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YELLOW SHAMANISM
While it's identifier ''Yellow'' is somewhat derisive and relating to Western interpretation of this particular Folk Magic (in as much as it is located in the Far East), ''Yellow Shamanism'' is a form of Folk Healing indicative to Mongolia. This form incorporates various beliefs and ritual used by Traditional Buddhism as well. A related Practice, named ''Black shamanism'' is also said to exist – which is related to those who use Folk Magic in The Region for ''Evil''.

Although possibly quite ancient, Chinese sources wrote of it's existence around the14th Century AD. This form of Folk Magic uses mostly natural sources (herbs, potions etc.) - to heal or to protect persons form illness and Evil. Shamans in Mongolia are seen as extremely wise Healers, often sought out for their knowledge for other non-related topics. In some Arcane Classifications, ''Yellow Shamanism'' would be ''Earth Magic''.

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TRIQUETRA
The three cornered, triangular patterned ''Triquetra'' is a mystic symbol associated with Celtic Origins. The pattern of three double lines are intertwined a total of three times. Although possibly starting as a Pagan symbol, it has been seen since the 12th Century as The Christian ''Trinity Knot''. It's development is also seen as part of Celtic Knotwork, a common Medieval Art form of The Region (portions of Ireland and England).

Variations of The Triquetra can also be found in Buddhist Art and Religion as well as it being adopted into various other Art Mediums (Illuminated Manuscripts etc.) In other forms of Mysticism, The Triquetra is used in various Natural Folk Magic practices. The symbol is often used as a powerful symbol of protection against Evil or ''Counter-Magic''. It is still a popular form of jewelry worn throughout The World. It is generally made of Silver (which is seen by some Cultures as a ''Protective Metal'' against Evil).

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UCHIDE NO KOZUCHI
The ''Uchide No Kozuchi'' or ''Magic Hammer'' is an Japanese Mythology ''Legend'' (which was first written of in the 11th Century AD). The ''Magic Hammer'' was said to be able to produce any object or thing ''needed'' – simply by striking it's face against the ground three times. Said to be coveted by many Emperors as a means of not only ''creating'' wealth, but in maintain ''Peace'' (or rather Control) – of their Empire. The obvious downfall of Hammer Ownership was that if One was Evil and came in possession of it – could bring great misfortune to The World. It is said that The Hammer was finally taken into custody by Buddhist Priests, who secreted it away from The World.

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YANSHENG COINS
The ''Yensheng Coin'' is a Numismatic (Fortune Forecasting) Charm, which usage can be dated to the 2nd Century BC Han Empire of China. They were often also used as a form of ''Peasant Currency'' which was not recognized by The China Government. Of various sizes, these are circular pieces of flattened metal (copper or bronze) and feature a squared opening in their center. This was used to run a piece of twine or wire through for carrying multiple coins. This matter of ''carriage'' was also important when The Yansheng was ''worn'' as a ''Good Luck'' Charm.

Some more ''expensive'' versions were made from cut Jade or precious Metals – as used by Nobility who ''believed' in the Folk Magic properties of The Coins. In short, once ''blessed'' by a Practitioner, great Luck and Fortune followed. Various Sinographs (Chinese Letters), were often placed on both sides of The Coins. Most of these were relative to Natural Earth Elements (Fire, Air Water and Earth). Different combinations of Lettering were used to invoke various ''magical'' or curative needs.

The Yansheng Coins would be adapted to encompass much of the needs and concerns of Medieval Chinese Society, regardless of Class. They were used for ''safe conduct'' on far journeys, worn with Armor for ''protection in battle'' – even used as Funerary or ''Grave Goods'' Devices (buried with the deceased for a ''safe journey to The Afterlife – and ''keeping'' Evil spirits from ''taking control'' of bodies). Some Coins changed in design during different Dynastic Rule. Some were reshaped or even made of fired ceramic. However, the overall circular shape of The Yansheng would dominate the overall manufacturing of such. They are still found today.

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GHOSTS OF THE BIRDCAGE THEATER
The American West has it's fair share of Legends, Myths and related ''Tall Tales''. As it has been said many times to Journalists of the genre - ''When The Legend Becomes Bigger Than The Truth....Print The Legend''. This is especially true of the MANY Ghost Stories which have come from The ''Wild West''. Perhaps one of the best examples of one Town seen by many as very ''haunted'' – is that of The City of Tombstone, Arizona. The ''name itself'' is legendary, as is the Town's once ''colorful and infamous'' past. Scene of the famed ''Gunfight at The OK Coral'' (1881) – hardly any still standing building in Town from that Era doesn't have a ''Ghost or Two''. The Town drew many names (both famous and otherwise), to it's once dusty streets. Names like Earp, Holiday, Masterson and Clanton (for a very short list).

The Town very quickly capitalized on it's infamy and became a ''Tourist Trap'' of sorts. Many American's strolled down the restored section of Old Tombstone in the 1950s and 1960s during one of those ''endless'' Family Summer Vacations. One spot that drew them in (other than The OK Coral), was The Birdcage Theater. Renovated MANY times in it's ''lifetime'', The Theater was first opened in 1881 and would continue as a business until 1894. It is now a Museum (of sorts). It is also ''home'' to MANY Spirits – as it has been said

One part Theater, Dance Hall, Gambling House, Saloon and of course – Brothel, The Birdcage ''hosted'' The World's Longest Poker Game. The ''game'' ran (non stop) for 8 incredible years (1881-1889). Costing $1,000 USD to ''buy in'', Players ''came and went'' b ut the game NEVER ended. An estimated $10 Million USD was said to have been gleaned (of which The Birdcage took 10%).

However, The Birdcage is also a magnet for Spirits (and with good cause). Violence did happen there on occasion. The mix of gambling losses, drunk bar fights which ended in gun play, etc. all no doubt left heavy ''energies'' behind. Employee's tell stories of ''Booted and spurred footsteps walking on the Upper Floors were once Hotel Rooms were once'', ''Laughter (fleeting) is also commonplace. These and ''Cold Spots'', Orbs and of course ''Shadow Figures'' are even more seen. People report being ''touched'' by ''unseen hands'' regularly. This, as well as a MANY time wealth of photography that can at times ''defy explanation''.

Many investigations have been conducted over the years. All involved cite that The Birdcage is definitely home to ''something'' (or ''things''). Reports of various hauntings go back as far as the 1930s and are still reported today.

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THE UNSETTLING BRUNCKOW'S CABIN
While Tombstone, Arizona (The City) – may be ''home'' to more ''established and perhaps acceptable Spirits'', outside of Town, other tales of Ghosts and tragedy exist. One such place is known as ''Brunckow's Cabin''. The location is nothing more that sand, scrub brush and a few crumbling Adobe stone walls. But from 1858 until at least 1897, very ''bad things'' have happened there. So much so, Locals avoid even going near the property.

Built by a German Immigrant (Frederick Brunckow), Fred was a trained Engineer and came to America from Germany to ''make His fortune out West''. His knowledge of Gold and Silver Mining techniques landed Him a job in The East. Raising enough money, He traveled West and formed His own Mining Company outside the dusty ''one horse Town'' of Tombstone, Arizona. His Company consisted of Himself and (5) others. Fred built the Adobe ''Cabin'' as living Quarters, as well as a small ''supply storage'' structure. Both supported His Mine Claim (also nearby). In 1860, Fred sent a Co-Worker into Town for more supplies. It took half the day. When He returned, that was when He saw........

The ''Supply Hut'' had been ransacked. Further investigation found one of His Co-Workers dead inside The Adobe, a Drill Bit through his Head. The Man thought that perhaps it was an Apache Raid, so He immediately rode to nearby Fort Buchanan for help from The Army. He and a Patrol returned the next day and found the rest – all murdered (even Brunckow). No evidence of any Raid was found. The Soldiers buried the bodies outside the Adobe. Forward to the year 1873. A well known Lawman had acquired the now defunct Mining Claim (and Adobe). He had heard of a possible Claim Jumper (and wanted Outlaw), living in The Adobe. He went to investigate. As The Lawman went through the doors of The Hut – He was killed by a double-barrel shotgun blast to the chest. The Lawman was buried there too. In 1877, a local Prospector got The Claim. He stated that while nothing ''unusual happened'', He did ''fight off several Apache Raids (burying their bodies near The Adobe as well).

1881 was the notorious Outlaw Frank Stilwell – hiding out at The Adode from Marshal Wyatt Earp. Stilwell was credited with critically wounding Earp's Brother Virgil (and perhaps even killed Brother Morgan Earp). Tracked down to a Railroad Depot in Tucson, Arizona – Earp unloaded 2 shotgun barrels and (4) .45 Caliber bullets into Stilwell.

1897 was the ''last'' of The Adode ''tragedies''. An Outlaw Gang robbed a Stage of Gold. Hiding away at The Adobe, The Gang ''got the best of each other'' and shot each other to death – rather than a ''fair split'' of the Booty. Their decomposing bodies were found in The Hut and buried (you guessed it) – in front of The Adobe. Over the years, nature took over and most of the walls collapsed (and roof). However, no one will go near The Adobe. Reports over the years state ''Ghostly Men'' are often seen ''wandering'' around The Adobe. The ''sounds'' of ''men working in The Mine'' are also a common feature. A feeling of great ''dread'' comes over anyone who ''enters inside'' the remains of The Adobe.

At LEAST (21) Graves are known to be located in and around The Adobe. They are unknown and unmarked. In fact no one is just quite sure just ''where'' any of the graves might be...................

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MASCHALISMOS
Related to The Ancient Greece (and carried on in other World Cultures), ''Maschalismos'' was a practice by which a deceased person was ''rendered incapable'' of ''returning from The Dead''. This was especially true to murder victims. It was thought they would ''return'' to seek out their Murderer – as a walking ''pestilence''. One such ''method'', was to dismember the corpse in a specific manner. This would be to remove the hands, feet, nose and eyes (so the reanimated corpse could not ''function'' as they ''did in Life'').

Some Native Native American Cultures believed that The Dead could fly (as a bird). A common practice was to place eggs under the neck or armpits of the deceased. It was thought that – much as a female bird does, the corpse would do so too (being too preoccupied to ''seek out'' whatever revenge they sought). Another example was the breaking of the deceased bones and ''filling the body'' with stones (to weigh it down, making it impossible to extricate itself from the grave).

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PORONIEC
Many Slavic Countries know of The Poroniec. These are Demon Spirits who come to life and take over stillborn infants and those who die in childbirth. Much like The Myling, The Poroniec feeds upon Women who do not care for themselves while being with child. These are horrible human-like Entities who stalk their prey from darkness. One method to keep a Poroniec from attacking is to bury the stillborn at the threshold of One's home. This provides protection whenever a Female walks over the remains and stops the Poroniec from attacking.

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''MOURNING DOLLS''
Mourning Dolls were a type of 19th Century Victorian Era coping mechanism for a Child's death. With high mortality rates in England at the time, Child deaths were a very common thing. As we have seen with other forms of Memento Mori, Mourning Doll were in this category. Also known as ''Grave Dolls'', these were somewhat expensive to produce – since each doll was hand (custom) made. Each was made approximate to the deceased child's size. Doll faces were sculpted from wax and made from photographs or portraits of the child.

The deceased actual hair was often used to make the doll more realistic. The face features were often flattened at the back of the head, to allow the doll to ''lay'' as natural as possible. The doll would be used in viewings and would be taken to the child's grave. In the beginning of the practice, the doll was left at the graveside. Later though, the doll was often kept in the home in the child's crib or bed. They could be held and dressed in different clothing if one desired.

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''BOOK OF SHADOWS''
While Hollywood and Literature have somewhat twisted them – a ''Book of Shadows'' was actually a volume kept by a Witch or Warlock, which contained proven spells and incantations. As a Practitioner began to amass ''knowledge'', they would write it down. These were kept and referred to as needed. ''Shadow Books'' are seen as neither good or bad – simply ''stores of knowledge''.

Often confused with a Grimoire, ''Shadow Books'' seldom contained anything other than potions, spells, talismen and related. In some Cultures, they are known as ''Witch Books''. They are often blessed and seen as the source of a Practitioner's ''power''. One did no allow other to ''read'' one's book, as doing so was seen as revealing one's ''power base''. Some ''examples'' (although these are often called into question as hoaxes) – can be found from the 16th Century AD.

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''WITCHES LADDER''
Much as a ''Book of Shadows'' is a very personal component of a Witch or Warlock – so too would be The ''Witches Ladder''. The first recorded example of such a device was actually found in an attic in 1878. The Owner (a deceased Old Woman) – was widely thought to be a Witch. After many years of research (some of which is still debated), a ''Witches Ladder'' is a form of ''Spell Counter'' which could be seen as being very similar to The Christian Rosary.

Made of Hemp or related organic material, The Ladder, may had small bones, feathers and stones placed or woven into it. A series of knots are added in increments of 3, 9 and 13. The same applies to all rope extensions. Much as with a Rosary, The Ladder is used to concentrate on specific spells needed for the overall effect (without losing one's place during the Casting).

While each Ladder is for the inception of a specific spell and much be made by The Caster, some modern ''versions'' are pre-made. It is said that for the spell to be effective, The Ladder must be secreted into the home of the person that the spell is intended. Conversely it is thought, that by untying the knots (or by overall destruction by fire) – the spell will be negated.

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SLUAGH
Relating to Scottish and Irish Mythology, The Sluagh were seen as ''cursed Spirits'' that could not pass on to either Heaven or Hell. Some state that this punishment was revered for truly ''evil people''. Sluagh are said to congregate with their own kind and ''fly through the night in flocks''. They were also said to be most active on Halloween. Their goal is to steal Souls and turn them into fellow Sluagh as themselves. As a precaution, legend states that they can only enter a home through a Western Window. It was a matter of routine to close and lock all Western facing windows on Halloween night.

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STANG
In Witchcraft and Occult Practices – a Stang is a wooden prong-like device made from a single piece of branch, with naturally occurring prong extensions. Some Arcane Historians cite that they represent The Horned God and are used to direct energy during Spells and Rituals. Some Stang are also simple straight pieces o wood with antlers (horns), attached.

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OUROBOROS
With the symbol known as Ouroboros being dated to versions found in Ancient Egypt and later Greece, it is seen typically as a Reptile (Snake) or Dragon consuming itself by eating it's own tail – first. The symbol is relative to Occult Practice as a type of ''Soul renewal'' and is significant to Life, Death and Re-Birth. The Tail of the animal is seen as the Male sexual organ and the Mouth as the Female Womb. The Ouroboros is also related to Eternity. It also features prominently in Alchemy.

 
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QUTRUB
In Middle Eastern Folklore – The Qutrub was relative to The Jinn. These were seen as Demonic Spirits which had ''Werewolf''' qualities. They haunted graveyards and consumed fresh corpses for food. One cannot become a Qutrub, as they are considered non-human Entities. They are only present during night.

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CRY OF THE BANSHEE
Okay. There's no ''Banshee'' (Evil Scottish Spirit) and the 1970 American made ''Cry of The Banshee'' only has famed Horror Actor Vincent Price to boast it. It's one of those ''Horror Movies'' that isn't really a Horror Movie (per se). Price is a 17th Century Witch Hunter (of course), whose is NOT a nice guy. He has taken it upon Himself to ''rid'' The Country of Witches. His methods are cruel and heavy handed. Even His Sons are part of the act (equally cruel). Locating a certain local Coven, Price kills most of them – save The Leader. She seeks revenge by conjuring up an unseen Demon (no budget apparently), and curses Price and His Family.

The Demon takes up residence in the body of a trusted household Servant. ''He'' sets about killing The Family. Price is able to find the Witch and kill Her – as well as figuring out that His Servant is possessed. This is handled by a Blunderbuss to the head! Still having His two younger children, Price is horrified to learn that when He killed His possessed Servant, the ''Demon'' jumped into the body of another. It whacks his two surviving children and we assume Price goes insane.

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THE GIANT CLAW
1957. A time of endless ''Monster Movies'', most of which ''created'' the term ''B'' – Movie, ''The Giant Claw'' is perhaps one of the silliest of such ventures. It features perhaps the most ridiculous Monster ever filmed. Called a ''Prehistoric Bird'' in the Film, the puppet used resembles a ''Muppet on Acid'' (and that's being nice!”

At first, One thinks the film is about UFOs and Aliens. USAF Fighters are ''attacked'' over The North Pole by a ''mysterious object'' – with plane after plane being destroyed. During the investigation, Scientists find a ''battleship sized'' Egg. It's determined that a UFO brought The Egg to Earth as a weapon? (it gets worse).

Bringing the Egg to New York, it hatches and instant ''Puppet Monster''. It attacks The City and Military (try not to notice the fishing wire strings). The ''Beast'' is protected from attack by an anti-matter shield (seriously). However, Science wins – when a ''special isotope'' is used to neutralize The Beast's shield so it can be blasted by The Air Force. Shot down over The Atlantic, the last scene is a Giant Buzzard Claw sinking beneath the waves.

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MOURNING PORTRAITS
Also known as ''Deathbed Portraits'', were a type of painting that was commissioned by The Family of a deceased. It was often sketched from ''life'' and later painted. These portraits were designed to be kept in the Family Home as a keepsake. Later, with the invention of photography (cameras), such styles of ''remembrance'' would be replaced with the Funerary style known as ''Memento Mori Pictures''. Oddly, many Families (in time), did not keep The Mourning Portraits – with many being lost to time. Some of the earliest surviving examples are from the 16th Century. Mourning Portraits are often confused with ''Coffin Portraits''.

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COFFIN PORTRAITS
With examples going back to ''Roman Egypt'' (1st Century AD), a ''Coffin Portrait'' was a stylized painting of the deceased. It was shaped to fit onto the front of one's Coffin (closed), and was used to show ''what'' the deceased looked like before death. In later Centuries, once a body was suitably mummified, these painting would be placed over the face (serving the same purpose).

Some versions made were of extremely fine and elaborate craftsmanship. Often inlaid with precious medals and jewels, these portraits were great works of Art. With the majority of Ancient Roman-Egyptian examples so well preserved due to climate (and sealed tombs), most look as they did when painted. The portraits were painted on wood, plaster and metal sheets.

The style of Coffin Portraits would continue as a Funerary Art Form well into the 19th Century AD in some Countries (mostly in Eastern and Central Europe). The style was seen as expensive, so only the wealthy could afford them. Unlike Mourning Portraits, these were to be left with The Coffin (although some were kept out of grief).

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SPIRIT HOUSE
The concept of ''Spirit Houses'' are common with many different World Cultures. Among The Native American (Canadian) Dakelh Peoples, the custom is Centuries old. The Dakelh trace their History to 14,000 years ago. A complicated ''Death Tradition'' among The First Nation Tribe, they believe that Spirits of their Ancestors ''need'' permanent Residences in the Afterlife – to be happy. Should this not be accomplished great misfortune could befall the errant Family that does not construct one. Built of wood, The Dakelh Spirit House is an elevated structure. They are small in size (3-feet in height and several feet in width. Elaborately decorated (to include windows and doors), offerings of food and gifts are left. The more food and gifts left, the happier The Spirit will be. The House is built on the property of The Family of the deceased.

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VOODOO DOLL
Hollywood and Literature has for years ''created'' the mythology behind the iconic and infamous ''Voodoo Doll''. Many other Cultures in The World use similar devices to cast spells, hexes and curses – through the use of such ''dolls''. And while a ''feature'' of Voodoo, in both Haiti and Louisiana – the actual usage of The Doll is not as common as one would assume. In usage, a human-like figure was constructed from clay, cloth or related material. The figure is constructed by a Mambo (Priestess), invoking various spells and incantations. The most important factor to The Doll, is that it some ''piece'' of The Doll must have ''something'' personal of the Person to be effected. This should be ''organic'' (bodily) in nature. Hair, nail clipping even blood are considered optimal. However, pieces of clothing are just as good.

In some cases, The Doll is constructed with the organic components attached. Hair placed on the doll head or ''wearing'' cloths made for the doll from the Victim, etc. After a series of length spells, the Doll is ''activated''. By Tradition, steel pins are placed into the doll's body. ''Everywhere'' placed, the victim will ''feel'' pain on that portion of the body so penetrated. The ''pain'' will remain until the pin in the doll is removed. Naturally, death can be achieved by placing pins through vital ''organs'' in the doll (passing this on to the victim.


''Removal'' of this type of Hex is difficult. The victim must get possession of the doll and remove or cleanse the device of His or Her ''possessions''. At this point, the doll is destroyed in fire – thus removing all ''magic''. Or so it is said.....................

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KAPO
From The South Pacific Island of Hawaii, ''Kapo'' is a Goddess Centuries old. She is most associated with Fertility among Native Islanders. Daughter of ''Papa'' – The ''Earth Mother'', She is portrayed (as are most Hawaiian Deities), as a beautiful Human Female. The color most ''identified'' with Kapo is Red. She does have a strange ''power'' though. Her genitalia can ''detach'' from Her body and is used to lure ''Evil Gods and Demons'' from committing harm (as is mentioned in one of Kapo's legends).

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MANDY THE DOLL
An extremely ''strange'' Story which can be ''believed or not'', ''Mandy'' is a Baby Doll – possibly 100 years old. She wears an early 20th Century white dress and looks of every part the classic ''Antique'' Figurine. Unfortunately, Mandy is haunted (or at very best possessed by a highly irate Spirit). Our ''Tale'' takes place in Canada.

As ''Mandy's'' origin story goes – around 1910, a Farmer was passing by an abandoned Barn. As He did, He ''heard'' a ''sobbing and weeping'' from inside. The crying sounded childlike. Concerned, and see no one around – He investigated. Searching The Barn, He found a ladder that led down into what appeared to be a Basement or Cellar. Inside, The Farmer was greeted with the horrible sight of a long dead little girl. In her arms She was still clutching Her ''Baby Doll''. Why anyone would want this item is unknown, but after the Police Investigation, The Farmer took possession of The Doll (whom He clean and named ''Mandy''). The Doll made it's way into His Family in this manner.

It was never explained who the dead girl was or even if foul play was suspected. Perhaps she was a runaway or even playing unattended and fell inside the Basement. Maybe she was hurt and could escape. Why no one ''looked for Her'' is likewise unexplained. By the 1920s, ''Mandy'' had had a ''rough life'' it appears. Her ceramic head was cracked and improperly repaired. One of Her glass eyes was not reset properly either. This gave ''Mandy'' a ''pop eyed'' look.

Then in 1991, a Curator of a Canadian Museum on Cultural History was approached by an ''identified'' Person carrying a doll. This ''Man'' donated the antique to the museum – simply stating that 'He ''could keep in in His home anymore'' and the doll (being an antique), needed a proper home''. The Museum Curator saw that (although roughed up), the overall Doll and clothing was in excellent condition for being 100 years old. He took custody of ''Mandy''. And now the ''strangeness'' starts...........

Mandy was placed in a bag treated to react to any possible insect infestation (as was a normal function). Left over night in the Museum Lab, when Staff returned – it appeared that a ''Child had ransacked the Lab''. Mandy also appeared to have tried to ''claw Her way Out'' of Her ''confinement''. It had to be a joke or possible Intruder. The strange phenomenon happened several more times during various conservation techniques. When Mandy was finally ready of exhibition (Her face was left alone, fearing it was too damaged to conserve), every one who looked at Her exhibit all stated that a feeling of ''uneasiness'' was felt. The ''feelings'' got so overwhelming, Mandy's exhibit was closed.

Investigated by a Psychic, the claim is that “Mandy'' is the ''receptacle'' for the Spirit of the little girl who died so horribly. ''She'' wants ''attention'' and throws ''tantrums'' when She doesn't get it. The Museum still on occasion will display Mandy – but for the most part – ''She'' is kept in a vault (probably a good idea). And yes, ''Mandy'' would become fodder for a 2018 Independent Horror Film of the same name.

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#1874 23rd May 2020 16:13:32

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TOTEM
While ''Totems'' are often seen as being Native American or Indigenous in origins – actually many World Cultures adopted similar device used in Icon Worship. Totems are wooden or stone carved pieces which range from 6 to 15-feet in height (and often from 8 to 12-inches in diameter). Normally, when constructed from wood, a single piece of Tree is selected. The Tree is suitably ''blessed'' and prepared by a Tribal Shaman for this purpose.

Sections of The Totem are partitioned with carvings of various Deities and ''Protector Spirits'' applied. These are painted and decorated, making The Totem very colorful and elaborate. In some Cultures, The Totem could ''hold'' The Spirit of an Ancestor (if used as a Family Icon). The same held true for whole Tribes (who constructed larger Totems). These centralized versions were made to hold primary ''Guardian Spirits'' to The Tribe.

Often, Nature was used as the motif for a Totem. Eagle, Bear, Wolf ''Heads and Faces'' would be carved .Some times, The Totem was used as a ''Spirit Guide'' – being the personification of a particular Deity. The removal or destruction of a Totem was seen as extremely bad luck. Even if a Tribe was forced to vacate a Village for any reason – The Totem was to remain. Removing it or destroying it would cause all the Deities associated with The Totem to seek ''revenge'' against the transgressors.

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#1875 23rd May 2020 16:14:56

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USHABTI
From Ancient Egypt, The ''Ushabti'' are ''Grave Goods'' often buried with a Pharaoh or Noble Person. There use dates to 2,600 BC. Ushabti are made of clay, stone and even previous metals or polished glass. They resemble a ''small person'' – for a reason. The Ushabti you see – were used as ''Servants'' in The Afterlife for a Pharaoh or related. They would perform the ''daily and menial tasks needed''. Ushabti were portrayed carrying Hoes and Baskets and were intended to farm in The Afterlife. Often, many hundreds of such Ushabti Figures were buried inside a Royal Tomb. Normally, they ranged from 6-inches to 1-foot in some cases. Great detail was put into their creation, often given realistic features and brightly painted.

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