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Particularly interesting your post about Rahu. Did you know that Rahu is in fact a part of Vedic Astrology as well? Personally I find Vedic Astrology to be a lot more accurate than the "traditional" Western Astrology (a.k.a your vague, very typical magazine-styled Astrology readings). I always use Vedic Astrology to back up what Western Astrology tells me, just to be sure I'm getting the right picture. Despite being two completely different systems, they both can be surprisingly accurate when used correctly.

In Vedic Astrology Rahu is used as a force that "warps" the energy of planets much in the way you describe in your article, it can be either good forces or bad forces for humans and will manifest different results depending on its strength and where it's located. It's actually quite detailed. However I never understood exactly what Rahu was and never really looked properly into it, but your article has really enlightened me. Thanks for posting smile


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I am glad you liked it, M'Lord  (I seldom get to use M'Lord much these days)    lol

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KUSSIE
While many cite that ''Kussie'' is a clever ''reinvention'' of Scotland's Loch Ness Monster (aka ''Nessie''), to local Residents of Lake Kussharo (on The Island of Hokkaido, Japan) – will swear it is real. While one one can produce a photograph, most state that Kussie bears a striking resemblance to Her more ''famous Cousin''. The first sightings of Kussie go back to the 1950s, which spread fairly quickly throughout Japan. Said to be roughly 150-feet long, Kussie too, bears a similar appearance to the long extinct species of Dino, The Plesiosaur.

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LAGARFLJOT WORM
This Icelandic Cryptid tales goes back to the 14th Century AD. Residents around the ancient Lake Lagerfljot (near Eglisstaoir, Iceland), claim that the Beast is a massive Fluke-like species. No mythos is associated with The Creature, other than their must be more of them or that The Lagarfljot is somewhat ''immortal''. Said to be several hundred feet in length, a 2012 video purports to show The Beastie ''swimming'' or at least cause a massive wake in The Lake. Scientists claim methane bubbles escaping from The Lake would give a similar view.

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DHANVANTARI
A Hindu God, Dhanvantari is revered as The ''God of Medicine'' and is closely linked with The Hindu ''Creator God'' Lord Vishnu. He is often invoked to promote ''good health'' or ''success at Medical procedures''. He is depicted as a Male, often well dressed. He is shown carrying a Pot inside of which is a common Leech (used in Ancient Medicines as a mean of drawing out impurities in the blood of an afflicted Patient).

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HULDUFOLK
In Icelandic Mythos, The Huldufolk were Supernatural Beings, linked to Elves. Their name is translated to mean ''Hidden People''. The truth is that The Huldufolk hide themselves away from The World, normally below The Earth (such as in Caves). Noted for wearing ''Grey Clothing'' and sporting ''Black Hair'', They are said to be magical – but are so hard to ''catch'', that Humans can seldom reap their benefits. Tradition holds that they are attracted to ''wild Parties'' normally held at Christmas time. The load noises and ''good cheer'' serves to attract them.

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WIRRY COW
From Scottish Lore, The Wirry Cow is said to be a Beast related to the previously discussed Bugbear. They are long necked creatures with squat bodies (often described with brown fur). The Wirry Cow is also associated with Goblin Spirits, who take on the strange animal form. Wirry Cows were used to scare young children into behaving, when bad. Often, The Wiiry Cow was said to come in the night to ''take them away''.

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THE CARMEL CREATURE
While this ''tale'' will be hotly debated by many, it is nonetheless a classic example of Ancient Legend, merging with Modern ''Urban Legend''. This is the story of what is known by some as The ''Carmel Creature'' and still to others The ''Fresno Alien''. Most know it by it's more common name ''The Nightcrawler''.

Relatively new to most Urban Dwellers, The Northern California Native American Tribe known as The Ahwahneechee will tell you that this ''creature'' has been around for Centuries. In fact, they say that this ''Being'' is an actual Space Visitor, which came from another World. It's purpose to ''help'' Man ''heal the rift between Himself and Nature''. ''They'' are known as ''They Who Walk''. The Ahwahneechee have even built Totems of The Beings.

In 2010 (in Poland), a Man took a rather shaky and out of focus film of ''something'' that resembled a creature, described as ''6-foot and without a torso, just legs!'' The Being had no arms and a small, circular Head. It's strode was estimated at 5-feet. The two most ''spectacular'' videos came from The US State of California (although The State of Ohio also claims a sighting). The first, taken in 2011 by a Family Home Security System – showed the ''Being''. The Cameras are designed to start filming when it detects movement. In turn, lighting also illuminates the field.

The footage shows what appears to be a ''smaller'' Being, somewhat ''undulating'' across The Families backyard. It is somewhat blurry and of course, could be a person wearing a white bedsheet. The second is somewhat more controversial. This was also taken by a Security System (again in 2011) which was more expensive and films with infrared (or night vision). This film shows two more defined ''Nightcrawlers'' that are ambling across the grass.

Of course Hoaxing is the most common rebuff. Either a Human masquerading as a ''Nightcrawler'' or (in the case of the second film) – possibly some sort of ''puppet''. Or perhaps is is what English Poet William Shakespeare once wrote – ''There are more things in Heaven and Earth, than 'ere you dreamed – Horatio''.

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THE ''REAL'' FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE
While Mary Shelley is credited as being the ''Creator'' of ''Modern Gothic Horror'', Her ''dream'' (which brought about the famous tale of a Doctor who creates ''Life''), may have been spurned by a real visit to the Hilltop Castle known as ''Burg Frankenstein'' (Darmstadt, Germany).

Combining two words, The German ''Stein'' (or Stone) with The Frankish identifier, one creates ''Frankenstein'' (or ''Stones of The Franks''). This could be in relation to the 11th Century building style emulated throughout The Region. Many such fortifications were constructed in The ''Frankish Style''. Originally inhabited by Lord Conrad Reiz (1250 AD) – He took the Castle identifier as his own ''Title'', ergo ''Lord Conrad Reiz Frankenstein'' in honor of his monumental defensive structure. The Castle and it's ''Titled Name'' was also passed on thru The Family. Largely abandoned by the 17th Century, it soon fell into disrepair and would become somewhat ''ominous'' in appearance.

In 1673, a known Alchemist John Dippel, brought the Castle. In it He was said to have worked various ''experiments'' (such as developing the mythical ''Philosopher Stone'' – the ability to chemically ''make'' Gold). While ''legend'' tells of a bout of ''late night storytelling'' by Shelley's Husband, Poet Percy Bysshe and friends – spurring Mary to ''dream'' the now famous and well-known tale, some cite She may have heard the tales about Dippel (even perhaps meeting the ''Mad Scientist'' himself).

In addition to the many possible ''unethical experiments Dippel may have conducted (while all agree that they might NOT have involved animating dead body parts), torture may have occurred. This may have prompted strong paranormal energies to be ''soaked up'' by The Castle. Other Regional legends link Castle Frankenstein with The Legend of Saint George and The Dragon (the well known Medieval myth of a Christian Knight vanquishing The Devil – in Dragon form). Sir George supposedly stayed in The Castle both before and after his ''epic fight''. Other tales, cite a ''Fountain of Youth'' (possibly what caused Dippel to live there), is located on the property.

In the 18th Century, Gold was claimed to have been discovered there (also linked to The Dippel Experiments). Many were accidentally killed trying to climb the surrounding hills and crags trying to find it. From ''Lindenworms'' (the man-eating giant worms said to live nearby), to Witchcraft and of course Werewolves, Castle Frankenstein seems to be a ''magnet'' for such myths. In terms of magnets, yes – the surrounding ground show an extreme ''magnetic '' field present. Preserved and Conserved throughout the 20th Century, Castle Frankenstein has become a major source of tourism money – ans likely so for many more generations.

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WICKLOW JAIL
Built in 1702 AD, Wicklow Jail is located in County Wicklow, Eastern Ireland. Known by it's rather ominous nickname ''The Gates of Hell'', it served as an English Prison for ''radical'' Irishmen until 1924. Although partially demolished in 1954 – and renovated in 1995. Wicklow Jail is now a Museum. It is also one of the most ''haunted Places'' in Ireland.

Since it's 18th Century opening, the majority of Leaders of The 1798 Irish Rebellion were imprisoned there. Many were tortured by cruel Guards and still many more executed (by Hanging), in the Rear Courtyard. Although the once present Prison Cemetery has long since been ''relocated'' – other are NOT too sure. The Poor who suffered under the many Potato Famines, unable to paid their debts – were also imprisoned. As such, over the Centuries, many suffering and tormented souls have lived and died at Wicklow. The last Group of Political Prisoners were from The 1919 to 1921 Irish War of Independence.

From 1924 until 1954 – Wicklow sat empty. But Caretakers warned of ''strange noises, screams and moans'' through the Cells and Hallways of the Stone and Timber, multi-floored structure.. Odd ''smells'' and ''Shadow Figures'' have all been reported (even the occasional ''slap'' by an ''unseen hand''). Even the partial rebuilding in 1995 to it's present form has not stopped the paranormal activities reported.

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ASHUR
Ashur was viewed as God in 3rd Century BC Assyria. Depicted as a ''Winged Sun'' Deity, Ashur was viewed as The ''Father of Gods'', with Bull Horns and other imaging associated with Assyrian Warrior ethos. In addition to Temples, Ashur imaging was placed on Military Barracks and sometimes even Shields and Armor. It is assumed that with this image, a Warrior was ''protected''. Much of Ashur's Cult had disappeared by the 10th Century BC.

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MARY KING'S CLOSE
A ''Close'' is a Scottish term used to identify a type of Alley – such as might be found located in large (and very old) Urban Centers. While such Alley's were originally built with little than a 5 to 6-foot width, the ''closeness'' to building walls would also give their name – a ''Close''. Even with more practical building processes, in most cases The Closes would simply be left as they were – and as such, they became disused by the ''rank and file''.

In Edinburgh, Scotland is a location called ''Mary King's Close''. Once a series of Alley's dating to the 16th Century AD, in time – the street along with building foundations were raised, creating an enclosed space. A 17th Century AD Burgess known as Mary King took control of the area (and lent Her name). People wandering through Te Burgess ''house'' and adjoining Closes (at least those that can be accessed), report seeing ''strange lights'' and seeing ''Shadowing images of people'', wandering about. Strange smells (of decomposition and smoke) are also reported. In the 19th Century AD – many were committed to Lunatic Asylums, The Close having driven them ''insane''.

Scientists state that in the 11th Century AD, in this part of The City, a large swamp or bog existed. Filled in but perhaps not properly drained, the escaping Methane and related gases are claimed to be responsible. However, many claim that any trace gases are not sufficient enough to cause what has been reported. Several Paranormal Investigations Organizations have sent time investigating The Close. All claim strong paranormal readings on specialized equipment.

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DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
Perhaps much of The ''Legend of Faust'' could be traced to this tale. It originates from The Gelderland Province of The Netherlands. It is said to go back to the 12th Century AD. Within Gelderland stands Waardenburg Castle. The Castle, while it saw no ''battles'' is nonetheless, one of the most haunted places in The Netherlands.

It is claimed that an Alchemist one owned The Castle. Working with strange potions and spells – some claim He called forth The Devil to curry favor. ''Old Scratch'' gave in, but put a time on The Favor. After 7 years, The Alchemist's soul would be forfeit. Another tales has a Young Man committing murder in The Castle, his bloodstained hands leaving prints up the Tower Walls, leading to the top – where he jumped to his death. In this story, even though the walls have been cleaned and painted many times over the centuries, the ''stains'' return. Cold spots, horrid odors, spectral figures – Waardenburg Castle is rife with ''Visitors'', most of which aren't ''Alive''.

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MARICOXI
The Maricoxi are said to be a ''Bigfoot'' Cryptid, said to live in several South America Regions. One of the ''first'' encounters with this Legend dates to 1914 – when English Explorer Percy Fawcett claimed to have ''seen'' a Maricoxi.

The supposedly ''intelligent'' Ape-like Creatures are between 6 to 8-feet in height, and may weigh between 200 to 300-pounds. Completely covered in hair (and having a strong ''odor''), The Maricoxi also only traverse their deep jungle habitat ''upright'' on two legs. Since 1914, no substantial sightings have been reported and no photographs are known to exist.

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PETRA
The ''Petra'' is a form of ''Wrath Spirit'' common to Chinese and Vietnamese Myth. They are associated (in Type) with the infamous Japanese ''Yokai''. Also known as ''Hungry Ghosts'', The Petra do not have to be Human. As with most Asian Legends regarding Spirits, sometimes Nature or even inanimate Objects can exude a ''Petra Spirit''. In such cases, The Object becomes infused with ''bad emotions'' or can ''soak up'' evilness generated by Humankind. With regards to Human ''Petra'' manifestations, these were People who were evil or greedy in life. This ''energy'' becomes a Petra after death (as opposed to an actual Spirit Being).

They are portrayed as being quite ''horrible'' in appearance – often smelling of feces or urine. They are ''seen'' (or experienced) at night. Some cultures have The Petra as being totally invisible to the Human eye (only their ''odor'' is perceived). As a form of ''Divine punishment'', Petra cannot consume food. Should they try, it will burst into flames (either while they consume it or in their stomach). This is another reason for The Petra's often ''angry tempers''. Seen more as ''annoying'', some Petra's are attracted to Human Blood. This makes them more of a problem (assuming an almost vampiric guise). It often takes a powerful Shaman or Priest to rid one of a ''bloodthirsty'' Petra.

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TSUKUMOGAMI
In Japanese Mythology, The Tsukumogami is a Human made Tool or implement which had acquired a ''Kami'' or Spirit. These can be ''helpful'' (mostly) or ''harmful''. The Tusukumogami were (perhaps) a Personification method used by Japanese Writers, to give life to such tools, and use them to make various points in their ''Stories''. The use of The Tsukumogami can be traced as far back as the 10th Century AD in Japanese Mythology. It is still a common technique (even used in Modern Anime).

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ASTOMI
Found in Ancient Greek and Roman Myth, The Astomi were said to be a humanoid Race who evolved from Man's first emergence on Earth. Unlike Humans however, The Astomi had MUCH different ''dietary needs''. You see, The Astomi evolved without a Mouth, Teeth or even digestive system! The Astomi survived on ''smell''. The strange Race gathered their nutrition by the smelling of flowers and other plants. However, The Astomi had to avoid foul smelling things – as this could kill them. Living in Mountains and generally shunning Humankind, their few encounters with Man did not end with violence or War. The Astomi preferred to simply remain hidden.

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ARKAN SONNEY
Derived from stories indicative to The Isle of Man (a British Protectorate in The Irish Sea), The Arkan Sonney is a take that has been told since the 11[sup]th[/sup] Century AD. These are ''Fairy Creatures'' which resemble a small, hairy Pig. Unlike most such animals, Sonney have wings – with which to get around.

In this act, Arkan Sonney are lighting fast. They are hard to see and even more hard to catch. It was considered ''good luck'' to ''see'' a Sonney. Should one manage to catch one, it was said that immediately upon release, a silver coin would appear in one's pocket.

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DURSEY ISLAND
Also called ''The Donn'' and ''Bull Island'', this is a small island located in The Dursey Sound off the Coast of Southwest Ireland (and part of County Cork). Only ''6'' Residents call Dursey home. The remainder of it's ''Residents'' are of a somewhat ''transitory'' nature. That is to say, Spirits. For thousands of years, Dursey Island was seen as a ''Gateway'' for the ''recently departed'' (both Human and ''otherwise''), as they ''moved on'' to ''The Afterlife''.

Mentioned in Medieval writings as early as the 9th Century AD., ''Tribal'' incursion by The House of Donn, invaded The Island from Ireland. A fortification was said to have existed on Dursey then controlled by a mythical Goddess. Summoning a Storm at Sea, The Goddess drowns The Donn Leader and orders his remains placed on the Island (which resembles a traditional Irish Burial Mound, it seems - from the early Bronze Age).

To further enshrine The Goddesses anger, She declared The Island as the focal point for ALL Spirits and Souls departing Earth for The Afterlife. It seems with such eternal ''commotion'' The Donn will not rest. Since then, reports of strange noises and spectral lights are a regular occurrence on The Island. In addition (and unrelated to The Donn), is the Ghost of a Horseman, seen galloping on the Island (since the 19th Century and linked to a local shipwreck).

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THE CURSE OF DUDLEYTOWN
One might have a hard time ''finding'' Dudleytown in America. It is claimed to exist in The State of Connecticut (near Cornwall), It is rumored to have been a small but prosperous 1740s Farming Community. It is also odd that by 1800, the entirety of Dudleytown just ''packed up and left'', leaving possessions and land behind. In time, nature claimed The Town. Nature in this case – was in the form of a dark and foreboding forest, so dark and deep – one cannot easily find any remains of Dudleytown. But rumors of ''The Curse'' still prevail after well over 200 years.

The Curse starts in 16th Century England with Edmund Dudley. Convicted and beheaded for Treason against King Henry VIII, his Family thought it prudent to escape England for The ''New World''. They settled in Connecticut and founded their own community, naming it ''Dudleytown''. A prosperous little pre-Colonial American Farming community, it was said ''good land'' led to ''good crops''. The town began to slowly grow, that is until 1800. Many cite that The King placed a curse on the name of ''Dudley''.

Stories of local origin cite the surrounding land going fallow and producing bad crops. To add more bad luck, children born in Town were said to be ''mentally infirmed'' or ''grossly misshapen''. Mysteriously, all Settlers of Dudleytown simply left (leaving behind land and property). Very quickly, ''Nature'' reclaimed The Town, when a ''dark forest'' engulfed any and all remains. VERY little of it remains.

While Historians hotly debate ANY of these ''facts'', strange ''lights'' are often seen by those who are brave enough to venture into the former confines of Dudleytown. It is also said thise foolish enough to venture into it's forests will become ''lost'' and quite ''insane''. The forests of Dudleytown were even said to have helped ''inspire'' the ''haunted forest'' portrayed in the 1999 hit Horror film ''The Blair Witch Project''.

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DODOMEKI
The Dodomeki was a type of Japanese Yokai (or Ghost). Their myth goes back to the 18th Century AD. Said to have been Thieves in their ''Past Life'', they appear ''outwardly'' Human (in form). They have unusually long arms. Regarding their arms (which they try to keep covered with sleeves), The Dodomeki has hundreds of small Bird Eyes, all capable of sight. This is in relation to The Dosen (a type of Japanese Coin with a hole in it's Center). This imagery was seen as relating to their past life of Thievery.

Their ''Arm Eyes'' are said to glow when they are in or near a Cemetery. The Dodomeki are also sometimes related to Vampire Legends as well. Dodomeki are often linked to blood drinking. They cannot be ''vanquished'' through exorcism by Priest's or Holy Men however. The primary remedy is to try and have The Dodomeki ''turn from their former love of Thievery'' and amend their current ''spiritual form'' as a ''Good'' Yokai.

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FOMORIANS
In Ancient Irish Mythology, The Fomorians were said to by Giants. They dwelt both under The Earth and in the deepest of Seas. The Fomorians were most often Malevolent towards Man. In time, some Fomorians turned to hatred and evil intentions regarding Humans.

Bad events of Nature (Earthquakes, Flood and Famine) were often associated with The Fomorians. It is unclear if The ''Good'' Fomorians curbed the activities of The ''Bad'' Fomorians. They were given a dual description. One has them Human in appearance with the head of a Goat. This is thought ot be a link to the Ancient Pagan (and later Christian) identification of a Devil or Demon. Yet another description of them is that they are Human in looks, 20-feet in height and very muscular. Their faces were said to be ''horrible to gaze upon''. They carried large clubs and axes.

Still older Ancient Irish takes of The Fomorians tell of a final battle between Man and The Bad Fomorians, occurring some 2,500 years in the past. Almost losing to them, it was a brave Human Warrior who slew The Fomorian Leader with a simple sling. This caused His Forces to retreat into The Earth, never to bother Man again. The ''take'' is quite similar to another ''Biblical'' Hero known as David...who slew The Philistine Giant Goliath.

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GWISIN
The Gwisin were a type of Korean Ghost, most associated with haunting places abandoned or not in use currently by Humans. These locations may be an abandoned House, Factory, School or of course – Cemetery. Korean Mythology most often portrays The Gwisin as Female (in form), with very long, black hair – often obscuring their facial features. They have been described as often being seen ''transparent'' (see through). Legs have been reported as ''missing'' as well in some ''sightings''.

They are associated as well with Persons who died without completing a goal. If they do not go to ''The Afterlife'', they are cursed to roam The Earth. The longer they remain on Earth, the stronger their ''powers'' get (control over inanimate objects, ability to manifest in haunting, etc.)

The Gwisin are also known pranksters, that like to harass Humans. In this they are similar to The Poltergeist Entities. Until a Gwisin accomplishes their once stated goal on Earth, they will not stop haunting (even if exorcism is applied).

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UWAN
From Japanese Mythos, The Uwan's origin is shrouded. They are Classed as Yokai (Spirit), but not necessarily Human. They are described as ''huge, thick blobs of flesh, with a Human-like face and arms''. Their ''teeth'' were black. This blackening was an actual procedure used by some Warrior and Nobility, as a sign of their Peerage. Some Researchers cite that The Uwan are actually the Spirits of such Humans, cursed to return in this form as ''punishment for some misdeed''.

The Uwan is said to have the ability to use it's ''voice'' in such a ''menacing tone'', as to incite fear. They use this tactic to deny sleep to those they ''haunt''. This is supposed to eventually drive their Victims insane.

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JENNY GREENTEETH
While some claim that ''Jenny Greenteeth'' dates to The Middle Ages, ''She'' appears in various local myths around the 1870s in England. The tales are heard around Liverpool and Lancashire. ''Jenny'' is said to be a Hag (or Troll Witch) – which was a common Medieval ''Beastie'' (featured in many stories). Her myth has an actual link to tragedy however.

Duckweed is a common pond ''covering'' created by organic materials which break away from plants. These portions clump together until they form (on appearance), a ''solid'' surface. Often turning the color green due to organic decomposition, children would often mistake the surfaces for solid ground. Stepping on which, meant tragedy (drowning). Hence, ''Jenny'' may have been born out of a warning for children to avoid ponds.

Some tales have Jenny as an evil and dangerous creature. Green in color (often scaled), She had long and stringy hair. Her ''mouth'' contains hundred of razor sharp teeth – all to devour the hapless who come too close to Her pond.

Jenny however – takes on a slightly different twist when Her ''myth'' came to The American Colonies. Jenny was described as above but with rotten green teeth. Ashamed, She can make herself invisible by day should ''someone'' stumble upon Her. Further, Jenny had knowledge of hidden gold and it is said if ''captured'' one can bargain with her for the location in exchange for her freedom.

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