Heinrich Kramer was the first witch-hunter sanctioned by the Catholic Church. The practice of trying witches can be traced to Kramer's 15th century efforts to banish Satanic witchcraft . . .
The vampire is one of our oldest myths. It's been of great interest to the psychoanalytic movement. Find out what psychoanalysis and contemporary psychiatrists say of today's fascination with vampires.
Does the moon affect our minds, our behaviour? Is there really a "Lunar Effect"? We Can't be Certain, but we've believed it for thousands of years. Find out what some scientific studies have discovered:
Many claim reincarnation was an early Church teaching. That reincarnation was a core Christian belief through the early centuries. The Church suppressed reincarnation by outlawing the belief, they say . . .
France produced many prominent occultists. Many have been forgotten. Mystics, master masons, philosophers. Adolphe Desbarolles, the father of modern palmistry. Tarot innovator Etteila, and many more.
The Swedish king Charles XII was said to have owned a magic ring granting him invincibility. Modern forensic science and some spooky coincidences show occult magic may also have led to his downfall.
Back when good and evil weren't just relative concepts. When being 'holy' made you the target of demonic legions. We're not just talking naughty vicars here. We're talking really, really bad clergymen . . .
James Dean died driving his Porsche 550 Spyder - aka 'Little Bastard' - right when he was set for global superstardom. Seems a lot of people connected to that supposedly cursedcar had some pretty bad luck too.
Antarctica is dangerous and deadly for several obvious reasons. However, the history of the coldest and most southerly continent contains some perplexing deaths which have defied easy explanation.
Jazz musicians seem mysteriously prone to heroin addiction. They’ve even been studied in this regard. There's a significant statistical link between creativity and forms of psychopathology, including addiction.
Humanity, often inhumane, has filled the whole earth. Bolstered by imperial power, ignorance and arrogance have sadly flourished amid profound opportunities for greater human self-discovery . . .
Some things seem quintessentially American but aren't. That's the gist of this article. OK, so the US hasn't been around long, and most Americanisms probably originate in other places. Well aren't you clever.