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Kitsune, Japanese Fox Spirit

Kitsune or 狐, キツネ a Japanese trickster, fox spirit. According to Japanese folklore it is a smart fox that shapeshifts into a person that may cause chaos. They are described as a species of Yōkai, or spirit, kitsune are not ghosts, or unlike regular foxes. Kitsune have supernatural powers and are very strategic in their endeavors.

There are two common types of kitsune: The Zenko (善狐, means good foxes) are benevolent, celestial foxes associated with Inari; they are sometimes simply called Inari foxes.

On the other paw, the Yako (野狐, means field foxes, also called nogitsune) they tend to be mischievous or even malevolent.

According to Japanese folklore traditions there are other types of Kitsune. One example is, the Ninko which is an invisible fox spirit that people can notice only after it possesses them.

Source:

Hall, Jamie (2003). Half Human, Half Animal: Tales of Werewolves and Related Creatures. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4107-5809-5

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Cabbage Lore

Origins of Cabbage began in China and it was brought to Europe by the Celts in 600 BCE.

Cabbage prefers cool weather to grow and will split in two in hot temperatures. It grows pretty yellow flowers.

Cabbage is packed full of vitamins especially Vitamin C. It was used to feed the allied prisoners in Germany during World War 2.

The Man in the Moon may have evolved from the Scandinavian pagan god Máni mentioned in the Poetic Edda from earlier traditional sources and the 13th century Prose Edda written by Snorri Sturluson.

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According to folklore, a cabbage thief became The man in The Moon when he stole his neighbor’s cabbage on by the light of the moon on Christmas Eve and escaped from the angry farmer and hid himself in the moon.

My guess is his desire was to make some Sauerkraut. 😉

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Check out this great organic Sauerkraut recipe at https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/recipe/natural-fermentation/sauerkraut and remember to eat your veggies.

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Viking Ship ‘Naglfar’

Did you know in Norse mythology, ‘Naglfar’ is an Ancient Norse Viking ship built from the dead Viking’s toes and fingernails?
Yes, the Norse people trimmed the toe nails and finger nails of the dead Vikings and they built the Viking ship ‘Naglfar’ with them.

Legend has it that when Ragnarök finally begins, the ship Naglfar will sail to Vígríðr, carrying the army of the dead to fight the Norse gods.

The Poetic Edda mentions Naglfar in the 13th century from earlier ancestral sources, and the Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson.

Verse from The Prose Edda

49. Hrym steers from the east, the waters rise, the mundane snake is coiled in Jötun rage. The worm beats the water, and the eagle screams: the pale of beak tears carcases; Naglfar is loosed.

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The Naglfar Norse Ship is depicted in the Tullstorp Runestone in Scania, Sweden.

The Tullstorp Runestone displays Ragnarök apocalyptic event carved into the runestone revealing the magnificent  spectral ship Naglfar sailing beneath the gigantic wolf Fenrir.

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*The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson

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Des Loup-Garous, Winged Female Werewolves

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Above illustration by Maurice Sand (1983-1889) of a Loup Garou (Female Werewolf pack.) 

The Halloween countdown continues with Winged female werewolves that can fly termed, Loups Garoux. Loups Garoux or Werewolves Loup Garou means werewolf in French. Loups Garoux is the plural, meaning werewolves. Loup Garoux of French Canadian and Haiti is combination of UK werewolf myths and African Sorcerers’ occult lore. Les Loups Garoux of the Caribbean refers to  the male werewolves they transform from werewolves to men. However, Loups garoux of the island according to folklore, are females, women who morph into werewolves. This is genetic and is inherited.

Many of the loups-garous belong to a covert occultic community. Several of them attain their supernatural sorcery from Loa/Iwa major spirits in Haitian Vodou that work as agents of the Grand Met. Legend mentions the traditional belief is these women were barren, became frustrated and deliberately morphed into werewolves or maybe they were just good friends that decided to hang out together? Female loups garoux are known to transform during twilight.

Different from regular werewolves these girls can fly and have large wings that leave a glowing trail like a comet. The downside is they enjoy snacking on the blood of children similar to a vampire.

Shamans may work with particular plants to repel the loups garoux. Bamboo, snake plant and Kalanchoe encircle them around the house.

Loups garoux favor the nights of the month when the moon is full or waxing half predominately on the 7th or 13th day of the month.

So keep you head up when ambling at night during a half waxing moon or a full moon. Whether it is down a lonely, shadowy, country path or a misty city street, you may just hear an aerial flapping of wings,(I suggest you run!) or your inaction may lead to your doom! 

Photo of a Loup Garou in France public domain.

Sources:

“loup-garou”. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4 ed.). 2000.

“Appendix I: Indo-European Roots: w-ro-“. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4 ed.). 2000

Goens, Jean (1993). Loups-garous, vampires et autres monstres : enquêtes médicales et littéraires. Paris: CNRS Editions. Ménard, Philippe (1984).

“Les histoires de loup-garou au moyen-âge”. Symposium in honorem prof. M. de Riquer (in French). Barcelona UP. pp. 209–38

Legendary Skadegamutc: Ghost-Witch

Skadegamutc sounds like Skudakumooch: Ghost-Witch

Is a famous Ghost-Witch among the Indigenous Passamaquoddy and Mi’kmaq lore.

Legend dictates Skadegamutc was birthed from the dead shaman’s corpse who practiced black magic; the demonic entity then rises each evening with murder on its mind. The Ghost-Witch can be terminated with fire. Caution is advised when approaching Skadegamutc, even hearing their voice or making eye contact may usher a dreadful curse on reckless hunters.

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Source & Reference:
Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of the Algonquian Literatures of North America (Native Literatures of the Americas) Editor Brian Swann

The Vampire-Mermaid

The Vampire-Mermaid is a scary creature in Creepy Folklore.

When one thinks of a mermaid you may visualize Ariel, from Disney’s 1989 movie version of the fairy tale called “The Little Mermaid.” One may also think of the late Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid.” Published on April 7 1837. These mermaids were benevolent and wished for a soul of their own.

In Sea lore this kind of mermaid would at times seduce a sailor of their choice, by singing an ancient seductive song. Her goal was to marry a human. Once the mermaid swam to shore she would transform into a woman sporting legs rather than wearing her usual fish tail.

On the other side of the fin so to speak, are Vampire-mermaids which are nasty sea spirits that exhibit similar behavior as Sirens.

Sirens, in the Greek myth, Homer’s Odyssey, sing an ancient song that seduce sailors to seek out their bewitching voices, their hypnotic voices led sailors to Davy Jones’ locker, having crashed their ships upon the rocks.

Other tales speak of a mermaid saving a sailor’s life if he happened to fall off a ship or was tossed off by a third party.

According to sea and mermaid lore, kind mermaids are amiable and help save many drowning folks, over several centuries. These mermaids have the gift of healing, while other mermaids are psychopomps, that assist the deceased spirits of the drowned to other dimensions.

However, the dark, malicious type of mermaid termed, “Vampire-mermaid,” hates people and is determined to destroy them.

Vampire-mermaids do not drain a person’s blood out of their body instead, they suck out one’s soul.

According to expert and one of my favorite authors Judika Illes , mentions in her book The encyclopedia of spirits: the ultimate guide to the magic of fairies, genies, demons, ghosts, gods, and goddesses. Note: ( A great book! Very informative, scary and fun I encourage everyone to purchase it). That the Vampire-mermaid is a very strategic hunter that outwardly appears gorgeous and provocative. She will act seductively towards her ignorant victim until she closes in for the kill and quickly drains the victim of his spirit.

Pretty Scary stuff! I’d say.

Vampire mermaids and mermaids; both types of mermaids desire a soul of their own. Both have opposite ways of obtaining it.

So be wary of crossing the path of a mermaid. She just might be a Vampire mermaid which could be deadly for you!

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Picture of Vampire Mermaid Courtesy of MizuShin on DeviantArt

 
Sources & References:

Andersen, Hans Christian (2007-12-13). “The Little Mermaid”. IL: Gilead.

Walt Disney Studios, The Little Mermaid (film, 1989 Homer, Odyssey, book 12.

Illes, Judika (2009). The encyclopedia of spirits: the ultimate guide to the magic of fairies, genies, demons, ghosts, gods, and goddesses.

New York: HarperOne. ISBN 978-0-06-135024-5. Briggs, K. M. (1976). An Encyclopedia of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Brownies, Boogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures. Random House. ISBN 0-394-73467-X.

Baron Samedi: Phantom Ghostbuster & Master of The Cemetery

Meet a very old spirit named Baron Samedi who was and still is known as one of the loa of Haitian Vodou. He is famous as leader of Gedés and the Barons.the Baron is an original ghostbusting phantom. Samedi is French for Saturday, the day Jesus the Christ was allegedly dead in a tomb. Samedi the word may be related to the word Zombi or Simbi

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An illustration of Baron Samedi on FunnybookBabylon.com

He is ruler of the Cemetery according to Haitian Vodou and a 32nd degree Mason, a Grand Master in the Celestial Masonic Lodge. Baron Samedi can communicate with the dead and may fend off the reaper. This fearsome phantom banishes annoying ghosts and decides which spirits may visit a grieving loved one. The Baron is a sympathetic healer towards children and has been known to have healed terminally ill children in the past.

Baron Samedi is a showman also a bit brash, he is the link between death and fertility. The guardian of ancestral spirits. He ascertains that all corpses rot in the ground to halt any soul from returning as a brainless Zombie. He enjoys a fine cigar.

The Baron materialises as a mature dark skinned man dressed in black and white formal attire. He wears black sunglasses with one lens missing so he can keep his eyes upon two worlds, the land of the living and the underworld of the dead.

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An altar to Baron Samedi in Public Domain

 

Source & Reference:

A Dictionary of World Mythology. Arthur Cotterell. Oxford University Press, 1997. “Vodou”.