It’s not a normal task to be set when arriving in the newsroom. Go and find out what you can about fairies and Fairy Thorns – of course it’s Friday 13th. Throughout the countryside there are thorn bushes growing all alone in the middle of fields Some people believe that the bushes are the homes of the fairies, and, if anyone tries to cut them down or damage them, it is likely they will die young, or become seriously ill. Earlier we published our archive report from 1964 about the local people in Downpatrick talking about the fate that will befall those who have disrespected fairy traditions by cutting down Fairy Thorns.
Fairies are said to live in fairy thorns and in fairy trees
So where does an incredibly sceptic journalist go to be convinced about fairies? Well my granny Evelyn of course – as I remember her telling about fairies at Matties Rock in Bushmills when we were growing up. She told me everyone in Bushmills knew about the fairies on the rock and that her brothers and sisters were actually a bit scared of them. Our archive report promoted a lots of readers to get in touch with their stories.
The fairy thorn at Ormeau Golf Club has been on the course for over 120 years
One listener got in touch with BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster programme to let us know about a fairy thorn that was growing at Ormeau Golf Club. Denis McKnight, who is the secretary of the club, said it has been there longer than anyone can remember. “The club was opened in 1893 so it’s at least 122 years old and goes right back,” he said. “None of our green keepers will touch it or cut it down. They won’t even trim it ‘Bad game’ Mr McKnight said that balls had been lost in the tree and never seen again. “If you hit the tree and don’t apologise you’re guaranteed to have a bad game,” he said. “When people visit the club we have to warn them about the fairy thorn. We tell them to nod to it as they go past and they have to apologise if they hit it.” Although Denis is not aware of any members seeing any actual fairies, even after coming out of the clubhouse after a late night. He said the club used the thorn on their logo for a while and that they will never cut it down.
Fairies are said to live in the trees and come out at night
“It’s far too important to us now to try and cut it down,” he said. Anne got in touch to say that her grandmother-in-law had planted a red thorn tree on their land and then planners would not let her take it down when they were building their new house. “Obviously it’s not just superstitious farmers who are scared of fairies,” she said. Anne now lives beside the fairy thorn and would not dream of cutting it down. ‘Make a wish’ One of the slip roads off the motorway from Ballymena to Antrim at Saucers Hill was built around a fairy thorn as locals didn’t want to see it cut down. Maria McCann got in touch to say there is a fairy thorn on Gilford Road and Lurgan and that she makes a wish every time she goes past. One reader even suggested that the ill-fated DeLorean factory may have had an encounter with some bitter fairies and their tree. “Contractors building the DeLorean car plant at Dunmurry are said to have cut one down,” they said. So the lesson on Friday 13th is – if you find a fairy thorn. Leave it be.
Stories about fairies in Northern Ireland have been passed down through generations
Descended From The Wolf? Myths And Traditional Beliefs
Wolves are big predators. As a result, it is no wonder that wolf possesses enormous symbolic power in a wide range of cultures in both the past and the present. Often, wolves were not regarded in a positive light, which is presumably connected to their associations with both danger and destruction. For example, the Norse believed that the Fenris-wolf was fated to kill Odin, the King of the Gods, at Ragnarok before being torn in twain by Odin’s vengeful son Vidar.
Likewise, the Zoroastrian text called the Avesta states that wolves are a creation of the hypostasis of evil called Angra Mainyu, thus making them the cruelest of the animals that can be found upon the Earth. With that said, it is important to note that other cultures saw wolves in a much more positive light, often by associating them with warriors and war-making.
She-Wolf and Romulus and Remus
For people in the West, the most familiar example might be Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of Mars and Rhea Silvia who were abandoned in the wilderness but nursed by an old she-wolf. As a result, the she-wolf became a symbol of the Roman Empire, which sprang up from the city that claimed Romulus for its founder. This is the reason that ancient Romans never killed wolves for sport in the arenas in spite of the fact that slaughtering animals was a core component of ancient Roman entertainment.
She-Wolf Suckling Romulus and Remus, Ludovico Carracci, 16th century fresco, Palazzo Magnani, Bologna
Descended from Wolves
Likewise, there are a number of cultures that believe that they are descended from wolves.
There is a Turkic myth in which a boy is rescued by a she-wolf named Asena, who gives birth to ten half-human, half-wolf sons when she is subsequently impregnated by the boy. Of these ten sons, Ashina goes on to establish a ruling dynasty of the Turkic peoples, which is of course called the Ashina clan.
Also in Turkic mythology it is believed that a grey wolf showed the Turks the way out of their legendary homeland Ergenekon, which allowed them to spread and conquer their neighbours.
Oghuz Khan was a legendary and semi-mythological khan of the Turks, first records dated back to 13th century. There are many legends surround this famous warrior character, and one of them particularly linked to the grey wolf.
Oghuz declares war on Urum Khan and marches his army to the west. One night, a large male wolf with grey fur comes to his tent in an aura of light. He says, “Oghuz, you want to march against Urum, I want to march before your army.” So, the grey sky-wolf marches before the Turkish army and guides them. The two armies fought near the river İtil (Volga). Oghuz Khan wins the war. Then, Oghuz and his six sons carry out campaigns in Turkistan, India, Iran, Egypt, and Syria, with the grey wolf as their guide. He becomes the Khan of the Four Corners of the Earth.
As with most ancient peoples’ beliefs, the wolf was thought to possess spiritual powers, and that parts of its body retained specific powers that could be used by people for various needs.
Oghuz Khan pictured with two horns as Zulqarnayn on a 100 Turkmenistan manat banknote.
Chechens (Northeast Caucasian ethnic group) claim to have been born from a she-wolf, which explains why the wolf is a symbol of Chechnya as well.
There is one myth that the mythological founder of the Chechen nation, Turpalo-Noxchuo (Chechen Hero, who Chechens are descended from “like sparks of steel”), was raised by a fabled, loving “Wolf Mother”.
Old Chechen lore holds that the sheep was actually originally created for the wolf to enjoy, but man “stole” the sheep from the wolf (this is rather interesting considering that many Chechens in the past have in fact been shepherds). According to the ethnographic historian Jaimoukha, in olden times Chechens used to observe a wolf cult that would prevent lupine raids on sheep, by observing Saturday as being a special day.
Chechen (Ichkerian) seal bearing a wolf, the nation’s symbolic embodiment.
Wolf Symbol for Mongolians
The Mongolians tell stories about them having been born of a union between a doe and a wolf, thus setting them apart from all other peoples of the Earth.
Today, people don’t really believe in it literally, but it still has its symbolic meaning forged in every Mongolians heart. They believe that wolves are spiritual animals and even if you wanted to hunt a wolf, it wouldn’t be seen to any hunter, but to a person with high spiritual power and who is meant for something great. The wolf symbolizes spiritual power, luck and expresses strong instincts.
Eagle hunters in Mongolia (Image Source)
Summed up, there are plenty of cultures that have seen wolves in either a positive or a negative light. However, whichever the case, the wolf has always been a symbol of considerable importance, which seems to remain as true in the present as in the past.
Luminous Being: The Humanoid of Necochea Beach, Argentina.
The human eye sees everything that is inside of the light spectrum. When I mention the light spectrum and hit the light spectrum of the sun.
With increased intensity of light would blind man. His senses would not notice a higher form of vibration.
It can not therefore see the world resulting on a different frequency, although located around beside him.
It is therefore invisible to the human eye. If it goes into the vessel by its frequency, it means that moves slower than the maximum speed.
This makes it the human eye sees. It manifests itself in the form of light. Reducing the speed to changing light and the human eye, the ship must appear as a solid object.
If the moving ship and if it stays on the molecular level, the maximum rate will remain invisible to the human eye.
The people of the corpuscular vessels reduces its frequency to a protein molecule in the cell become visible to the human eye.
They therefore come secretly and suddenly appear before you in the form of light and energy.
At that moment comes the light source, the energy in the form of spirit.
You will be influenced by your spirit will be affected the most energy, which manifested itself around you and you will be allowed contact with corpuscular ships.
In contact with them you should not worry.
Believe me, it’s something natural. There is nothing mysterious. Only one who manifests the spirit of mentally able to take this energy will be able to experience the transition from one age to another.
The mysterious encounter of some children with a “little blue man”
There are many strange reports that can be found when searching among the accounts of encounters with mysterious beings. Among these is the report of what can only be described as a “little blue man”, who crawls out of some parallel and truly strange world.
One of the strangest stories is of a kind of little blue man that comes to us from Bedfordshire, in England, and was published on March 3, 1967 in the “Dunstable Gazette”. According to this article, on January 28, 1967 a group of six young people played in the common on the way to school. The day was cloudy and rainy, however, the boys hit a blast when out of nowhere a thunderbolt fell crashingly close to them .., and if it had something to do with what happened next is not clear yet, but they would have a very surrealist with something beyond human understanding.
Just after the lightning, one of the witnesses, Alex Butler, 10 years old, looked over to see standing about 20 meters in front of some bushes a small blue man about 3 feet tall, with blue beard and wearing a Weird one-piece suit, a high-wing bowler hat and a black belt with a black box in front. In addition, the little man was also described as bathed in a faint glow that seemed to emanate from him. Alex called his friends and they ran to see the strange entity for themselves. Then everyone ran towards this strange little one, maybe to scare him away or maybe to try to catch him, after which the little man disappeared before his eyes in “a cloud of smoke”.
When the group of children arrived at the place where the man had been standing a moment before, they could not find any sign of him, so they decided to look for him. Soon they found the little blue man, again standing about 20 meters away, and once again disappeared into the air when they approached. He did this more times, always appearing about 20 meters away. However, they continued hoping to find this enigmatic little man again, and they did, choosing to look at him from behind some bushes … but this time things would get a little stranger, and the original article of what happened then he describes it this way:
Looking at it through the small bushes, they noticed “voices” that describe a continuous and incomprehensible babbling, which comes from a point in the bushes closest to them .. A feeling that the little being had associates that communicated with he and who answered, although they could not detect any movement on his part. It induces a sense of caution that discourages them from rushing towards him. Instead, the boys continued to spin until they could look down, so they saw him for the fourth and last time still standing as always in the same place.
The students continued to tell their teacher, Mrs. Newcomb, about their strange experience, and even though she did not believe a word, she had them separately write down their own versions of what had happened. These accounts were then collected and pasted into a book called “The Little Blue Man On Studham Common.” from RHB Winder, who met with some of the witnesses, who showed him where their meeting had taken place and delved into the story with some intriguing details. He would write later:
The blue color turned out to be a faint blue-gray glow that darkened the outline and details. However, they could distinguish a line that was a strip of hair or the bottom edge of the hat. Two round eyes, a small triangle apparently in place of a nose, and a one-piece dress that extends to a wide black belt with a black box at the front of approximately six square inches.
The arms seemed short and kept straight near the sides at all times. The legs and feet were indistinct. The “beard” is interesting: apparently it extended from the neighborhood of the mouth down to divide and ran on both sides of the chest. Although he agrees that it could have been a breathing device. the children could not see clearly enough to be sure and this thought had not occurred to them. The disappearances caused me some difficulties at first, but they became more understandable after the explanation of the “smoke” was apparently a spinning cloud of blue-yellow mist fired at the pursuers, possibly from the box in the belt.
They agreed that it could have entered the bushes before this camouflage cleared, although it dissipated quite quickly. They did not hear more sound than the voices and saw no movement at any time. They did not smell any smell or see anything strange in the vicinity, on the ground or in the air.
A very interesting detail about the case is the mention of lightning. Although there is no concrete connection between the beam and the report given by the boys, it does lead to speculation. In recent years there has been the idea that lightning could sometimes announce a kind of gap between dimensions, allowing us to look through another reality, or for the beings of that parallel world to enter into ours. Could it be that the Little Blue Man was an inhabitant of another universe that was lying against ours, a type of interdimensional traveler? Did he go through that tear in the veil between dimensions, either intentionally or by accident? Or was the beam perhaps an effect of some kind of ionization caused by a powerful device, perhaps from the box that the man wore on his belt or even from a UFO?
Is all this just tricks and stories, or is there something else for that? If so, what could these beings be? Whether they are ghosts, extraterrestrials, interdimensional travelers, or just stories, the cases of the little blue men are still intriguing anyway. What do you think? Leave your comment below!
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