Ten Disturbing Scandinavian Folktales

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Enchanted Wood. Artist unknown. (Scandinavian Folklore/Pinterest)

 

Many folktales are concerned with magical tales of heroism and grandeur. Young people head out on a journey of discovery that makes them a better person. They vanquish evil, help others, and make the world a better place. In the end, the dashing young man usually gets the beautiful girl, and everyone lives happily ever after.

However, some folktales don’t have happy endings. Some folktales can be downright disturbing. Many of the tales in Scandinavian folklore, for instance, are not only grim; some are absolutely terrifying. We selected 10 of the most disturbing for you to enjoy…but, keep a candle burning…


#10. The Sacrificial Beggar Child (Sweden)

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The story goes that there was a town named Dalland that was suffering from a disease that was wiping out much of the population and causing many people to flee. The townsfolk were beside themselves with worry about how to stop it, until an old man from Finland came along with sage advice on how to stop the disease.

He told them that only a sacrifice would put an end to it, and explained that they would need to bury a living thing in the ground. The villagers were desperate to stop the disease, so they took his advice. They began by burying a rooster alive in the ground, but their cruel act failed to produce any results, so they upped the ante by burying an entire goat alive. Unfortunately, this also failed.

Feeling there were no other options left, they decided that the only sacrifice worthy enough to end the spread of the disease would be an actual human being. In order to accomplish this, they set their sights on an orphaned boy and offered him bread as bait for their trap. The unassuming child fell for their trap completely and was dropped in a prepared hole.

The villagers immediately began shoveling dirt on top of the hapless child. The boy was terrified and tried to plead with them to stop burying him alive, but they continued on with their work without mercy. Before long, the job was done and the child was simply left to die, in the hopes he would end the spread of the deadly disease.

Some villagers claimed that they could hear his cries from under the ground, even after his death, decrying the cruel act that had been done to him.


#9. The Christmas Ghosts (Sweden)

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This tale begins with a woman who was preparing to head to a midnight Christmas Mass.

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Have You Heard Bigfoot Yet? Listen to These Recordings of Sasquatch Making Odd Human-Animal Noises … Keep the Lights On…

“We decided to record the sounds on CD and cassette [and digitally] to make them available to people. We do believe these creatures are trying to communicate with us, though. As we speak we are having the linguistics people look into it; they are very encouraged. What they’re saying so far is that humans cannot mimic these sounds, that the range supersedes what humans can do. The tapes were shown by a previous study at the University of Wyoming to be spontaneous and no signs of being re-recorded, or pre-recorded at altered speeds; so the idea of a hoax is highly improbable as far as professionals are considered at this time.”

— Ron Morehead, Bigfoot, a Netflix Documentary (1997)

Here Ron Morehead’s original Bigfoot vocalizations—the most bizarre thing ever recorded:

Here’s how Morehead captured the sounds on tape:


The Recordings of the “Bigfoot Language” Are Actually Pretty Frightening

Is that an ape? Wait; that sounds almost human! Indeed. And both are what you hear in the hoots and growls and whines and snarls of what Ron Morehead calls “Bigfoot Language—a series of tape recorded noises Morehead recorded while living in a remote area of Northern California’s Sierra mountains during the early 1970s. But, are they real? I have put together this post so you can check out the facts and decide for yourself.

“The sounds, vocalizations, that include whistling, have been professionally analyzed and it is the belief of the scientists who did the analysis that they are not man-made. Regardless of the findings, which incidentally have never been disproved. I am satisfied and will personally vouch for the integrity of both my associates, Alan Berry and Ron Morehead, in the matter of these recordings. Indeed I look forward to working with them again, in the Bigfoot field, in the future.”

— Peter Byrne, Director, The Bigfoot Research Project

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To this day, there is still a debate over the authenticity of the tape recordings; however, many audio and human and animal linguistics specialists admit to the recordings’ uncannily realistic nature.

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I Think They Want Our Lightning, Batman!

“The term unidentified flying object, better known by the acronym UFO, refers to the observation of a flying object, real or apparent, that cannot be identified by the observer and whose origin remains unknown after an investigation.

Despite the fact that the above explanation clearly defines the term as best as possible, many people have rushed forward to connect the term UFO with Alien/Extraterrestrial.

However, despite the fact that the UFO phenomena may in fact be real, it does not necessarily mean it’s our cosmic neighbors who are ‘riding’ the unidentified flying objects we are seeing.

Having that said, it also does not mean it’s not them.

Savy?

Anyway, as good children of the modern age and maybe due to the fact that we live in a hyper-modern era, we constantly seek logical and reasonable explanation to everything that happens around us, which we cannot logically explain at first.

When someone says: “hey I saw a flying saucer,” most people answer with skepticism. And rightfully I might add.

This ‘reasonable’ skepticism is the result of the numerous false reports of UFOs, alien crafts, and hoaxes that have been popularized throughout the last couple of years on the internet. ”

Click here to watch two UFOs caught approaching clouds during an Oklahoma thunderstorm (Source: OK weather channel):

https://www.ancient-code.com/the-best-ufo-video-yet-2-ufos-spotted-on-live-tv/

“Apparently, there are many who see an alien UFO in everything in the sky they cannot explain.

However, that doesn’t necessarily make it so.

In order for the UFO phenomena to be brought back to the spotlight and studied with ‘scientific reasoning,’ we must first establish a difference between real UFO’s, and things that can be rationally explained.

But that’s difficult.

Why? Simply because today’s society has access to tools that can literally create a UFO out of nowhere.

Whether it’s through the use of photoshop, or video manipulation, creating a UFO has become something rather easy. This fact drastically affects serious Ufology which has been swarmed with fake UFO stories, which in turn causes many people to doubt and believe in UFO’s, despite the fact that they may be real, and not from Earth.

Having that said—and it’s just my humble opinion—I present you here with a couple of videos (I only intended to post one video, but then I saw this NASA video) which have taken the online world by surprise.

Why? They were filmed during live tv shows, and/or by NASA cameras.

Live TV shows and NASA cameras don’t lie, right?

My point here is that society in today’s age must not take the UFO phenomena so lightly.

We must learn to discern what is right and what’s not in Ufology, in order to place this ‘unaccepted science’ on a stable foundation that will eventually tackle the UFO question without fear.

What do you make of the videos and what do you think about Ufology? Should real–professional–Ufologists fight back against fake UFO images and Videos? What can we do collectively as a society in order to bring back Ufology from the depths of fake videos and fake reports? ”

– Ancient Code @ https://www.ancient-code.com/the-best-ufo-video-yet-2-ufos-spotted-on-live-tv/

“Owl Man” by Michael Doig

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Were Two of Louis Le Breton’s Demons the Inspiration for 20th-Century Sightings of “The Owlman”?

image (2)image (1)Stolas (top), a demon associated with astronomy and poisonous plants. The demon Andras (bottom) had the head of an owl and an angel-like body. Art by Louis Le Breton from his Infernal Dictionary (Public Domain).

Click here to read more about Breton’s Demons…

A tarot deck has also been created using Breton’s artwork.osborne-the-daemon-tarot-sterling

Click here to read about The Demon Tarot…

1980s Horror! The Nest by Douglas Gregory

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The Nest by Gregory A. Douglas: a rare treasure.

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It was just an ordinary garbage dump on peaceful Cape Cod. No one ever imagined that conditions were perfect for multiple breeding, that it was a warm womb, fetid, moist and with food so plentiful that everything crawling, creeping and slithering could gorge to satiation. Then the change in poison control was made and the huge mutants began to leave their nest – in search of human flesh.

On a 2-mile-long, 1-mile-wide island near Cape Cod, the small community there is unaware that the cockroaches infesting the nearby dump are undergoing a strange and frightening mutation. No, this isn’t a “giant bug” novel, though these cockroaches are slightly larger than normal. These roaches have rapidly evolved to form a hive-mind intelligence, as well as much stronger mandibles. There are hundreds of thousands of them. And they’re hungry.

This was an above-average creature feature, definitely a step above the typical “nasties” of the 70s and 80s whose authors hoped to cash in on the success of James Herbert’s Rats trilogy. Still, 448 pages is a bit much for a killer bug story, though the writing was grade-A pulpy goodness, with vivid, disgusting descriptions of gruesome roach on human violence. Here’s a typical example:

“The boy dropped his own body over his sister’s, trying to shield her. The bloodthirsty insects crawled between them, now tearing and ripping at both juvenile bodies. [The girl’s] silken corn hair was ropy with her blood and her brother’s. Their empty-socketed eyes stared at each other face to frail face as they perished in this storm more horrible than the sea had ever hurled at [the island].”

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Why I Blog

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I see a lot of posts about bucket lists and goals…I’ve always been an odd one out in these areas. You can imagine the challenges for me in the workplace and in raising a family…hell, Life for that matter.

I don’t really have a bucket list. I never have. I don’t want one. It makes me too anxious. Planning and goals are negatives for me. They make me feel trapped. I don’t know if there is a phobia named for this weird thinking/fear. Maybe a stray vein of claustrophobia…or agoraphobia.

I am the opposite of competitive. Games don’t matter to me. Neither do power plays or politics or bureaucracies. Rules, fences, boundaries…not really considered the right way to go to my temperament…which is fueled by fringes/margins/rebellions.

I do have daily things I like to get done, though. Reading projects. (Reading is not entertainment for me.) A feeling of productivity is good, and creativity, but only in small doses for me.

Having a big mountain to climb is not my thing. I don’t care about summits. I like journeys. Impromptu things found “along the way”. I use my blogs to write at least 1000 words a day on any number of topics. Sometimes it’s fiction; other times poetry; and sometimes it’s just essay work or miscellany. This keeps me sane.

The blogs are my “daily journals” my “morning pages” (ref. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way). This blog is the primary one I write on, though…

Links to my other blogs are here:

https://thesanguinewoods.wordpress.com/about/