Odd, curious, anomalies, unanswered

Haunted Castles and Their Ghostly Residents

By Ancient Origins - September, 26 2023

Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Travel to any city in the world and you’re likely to find haunted landmarks and the ghost tours to go with them. Whether or not you’re a believer, the history behind the ghostly sightings at the following three castles may give you chills.

Romania’s Bermuda Triangle: The Creepy Hoia Forest

By Caleb Strom - September, 26 2023

Outside of Romania, especially in the English-speaking world, Transylvania is a land associated with vampires, specifically Dracula. Inside Romania, where Vlad the Impaler is a national hero, his associations with the famed vampire are not as popular, though Transylvania is arguably still known for being home to one of the creepiest sites in the world.

The Mysterious Ancient Egyptian Labyrinth

By Ancient Origins - November, 14 2022

“This I have actually seen, a work beyond words. For if anyone put together the buildings of the Greeks and display of their labours, they would seem lesser in both effort and expense to this labyrinth… Even the pyramids are beyond words, and each was equal to many and mighty works of the Greeks. Yet the labyrinth surpasses even the pyramids.”

Think Egypt Think Magic: The Power of Heka

By Ancient Origins - November, 14 2022

The lives of ancient Egyptians were inextricably intertwined with magic. It was present in everything from religion to politics, and from birth to death. Magic was such a prevalent force that in the early third century AD, the Christian theologian and philosopher Titus Flavius Clemens, better known as Clement of Alexandria, declared that: “Egypt was the mother of magicians.”

The Secret Substance Soma

By Dhwty - January, 15 2021

Soma is both the name of a god and a substance in Hindu mythology. As a deity, Soma is one of the most important gods in the Rigveda. According to the Puranas, Soma is often depicted as a god riding a three wheeled chariot that is pulled by a team of 10 white horses, or a celestial bull, a giant rising from the waters, a bird, the lord of plants, and an embryo. He is an ancient deity who is in charge of several important aspects of life, one being the bringer of fortune and health.

The Hollow Earth Theory

By Ancient Origins - March, 22 2020

According to Hollow Earth Theory, the Earth is a hollow planet with ancient entrances to the subterranean world scattered throughout it, including near both polar caps. Since ancient times, some have believed that there is an underground world inside our planet illuminated by a tiny sun, and it includes mountains, forests, and lakes.

Stones, Snakes, Salt, and Slag: The Bizarre and Unexplained Phenomenon of Raining Objects

By Joanna Gillan - December, 15 2018

Throughout history, there have been numerous recorded instances of strange objects falling from the sky - fish, frogs, candy, jellyfish, beans, nuts, seeds, worms, spiders, and all manner of bizarre and unlikely objects. The most popular explanation is that strong winds whisk objects up from the ground or water and hurl them towards an unexpected location many miles away.

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