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20 Year Old Witch Burned Alive, Papua New Guinea (2013)

The following article by Richard Shears appeared in the Daily Mail on 7 February 2013 and was entitled. 'Mother, 20, accused of being a 'witch' and 'killing a boy with sorcery' tortured and burned alive on pile of tyres Read More »

Baoxie Plank Road

An ancient Chinese proverb states "The road to Sichuan is harder than climbing the sky". Certainly before the advent of modern roads and rail the Sichuan basin was impossible to reach without a long and dangerous journey through harsh mountains where cold, fatigue, hunger, bandits and wild animals waited for those entering the region. Read More »

Dotan Road Hitchhiker

In 1996, Abdul Alhazrad a man who lived in the Arab town of Jenin was travelling along the road to Dotan when he picked up a hitchhiker who got into the front passenger seat. Shortly after resuming the journey, the driver turned to look as his passenger and was shocked to see that his face had taken on the appearance of a dog with one eye. He wore dark clothing and had floppy dangling ears. Read More »

Drum Hill, Fuzhou

Drum Hill can be found on the northern bank of the Minjiang River, in the eastern suburbs of Fuzhou, Fujian Province. It is thought that it gets its name from a huge boulder, shaped like a drum that sits on the summit of the hill. Read More »

Farmers Sacrifice Seven Year Old Girl For Good Crop (2011)

The following article entitled 'Farmers sacrifice 7-yr-old girl for good crop, held' appeared in the Times of India on 3 January 2012.  It concerns the alleged human sacrifice of a young child as an offering to ensure a successful harvest. Read More »

Gifu Castle and The White Serpent God

The current cement Gifu Castle was built in the 1950’s to replace the original which was destroyed when Japan was bombed during World War II. The original castle dated from around 1201 and may have been one of the locations where the following legend of the White Serpent God was set. Read More »

Haifa Mermaid

The following article entitled 'Mermaid Fever Makes A Splash In Israel' appeared on the Sky News Website 11 August 2009, written by Dominic Waghorn (Middle East correspondent) Read More »

How Masakuni Regained His Sight

The following story by Richard Gordon Sith was published in his 1918 book 'Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan'. SOME seventy years ago there dwelt in Kyoto a celebrated swordmaker, a native of the province of Awa, in Tokushima. Read More »

Jiang Shi: The Hopping Vampire

In Mian county, in China's Shaanxi province, rural folk never venture out of doors after dark. The reason for this is that they fear the Jiang Shi: the hopping vampire. Read More »

Kfar Hawald Encounter 1996

On October 20, thirty three year old Eli Hawald, had a UFO encounter in the village of Kfar Hawald. According to Barry Chamish, journalist and Israel based UFO Investigator ‘The tiny village has no electricity and when Eli Hawald went outside at 11:00 PM, all was too clear for him. "Out of nowhere I saw a gigantic green light, the colour of a traffic light, fall out of the sky. Read More »

Krasue

Whilst in Thailand I watched a film called "Demonic Beauty". It was an interesting film so I decided to research the legend behind it, which relates to a traditional Thai ghost story. It concerns a spirit known as "Krasue" in Thailand, "Ap" or "Ahp" in Cambodia and Penanggalan in Malaysia. Read More »

Mongolian Olgoi Khorkhoi (aka Mongolian Death Worm)

The following I was told near Xiangshawan Gorge in the Gobi desert. The guides seemed to genuinely believe this tale rather than treating it as a legend. The Mongol people of Mongolia and northern China are tough. They are skilled archers, hunters and wrestlers. They also among the most famous horsemen in the world, learning to ride almost as soon as they can walk. Read More »

Mount Everest

The peak of Mount Everest stands at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet) above sea level, making it the tallest mountain on Earth*. Over the years it has claimed many lives as people have attempted to reach the summit and one of these climbers is thought to haunt the slopes after he died in 1924. Read More »

Shozenji Temple And The Procession Of Ghosts

Ghost Procession

In 'Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan' (1918), Richard Gordon Smith gives the following account of the ghosts that are said to haunt Shozenji temple.  The temple once stood near Fushimi, which is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto. Read More »

The Horror of Gyb Farm edited by Richard Holland

Gyb Farm

Within this book, The Horror of Gyb Farm, Richard Holland has collated and edited the works of a pioneering and yet relatively unknown paranormal researcher, Frederick George Lee (born 1832-1902). Between 1875 and 1894 F.G. Read More »

The Lady in the Mask

The story was all over the news. A beautiful young woman, married only a few months had been suffering terribly at the hands of her husband. He was an aggressive drunkard and during one of his fits of temper he had cut both of her cheeks, ear to ear, with a pair of scissors. Read More »

Undead Lover

Many years ago a Chinese nobleman was woken each night by the sound of someone walking by his house. One night, he peered out of the door and saw a beautiful and well dressed lady carrying a peony lantern. Read More »

Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

When I was told this story just outside Ordos City, the guides certainly didn't believe the tale. They seemed to take a kind of smug satisfaction that the western explorers who took this legend back to Europe came to such a ridiculous conclusion. I think it could possibly been a medieval Chinese/Mongol equivalent to the Scottish "Wild Haggis" story often told to mislead tourists! Read More »

Witch Execution December 2011

The Mysterious World section of this site was primarily set up to compare strange experiences and stories from Britain with those in other countries and try to highlight differances between how they are perceieved and reported by other cultures. Read More »

Yeren

In the remote forests of the western part of China's Hubei province people believe passionately in the existence of the Yeren- the "wild men". The creatures have been believed in since time immemorial and sightings are frequently reported even today. Read More »



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