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Myrtles Plantation Ghost

Old plantations are always full of history and meaning. The vibe they hold is eerie and unnerving. They are always linked to so much history that it is difficult to differentiate between what is true and what is not. However, the story of the Myrtles Plantation Ghost is an interesting one. Myrtles Plantation was named after Crepe Myrtle and has 200 years of deep and rich history. It is located in Louisiana and is still currently open as a bed and breakfast for people to visit and explore. People still report strange happenings and unnatural sightings. However, many believe it to be a hoax. The story though is a very attention-grabbing one.

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The house was first built by David Bradford, a war general, during 1796. He built the house in what was a Spanish colony area at the time. He decided to live there alone until he was pardoned by the president then he brought his family to live with him. After his death, the plantation was handed down to his daughter and her husband Clarke Woodruff through his will. It was within the Woodruff’s ownership that this famous story took place.

According to the story, Clarke Woodruff was a respectable and truthful man, however, he had an active sex life, targeting and exploiting slaves. At one point he set his sights on a slave named Chloe. Chloe was aware that if she refused his advances, she would be forced to pick cotton from the fields which were long hours under the scorching sun and overseers would lash her if she stopped. She had little to no option and had to give in to his sexual advances eventually. The sexual affiliation between the two continued for a few years.

Chloe was fearful of Woodruff’s wife finding out which is why she started to snoop on the family conversations as she was afraid of the punishment she would get if the truth was revealed. However, she was caught by Clarke Woodruff and he ordered them to cut off her ear. She was then required to wear a turban to cover the injury.

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To take vengeance, Chloe added poison in Mrs. Woodruff and her children’s supper while Clarke Woodruff was away. The family died within a few days. Other workers were worried that the master would find out and harm them all, which is why they decided to take action and kill Chloe, cutting her into pieces and throwing her into a river.

The plantation was passed down through generations until it got to the Meyer’s family who decided to open it as a bed and breakfast place. From almost the first day, bizarre things began to take place in the house. Guests reported seeing paranormal sights, and hearing peculiar noises. In 1992, the owner even captured her within a picture. He was taking a picture of the property for insurance purposes. Three years later when a photographer used that picture as a post card cover and zoomed into it the shadow of a girl wearing a turban is evident in it.

Many say the story of Chloe is a hoax created to grab attention as Woodruff never had a slave girl named Chloe and the family succumbed to yellow fever. However, the truth is buried along with the people in this story.

The Vikings and Norse Mythology

An Overview

Norse Mythology is a really deep and incredibly rich lore which is full of some great poems and stories from the old German era. These tales from the German era are not just believed to be myths, but also a religion practiced by the Vikings living in the Scandinavian countries during that time. It is known that Norse Mythology was not just practiced by the Vikings, but also by the Germans. The entire truth and details about what the Vikings considered to be their religion and even if there was a name for it, is still undiscovered.

The Norse Mythology basically revolves around multiple Gods and Goddesses and how they were worshipped by everyone in the Viking age. This was divided into two parts, they believed that there were two branches of Gods, one ‘the Vanir’ and second ‘the Æsir’. Apart from this, the Vikings also believed in other mythical creatures such as dwarfs, giants and other beings which we now see in fictional movies.

The Story

Norse Mythology is made up of various stories featuring the Gods. For instance, there’s one story about Odin who was the chief of the Æsir. Odin married Frigg who was the Queen of Asgard. Then there’s another about Thor who was the protector of Midgard and the God of thunder. Most of the mythology revolves around the surviving Gods and their interaction with other creatures and beings. There are nine worlds included in the cosmos of Norse Mythology and it has been the topic of scholarly research since the 17th century.

Who were the Vikings?

The Vikings came from Norway, Denmark and Sweden in Scandinavia. They came with some of the most advanced technology in shipbuilding during that time. Additionally, some of them were interested in exploring. With this kind of technology, they could travel faster than anyone could ever do before them. Gradually the Vikings began to spread and made settlements in all parts of Europe including France, England, Germany and Ukraine. They even managed to make their way into places such as Greenland, Faroe Island and Iceland. Furthermore, the Vikings also traveled and made settlements in what is now known as Newfoundland in Canada in order to make settlements which were known as’ Vinland’. It is known that the Vikings did not possess paper, and most of their writings were found on leather, jewellery, rune stones and weapons. The culture and history of the Vikings has only been passed down through ‘sagas’ or poems.

Norse Mythology is considered to be an actual religion to many people in the world, while some consider it a myth or tale from the Viking age.

Norse Mythology

Norse mythology is a collection of tales of Gods and heroes, emerging from various sources, revolving around the pagan period. It is a collection of North Germanic people’s myths starting from the time of the pagans and beyond the time of Christianisation of Scandinavia and its modern folklore. Norse mythology consists of middle age manuscripts, reflections of archaeology and traditional folk.  

The tales are about various gods. The god Thor (thunder god), who protects humanity and fights bravely with his foes. The god Odin who possesses worldly knowledge and spreads it around the world intelligently. The beautiful goddess Freya with feathered cloak, and the fierce and brave goddess Skadi who enjoys the wolf howls in the mountains. The mighty god Nijord who can control the chaos of the world and distribute wealth and property. Frey who turns the world peaceful through his farming and weather associations. Idunn the goddess helping to prevent age and retain youthfulness forever. Heimdall the god of mystery and the son of nine mothers who can listen to the growing grass and possesses a horn. Loki, the one who brings misery and tragedy to other gods as he engineers the demise of Baldr who is the son of the goddess Frigg, and many other gods.

The mythology revolves around these gods and how they connect with other people. It includes the Jotnar’s connection with humanity, how they could become friends or foes, be in love, and belong to the same family of gods. The Norse mythology talks about the nine worlds which revolve around the tree, Yggdrasil. The cosmology elements along with the time represent the beings and gods.

Ymir is the ancient being from whose flesh the world is created, with Ask and Embla being the first creations. The world is then regenerated after being burnt during the battles of Ragnarok. In the new world, the gods who would survive will meet and the world will be populated by two humans again.

Since the 17th century, many scholars have been studying these myths and placing emphasis on some of the important aspects which have been brought to the attention of various intellectuals. In today’s time, the interest in these myths has been reawaken by the romanticists and modern culture that consists of many references to this Norse mythology. For the followers of Neopaganism, this mythology has also been awakened in religious contexts.

The mythology was originally in the North Germanic language – the Old Norse – the language that the people of Scandinavia and their ancestors spoke in the middle ages. The myths were gathered orally from the pre-Christian inhabitants and put onto paper and turned into manuscripts.

The Drury Lane Ghost

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is one of the oldest theatre situated in the West End in London. The earliest theatre on the same location was started in 1663, and the current building dates from 1812. There are several ghost stories associated with Drury Lane, two of which are mentioned below.

The Clown

In his very first known pantomime, Joseph Grimaldi was an actor who had a very distinguished and long theatrical profession. His character (the white deceitful clown) became an inspiration for many of the present day ‘joeys’. Grimaldi’s fans used to love him as his character gave them a gift of laughter and joy. Unfortunately, his craft took a horrific toll on his health, due to which he had to give up his acting career. By 1818, Grimaldi was destitute.

He died in 1837 and since then many people have seen his ghost wander around the Theatre Royal. Many people working at Drury Lane have discussed some unusual happenings such has feeling like they’ve been kicked by someone. All of the cleaners, actors and ushers have been kicked.

An odd thing is that before Grimaldi died, his will was that after his death his head should be severed from the body before burying it. Many witnesses have reported seeing his white face floated around the theatre.

Man in Grey

The Man in Grey is the most famous ghost of Drury Lane. His head is covered by a hat and he wears a powdered wig. Some people have witnessed him wearing a grey cloak and white shirt, as well as a sword, and can often be seen limping around. 

He is often seen to be following the same route during the day – his spirit going from one side of the upper circle to the other, after that he just disappears through the wall.

The Man in Grey was first witnessed in the year 1939, when nearly half of the cast of ‘The Dancing Years’ was on stage. In the past few years, many famous actors, managers and other staff has witnessed the presence of the Man in Grey. On various occasions, people have witnessed his ghost sitting in the 4th row close to the central gangway of the upper circle. The story of the Man in Grey is a mystery, but in the 1870s, during the renovation of Drury Lane, one worker found a skeleton of a male body with a dagger sticking out of his ribs. Some of the people believe that this is a possible explanation for his presence.

Bloody Mary Legend

Bloody Mary is a famous folklore legend which many of us have heard during our childhood. The legend is basically about the ghost of a woman named Mary, who would come in the mirror after being repeatedly called by the name ‘Bloody Mary’. The story is all about the performance of a ritual which involves revealing what the future holds and conjuring a spirit.

There used to be a ritual practiced by young girls in historic times that involved standing in front of a mirror holding a candle with the hope to find their future husband’s face in the mirror. Instead of finding that, they used to see a grim reaper’s face or a skull, the meaning of which was that the girl would die before getting married.

As per the ritual it is believed that the ghost of Mary would appear in the mirror when you call her with the name ‘Bloody Mary’ 13 times while standing in a dark place in front of the mirror. It is perceived that the ghost only comes to those people who call out to her and involve themselves in catoptromancy (divination by a mirror or by crystal gazing). As per the legend, when you see the ghost she’s covered in blood, she screams and strangles her victims and drinks their blood. The ghost is also called by the name ‘Mary Worth’ and ‘Hell Mary’.

The explanation behind this concept is that when you are standing in front of the mirror and staring at it for quite some time, you’ll find yourself hallucinating. Even if your facial features look similar to you, there might be some variations. This is a result of the dissociative identity effect caused when the brain can’t identify the facial features and turns recognition into something that is not entirely true. This phenomenon is also known as Troxler’s fading or self-hypnosis. In modern times this legend has now turned into an inspiration for directors and producers who have used it as content for their movies and shows.

Additionally, it was believed by many people that spirits and ghosts travel through mirrors so they used to place them facing the wall or completely cover them with a cloth to be safe. They thought that an open or uncovered mirror would be an indication that you’re inviting the ghosts or spirits into the room. 

Some people believe that the story of Bloody Mary is only a result of an overactive imagination in childhood. The very popular psychologist ‘Jean Piaget’ explains this story as ‘nominal realism’ which is a belief that thoughts and words have a direct impact on reality. Additionally, it is stated that there’s a whole body of superstition and folklore ascribing magical properties to mirrors dating back to the historic times. One of the very common superstition that is also believed by some people even now is that breaking of a mirror will bring bad luck. 

Magical Charms

What are Magical Charms?

Magical charms don’t have to be complicated. There are simple and quick charms that can be prepared by using herbs, fruits, vegetables and various frequently used items. But, what are magical charms? A magical charm is basically a spell, magic formula or an incantation that can create a magical effect on something. Such spells can also be performed in some prayers or rituals in order to make something happen. This word is synonymously heard as spells or rituals. A magical charm is not necessarily something evil. It can be a lucky charm – an association with some object that brings luck into your life. You might have heard about charms in movies and books where witches used them to perform magic. A common word used in association with this is ‘hex’.

Following are some simple charms that can be used, but not for medical treatments.

  1. Laying thorny branches before your doorstep to keep away evil.
  2. In order to manifest money, keep cedar wood pieces in a box along with a few coins.
  3. Hang seaweed in your kitchen in order to keep away evil spirits.
  4. Dividing an apple into half and give the other half to your lover to build a healthy relationship.

Historical Examples

Magical charms are considered the simplest of all magic that is performed. The word ‘charm’ has originated from Latin, having the meaning of a song, incantation or a verse. A charm can be the small verbal ditty that you’ve seen people recite in movies or shows when performing a ritual. Many charms now consist of a verbal element and hold a spell energy. Following are some examples of charms from the historic times:

  1. During the Neolithic times, carrying trinkets, stones or bones for luck was a common practice done by hunters.
  2. Romans and Greeks used to wear lockets for the purpose of showing respect for Deities and in order to keep their loved ones close, they used to house things like snippets of a woman’s hair.
  3. Another example is from the medieval times when women used to send a ‘favour’ along with their husbands going to war. This favour was for protection and used as a symbol of devotion.

Thus, the intent of magical charms is to bring positivity into our lives. This can be in the form of health, happiness, good fortune or romance. Apart from this, magical charms can also be placed on objects, in order to bring in luck, or build a relationship or anything in particular. In general terms, a charm is usually believed to be something that will bring in luck and good fortune to the lives of people, or unity into a family.