Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Island Giants???


Easter Island in the South Pacific is an ongoing mystery to many.  

What happened to the Rapa Nui people? 
Did they get visitors OR were they visitors themselves? 
Why did they construct these enormous Moai statues OR DID THEY?
What's with this supposed battle researchers claim occurred there between two groups?

Let's go back in a time a bit and look at what was happening in the South Pacific long ago.

There was a time in ancient Peru when they were visited by seafaring people who were tall, had elongated skulls, red hair, white skin, and more advanced skills/technology. These people were also found in skeletal remains in the South Pacific from New Guinea to Solomon Islands, Australia to Peru. These seafarers left behind a legacy of people who gained skills rapidly from them and also wished to bind their skulls to appear like them.  These giant people with tendencies towards cannibalism, sloping foreheads, pointed backs to their heads and wide noses were emulated, even worked into art, feared and perhaps revered.

Was this so in yet another South Pacific location a seafaring giant race would stop? 

It's believed the Rapa Nui settled the islands around 1200 AD.  The first recorded contact with outsiders that was officially noted was in 1722, but in 1770, the Spanish arrived and claimed it as their own.  They brought with them syphilis and other diseases the people had no immunity to.

Moai statues were supposedly created by the Rapa Nui around 1200 CE (AD) and supposedly carved to represent their ancestors, but this was disputed by other researchers who say the Rapa Nui were the second migration to Easter Island (like Native Americans or Amerinds were considered second migration to America after the Otamid people - elongated skull people with robust skeletons).  Legends say the long-earred ones (white skinned, red-haired, elongated earlobes) were first migration to Easter Island and built the Moai statues which interestingly are giant, slope-headed, wide-nosed, with pointed heads in the back.





The Rapa Nui were supposed to have faced near extinction to the point of cannibalism.  The cave named "Ana Kai Tangata" actually translates to "man-eating cave." It was believed some kind of ritual in the caves occurred with the eating of humans and signs of cannibalism. Who do we know that liked caves, traveling by boat, and eating humans?

Repeated theme: There were very giant, slope-headed, cannibalistic people in the Pacific.  They were found from Australia and Indonesia, New Guinea to Solomon Islands, Peru to Mexico, Catalina Island in California up the ancient waterways into Nevada. All of these Pacific areas were visited by those in reed boats. In fact, Peru, where they found elongated, red-haired skulls, they had a legend of the giants landing in reed boats and terrorizing them and eating the population, as do other areas in the Pacific have such legends.

In the 1830s a ship's captain described, "…the men are Copper colored, Athletic, tall and well made. I saw none [males] under five feet eight, and I measured one who was six feet three…. The women and a few [of] the men are of a much lighter color. Their bodies are longer and the Pelvis narrower than those of England, or indeed in Civilized Europe; but their limbs, feet, hands, eyes and teeth are handsome and beautiful. The men have all good teeth also. . . . From the waist downwards, both before and behind, the women are most tastefully and beautifully tattooed…”


From the book Cranial and Postcranial Skeletal Remains From Easter Island by Rupert Ivan Murrill, the skulls on Easter Island were compared with other Pacificers and found similar to Melanesian, Polynesian and Australian.  The skulls were long, narrow, and high.  Heyerdahl (1960 p 345) - Long ears are Peruvian - (white men with red hair?) The short ears arrived at Easter Island in the 1200s - after long ears! Heyerdahl (1961 page 37) mentions Knoche's statement that short earred ones came there in 1200s.

 The Long Ears of Easter Island by William L. Ernst
From Thor Heyerdahl's book "Aku-Aku" 
The earliest date of human occupation of Easter Island was established at 386 A.D. (plus or minus 100 years) by archaeologists in Heyerdahl's expedition who used carbon dating of charcoal found at cooking sites.  The oral history describes the "long ears" as the early period's population and the builders of the monuments.  The "short ears" came to the island later and apparently worked for the "long ears" as helpers.  A deadly feud occurred and the "short-ears" reversed a trap set for them and murdered the "long-ears" at Hotu-iti

Interestingly the legend of the short ears and long ears tells that the long ears dug a ditch and filled it with brush to lead the short ears into it and burn them. A long-ear married to a short-ear betrayed her kind and she betrayed his kind, getting the short ears to come up behind them and chase the long-ears into the burning ditch and two escaped to a cave where one was killed and one remained alive. (Burning of  giants - found in the Paiutes legend in Nevada and the Aborigines story in Australia). Interestingly, repeatedly natives of the Americas tell of these white-skinned, red-haired giants being cannibals and also taking them in and making them slaves until they were able to outsmart and kill them.  

There is no doubt that these stories from all over the world that repeat the same theme are playing out a scenario told by ancestors of legendary battles or even wishes and hopes that their people outsmarted and rose up against the giants. 

Was Easter Island first inhabited by the ancient giants? Were the Rapa Nui credited for feats that were not of their own doing? Considering the highly controversial study of the island and how it fell, we should take another look at the island with a fresh eye - one that looks at the facts - sea-faring giants present in the South Pacific who were cannibals, powerful, and looked like the statues on the island. 

NOTE:  As an interesting side note - the Karankawa Indians of Texas coast were reported as having ear spools (long ears) made of unknown shark vertebra, Otamid skulls (strong brow ridge, sloping forehead, pointed back of the head) and were between 6-7 feet tall on average. They were also reported as cannibals in the past.  

Even more resources 

An anthropologist disputes deforestation collapse - source.
Did they die by deforestation? There is some question - source.
About the caves - source


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pet Cemeteries: The Creepy and the Weird


My realtor knew I wanted an odd home, so she sent me a listing for a pet cemetery. I knew it was way outside of town in the middle of the desert basically and I wasn't too interested in the isolation with strangers coming and going on my property and questionable well water. But, I did decide to trek over and give it a look, just in case. It has a chapel on the grounds which sounded pretty cool since I've dreamed of living in a church and it had 5 acres of land that will be worth a fortune in another decade, but once again, I did not want to live in the middle of nowhere and stare at desert.

It had me thinking, though, whether living on a pet cemetery would be disturbing or totally awesome. I would think it'd be awesome, so long as it doesn't play out like the Stephen King novel!

I went looking up something about pet cemeteries and found some cool stuff -

Disneyland

There is a pet cemetery just inside the gates at the Disneyland Haunted Mansion and a collection of pet crypts at the Disney World Haunted Mansion, there is a little known cemetery off the beaten path at Disneyland.

Around the back side of the Mansion, hidden behind the exit, is the original Pet Cemetery started by some cast members years ago. They used ordinary garden statues and made up funny epitaphs. Imagineers learned of its existence and decided to recreate it officially, out front where everyone could see. If you ask nicely, and the Mansion isn't too busy, you might be able to get a private tour of the original pet cemetery from one of the ghoulish butlers or maids.


The graveyard in the attraction does not host any pet markers, although there are one or two ghostly dogs in residence. 






Interesting Graves I found 

Here's some of the stones I found at this pet cemetery that was up for sale.






Two graves that should be side by side -



I found his tomb!


Some people leave flowers on pet graves and perhaps some dog friends leave ---



When I was a kid, we had a pet cemetery at Aspen Grove. We buried geese, dogs, cats, and various found dead animals around the property. And, since I despised baby dolls, when I was given one as a gift, they were promptly buried in the pet cemetery.

Oldest Pet Cemetery


Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York was the first pet cemetery in the US founded in 1896.  Here's some of its selling points -
  • Oldest operating pet cemetery in the world
  • Only pet cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Ranked Top 10 Cemetery in the World
  • Certified National Wildlife Habitat
  • Deed restricted land
  • Irrevocable Trust Funds managed by an independent trustee
  • Member of International Association of Pet Cemeteries
  • Family owned and operated for over 40 years
  • Located 30 minutes north of Mid-Town Manhattan
  • Serving all religious denominations


Strange Pet Graves


Sometimes, a pet is immortalized in stone to protect a lost child -



Sometimes, owners hope to recreate a beloved pet -








Boulder City's Creepy Pet Cemetery


Scariest Pet Cemetery? Possibly Boulder City, Nevada. 7450 W Craig Rd. There's been some legends that the mafia from Vegas buried some dead there among the pets and put up fake pet headstones. Ideal way to dispose of a body, eh? This graveyard popped up with no real credit who set it up or what was truly buried there. It was not listed, unofficial, and highly suspect.  There is a legend that if you go at night, a white cat will follow you around.




Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel planned to move its pet cemetery -

The graves are to be moved to the other side of a small pond, making way for wedding and corporate retreat pavilion.  The project is a stone's throw from about 18 townhomes in the Stanley Historic District. Neighbor Roxanne VanSkiver and others say they're worried about noise coming from the 200 seat semi-outdoor amphitheater as well as the loss of the historic burial ground for animals. "Elsie," "Holmes" and "Stanley Blue" I, II and III are among roughly dozen marked graves dating back to the 1960s, with stones and a tiny white fence marking the cemetery. Among King's work is "Pet Sematary," a novel about animals and people who demonically come back to life after internment at an ancient Native American burial site. Hotel staff said the cemetery is sometimes a stop on tours,ESTES PARK, Colo.—Plans to dig up a pet cemetery at the Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King's horror novel "The Shining," have neighbors feeling aggrieved. 


Woodland Cemetery



This is the grave of Johnny Morehouse and--according to legend--his dog, a pair who are Woodland's most famous ghostly residents. The story might be rooted in nothing more than an unusual tombstone, but this is what they say: Johnny fell into the Miami & Erie canal and froze to death, despite his faithful dog's efforts to pull him out. After he was buried, the dog laid on his gravesite and wouldn't be moved. Eventually it died from starvation and sadness. A special stone was made in 1861 to commemorate Johnny's dog's devotion. People leave toys, candy, and other trinkets on the stone--a ritual the cemetery management tolerates, as you can tell from the photo above.   Now they say that Johnny and his dog, reunited beyond the grave, roam the cemetery after hours. Barking is heard in the vicinity of the grave, and the two of them are spotted sometimes inside the perimeter fence. If the years I've heard are correct, then Johnny was about five years old when he died. So watch for a little boy and his pet dog. 

Pet Sematary 

The Stephen King book "Pet Sematary" and absolutely creepy movie based on it come to mind right away when you think of pet cemeteries. This should clear up any fascination with pet cemeteries coming back to life.




There's a Catholic Cemetery here in Phoenix and there is a lady who feeds the cats there every evening at twilight. It is pretty creepy and haunting - making animals in the cemetery seem a bit foreboding.





Friday, April 18, 2014

Is Heaven Another Dimension?


Carl Sagan explains it well...





When I was a kid and laid down on the grass at night and studied the stars, I often thought about how vast it is. Too vast for us to understand. Are we seeing the universe as it really is, or just dots and bits of something even bigger? What if our earth and other planets are nothing more than cells that make up something inconceivably larger? Something like if the cells in your body see each other, but would not know they were part of a bigger thing called a human being. They have no perspective to understand that concept. We look at planets and stars and think that's it, a lot of objects floating in a giant space.


Consider this: We have 2-dimensional things in our world, such as images on photographs and TV screens. If you were from another planet and visited us, it would seem quite strange that a human could study a box for hours at a time and find entertainment, but it is the images and added soundtrack that stimulate our mind, so we watch the TV screen. If you were inside the TV screen, all you would see around you are the things in your periphery, width and length, but there is no height, so you have no perspective that there are 3-dimensional beings outside of your TV screen watching you.

Now, imagine if you will that if we in the 3-dimensional world of height, breadth, depth, width, mass, can be entertained by watching 2-dimensional activity, imagine what those in the next dimension might feel about our 3-dimensional world? Whereas we use paper and pen to conceptualize in 2-D form but see it as only representational and not real, might the next dimensionals use the third dimension to conceptualize and use it as representation but not reality? We can co-exist with the second dimension in the same space, and so we might be sharing our space with the next dimension--well, almost certainly!

When we can conceive of other dimensions simultaneously occurring, we can also perhaps explain some things that have baffled us, such as apparitions appearing and disappearing, UFOs arriving and departing in ways that appear to defy known laws of physics. How about poltergeist movement of objects? Something like that Carl Sagan explanation of a 3-dimensional being grasping a 2-dimensional being and lifting him out of his context. It might be that the item was not thrown by unseen forces, but perhaps manipulated by the next dimension and to us it appeared to occur quite magically. I'd compare this to dripping a drop of paint on a photo image and having Mr. Photo Image go "where did that come from? It just appeared in my world."

What is even more intriguing about these concepts is that if we did catch glimpses of other dimensional “things,” we are very likely only seeing the portion of it we can conceive of in our 3rd dimension:

If you were in a 1-dimensional world, you could see in front and behind you, but not to the sides or up and down.

If you were in a 2-dimensional world, you could see in front and back and to the sides, but not up and down.

If you are in a 3-dimensional world (which we are), you could see front and back, sides and up and down.

I hope I got you thinking a bit more and wondering why I put this on a ghost hunting theories site. It is entirely possible that what we consider the afterlife is really freeing ourselves from the 3-dimensional body to be all-knowing, all-encompassing. We dominate over the 2-D world and we can do so because we can tackle it from all its dimensions, but what can another dimension do to our 3-D world? Could it be that it is a universe that can conceive of everything while having no need for mass as we know it? Does just a physical form of us get shed so we might go onto be unencumbered by such things and be able to conceptualize the next dimension? This is very much like what near-death experiencers describe; that was the real world, this world they came back to is the fake one.

Wouldn't it make it very hard indeed for the next dimension to interact with us in a way we can understand? If we put a drawing on a piece of paper next to another doodle we did earlier, it sees that another of its kind is nearby, but knows nothing of how it got there or why minutes later it was erased from existence. This is sort of like seeing a glimmering apparition for a few brief seconds to have it disappear or even a UFO. We only see part of this next dimensional being because we can only view it in our 3rd dimensional reference, just like that 2-dimensional drawing only saw another dot nearby it and recognized a dot as "his kind" even though it was a human standing there. With no ability to conceptualize height, it was simply another one of his being friends; the part of him he has the concept to recognize.  

What part of the next dimension can we not visualize?

So, is Heaven the next dimension?

Using our own world as a comparison, imagine that we draw up a sketch of a machine we want to build. We plot it out on 2-dimensional form and then build it into the 3-dimensional form. Our 2-dimensional concept became a 3-dimensional reality. Now, image that there is a "God" and this God sends one of His out to greet us and we see him only in his 3-dimensional form because that is the only way we can view things (like that poor 2-dimensional fellow would only see us 3-dimensionals as a dot). So, this man has abilities to make things appear and disappear (like that 3-dimensional man moving around the 2-dimensional objects) and we call this man a God and name him Jesus or other visionary. What if when a person passes on, he is actually being represented in the next dimensional plane as that drawing we made became a machine we built. We are nothing more than a concept in the third dimension but we become a reality in the next dimension... afterlife.

If this has piqued your interest and you want to go further on such explorations, here's some great sources -

Fantastically understandable video example
Great written explanation.
A great book by Marie Jones "PSIence"



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sasquatch Trek In the Arizona Desert


I was lucky enough to trek out into the gorgeous habitat that is the Salt River in the far Northeast Valley outside of Phoenix with a seasoned Sasquatch Researcher and guide, Karl Sup.

(photo by Karl Sup)

The Salt River is a favorite recreation spot in the hot Arizona summertime. But, this spring, the usual quiet has been broken by some signs of occupants. 

This particular area had a valid report of potential Sasquatch activity in the form of someone throwing large boulders into the water from the island and some bedding looking areas within the bamboo.

Curious to look for some signs and to also evaluate the Desert Sasquatch, Karl and I headed out to make a survey.

 


Some of the things to be aware of when going to a site are how to be extremely aware. It means, studying the ground and the trees, the bushes around you, listening to the animal calls, and being aware of change in behavior of animals, unusual scents, and to also be aware of your own sense of being watched. It's a pretty powerful sense when you pay it heed.


Evaluating the resources, there was a great population of fish and freshwater mussels, quail, javelina, lizards, snakes, and more. There was plenty of fresh water, caves in the high rock escarpment overlooking the waterway, and dense bamboo, almost jungle-like. 


Heading down the trail, we kept our eye on everything around us, while I focused on broken limbs and twig shapes, Karl studied the ground, noticing something out of place from the shoe marks left for the past months (without rain they remained) by hikers.



 (Photos above by Karl Sup)



Could have been a stray footprint, except that it was bare and it was aimed sideways on the path to take the next step into the grasses up above and the stride where the grass was pressed down was 6 feet away.  Quite a stride! 


 (Here's where it took off after it stepped up into the grasses)

It led into a very inhospitable area, not one any barefoot person would consider. Our socks were already covered in burrs from these grasses.

Nearby, there were also tree breaks.

 (photos above by Karl Sup)


We found more bare footprints.  Not as large, but right near another odd finding - a digging rock -







A hole that someone had been digging into the ground using a large rock. In fact, there were finger-like claw marks where someone had dug into the sandy soil.  There was no apparent reason a person would be doing this and we know that only people could pick up a rock like that and dig.





We then found a path that led behind a boulder as we tried to get to the way up to the cave above. There was apparently one way up and that was a choke-hold, as noted by Karl, who stealthily surveyed the spot.  


Beneath a widespread tree, surrounded by rock outcroppings, there was a little shamble of an exceedingly steep ledge that could get up there, but one had the awkward situation of having to climb over a tree to get up there. The limb was high of the ground, but the bark well worn where someone had climbed over the 40 inch high limb. Karl, who stands 6'5" would have been hard strapped to climb up over this limb.


  
 (Photo by Karl Sup) 


Deciding our time was better spent looking at where the Sasquatch spend their evenings retrieving food and getting water and enjoy the river to themselves at night, we headed back down to the island in the river.

We did pass some rock stacks, but it's always difficult to discern just who put these up. Since it is a recreational area, we left them to the explanation of human.

 (photo above by Karl Sup)

We trudged through the river to the island. 

We found an island filled with bamboo- tall, thick, and like a jungle, but portion of it were totally bent down within.


Something was going in there and patting it down to make little areas to lay down. There are other wildlife explanations and this is common when you're assessing Sasquatch habitats. The fact is, they share it with all of nature and so many things could be caused by lots of other woodlands creatures, but what you try to look for are things that:

a. Show ideal habitat for Sasquatch and their needs.
b. Patterns of active behavior at night and quiet in daytime.
c. Use of twig symbols, tree breaks, footprints, and use of tools that would not be attributed to others.
d. Things of intelligent design and construction (more later on that).

What we found overall was an ideal place to take cover. When Karl went into the brush to check out a tree break, within a few feet of entering it, he was completely lost in the dense overgrowth and I could not see him. 




We came across rather large boulder about the size of a large watermelon that had been picked up and dropped, breaking into pieces. What a racket that must have made - 


Human or Sasquatch? We can't tell from this, but we do find it matches stories of night time tossing of large rocks in the island area.

As we trekked back we passed something we didn't even notice on the way in, but coming back, we realized we were facing the opening of a structure of sorts.


(photo by Karl Sup)


What we came across was an opening into a deep very dark tight tunnel of sorts made from someone breaking off and utilizing bamboo to make a lean-to opening in front of a stand of bamboo, the rest of the bamboo bent over to form a deep, dark, cool and damp tunnel within that was about 15 feet long. All in all, the entire thing looked like a bamboo jumble until you stepped back and realized it looked like a little hut.



As you can see, it's often difficult to discern what is nature, what is accidental, what is human, and what is Sasquatch, but you can look for a habitat that has ideal conditions and here the conditions were ideal. The natural preserve is enormous, just enormous, and the rock outcroppings are filled with caves to retreat to and to look down and see what is happening below in a natural habitat along the river that is a dream come true for any Sasquatch.

Can Sasquatch live in the desert? Of course they can. Any where that Native Americans have founded their homes and lived on the land, so can our cousins, the Tall Ones.

I'd like to thank Karl Sup for the practical guide through the habitat and for his exceptionally well developed senses. He did not miss a thing. I was quite impressed.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cannibals - Where Did They Learn It?



The son of Nelson Rockefeller, Michael Rockefeller, went in search of primitive art.  He had gone as a young man to New Guinea and learned a love of photography and art. In 1961, he went back with a companion when their boat overturned. The clung to the keel and Michael swam to shore. That was the last he was seen.

Described as a quiet artistic type, Michael grew up with his siblings in the midst of his father's vast collection of art from exotic places around the world.  He was an ambitious young man in college and his father put him on the board of directors for the museum.  When he went on the expedition to New Guinea, it was a place that still had not seen much of western visitors.

When he swam to shore, it was the last reported of him. What happened to Michael Rockefeller? We will probably never know if he drowned, was eaten by sharks, taken in by locals or eaten by them, but this South Pacific island is the heart of ancient giants territory and also the practice of cannibalism often associated with ancient giants who appear to have been the original cannibals. 

Repeated in folklore of native cultures around the world, there were giants who were cannibals. One of the more infamous stories is that of the of the Paiutes who say their ancestors fought red-haired giants in the Nevada area. They were described as cannibalistic, even digging up the newly dead and eating them. They reported having trapped the giants in a cave and burning them to death. Many thousands of years later in the early 1900s, the skeletons were unearthed in the cave by guano farmers. 

Let's look at cannibalism today -

Kuru is a neurological and incurable disease obtained by eating flesh from humans and animals with the prions (an infectious process in a protein that causes a strange folding).  This disease causes tremors and uncontrollable laughing or "Laughing Cow Disease" as some commonly refer to it.  The person no longer takes nourishment, cannot walk, shakes uncontrollably and dies.  The origins of the disease were believed to be from one person who had Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and, as was practiced by members of the tribe, they ate the deceased family member to keep their life force alive.

Were there giants in the territory best known for cannibalism in recent history - New Guinea? Yes!

Traditional stories of the Vella area of Papua New Guinea tell of a group of Europeans who tried to colonise the area a few centuries ago. They attempted to build a temple up in the hills, but the local giants would go in at night and throw away all the stonework. However, the temple was built, and still exists, made of the most beautiful marble. The skulls of five of the giants (brothers) are also supposed to be up in the bush. These are about a foot (30 centimeters) across.





Locations in Indonesia include this mythology from Java:  The myth of Aji Saka tells the story about the coming of civilization to Java, brought by the legendary first king of Java Aji Saka, and the story of Javanese script. Soon after the gods created and nailed the island of Java, the island become habitable. However the first race to rule the island were the denawa (giant demon) that repressed all creatures and ate humans. The first kingdom in Java was Medang Kamulan, and the king was the Giant King Dewata Cengkar, the cruel King of the country who ate the flesh of his own people.

Where did the tradition of cannibalism come from? 

Let's look at a popular adaptation - humans desire to emulate those they believe are superior. The practice of binding children's heads in cranial deformation by some cultures - cultures visited by giants, by the way, shows a desire to emulate someone perhaps considered holy, god-like, powerful or impressive. Is it possible that they were emulating the slope-headed architecture and pointed back of the head found on ancient giants? 

If ancient giants were also cannibals by their very carnivorous construction and jaw, then perhaps something that to them was a base instinct to eat others was actually emulated by the locals as a way of taking on the spirits of those they conquer.

This ancient practice of cannibalism came from places such as the Lesser Antilles, Melanesia, Fiji, Congo, Amazon and New Zealand. All of these are areas noted for giants. In fact, Neanderthals were said to have been cannibals.  

For these societies in more modern era, it was a cultural and spiritual practice, but there is evidence in ancient skulls that some human relatives with sloping foreheads, prominent brows and powerful jaws were made to be carnivorous and predatory. Their very practice and tendencies could have influenced others where their boats landed and they came ashore. 

If the origins of the giants were somewhere in the South Pacific, it would explain a very southern hemispheric influence on practices of cannibalism from Africa to New Guinea, Australia and the Amazon.  If they bred with the locals, they might have even bred in tendencies.

This isn't to say that cannibalism isn't something basic within all homo sapiens, but that there was a very ancient society of giant people with a well reported history of eating others and in these giant-rich lands the Native People have the tendencies to perform cannibalism, there seems to be two people in the same place practicing the same thing; one perhaps because of their very physiology and nature and the other because of spiritual and cultural practices.


Sources:
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