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England’s Wild Hunt of 1127

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Dr. Beachcombing
Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

In spring 1127, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire strange things happened. At night locals heard repeated horn blasts and some, who were foolish enough to be out in the dark, saw ghastly sights: men appeared on black horses and on black goats riding through the woods following black hounds. It goes without saying that this was not some local form of carnival: the locals repeatedly came into contact with what folklorists call the ‘Wild Hunt’.

What is the Wild Hunt? Essentially a charismatic and awfully powerful spirit, usually with unpleasant leanings, takes evil followers on a hunt through the dark, continually blasting his horn. Hunt leaders have included the Devil, Odin, local bogeymen and notorious spirits of the dead. What does the hunt do? Well, that is trickier to answer. In some stories they chase down evil men; in others they just keep everyone indoors, hiding under their beds.

There are literally scores of medieval and early modern references to the wild hunt from western Europe. What makes the events of 1127 unusual is the quality of the evidence and its early date. We have two separate sources recording the extraordinary events of that spring: one contemporary and one written by an author who, though writing as much as a generation later, had lived through the terror.

The two sources were both written at the Monastery of Peterborough, a Benedictine house and one of England’s most important medieval foundations. Both are included below in translation and with the original languages, a very late Old English and a very medieval Latin. The first was a chronicle of the year events and was clearly based on interviews (too portentous a word?) with those who had seen or heard the hunt. The hunt had passed through the monastery’s deer park and had arrived as far as fifteen miles away in the woods near Stamford.

The second was a history of the monastery written by Hugh Candidus as much as a generation after the events described there. But Hugh, who had been born in the very late eleventh century and who spent all his life in the monastery, had certainly lived through the events of 1127. Hugh’s account does not have any new information about the hunt. But the very fact that Hugh included it, shows that, as he was polishing his history, perhaps in the 1150s, it was still a newsworthy event.

However, here we must add another important consideration. The Chroniclers and later Hugh included the information, not for its Fortean value, but because of an important event in the history of the Monastery. In 1127 a new abbot arrived, a grasping s-o-b called Henry de Angeli. Henry had bought the monastery and was not greatly loved by the monks. The Wild Hunt began immediately after Henry arrived and was, therefore a sign of divine disapproval for this Simoniac.

All this suggests that the Wild Hunt might not have been that remarkable at all. It is all too possible that the good folk of Peterborough and Stamford were forever hearing horns at night and seeing bogeys out in the wood. As always with supernatural events, these would have come and gone in cycles. It was just that this cycle suited the narrative that the monks in the monastery were creating and so was jumped upon.

In other words we don’t have here a truly exceptional event, what is exceptional is that the monks pull back the curtains and give us a glimpse of twelfth-century English woods and English folk beliefs. The image below is a 19C map of the haunted area. The closest we will ever come to running from the wild hunt in 1127. Note Grimeshaw Wood – the Goblin’s Wood?

grimshaw wood wild hunt

Ne þince man na seillice þ we soð seggen for hit wæs ful cuð ofer eall land þ swa radlice swa he þær com þ wæs þes Sunendæies þ man singað EXURGE QUARE O. D. þa son þær æfter þa sægon & herdon fela men feole huntes hunten. Ða huntes wæron swarte & micele & ladlice. & here hundes ealle swarte & bradegede & ladlice. & hi ridone on swarte hors & on swarte bucces. Wis wæs segon on þe selue derfald in þa tune on Burch & on ealle þa wudes ða wæron fram þa selua tune to Stanforde. & þa muneces herdon ða horn blawen þ hi blewen on nihtes. Soðfestemen heom kepten on nihtes. sæidon þes þe heom þuhte þ þær mihte wel ben abuton twenti oðer þritti horn blaweres. Wis wæs sægon & herd fram þ he þider com eall þ lented tid on an to Eastren. Wis was his ingang. of his utgang ne cunne we iett noht seggon. God scawe fore

“Let it not be thought remarkable, the truth of what we say, because it was fully known over all the land, that immediately after [Henry] came there (that was the Sunday when they sing ‘Awake, why sleepest though, O Lord?’) then soon afterwards many men saw and heard many huntsmen hunting. The huntsmen were black and huge and loathsome, and their hounds all black and wide-eyed and loathsome, and they rode on black horses and on black billy-goats. This was seen in the very deer-park of the town of Peterborough, and in all the woods there were from that same town to Stamford; and the monks heard the horns blow that they blew in the night. Honest men who kept watch in the night said that it seemed to them there might well have been about twenty or thirty horn-blowers. This was seen and heard from when he came there, all that Lenten-tide right up to Easter. This was his entrance: of his exit we cannot yet say. May God provide!”

Hugh Candidus

Eodem anno cum uenisset ad abbaciam, uisa sunt et audita monstra per totam quadragesimam, et in noctibus, et per siluas et per plana a monasteriousque ad stanford. nam uisi sunt quasi uenatores cum cornibus et canubis, set omnes nigerimi errant et equi eorum et canes, et aliqui quasi edos equitabant, et oculos grandes habebant, et erant quasi uiginti aut triginta simul. Hoc non est falsum, quia plurimi ueracissimi homines uiderunt et audierunt cornua.

“In the very year in which [Henry] came to the abbey, wonderful portents were seen and heard at night during the whole of Lent, throughout the woodland and plains, from the monastery as far as Stamford; for their appeared, as it were, hunters with horns and hounds, all being jet black, their horses and their hounds as well, and some rode, as it were, on goats and had great eyes and there were twenty or thirty together. And this is no false tale, for many men of faithful report both saw them and heard the horns.”

Update: Bruce T with an enjoyable conspiracy theory ‘Do you think it was hoax got up to by a few monks and unhappy tenants to discredit and get rid of a hated Abbot? It would be dead easy to do in a countryside before electricity and other decent illumination on dark nights. The tenant confederates could be eyewitnesses to the demonic hunt , if not active participants in it running around the countryside raising Hell and blowing horns in the middle of the night. If they’re spotted they’ve got the monks on the spot to vouch for them with the easy excuse that they were out to track down the demon horde down.’

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We’ve been deceived for 40 years. NASA scientist told how they found life on Mars

We've been deceived for 40 years. NASA scientist told how they found life on Mars 99

His name is Gilbert Levin, now 69. And when he was 26, he was the main explorer of the Martian surface, at least in the USA.

Gilbert Levin was not initially interested in any planets other than his own. He received his degree in environmental engineering, worked in the Department of Health and was involved in air pollution control.

Once, he invented a unique method to check water, food, and in general everything for the presence of harmful microbes – a radioisotope method: you need to put some radioactive compounds in the tested environment and see what happens. If the desired bacteria are present, then they will eat these compounds and emit radioactive gas, which will certainly be fixed. 

This know-how turned out to be cosmic. The fact is that it allows you to search not only for certain pathogenic microbes, but also for microbes in general. NASA was very interested and invited the young scientist to their place. They said that there is an idea to check for sterility on Mars.

Gilbert Levin.  Photo © Dr Gilbert V Levin - Research on Mars
Gilbert Levin. Photo © Dr Gilbert V Levin – Research on Mars

Later on, the talented engineer prepared the famous “Vikings” for solving the problem of the century. The first device – Viking 1 – landed on the Red Planet on July 20, 1976. Viking 2 followed on September 3 of the same year. 

They were in different places: one on the plain of Chris, this is the western hemisphere, and the second – already on the plain of Utopia, much to the right and to the north.

Both conducted an experiment by Dr. Levin: they put on the Martian soil, so to speak, food for potential bacteria – organic matter labeled with the natural radioactive isotope carbon-14. That is, if there is someone there, he will definitely swallow the bait and metabolism will begin. 

The first Viking slipped “food” into a sunlit place, the second – in the shade, under a stone. Such manipulations were carried out several times. The results were…positive, in both places. Four of the first six tests showed that the metabolism has gone.

Photo © NASA
Photo © NASA

But the sensation did not last. A week later (and its very interesting): both one and the other “Viking” again cast the same rod – and nothing. Therefore, the scientific community shrugged their shoulders and said: well, this was probably some kind of chemical process, not biological, in two different places. The project was closed and decided not to return to it

Twenty years pass. By that time, Mars Pathfinder had visited Mars, and it showed that the climate on the Red Planet was once much better, warmer and more humid. Meanwhile, on earth, they found “black smokers” – hydrothermal springs around craters, in which microorganisms feel great in completely unthinkable conditions. 

Levin, in collaboration with another researcher – Barry Digregorio – publishes the book “Mars: the Living Planet“. Scientists insist that all possible chemical options are actually not so convincing.  The world again greeted it with disbelief.

A few years later, Opportunity arrives on Mars and sends, for example, this picture. Please note – this is still not some paranormal site with fake stories, this is the official Mars Exploration rovers site with the NASA logo, and nasa.gov appears in the address bar. 

2004 year. Sol 182. This means the 182nd day of the rover’s work on the surface.

Photo © NASA
Photo © NASA

A similar apparatus was captured in another “sol”. The media compared these balls to mushrooms with raincoats, but NASA preferred berries, namely blueberries, only for a memorable association, because in fact, as they say in the space agency, this crop consists of a mineral called hematite, a type of iron ore.

These loose, BB-sized, hematite-rich spherules are embedded in this Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and released over time by erosion.
Image caption published by NASA

These loose balls, rich in hematite, about the size of an airgun bullet, are embedded in the Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and are eroded over time.

Well, okay, what about this for example? This is already Curiosity and 2016. Is this also some kind of hematite? Or did the rover have a screw unscrewed?

Photo © NASA
Photo © NASA

It is also worth recalling , perhaps, about the Martian blotches, very similar to terrestrial stromatolites – these are the kind of structures that cyanobacteria build.

In short, we have: positive results of a widely used microbiological test, confirmation by the results of control studies, coincidence of results in two Viking landing sites, failure to find a non-biological explanation

Gilbert Levin, Principal Investigator of the Viking Program

More than forty years have passed since the time of the Vikings. Life on Earth goes on as usual – ordinary people look at mushrooms and screws with curiosity, if not with horror, well-informed skeptics do their job. They swear. Refute. Just not less, the well-informed Gilbert Levin throws a very simple challenge: prove that there is no life on Mars.

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A mysterious metal monolith found in the Utah desert canyon

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PHOTO: UTAH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AERO BUREAU

A mysterious metal monolith was discovered from a helicopter in a remote part of the US state of Utah. It has not yet been possible to unravel the secret of the origin of the mysterious artifact. A helicopter pilot and his passengers discovered a strange monolith in remote Utah among the red rocks while counting from above the bighorn sheep, according to The Guardian.

The structure, about 3 meters high, seemed to be stuck in the ground. It was made of some kind of metal, the radiance of which was in stark contrast to the huge red rocks surrounding it.

“It was the strangest thing I encountered there in all my years of flying.”

Bret Hutchings, hELICOPTER PILOT

The Utah Highway Patrol has posted photos of the rams and the monolith on the Internet.

Helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings told local news channel KSLTV, “It was the strangest thing I encountered there in all my years flying.”

Hutchings flew on behalf of the Utah Public Safety Department, which assisted wildlife officials in counting bighorn sheep in the southern state.

“One of the biologists noticed this when we accidentally flew over it,” Hutchings says. – He’s like, “Hey, stop, stop, turn, turn!” And I thought, “What?” And he was like: “There is this thing – we have to go see it!”

According to the pilot, the silvery object appears to have been artificially created and seemed to be dug into the ground rather than falling from the sky.

“I’m guessing this is some new wave artist or something, or, you know, someone who was a huge fan of 2001 Space Odyssey,” the helicopter pilot said, questioning the object’s alien origins.

The monolith and the entire surroundings are reminiscent of the famous scene from the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film in which a group of monkeys collide with a giant slab.

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The demeanor of two crew members, dressed in jumpsuits resembling sci-fi suits, who were forced to climb each other’s shoulders in an obvious attempt to peer over the rectangular cuboid, only reinforced the impression.

“We kind of made fun of that if one of us suddenly disappeared, the others would try to run away,” Hutchings says.

According to The Guardian, the bighorn sheep lives in some of Utah’s harshest and most remote areas and survives in adverse climates. Fearing that amateur researchers would disappear into the wild while searching for the monolith, the flight crew did not reveal its exact location.

Some observers have likened the monolith to the plank sculptures of artist John McCracken, who lived in New Mexico and New York before his death in 2011. And the artist Liam Sharp expressed people’s admiration for the discovery of no more than 270 symbols, placing the words on the portal: “I like it. I imagine that this is a work of art, but what if it is not? “

Meanwhile, the Utah Department of Public Safety is businesslike and reminds that it is illegal to install structures or art without permission in public areas, “no matter what planet you are from”.

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Tattoo and body transformation fan wants to carve the number 666 on his head

Tattoo and body transformation fan wants to carve the number 666 on his head 102

A big fan of body transformation, whose tattoos are stuffed from head to toe, decided to go further and carve a rather large number six on his skull.

Victor Hugo Peralta Rodriguez, 50, asked his friend to cut a piece of skin on his head to leave permanent scars, and he plans to continue and add the missing numbers next to it, eventually form the legendary “number of the beast” – 666.

The fan of tattoos and body transformation wants to carve the number 666 on his head.
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Victor, who is from Uruguay, is covered with hundreds of tattoos that have been stuffed on his body by a master from more than 80 countries.

Even his eyeballs and genitals are filled with ink.

He also has piercings and other modifications like star-shaped implants in his forehead.

Now the circus artist underwent another transformation – “scarification”, which consisted of removing a piece of tissue to create engraving on the skin.

He carved a number on his body in the Gothic style, it is the first of three, but in general he wants to form the number 666 on his head.

This number in the book “The Revelation of John the Theologian” is called “the number of the beast” and is usually associated with the antichrist or the devil.

The fan of tattoos and body transformation wants to carve the number 666 on his head.
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Victor, now living in Argentina, insists that this has absolutely no religious significance for him, he just likes to troll the faithful.

“Just the number six doesn’t matter to me,” he says. – I do three sixes because I hate religious people, in general what they do does not interest me – I do it because I reject the church.”This was done by a colleague and friend of mine here in Buenos Aires at my local Querubin Tattoo studio.” “It took about an hour of work to create one of the sixes, and due to the schedule it could not be completed in one session.” “There will be a second and final session shortly to complete the work.”

Victor said that this operation was performed under local anesthesia, but he still felt some pain during the removal of tissues.

“I’ve already had seven scars and it is likely there will be others.”

The fan of tattoos and body transformation wants to carve the number 666 on his head.
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Victor has been tattooing for 26 years and is also involved in a circus where he hangs from metal hooks that pierce his skin.

“I was attracted to colorful art from a very young age,” he explained his love for ink. – At the age of 13 I got my first tattoo, it was the word “fu ..” on the fingers of my left hand, I made it myself. ” “Since then, I have never stopped getting tattoos, and today, at 50, I have 95% of my body tattooed, including my tongue and genitals.”

The fan of tattoos and body transformation wants to carve the number 666 on his head.
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Victor also has a number of other body modifications, including 11 subcutaneous implants, metal teeth, a cut and tattooed tongue, various scarring and ear tunnels.

Once he even pierced his scrotum, but now he only wears piercings in his nose, ears and nipples.

“I don’t have a lot of piercings right now,” he says. “A long time ago I had about 40 on my face, but my favorite was the septum.”

The man also admitted that his most painful tattoo was a tattoo on the end of his penis, but even that cannot be compared with the agony of staining his tongue.

“It was very annoying and painful, it was even difficult to breathe for several hours,” he recalls.

The fan of tattoos and body transformation wants to carve the number 666 on his head.
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As for what his family and friends think about all this, Victor said:

“They are used to seeing me like that. They have seen my transformation and are encouraging it. “”There are many people who disagree with this way of life and criticize me for not understanding the tastes of others.”“But I don’t pay attention to them. I am unique, I do not want to be like anyone, these are my ideas and projects carried out by friends. “”Today I am a beautiful monster.”

A fan of tattoos and body transformation wants to carve the number 666 on his head.
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What do you think of such a bold body transformation? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below!

Source: The Sun

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