Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942) was born in a suburb of St. Petersburg. He studied in 1898 at Anton AžbeArt School in Munich, then under Ilya Repin in St. Peterburg. In 1902-1904 Bilibin travelled in the Russian North, where he became fascinated with old wooden architecture and Russian folklore. He published his findings in the monograph Folk Arts of the Russian Northin 1904. Another influence on his art was traditional Japanese prints.

Bilibin died during the Siege of Leningrad February 7, 1942 and was buried in a collective grave.

Ancient Irish Superstitions

bibliotecha-secreta:

Concerning The Faeries

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  • There is a book, a little book, and the house which has it will never be burned; the ship that holds it will never founder; the woman who keeps it in her hand will be safe in childbirth. But none except a fairy man knows the name of the book, and he will not…

trickstersmakethisworld:

Scandinavian Folklore – Trolls

No creature frequents the stories and beliefs that make up the Scandinavian folklore as often as the trolls. Trolls often lived inside of mountains, and were then called mountain trolls or mountain people. They could also be found in big blocks of stone or simply underground. Few creatures of folklore have been quite as transformed by modern storytellers and toymakers as the trolls. We’re used to seeing them as clumsy and grotesque, furry human-like creatures. And of course they always have a tail. If only it would have been that simple!

But amongst the people of old trolls had a reputation as being very complex and cunning creatures. What they actually looked like is debatable, and often varies from place to place. There are also stories about them being able to change their appearance at will. Sometimes they could look just like humans, but much more beautiful of course!  

Trolls especially liked to take the shape of animals. If you happened upon a strange cat or dog walking about alone you should be extra careful, because those were the trolls favourite animals to transform into.

The trolls home-life was actually quite similar that of people, they lived in large families and kept animals. You could sometimes hear them shouting or smell their cooking deep in the mountains or forest.  And they also liked to make trouble for the humans nearby. They often sneaked into village and farms to attempt to steal food or beer. A clever farmer would protect himself by always carrying steel (like a troll cross).

But trolls stealing food was not the biggest problem. From time to time, a villager might disappear in the forest and then people would suspect them of having been mountain-taken, kidnapped by trolls.

 

So I got my Ancestry by DNA test results back this week and turns out I’m 19% Scandinavian. Surprised doesn’t begin to explain my reaction but it is pretty awesome to share some of this unique heritage.

thecivilwarparlor:

Gettysburg Ghost Video-Is this the Most Authentic Residual Haunting Ever Captured on Film? 

Footage taken at the triangular field Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg PA Oct 2001 by Delia Underwood.

Beginning with a small light you then see what looks like semi transparent soldiers moving through the trees. They seem to be walking uphill, even though the land there is currently flat. The actions of the figures seem to repeat themselves, indicating that this may be a residual haunting — a kind of recording on the environment. Some think the figures look like soldiers in gray Confederate uniforms.

Interview with Delia here: http://www.ghosttheory.com/2008/06/30/gt-interview-gettysburgs-ghost-video



If you’ve never seen this video, it’s worth a watch. I was shocked because last December my husband and I observed something similar on one of the lesser known areas of Gettysburg battlefield, known as South Cavalry Field.

The markers and access to this isolated area of the battle are on the Emmitsburg Road and if you’re not looking you’ll pass them right by. My husband and I decided the last night of our visit we were going to sit out here and just listen. We don’t use flashlights or detection equipment—we just use our 6th sense to experience whatever’s there.

We sat down on the north end of the field (by the marker) where we could get a good view of the whole area and the small swathe of trees across from us. And we waited.

After a while we started to see patches of white moving almost in a figure 8 pattern. It was the strangest thing. I couldn’t figure it out until my husband whispered, “they look like horses.” He was right—you could just make out their backs and rumps, like they were being led around.

Then we started to see that ‘firefly’ phenomena that seems to be particular to our experiences at Gettysburg. Little points of light moving in rows, as if with a purpose (see my previous post about Pardee Field).

Up until now we had been quietly observing like always when what happened next scared me so much we had to leave. In the woods across from us we heard someone walking in the dead leaves…it was loud. Now understand that this thin swathe of trees is illuminated on the other side by a street light and lights from 2 buildings—you can see straight through it. And we heard someone walking there that we could not see. That was it for me, I’d had enough.

South Cavalry Field is worth a visit. Many have no idea the carnage that went on here where charging riders and horses hit so hard limbs were severed in the impact. If any place in Gettysburg were most haunted, this would be the place. —beebalmtraveler
Monumental Hotel, Orlando, Florida.

Built in 2003 on old Florida cattle pasture, you wouldn’t think this relatively new hotel would be haunted.  But if you book a stay there with that attitude, you’d be  dead wrong. 

I went on a paranormal investigation there last night with a few family members in a group.  I’m not going to pump myself up and say this was a special thing—it was part of a ghost tour.  But don’t write this off just yet.

No one seems to know why this spot has activity.  There are several theories: the all metal roof with its unusual octagonal tower is a lighting rod for concentrated energy; employee deaths; the history of the land; it’s a mystery yet to be solved.  I’ll admit I was skeptical because this is a relatively new building—but I changed my tune real quick.

Before we met up for the tour I had to use the restroom. So I went to one in the hall over by the pool.  It was empty and quiet when I went in. While in one of the stalls I had this weird foreboding feeling.  I couldn’t shake the thought that someone was in the next stall to my left. I even bent down to check. Then I heard what sounded like fabric swishing and  actually saw a shadow move on the floor.  I got the f*** out of there fast.

Later we were on the 5th floor which is currently storage and unused offices from when this place was a time share.  Right away I felt this nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach—you know that angry adrenalin you get when you’re yelling at someone? I wrote it off until I saw a bright orb just fly through a completely dark room and disappear into the wall…and the flashlights our group had placed in different areas started to blink on and off.

All members of my family experienced some type of phenomena—from uncharacteristic sad/anger emotions to strange sensations of chest pressure to hair standing up on the back of our necks and arms.  We can’t explain it.

Naturally I try to take everything with a grain of salt but even I was surprised considering this hotel is only 11 years old.  Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.  
—beebalmtraveler

Monumental Hotel, Orlando, Florida.

Built in 2003 on old Florida cattle pasture, you wouldn’t think this relatively new hotel would be haunted. But if you book a stay there with that attitude, you’d be dead wrong.

I went on a paranormal investigation there last night with a few family members in a group. I’m not going to pump myself up and say this was a special thing—it was part of a ghost tour. But don’t write this off just yet.

No one seems to know why this spot has activity. There are several theories: the all metal roof with its unusual octagonal tower is a lighting rod for concentrated energy; employee deaths; the history of the land; it’s a mystery yet to be solved. I’ll admit I was skeptical because this is a relatively new building—but I changed my tune real quick.

Before we met up for the tour I had to use the restroom. So I went to one in the hall over by the pool. It was empty and quiet when I went in. While in one of the stalls I had this weird foreboding feeling. I couldn’t shake the thought that someone was in the next stall to my left. I even bent down to check. Then I heard what sounded like fabric swishing and actually saw a shadow move on the floor. I got the f*** out of there fast.

Later we were on the 5th floor which is currently storage and unused offices from when this place was a time share. Right away I felt this nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach—you know that angry adrenalin you get when you’re yelling at someone? I wrote it off until I saw a bright orb just fly through a completely dark room and disappear into the wall…and the flashlights our group had placed in different areas started to blink on and off.

All members of my family experienced some type of phenomena—from uncharacteristic sad/anger emotions to strange sensations of chest pressure to hair standing up on the back of our necks and arms. We can’t explain it.

Naturally I try to take everything with a grain of salt but even I was surprised considering this hotel is only 11 years old. Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by it’s cover.
—beebalmtraveler

Fort King George (1721), Darien, Georgia.

(source: my photos)

Highlander Cottage, Fort King George (1721).

(source: my photos)

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Jewish cemetery - Warszawa (Warsaw), Poland by LeszekZadlo on Flickr.

A little about me…

…because with the paranormal Gettysburg posts this week some of you have been asking.

I am descended from German immigrants who first settled in Pennsylvania in 1748. I currently work in Emergency Medicine here in the South but one day look forward to moving back to Adams County, Pennsylvania.

I had my first paranormal experience at the age of 7. I was lying in bed one night when I ‘felt’ something come into my room. When we moved in my mom had put a small nightlight in my room so I could plainly see no one was there. Whatever it was came very slowly over to my bed—as it came closer my heart nearly beat out of my chest I was so terrified. Then I felt it touch me. Not physically, but spiritually. When it did that, my fear broke and I was filled with the most beautiful feelings of peace. I went right to sleep thinking whoever it was must love me very much.

All my relatives (well the ones who are open and honest about it) have psychic abilities—sister, aunts, uncles and cousins. I always wondered who passed these down in the family until my mother shared with me that her father had seen my grandmother doing laundry and lying in their bed at home… after she died in 1989.

It took me a long time to come to terms with my abilities. But it’s been rewarding and has even benefited me in my career helping people. I am happy you all are enjoying my posts. Thank you and good night, friends.
—beebalmtraveler