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A magic carpet - a carpet that can allegedly transport persons instantaneously or swiftly to a destination. Folklore can be divided[by whom?] into four areas of study: artifacts (such as voodoo dolls)describable and transmissible entity (oral tradition)culturebehavior (rituals) These areas do not stand alone, however, as often a particular item or element may fit into more than one of these areas.[2] Oral tradition[edit] While folklore can contain religious or mythic elements, it equally concerns itself with the sometimes mundane traditions of everyday life. Sometimes "folklore" is religious in nature, like the tales of the Welsh Mabinogion or those found in Icelandic skaldic poetry. "Folktales" is a general term for different varieties of traditional narrative. Contemporary narratives common in the Western world include the urban legend. Vladimir Propp's classic study Morphology of the Folktale (1928) became the basis of research into the structure of folklore texts. Cultural[edit]

The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech: Kirsten Powers: 9781621573708: Books I Tried To Become A Psychic & It Was More Revealing Than Therapy For the month of October, Bustle's #blessed series will explore how young women are searching for meaning, finding connections to a higher power and navigating spirituality in 2017. Did you wait until you were sure no one was looking over your shoulder before you clicked on this article? Are you reading this with one eye on the door, lest a partner, parent, or coworker come in, look over at your screen, raise an eyebrow, and chide, " Developing your psychic abilities, huh?" Just kidding! And as I sit in my room, practicing exercises that are supposed to help me increase my intuition and tap into my psychic abilities, I'm also practicing my poker face, so I can look calm and collected when my loved ones discover me and begin rolling their eyes once more. I want access to my intuition so I can better pursue my riskiest creative dreams, not so I can decide whether to take the express or local bus. Why is belief in any sort of psychic phenomena so taboo? Scott Rodgerson/Unsplash

Hunting and killing ninjas in Indonesia - New Mandala Editor’s note: this article contains graphic imagery. Nicholas Herriman recounts a troubling tale of sorcerer killings, ninja fear, mass hysteria and violence in East Java. Distressed students in Kelantan, Malaysia, have recently described apparitions haunting their school. The sight of these ghostly beings apparently precipitates screaming fits. Attempts to exorcise the school by various shamans and ulama(Islamic scholar-preachers) have failed. From the outside, it is easy to look sceptically, if not dismissively, at such reports. A sorcerer huntThe ‘ninja’ case had its origins in an even more violent episode—what we might call a ‘sorcerer hunt’—centred in the East Javanese district of Banyuwangi. Perceiving this ‘sorcerer’ in their midst, and unsure if the state can do anything about it, locals might form a group and kill their fellow resident. The police and army brought the killings to a halt with widespread arrests of alleged killers in October 1998.

The top three scientific explanations for ghost sightings From ghosts to ghouls, witches to wizards, Halloween is the one time of the year when people come together to celebrate everything supernatural. But beyond the fancy dress and trick or treating, belief in ghosts is actually relatively common – with 38% of people classifying themselves as believers and a similar number having actually reported seeing one. The term “ghost” refers to the idea that the spirits of the dead – human and animal – influence the physical world. But in a world filled with science and reason, these “hauntings” can often boil down to a very simple explanation. 1. Attempts to explain hauntings often draw upon psychological factors – such as suggestion – so being told a place is haunted is more likely to lead to ghostly goings-on. One classic study saw participants visiting five main areas of a theatre before completing a questionnaire to assess their feelings and perceptions. But research in real-world settings has produced inconsistent results. 2. 3.

Cannibal family: Dmitry Baksheev and his wife eat 30 people in Russia A “CANNIBAL family” has confessed to butchering and eating at least 30 people in Russia over two decades, police said. The Sun reports Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and his wife Natalia, 42, allegedly served a stuffed and decorated human head as dinner and pickled human remains in jars. The couple were arrested after the dismembered body of a young woman was found in a military academy in Krasnodar where they worked. Dmitry admitted the grim killing and boasted about multiple other murders after a phone was found with pictures of a man posing for selfies with dead bodies. He told interrogators he began his macabre reign of terror in 1999. Police have so far discovered eight frozen body parts and flayed skin as they attempt to verify the gruesome claims. RELATED: Cannibal caught scoffing woman’s flesh dies in police shoot out The pair stand accused of drugging their victims with tranquilliser Corvalol before attacking them and storing their remains in their fridge, freezer and cellar.

AT Types of Folktales In The Types of International Folktales, the "ATU Catalogue" edited by Hans-Jörg Uther (2004), ATU numbers replace AT numbers. And ATU (from the surname initials of Aarne, Thompson, and Uther) allows "the type numbers that have been in use for nearly one hundred years [to] remain unchanged," says Uther. To allow that and to accomplish that are two different things, though, for at least one Norwegian folktale that is well over a hundred years, is missing completely in the new ATU system. Its old AT number (211*) has disappeared. Another side to the revision is that the overall content of various types of tales has been changed, in both small ways and more comprehensively. And such changes mean that old "AT umbrellas" (numbers) for the types of tales, do not serve as well as before as classification devices in every case, for example in many Norwegian folktales I have checked and commented on in Norwegian. However, the new ATU-types are now the classification devices in force. D. E. B.

Mark Taylor: Churches Operating Under 501(c)(3) Status Are ‘In Covenant With Baal’ During a recent appearance on SkyWatch TV, “firefighter prophet” and right-wing conspiracy theorist Mark Taylor declared that churches that operate under a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status have entered into a covenant with Baal and have a “demonic portal” hovering over them. Despite the fact that Taylor doesn’t seem to understand what 501(c)(3) status actually is, he is convinced that churches that operate under it do so because they have a “slavery mentality” and have taken a “bribe” from the government. “It’s almost like they’re having a demonic portal over the top of them,” he said, “so it’s influencing each person and each ministry in a different way, depending on their spiritual maturity. This is why we’re seeing such moral issues, the financial corruption going on in the churches, this is why we’re seeing people leave because they’re tired of this stuff. But it’s that slavery mentality where they want to be governed, basically.

Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich | The New Yorker Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery. He underwent the procedure not for the sake of convenience or appearance but, rather, for a reason he doesn’t usually talk much about: he hopes that it will improve his odds of surviving a disaster, whether natural or man-made. “If the world ends—and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble—getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass,” he told me recently. “Without them, I’m fucked.” Huffman, who lives in San Francisco, has large blue eyes, thick, sandy hair, and an air of restless curiosity; at the University of Virginia, he was a competitive ballroom dancer, who hacked his roommate’s Web site as a prank. In private Facebook groups, wealthy survivalists swap tips on gas masks, bunkers, and locations safe from the effects of climate change. Robert A.