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Animal Mutilations, Disappearances and other mysteries
At our February meeting we discussed animal mutilations and also looked at a couple of other "livestock mysteries", one being associated with a UFO case we are very familiar with.
The earliest known documented outbreak of unexplained livestock deaths occurred in early 1606 "...about the city of London and some of the shires adjoining. Whole slaughters of sheep have been made, in some places to number 100, in others less, where nothing is taken from the sheep but their tallow and some inward parts, the whole carcasses, and fleece remaining still behind. Of this sundry conjectures, but most agree that it tendeth towards some fireworks." The outbreak was noted in the official records of the Court of James I of England. Charles Fort collected many accounts of cattle mutilations that occurred in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. John Keel mentioned investigating animal mutilation cases in 1966 (while with Ivan T. Sanderson) that were being reported in the Upper Ohio River Valley, around Gallipolis, Ohio. The phenomenon remained largely unknown outside cattle-raising communities until 1967, when the Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, Colorado, published a story about a horse named Lady near Alamosa, Colorado, that was mysteriously killed and mutilated. The story was republished by the wider press and distributed nationwide; this case was the first to feature speculation that extraterrestrial beings and unidentified flying objects were associated with mutilation.
We looked at a couple of short videos on cattle mutilation. The first describing an unexplained phenomenon and showing witnesses who were clearly of the opinion that something mysterious was going on, while the second gave a more prosaic explanation and showed how natural predation can look very odd.
The Unexplained Files: Cattle Mutilation
Cattle Mutilation Explained
The link below also looks at natural predation in relation to mutilated animals.
We then looked at a case from 2011, not of mutilated animals but of a very large number of sheep that vanished overnight from a field in Lincolshire. Was this a case of sheep rustling or something more mysterious? The relevant part of the video starts about five minutes in but the UFO sightings detailed at the start are interesting in themselves.
The Lincolnshire Triangle - The sheep that vanished
And finally we looked at the case of the cows from the Alan Godfrey case. These cows didn't disappear and as far as we are aware were all in good health when they were found. They were however somehow relocated to a place they shouldn't have been able to get to. The video in the link is very poor quality but it is what is being said that matters. Well worth listening to.
Alan Godfrey - The missing cows
The Realien Movement
At our March meeting Kate Preston gave a presentation on the Realien Movement. Wikipedia describes it in this way; "Raëlism is a UFO religion that was founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon (b. 1946), now known as Raël. The Raëlian Movement teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extraterrestrials, which they call the Elohim"
Kate would like to point out that she isn't a member of the movement and doesn't agree with all their beliefs but does find them interesting.
Some things from the past, be they huge edifices or small objects continue to baffle. At our November meeting we looked at some of these with presentations from Lapis members Kate and Suzanne.
The Bosnian Pyramids
In 2005 Sam Osmanagich, a Bosnian who has lived in Texas for a number of years, announced the discovery of a pyramid complex in Visoko, 15 miles northwest of Sarajevo. While many have embraced his theories they are still not accepted in all circles.
Kate has visited the area on two occasions and one one of these was involved with the ongoing excavations as a volunteer.
At our recent meeting she gave us an update on the project and showed us some of her personal photographs.
The following videos are a good introduction to the theory and there is lots more to be found online.
Stone Circles in Africa and the Power of Sound
The other, also controversial theory we looked at was the work of Michael Tellinger.
This is a man who’s lead an interesting life. Tellinger earned a degree in pharmacy, and then spent the 80s and 90s as a stage musical actor, film technician, and musician who has released at least 13 CDs.
Our interest though was his theory that stone structures in South Africa are actually a form of ancient stone circle.
The shapes of these structures resemble the patterns we see in sound wave experiments;
On the subject of sound, acoustic levitation is a real thing;
And this is how it works;
We had a really good attendance at our October meeting so thanks to everyone who came along. The subject up for discussion was the very real and well documented phenomena of unexplained lights.
This is something that occurs in locations all over the world but we focused on three areas.
The first of these is Hessdalen in Norway. Here unexplained lights have been witnessed since at least the 1930s but significantly since 1983 Project Hessdalen has been studying the lights. This scientific study was initiated by UFO groups but has since been taken over by academic institutions, resulting in the collection of invaluable data as well as some amazing footage.
The Longdendale Valley in northern England is an area well known for all kinds of unexplained happenings with mystery lights being just one aspect. These have been seen for generations and are still being reported. Dr David Clarke had spent many years documenting the reports.
The third area we looked at was Carleton Moor in North Yorkshire. This area has been the site of many strange events and has been the location for many LAPIS skywatches over the years. In 1990 several Lapis members witnessed one of these events. The sighting is summarised by one of the witnesses as follows:
August 1990. Approximately 1.30am on a warm summer’s night with clear skies. Four members of FUFOIG (Fylde UFO Investigation Group) were skywatching on Elslack Moor when they observed 4 yellow balls of lights in close formation moving across Carleton Moor to the east side of the Standrise Plantation. No aircraft lights were observed on the objects, and no noise was heard to be emitted. The objects appeared to move with a constant speed and motion before disappearing from view behind Broughton Hill.
Lapis member John Q has been researching the fascinating subject of Japanese legends. He has found a wealth of material, so much in fact that we couldn’t get through it all in one meeting.
We were introduced to the Kuchisake-onna (slit- mouthed woman) , the Teke Teke and the tragedies of Aokigahara , also known as the suicide forest.
The Kuchisake-Onna is a woman who wears a medical mask and asks young people if she's pretty. She is, so they say yes. That's when she removes her mask and reveals that her mouth has been slit open on both sides. At this point, she asks if the child thinks she's pretty now. If the child says no, she cuts them in half. If they say yes, she slits their mouth exactly like hers. The only way to escape is to give a neutral answer, “you’re OK, about average” which will confuse her and give enough time to escape, or to throw sweets at her feet. She will stop to pick them up, again giving her intended victim time to make their escape.
The earliest versions of this story go back as far as the Edo period in Japanese history, between 1603 and 1868.
In the late 1970s there was a genuine scare that the Kuchisake-Onna was real and was about about, to the point where teachers were escorting children home from school.
Teke Teke is more of an urban legend than a regular myth, as it's reasonably new. She's the spirit of a girl who tripped on some train tracks and was cut in half by an oncoming train. Now she crawls around looking for other people to share her fate, which she facilitates by cutting them in half with a scythe.
There's a variant of the Teke Teke myth about a girl named Reiko Kashima, who was also cut in half by a train; now she wanders toilets and asks people who are on the toilet if they know where her legs are. If people don't answer with "The Meishin Railway," she cuts off their legs, which is bad at the best of times, let alone when you're sitting on the loo!
The Aokigahara forest lies at the base of Mount Fuji, less than 100 miles west of Tokyo. Locally, it is also known under the name of Jukai ("Sea of Trees") because of its very high density of trees.
It is also very sought-after by tourists because there are two caves located here, The Ice Cave and the Wind Cave.
It is a unique forest in many ways; there is barely any wildlife in here, thus it is very quiet, making it a popular destination among locals. However, this quietness hides a more macabre side of it as the Aokigahara is the number one suicide spot for Japanese.
Called “the perfect place to die,”it has the unfortunate distinction of the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with 78 suicides in 2002 and 105 in 2003.
As urban legends go these are, I’m sure you will agree that these are pretty gruesome. However there are parallels in western culture, with the tales serving as warnings not to engage in dangerous behaviour – don’t wander off the main road and talk to strangers and never, ever venture on to the train tracks and be careful not to trip. Good advice really isn’t it?
Wikipedia defines a timeslip as “ a plot device used in fantasy and science fiction in which a person, or group of people, seem to travel through time by unknown means for a period of time” However this phenomena has been reported throughout history as something very real.
Numerous reports can be found but a particularly interesting case, and the one we focused on at our July meeting is the Moberly-Jourdain Incident in Versailles, France, in 1901.
Charlotte Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain were professional women working in academia, a rare thing indeed in those days. In August 1901, while Moberly was staying with Jourdain in her Paris apartment they visited the Palace of Versailles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Versailles
After touring the Palace they decided to visit the Petit Trianon ( a small chateau in the palace grounds) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petit_Trianon
Despite having a guide book they soon got lost, but noticed people going about their business and saw old farm machinery. There was a feeling of oppression and dreariness.
They asked directions from some rather oddly dressed men who they took to be gardeners and were told to go straight on. Jourdain remembered seeing a cottage with a woman and young girl outside, unmoving like a Madame Tussauds waxwork. Moberly didn’t see this but felt the atmosphere change and wrote that “Everything suddenly looked unnatural, therefore unpleasant; even the trees seemed to become flat and lifeless, like wood worked in tapestry. There were no effects of light and shade, and no wind stirred the trees.”
They then came upon a man who they described as having a repulsive expression with a very dark complexion marked with smallpox. Another man came up to them, this one tall and wearing a sombrero hat and directed them to the Petit Trianon.
After crossing a bridge they arrived at the gardens and Moberly noticed a fair haired lady wearing an old fashioned dress, she later came to believe that this was Marie Antoinette, Jordain didn’t see her at all.
After this they joined other visitors, and eventually returned to Paris and Jourdain’s appartment.
They didn’t discuss the incident until a week later, when Moberly asked her friend if she thought the Petit Trianon was haunted. Jourdian answered that she thought it was.
They visited the place again several times but were never able to find the path they took that day and landmarks such as a bridge were missing.
In 1911 they published a book “An Adventure” detailing their experience, under the pseudonyms of Elizabeth Morrison and Frances Lamont.
Interestingly, in 1903 an old map of the gardens was found. It showed a bridge where the women claimed to have crossed one that had not been on any other map.
An Adventure: A true story about time travel Paperback is available from Amazon and is free to read on Kindle Unlimited.