Azeban – the raccoon trickster spirit

trickster raccoon

Azeban also known as Azban, Asban and Azaban, is a spirit god known to native American Abenaki and Penobscot people, who inhabited (and still do) the north eastern parts of America and Canada.

Azeban appears as a raccoon who plays low level tricks on people, other animals and beings. These are mostly harmless mischievous acts, which come off as comedic at times and the aim is to steal food or gain attention.

The legends of this spirit have mostly been told as children stories in these native tribes. Azeban does not cause any serious harm or trouble as he is not considered to be evil at heart.

The powers of Azeban are in part a reflection of real raccoons that is speed, stealth, powerful claws and climbing abilities. On-top of that it is able to use some magical abilities like disappearance and ultra fast speed.

Surprisingly we have a modern day version of Azeban in the form of the famous Marvel comics and Guardians of the Galaxy character of ‘Rocket Raccoon’. There are many similarities between this character and the spirit of Azeban. Including the compulsion to steal things Rocket Raccoon is fast and slick in it’s abilities, he also likes to play alot of tricks and pranks, however is good at heart.

 

If someone was to go on a search for this being, here is a map of where this spirit may manifest itself:

 

 

 

Existence of vampires – 6 unknown facts and legends

Dexistence of vampiresid you know legends of the existence of entities which are similar to our modern understanding of vampires have existed since known history. It is only natural to assume that pre-historic homo-sapiens (humans) had notions of such entities as well.

Although much is said in popular culture these days there are many facts and legends which very few people know regarding the true history, origins and nature of vampires.

Here are 6 such facts and legends about vampire which are very less well known:

  1. In the bronze age nearly 5000 years ago (3000 BC), in ancient Mesopotamia which is widely considered the cradle of civilisation and the origins of written language and known history, people were afraid of certain spirits / demons which were believed to gain power from draining the blood of individuals. These were considered to be immortals and attacked mostly after dark.
  2. Legends of such entities also existed in the ancient Greek, Roman, Hebrew and Egyptian cultures.
  3. The transition of such entities into the more human form which we are familiar with these days is generally unknown however according to some theories it likely started after a very powerful spirit / demon possessed a human and in that form sucked the blood from another person in turn transferring the demonised blood into the victim who then survived but still contained this blood. Such instances may have occurred on multiple occasions in history, however most of the victims did not survive until one finally did.
  4. The term vampire has relatively recent origins, first appearing in english language roughly in 1734 AD, however this was adapted from German where the word Vampir had existed from much earlier, this in turn had origins in other languages. The root leads to it originating from the tartar language, which is a type of Turkic (spoken in modern Turkey), the original word was ‘Ubyr’ which means ‘witch’.
  5. Vampire have a unknown connection to witches, this appears to be in ancient history as this connection is rarely made these days. This is illustrated through the fact that the origins of the word seems to be from a word which actually meant witch and of the connection between spirits/demons and witch craft.
  6. Contrary to current popular belief the ancient folklores of vampires do not restrict their movement in day-light, this seems to have been added on in the 19th century. This does not imply that they move freely during the day as after dark is the best time to move un-detected and evade capture.

 

 

Zlatorog – Goldhorn | Legendary creature guarding treasures

Zlatorog - GoldhornGoldhorn also known as Goldenhorn or Zlatorog is a legendary creature known to local cultures in Slovenia. According to the legends this creature is an immortal that is seen to reside around mount Triglav. This mountain which is snow covered throughout the year is the highest peak in Slovenia and the Julian Alps.

The Zlatorog’s outward appearance is that of a goat with golden horns. In local stories the blood of the Zlatorog has supernatural healing powers, curing all ailments, disease and even ageing. In fact where the blood of the Zlatorog falls there is a trail of special flowers which are said to posses similar healing properties. The Zlatorog is said to guard immense riches and treasures hidden around mount Triglav and anyone who attempts to get their hands on these has to face the wrath of the Goldhorn, who has tremendous magical abilities and strength, not unlike a dragon guarding it’s treasures.

Although generally believed to be a myth, there is testimony from witnesses having seen the legendary Zlatorog. If we know anything it is that we know nothing for sure and nature can surprise us when we least expect it. So it may be that there are treasures to be discovered deep in the highest peaks of the snow covered Julian Alps.

Here is a map of the known location:

Chalawa – A lesser known paranormal trickster

chalawaHave you ever heard of the ‘Chalawa’ ? You might have if you have some links to subcontinental Asia.

Chalawa is a Urdu/Hindi which was made up long ago at an unknown time in history by local people who attempted to describe this paranormal being after seeing what it did.

Translated in English it would mean something akin to ‘the jumper’ or ‘the one that jumps’.

Very less is formally known about this being and very few report having seen it, this is likely because this being is very fast and evasive. Although large in size it usually places itself in unusual places which people tend to ignore and with it’s huge long legs it can jump great distances very quickly making him difficult to follow.

The ‘Chalawa’ is a kind of trickster and there have been no reports of it causing any real harm to people, however due it’s size and eerily long body it can be a frightening entity to spot on the top of a high wall or the roof of a house.

The usual acts the Chalawa does is mess up outdoor furniture or knock on doors that not easily accessible from the outside e.g a door on the 2nd or 3rd floor which open onto a balcony top of a building. It can also place it self for split seconds on high up structures like roofs, walls, poles, balconies etc and can been seen jumping enormous distances in split seconds. I prefers open places which are close to nature e.g rural areas and small towns.

Visually it has been reported to look like a very tall man with a blank expression and known to wear a white cloth on it’s body.

Origin: Although little is known, there are different local tales about the chalawa one of them being that it is a ghost originating from the death of a foetus in utero, howevere the link between them does not appear to be explained or may have been lost in history.