nearly always carried in the left hand, even if the right hand is free…. Also, the clubs carried by the Wudewasa's are deliberately and carefully shown to be but crude logs with rounded ends and of somewhat lesser diameter at the end held by the hands; the weapons and tools alleged to have been also carried by Abominable Snowmen.

It is interesting that the Woodwoses were often depicted carrying snakes in their free hand; as much as the color of the fabled “Green Man” had been associated with fertility and rebirth in European folklore, the snake has often depicted sexuality, regeneration, and a host of other things; the two can equally be contrasted in relation to ancient European beliefs in that both snakes, and the color green, often depicted evil and wickedness.

The idea of studying a legend in order to perceive its modern, realistic counterparts may seem counter-intuitive; but in truth, at the essence of the Bigfoot mystery may one day be resolved—or perhaps at least broadened—by seeking to understand its requisite components. These must include the earlier myths from parts of the world where the literal existence of an animal the likes of our “Bigfoot” seems far less plausible, when compared with the remoteness of the greater American wilds. Indeed, it seems impossible that such a creature would inhabit Europe, or that it ever could. Why, then, the prevalence of such legends?




Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, lecturer, and radio personality whose work addresses a variety of scientific concepts and unexplained phenomena. Over the last decade, his research has examined a variety of approaches to studying the unexplained, cultural phenomena, human history, and the prospects of our technological future as a species as influenced by science.

He is author of several books, including his 2012 New Page Books release, The UFO Singularity, The Ghost RocketsMagic, Mysticism and the Molecule, and Reynolds Mansion. Hanks is an editor for Intrepid Magazine, and consulting editor/contributor for FATE Magazine and The Journal of Anomalous Sciences. He writes for a variety of other publications, and produces a weekly podcast, The GralienReport, which follows his research.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Finding Yourself on Demon Street

“More than just a ghost story, Demon Street, USA is a tale of personal growth and discovery. Like the authors, the reader is unlikely to come through the experience unaltered.”
-John Keegan, owner, criticalmyth.com and assistant executive director, Spirit Lab

A summoning gone awry leads to problems for Penelope, who is driven from her home by phantom parties, a dancing stove, and a wave of demonic force that tosses her around like a ragdoll.

Looking for help, she turns to her friend, Robbie, who brings her to David Rountree, a Lakota shaman.

Robbie and David embark on a whirlwind journey of learning, racing against time, visiting sites of spiritual power, and gaining artifacts and allies in their quest to exorcise the evil before it can seriously injure someone—or worse.

David and Robbie’s mission to banish the demon culminates in an astonishing psychic battle on Halloween night.


Demon Street, USA is a forewarning to those who would explore the paranormal.  Evil exists—but it can be battled and won! 

Here we share an excerpt from Chapter 1: The Beginning.

Robbie ~ May 1985

After spending the morning setting up lifts and trusses, and hanging and focusing lights, we had lots of time to burn. We were in White Springs, headwaters of the great and colorful Suwannee. Unfortunately, this year the state was suffering from an extended drought. The sun reflected blindingly off of the exposed white rocks that should have been the creek bed, making them resemble the twisted remains of some long-dead dragon. We sat in the shade watching the heat waves rippling up over the land as the tiny stream undulated onward in its journey to the sea. Penelope (Penny), wife of one of the crew (Norman), turned to me with a serious look on her face and said, “Can I tell you something?”

I should elaborate. For no particular reason, people, oftentimes complete strangers, will confide their deepest darkest secrets to me. That’s not all; they will tell me things that they would never tell anyone else. Some of these things most people wouldn’t believe. This was going to be one of those cases.

She proceeded to spin an incredible tale. “It’s like this: Sometimes when I drift off to sleep, I become aware of a big eye. It’s a huge, black single eye that grows larger and larger until I fall in and it completely envelops me. Then I’m pulled out of my body. I am suddenly in the presence of an old man with a beard who takes me over to the other two houses on the property where I live. The old man shows me the five ghosts that are on the property. There are three male spirits and two female spirits. One female is a young woman; the other one is much older. The older woman stays secluded in the bedroom closet in the main house.”

Noticing that I was not looking at her horrified, or blowing her off as some loon, and was actually taking her seriously, she quickly continued, “There are constant noises in my house—noises that have started to get louder and louder. At first, I thought the squirrels or some other animal had gotten into the attic and were running daily marathons up there. But now I’m not so sure. The skittering has changed to banging with definite footsteps, human footsteps. It’s really unnerving when I know I’m the only one home. To top it off, recently my son has befriended a new imaginary playmate. I look over at him and he’s having these very real, animated conversations. He’s looking intently at something that I can’t see. It’s obviously very real to him. Lately, things like cups, books, and jewelry have begun moving by themselves. I know where I put these things down. When I turn around they’re somewhere else. Doors are opening and closing by themselves.”

“What does Norm think about it all?”

“He doesn’t see or hear anything. He thinks I’m losing my mind. He says it’s all a bunch of bullshit. I have talked about moving but he won’t hear of it.”

Pennny was scared, that much was certain. From what I had read about these things, what I had been exposed to, I could tell the house where she lived was definitely not a happy place. Her description of the big eye was very disconcerting. It really made me uneasy; it sounded demonic.

“Hey, I’m no expert,” I interjected, “but if I were you, I would just move out. That eye thing just doesn’t sound good, ya know? Think about it. If somehow Norman doesn’t see the light and you think you need help give me a call. I might know someone who can help. But really...move!”

Earlier that month, my friend Dave and I were out in front of his apartment. It was dusk. Things just felt really weird. We were talking with his neighbor Carol. As we talked, Dave got more and more agitated. The creeping darkness didn’t feel right, and I began to feel very uncomfortable. There was a subsonic buzz that just kept getting louder and louder. Some of the cicadas had managed to get into my skull. They were singing away. But you could feel it on the outside, too. Carol didn’t seem to notice it at all.

Dave finally excused himself for a minute and went in to his place. Moments later he came out with an ornate bag full of colored corn. Indian corn, I think they call it. He said he was having a feud with someone in his neighborhood. He poured some of the kernels out. He did some hand passes over the corn while mumbling to himself. He then threw it to the northeast with a great amount of force and flair. I heard the weirdest howl, then these strange crackling noises. The buzzing immediately stopped, and the uncomfortable feeling dissipated.

Dave told me that he was a medicine man. He had just thrown sacred corn at his adversary. He raised his eyebrow when I told him what I had heard. He gave me the bag of the corn in case I should need it. I figured Dave would be able to help out. I made a mental note to tell him about Penny the next time I saw him.

Back at the concert, darkness had fallen; I had to get to work. Penny and I talked throughout the festival but her house didn’t enter the conversation again. I finished the gig, and then continued on to a busy summer. I promptly forgot everything she told me. But I would be reminded soon enough.

Labor Day Weekend

I went over to hang out with my friend and mentor Samantha. In Florida, during the summer, if you live in an older house you keep it dark inside because it stays much cooler that way. Samantha was sitting in a pool of lamplight. The effect was somewhat dramatic. My eyes were first drawn there, but then I realized there was someone sitting back in the corner of the room in the shadows. When the woman leaned forward, I was startled by her disheveled appearance; I wasn’t sure who it was. It dawned on me it was Penny!

There was something very, very wrong with her. She looked twice her age; the black circles under her eyes were entrenched deeply like unholy scars. Her hair looked as though the Addams Family’s Grand Mama was her stylist. There was an uneasiness about her; she kept giving little furtive glances to the corners of the room expecting to see something. She seemed to be getting glimpses of things Samantha and I could not perceive.

Her husband had left for a video shoot halfway around the world in the Soviet Union. He was to be gone for at least five weeks. Trying to get any communication in or out from behind the iron curtain was nearly impossible. Norm was effectively out of the picture for some time to come. This left Penny at home, with her child and something abhorrent, alone. Whatever was manifesting there clearly understood her vulnerability. The spirits were capitalizing on it. The activity had ramped up. Her son’s imaginary friend became scary and wicked in nature. She started to worry about his safety.

She said, “It was the last straw when I looked over and Michael was arguing with his imaginary friend. He was floating 6 inches off of the floor. I finally sent him to stay with my parents in Tallahassee. But now I’m all alone in the house.”

She paused for a moment and then continued, “Robbie, it’s every night. That damned eye. I close my eyes and there it is pulling me out of my body, always pulling me. Showing me things I don’t want to see. Making me do things I don’t want to do. It always takes me to the other apartment on the property, and to that old man. When I am awake, the noise and racket is constant. The scratching, the banging—it seems to never stop. When I’m in the kitchen, I can see a weird, twisted party happening on the balcony, complete with maniacal laughter and haughty carrying on, but I can’t make out anything clear. I can hear a bunch of people constantly moving around. I can see their shadows through the shades but I sure as hell am not going out there. I’ve moved into the downstairs room. When I need something from the kitchen or anywhere else upstairs, I run up as quickly as possible, grab what I need, and run back down the stairs to hide in the bedroom. I’m afraid to go to sleep and I’m afraid to stay awake.”

It had finally gotten to be too much for her. The night before, she decided to sleep at the landlord’s house. After the landlord and his girlfriend had gone to bed, Penny just lay there on the floor of living room, afraid to fall asleep. She heard a strange noise coming from the kitchen. It was a loud banging that made her catch her breath. When she got up the nerve, she turned her head to look in. What she saw, much to her horror, was the stove dancing. It was there doing a little Irish jig, hopping back and forth, all around. This was just the beginning. The true terror set in as she watched the hardwood floor on the far side of the living room bulge upward. A large wave the width of the room formed in the floor, and rolled straight for her. It threw her up in the air and continued on. When it hit the wall, it bounced back, lifting her, then letting her crash to the floor again as it returned to the other side of the room. She screamed, grabbed her purse, and ran out with what little she had with her.

She hadn’t been back since. Samantha and I both worked hard to convince her to check into a hotel. We told her, no matter what, not to go back to that house.

I tried to console her: “I have a friend who might be willing to help you. I don’t know what his schedule is but I’m sure he would at least like to check it out.”

“No one will be there this weekend. My landlord is out of town for the holiday. There are three buildings on the property. The main house is a bungalow. The other two buildings are cracker houses [a raised cottage–style home prevalent in the South] with a living area upstairs and a garage with a separate shop room downstairs. In my building, the one facing the school, the workshop has been turned into a small bedroom. That’s the room where I’m staying. The center of the activity is the empty apartment above the landlord’s workshop, in the house behind the main house. That’s where the old man always takes me first, when he pulls me out of my body. Please, go by and take a look. I wish you could check out that other apartment. It’s empty but you’ll have to wait for my landlord, Clevis, to get back.” She paused for a moment, remembering.

She added that a couple of years before a 4-year-old in the neighborhood disappeared. They searched everywhere for her, but she vanished without a trace. Clevis just happened to go up into the apartment around dusk. When he went up there he found a very scared and confused little girl. She really couldn’t explain how she had gotten in there. But she kept going on about the old man with the beard that had been there, waiting for her. So while the girl was returned unharmed (at least physically) to her parents, the event totally freaked Clevis out. Ever since then he’d kept the apartment locked up tight as a drum.

“When do you think he’ll return?”

“Unfortunately he won’t be back until Tuesday around noon, at the earliest. You know, though, if the house wants you to go in, it’ll let you.”

Sure it will....

David Rountree, AES, has been researching the paranormal since 1976.  He is the executive director of SPIRIT LAB, a scientific research organization based in Hackettstown, NJ, where he lives. He has become a fixture in the paranormal world as the authority on the technology of ghost hunting with his book Paranormal Technology. As a balance to his scientific side, David is also a shaman who practices wolf medicine.

Robbie Lunt, CEE, CTS, is an arcanologist currently residing in Washoe Valley, Nevada. He has been performing energy-work in both Tai Chi and Reiki for more than 20 years. Robbie is also a proud member of The Way of Nature fellowship. When he’s not doing research or haunting a theatre, you will find him kayaking or skiing in the Sierra Nevadas.

Visit the book's site on the web at http://demonstreetusa.com/


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lost Secrets of the Gods: An Excerpt from Paul Von Ward

There is much more to history than what has officially been recorded.  Many ancient cultures spoke and wrote of visitors that gave them knowledge and helped share their societies. Who were they, and where did they come from?

Lost Secrets of the Gods reveals startling truths and asks fascinating questions traditional historians have long ignored.


Below we join Paul Von Ward as he examines a hypothesis that We Are the Aliens. This portion is an excerpt from his essay that appears in the anthology.

Almost all ancient cultures, including Hindu, Sumerian, Egyptian, and Chinese cultures, told stories and created artwork and artifacts that represented alleged contact with aliens from the skies thousands of years ago. Most modern people conceptualize aliens as the small gray beings that were found in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. Other popular representations range from the fearsome reptilians to Nordic types that could be our half-siblings.

The word alien is used as either noun or adjective. As an adjective, it can denote something strange, foreign or unfamiliar, or someone who was born elsewhere. As a noun, it designates any life-form with origins/genetic roots in another planet. However, given the universe as we know it, I believe that the use of the word alien to separate humans from other advanced species can no longer be considered accurate. This is because most of the aliens inhabiting planet Earth right now are—human beings.  Yes, we are the aliens.

Astronomers now believe that billions of planets throughout our universe are likely to have resources and conditions sufficiently similar to those of Earth to produce intelligent life. But, afraid of shaking up both major religions and Darwinism, they minimize the odds of life “out there” that is more advanced than our own. That said, researchers in the fields of physics, biology, and chemistry suggest that the principles that nurture life on Earth are universal. We humans on planet Earth do not hold a monopoly on life. Given the relatively young age of our planet, it would be foolish to think we are leading the way in the development of consciousness, intelligence, and technology. Indeed, we are still incapable of discerning the presence of other beings if they have hidden themselves using “cloaking technology”—an ability we do not yet have.

Given all this, science in the 21st century should be pointing toward two new hypotheses: one, that highly advanced beings (ABs), far beyond us in knowledge of the universe, have colonized and still are colonizing our planet; and two, that humans have some genes in common with these aliens. These hypotheses lead us in the direction of what I call the advanced being intervention theory (AB-IT). In fact, persuasive evidence described in books by this author1 and others in this anthology suggests that such ABs have already had a significant impact on human history, and have already visited Earth during several discrete periods throughout history, including the present day. This essay discusses how tangible and credible evidence found in multiple locations and from disparate time periods demonstrates how modern humans came to have genetic links with an unearthly species. Given such evidence, we can no longer claim to be the sole native citizens of Earth. We humans must now place ourselves under the rubric of alien.

A Genetic Puzzle
Is it possible to prove that humans share AB genes? First, we know that complex genetic shifts, through accidental or environmentally based mutations, take a very long time. Second, we know that the history of Homo sapiens sapiens has fossil gaps and inexplicable quick mutations—quite different from all other species on Earth. Such seemingly instantaneous mutations require an explanation other than the “magical wand” espoused by supernatural religions.
The AB-IT is based on tangible evidence from different periods and events in human evolution that cannot be explained by the present “official” history of the human race. One category of evidence includes anomalous physical characteristics which are rooted in the human genome. Examples are height and limb proportions; skin, hair, and eye color; and longevity. All of these traits are controlled by the human genome. In cultures of the Abrahamic religious tradition, a very well-known account of such evidence is found in the Dead Sea scrolls.2 It goes something like this: When Noah was born, his father Lameck was alarmed at his strange physical appearance. In that period the proto-Hebrews were aware that a group of ABs maintained surveillance over their tribe. In their language of that era, they labeled these beings as their Watchers—the Nephilim.

So Lameck went to his father, Methuselah, and told him of his concerns about Noah’s blue eyes, curly reddish hair, and pale white skin—all uncharacteristic for their tribe. Methuselah then went to Enoch, who went to his father, Jared. Alleged then to be 600 years old, Jared responded that in his youth, ABs from the sky came down to earth and seduced the daughters of men. This story could not have assuaged Lameck’s fears. However, Noah allegedly survived the 11,500 bp cataclysm3 and lived for 950 years. He added his half-AB genes to his progeny, producing generations of AB-human hybrids. They then apparently seeded this DNA among leading families of the proto-Hebrews and Hyksos in the Near East. Consequently, later generations with partial Watcher genomes likely mixed with groups of Homo sapiens elsewhere in the world. These “Noah-like” features have been identified in the rulers of several regions in the premodern world. These families date from both before and after the cataclysm. Similar accounts of ABs interbreeding with “daughters of men” are also found in Egyptian traditions. A long series of Egyptian rulers reportedly had light skin and small stature as a result of a mixed genealogy. As well, similar Aboriginal stories exist on several continents.

AB-IT Methodology
 Given this robust body of evidence, Noah’s tale can be used to illustrate a logical and reliable scientific methodology that can be used by researchers to evaluate potential AB-IT cases. Its procedures can be used to develop reasonable counters to skeptical challenges. They force researchers to be clear about what they think happened and to demonstrate why they have a solid basis for their claims.

Proving AB manipulation in the evolution of our ancestors requires at least four stages. The first is identification of historical clues contained in reports (words or images) from earlier humans which describe their interactions with nonhumans. The next is a search for relevant and tangible evidence that supports the historical story and its clues. Sometimes different types of evidence lead to varying explanations for the theory. Evidence that appears to undermine the hypothesis must be examined. Third, different areas of evidence must be assessed and compared to determine which is the most plausible. This process, with simple and direct logic, must demonstrate a reasonable expectation that further research will support the AB thesis. The final step must then determine if contradictory evidence exists that can nullify the best explanation. This means the null hypothesis, called X, would have to prove that AB intervention could not be responsible for the AB-IT evidence. If we desire more credibility, these four steps are necessary in evaluating the areas of alien evidence in this book and others. Examples in this essay include research that involves gigantic aberrations found in human-like skulls and skeleton fossils. Another area is reportedly extremely long life-spans among groups of pre-cataclysmic humans.

First, let’s test the thesis that Noah’s strange features described above could have been the result of genetic mutations that involved sexual intercourse with more advanced beings. Using the four-step process, we must be meticulous in describing the evidence and clear about the logic used to assess it.

Skin, hair, and eye color


Clues: Similar stories to that described in the Hebrew tale of Noah exist in many cultures and languages, suggesting that his circumstances reflect multiple-culture experiences. The Persians have their version, with a Zal/Sham pair, and the Chinese report that Lao-Tze was born with white hair. They also relate the same peculiar physical features to AB origins. The written records and oral traditions make it clear that such lighter hair, eyes, and skin were exceptions to the normal dark features of all other humans of that era.

Evidence. Extended families with the same exotic features were later identified among early Europeans, Polynesians, Mayans, and other North and Southern Americans. Ancient traditions described them as more knowledgeable and skilled than other humans at the time. Some groups of these seemingly superior humans were very small, almost pygmy-sized, rather than the 4- to 5-feet average height of humans at the time.

Anthropologist and author Susan B. Martinez4 has amassed impregnable evidence of these exceptional ancestors of modern-day humans. When 16th-century European explorers invaded the Andes they found small groups of pale-skinned people with blond/reddish hair and blue eyes. These strange people seemed to be more intelligent than the natives, but the Spanish conquistadors, who were looking for gold and slaves, massacred them. Indigenous traditions considered these murdered people as a superior caste who were rulers in much earlier civilizations.

People with similarly unexpected physical features were discovered in several other areas of South America by other explorers. There was the bearded, Caucasian race around Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, and the blond, light-skinned natives in the Inca regions of Peru5 and Chile. Similar pale-skinned people at one time lived in Venezuela (interestingly, in a village called Atlan—as in Atlantis). Another settlement, similarly named, was inhabited by a pale-skinned people in Panama. Other such people were reportedly found on Caribbean islands and in Surinam. The families bearing such features stood out from the general population and in fact were often considered members of a royal line descended from earlier ABs. A historical review of relevant documents, ancient mummies, and art suggests that these “Noahs” were often found in leadership roles in different cultures and regions of the globe.

Comparisons: One hypothesis6 has been publicly offered as an explanation for the Noah light skin/eye/hair syndrome. It claims albinism, necessarily started by a singular genetic mutation, is the origin of all Caucasian Homo sapiens. However, albinism is a genetic condition that runs through all racial groups, not just the roots of a single race. Moreover, only a small percentage of all people are albinism carriers. With one flawed gene, 50 percent of these apparently normal individuals can pass it on, but it takes two carriers—both parents bearing this gene—to produce a child with albinism. In such cases the odds of conceiving a child with albinism are one out of four. These limitations could not possibly produce a Noah-like caste. The flawed gene/albinism hypothesis, based on a one-time isolated mutation, cannot account for an advanced group of families described as the bluebloods or royals who lived in many regions. A more systemic process is necessary to develop a subspecies consistent with the historical narrative of ABs mixing with early humans.

Nullification: Geneticists believe that humans, unlike animals, have not been around long enough and have not been sufficiently isolated for their genome to have evolved into races or subspecies.7 Consistent with the AB-IT approach is the fact that science cannot definitively identify a zero-point genetic basis for today’s so-called racial categories. Geneticists say identifying the origins for our present phenotype groups is impossible. One reason is that comparisons must be made among the DNA databases of living populations. The samples are geographically incomplete and not “identical to what existed in the past.”8 With the random fractured-gene, accidental-mutation explanation for either albinism or a white, blond, blue-eyed race being disqualified, no other available hypothesis can disprove the Noah narrative. Given our present knowledge of sexual gene-mixing and genetic engineering, the odds that ABs interbred with human females is formidable.

Paul Von Ward, MPA, MSc, is an interdisciplinary cosmologist and author of Children of a Living Universe (2014), We've Never Been Alone: A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention (2011), The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation (2008), among other books and articles.  An avid traveler who has visited 100 countries, his cultural lens is wide enough to cope with many realities.  For 20 years Paul focused on evidence of non-human intelligence in a multidimensional universe. His research includes human and nonhuman consciousness and the influence of advanced beings (ABs) on human development.  He studies reactions to AB intervention and humanity's role among Earth's many species.


Notes:
1. Paul Von Ward. We’ve Never Been Alone. Hampton Roads Publishing. Charlottesville, VA. 2011.
2. Genesis Apocryphon 3.17 of Dead Sea Scrolls (not accepted in the Bible, but clearly of Hebrew origin).
3. Allan, D. S., and J. B. Delair, Cataclysm: Compelling Evidence of a Cosmic Catastrophe in 9,500 B.C. Bear and Company, 1997.)
4. Susan B. Martinez. Lost History of the Little People. Bear & Company. Rochester, VT. 2013. pp. 156-9.
5. In 1998 the author personally examined some of their mummies in the Nazca Museum Peru.
7. The world’s apparent oldest cave art made by Neanderthals (40+ kbp) adds to evidence that they were not a distinct species.
   

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Creature of the Month: One-Eye: The Monster of Lake Granbury By Nick Redfern


Every year, in the city of Dallas, Texas (which is just a short drive from my Arlington home) I do a series of lectures on the subject of cryptozoology, otherwise known as the study of unknown animals. They are lectures organized by one of the local school-districts for kids aged from about 7 to 9.

Of course, they love hearing about such things as Bigfoot, Nessie, the Chupacabra, and the Yeti. And they love to pick my brains with a mass of questions!

But, it’s not just the kids that find the lectures intriguing. Occasionally, a parent or several will come along, to see what’s going on. And, sometimes, they will even share a story of the notable and intriguing kind.

In November 2013 – the month in which the most recent of my lectures took place – I had one parent come up to me and share a fascinating story. It all revolved around a supposed monster lurking in a certain, large body of water, one that is situated only a relatively short drive from where I live. Its name is Lake Granbury.

Before we get to the meat of the matter, a word or two about Lake Granbury is in order. Constructed in 1969, it serves as a dam for the Brazos River, which is the lake’s primary inflow. At more than 1,200 miles long, the Brazos River is the 11th longest river in the United States. And Lake Granbury is hardly small either: it has a surface area of 8,310 acres.

The approximately 75-foot-deep lake is home to wide and varied kinds of fish, including catfish, bass, gar, and sunfish. It’s a popular spot for a bit of fun, too: water-skiing, boating, and fishing are all very popular on weekends and holidays.

As far as the resident monster is concerned, it goes by the name of One Eye and is described as a classic lake-monster: dark gray in color, with a long neck, and a hump-like back. Irish creature-seeker Ronan Coghlan says: “Whether it has attained a one-eyed state by accident or whether it is naturally one-eyed, I cannot say.”


Although the lake itself is less than half a century old, the Brazos River has a long history of sightings of huge fish and mysterious creatures. Native Americans and early Spaniards talked of something terrible and savage lurking in the river. In 2010, a huge gar was hauled out of its waters.

Accounts such as these have given rise to the theory that the association between lake, dam, and river has, somehow, allowed the monsters to find their way into Lake Granbury. And, just maybe, there is some truth to the story; maybe a lot of truth. All of which brings us back to the story told to me one Friday afternoon, in a small classroom in Highland Park, a town of around 8,500 in central Dallas.

As the account went, it was a Saturday afternoon in August 1999. The woman in question was standing on a stretch of shoreline – which, I was later able to determine, was not at all far from a row of houses – hanging out with her then-boyfriend, now her husband.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, and at a distance of about forty-feet, a large animal lurched out of the water and, for about ten or fifteen seconds, partially beached itself on the land. It thrashed around violently, finally managing to return to the waters and vanishing into the depths. The utterly shocked couple estimated the animal was around seventeen-to-twenty feet in length, with a body-thickness of close to two-feet.

Very interestingly, the woman did not describe the creature as resembling a long-extinct plesiosaur, as so many other witnesses have in times past and present. Rather, she had no doubt whatsoever that it was a gigantic eel. As both she and her boyfriend fished regularly, they knew an eel when they saw it. But not usually – or, indeed, ever – of this size!

Certainly, the world of conventional zoology will assure you that eels simply do not – and cannot – reach such immense sizes. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Are the legends of One Eye based on sightings of giant eels? If so, how could they get so monstrously huge? The theories and the answers may intrigue you.

Richard Freeman, the Zoological Director of Britain’s Center for Fortean Zoology (CFZ), says: “Common eels swim out to the Sargasso Sea to breed then die. The baby eels follow scent trails back to their ancestral fresh waters homes and the cycle begins again. Sometimes, however, a mutation occurs and the eel is sterile. These stay in fresh water and keep on growing. Known as eunuch eels, no-one knows how old they get or how big.”

The CFZ’s head-honcho, Jon Downes, offers the following: “In February 2004 two Canadian tourists came upon a 25-foot eel floating in the shallows of Loch Ness. At first they thought it was dead but when it began to move they beat a hasty retreat.”

Roland Watson, the author of an excellent book, The Water Horses of Loch Ness, says at his Loch Ness Mystery blog that, “…it is well known that Loch Ness is teeming with eels. No one knows accurately how many eels inhabit the loch because of their behavior. This is because eels are classed as benthic or ‘bottom feeders’ in that they tend to live on or close to the surface of a sea or lake bottom.”

Jon Downes adds: “One theory suggests that these rare, naturally occurring, mutations may now be on the increase due to pollution. PCBs [polychlorinated biphenyls] have long been implicated in causing sterility in fish. Could they be causing more eunuch eels in the deep lakes of Scotland?”

Maybe that is exactly what is happening. And, perhaps, not just in Scottish lochs! One Eye might not be just a legend, after all…

Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including his new release Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind . He has appeared on more than 70 TV shows, including: Fox News; the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the History Channel’s Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets, Ancient Aliens, and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s CountdownNick writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Mysterious Universe, and Fate.

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