Friday, 17 January 2020
It’s time for a cryptid here on we are if and we are heading over to the Isle of Man, a land famous for tail-less cats and motorcycle racing.
For those unfamiliar with the place, The Isle of Mann is part of the British Isles, found in the Irish Sea off the northwest coast of England.
The island lies roughly at an equal distant between England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom but is a crown possession (since 1828).
The island is self-governing in its internal affairs but comes under the supervision of the British Home Office.
The Isle of Man has seen inhabitation since the Mesolithic Period, among its earliest inhabitants were Celts, and their language, Manx, which is closely related to Gaelic it may also be home to some stranger creatures.
The Isle of Mann shares many of its legends with the Irish, these legends include wild men and this brings us to a Bigfoot like creature known as the Buggane.
The legendary wild men the Buggane are like the many other stories told across the world of man –like creatures living in the wilds and occasionally interacting with humanity.
Those of us with an interest in cryptozoology know many of these creatures from Genoskwa to the yeti.
It seems all countries and cultures have a Wildman legend.
The Buggane, in Manx legend, is a robust subterranean creature, again an animal that lives on the fringes taking residence beneath our feet like I talked about in my recent video “sewer cryptids” linked above.
The Buggane is said to have many features that would remind you of the underground mammal the mole. A hairy version of the Scandinavian troll, having glowing eyes and large tusks.
Bugganes are thought to be magical creatures, sometime hired muscle for fairy folk who use them punish people who have wronged them in some way.
The story of St. Trinian’s Church offers us a glimpse into the creature’s habits and behavior.
When St. Trinian’s Church was being built, a Buggane decided that if it was to be constructed near its home then the church bells would not disturb its sleep.
So, for three nights in a row, it smashed and threw the roof off of the church. Each time the roof was rebuilt until defeated, the roof was never put back on, the church remaining roofless until today.
Bugganes like the one at St. Trinian’s; are said to be covered with a mane of coarse, black hair, have ‘eyes which burn like torches, and sharp tusks.’
However, 100 years ago the Buggane was said to take on any form it chose.
They have been said to appear as smalls cats, horses, fierce bulls and in one story from near Fistard, or one near Port St. Mary it was a shapeless ‘like a turf stack’!
The Buggane is very interesting story in that it is so similar to the stories of Trolls found across Europe.
Most Stories of Trolls originate in Norway.
They give us stories of trolls that are big, stupid, enjoy eating humans. The origin of these Troll stories is difficult to locate, this is because most of the Norse legends were handed down through oral tradition.
One commonly-held belief about Trolls is that they change to stone when exposed to sunlight.
Norway being a rocky place with plenty of stone crags and outcroppings it doesn’t take a lot to think that in peoples imaginations these rock formations may just look almost human-like, especially on wet and windy winters night.
This brings us to a place known as Trold-Tindterne, an area full of these oddly shaped rocks and home to a legend in which two troll armies battled.
The descriptions of Trolls in ancient Norse legends are similar to the cryptid spoken about on the isle of Mann. They are said to be bigger than humans, and have stockier bodies.
They are strong and brutish with prominent noses and heavy brows. They enjoy eating on human flesh and thought to be slow and dim-witted.
So could there be any basis in Reality for the Buggane and trolls?
Could they be the same creature going by a different name, just like Sasquatch and Bigfoot?
Some cryptid researchers believe that the stories of Trolls may, in fact, have some basis in truth.
Trolls, many claim, do seem to have a resemblance to Neanderthals. Neanderthals with their heavy jaws, deep brows, large stocky bodies, and strength make good substitutes for the creature.
The theory is that modern man, across Europe, encountered surviving groups of Neanderthals. Early humans would have recognized the similarities between themselves and the Neanderthals but also observed the many difference. This could have led them to conclude that Neanderthals were not as advanced as humans and were more beast-like.
These early humans and their tribes intermingled and when they did they shared their stories of their encounters with Neanderthals this evolving into the myths and legends we have today.
What do you think, could Neanderthals or the memory of them go some way to explaining the numerous wild man legends found across the globe, could there still be pockets of them surviving this perpetuating the legend into modern times, had you heard of the Buggane and do you think it could be the same creature as a troll?
Let me know in the comments below
The men in black are a familiar story when one is looking at ufology, these eerie looking men and women are said to be dressed in dark non-descript suites and are often reported during or after UFO and paranormal events. The appearance of these, alleged government agents has long been discussed and today they are very much a pop culture phenomena as much as they are an unsolved mystery, there is however another group of mysterious characters also dressed in similar clothing. They are the opposite of the MIBs dressing in only white.
Let’s take a look at the MiWs “the men in white” and see what we can uncover.
The men in white are very much like their darker counterparts they appear at strange times and at strange events, witnesses give descriptions of beings that look almost human but something is not quite right about their appearance, it’s a little off.
Dressed head to toe in white clothing, clothing that seems to always remain pristine an amazing feat in its self as anyone who has worn white will tell.
They often project a sense of unease on to those that see them with some witnesses saying that they are sinister in their behavior and mannerisms.
One witness of the MiWs told of how, as a child he was dropped off at his schools gates.
As he exited his mother’s car he spotted a strange ominous looking figure standing across the street.
This figure was wearing a white suit with a white Fedora hat, first it was turned away from the road, as the boy stared the MIW slowly turned. This is when the lad got a clear look at the face, and it was very odd.
Likened to the appearance of a porcelain doll it was extremely pale the exception being the dark pupils at the center of white staring eyes.
The school boy was entranced and locked in eye to eye contact, this contact being broken when the MIW tipped his hat and said ”YOU”
The boy saw that the man had sharp fang like teeth before quickly disappearing without the boy noticing him leave.
The boy was confused, as looking to his mother for some confirmation, he realized that she had not seemed to have seen or even acknowledged the presence of the man in white, the boy considered that he might just be losing his mind, this was until he saw the man again but this time along with a friend. Telling the story of what he had seen the boy said:
I ignored the man in the white suit, but I soon learned that I shouldn’t have ever ignored him. One night around three in the morning, I had gotten up to use the restroom and was going back to bed when my closet door opened and the man in the white suit came out with a scruffier looking man. They pulled me from my bed and began to do something to me. I fell into a sort of limbo state, where I couldn’t speak or see, but I could hear and feel. The scruffy man said that he wasn’t sure if I would survive this.
My chest felt like it was on fire and I felt someone reaching around inside me. Then it stopped and they both disappeared. When I fully came to, I was laying on the floor across my room and my chest was bright red and I had scratches on my chests and shoulders. My closet door was also open and I never leave it open because an open closet at night terrifies me. The same thing happened a few weeks later to my friend who saw the men in the white suits. To this day, I’m not sure what they did. I do know that I’m a lot more in touch with the supernatural than I was before. I wish I could remember his name and I wish I knew what they did.
So it would seem that these white clad figures have ill intent towards those that they appear before they may also have some involvement in larger horrific events.
Men in white were spotted at the scene of a horrible air disaster which claimed many lives back in 1992.
People still ‘today’ talk about the mysterious men dressed all in white spotted at the crash site of one of Europe's most terrible air disasters, this when an El Al aircraft smashed into a group of apartment blocks in a Dutch suburb.
The Investigation in to what happened on that dreadful continues today, and it would seem to suggest that the airplane was carrying some odd cargo. It has been said that on board the plane was either uranium or sarin - the nerve gas component made infamous by the terrorist attacks in which it was used to attack people on a TOKOYO subway.
Another odd occurrence tied to the aircraft crash is that the Amsterdam residents in the location of the area the plane went down have been complaining of illnesses ever since.
If the plane had been carrying such dangerous materials this is more than plausible.
This brings us to the reports made by Local people who describe the presence, immediately after crash, of a number of men in white.
What they saw was a group of men wearing some sort of "protective clothing". Some witnesses say these men in white were moving about helping victims, aiding the dying, helping with rescue efforts, while others link their presence with the fact that the plane was carrying some toxic substance.
Were they just assisting, or could they have been up to something more nefarious?
Others have had more intimate dealings with these mystery men,
A Reddit post tells the story titles “Reintarnation” in which the writer makes claim to have had a number of encounters with the “The Men in White.”
He thinks that the miw are not evil and could actually be angels, guardian angels sent to protect people. He writes:
“I was attending a festival and due to the festival’s popularity their parking lot was filled and people had started parking along the side of the road outside of the farm. I had to park at the bottom of a long hill, on a patch of dirt next to a ditch (so that my car couldn’t block the road). By the time we were done, there were no longer any new cars parking, several of the cars around me were gone, and no one was near the bottom of the hill where I was parked. When I tried to get out of the spot my tires just kept flinging up loose rocks and couldn’t get any traction. I kept trying to leave but my car wouldn’t move. I was about to get out, thinking maybe I should trek back up to the farm to ask for help when a huge white SUV pulled up beside me (now mind you, I don’t know where this guy came from because I kept checking my mirror when I was trying to get out of my spot and had a clear view up the hill for any potential cars coming and would have seen a large white car coming). Out of the car came this big guy with a white shirt, white baseball cap, and white shorts, and he calls out “do you need some help?” and proceeds to go to the back of my car, and gives it a huge push and we basically sailed out of our rut and right onto the road. I called out “thank you” and waved and he waved back and I kept driving on, and he followed me, but when I turned at a bend I lost sight of him.”
This brings us to the question whether these entities are malevolent or benevolent, they seem to show up at both good and bad events and sometimes carry out acts that could be seen as harmful and bad while other times protect and do good.
It seems that these events follow a set pattern, often the MIW appear silently they stand and watch, often they disappear into thin air and always leave little to no evidence of their presence.
Are the men in white hallucinations, paranormal beings or maybe extraterrestrials?
It seems the only way we can really classify them is by the events at which they appear and what their actions are when they do show themselves.
Could they be angelic beings after all the white clothes would match with stories told of angels.
The clothing may have changed to something more modern over time, biblical appearances having them in robes and clothing suited to that period of history and the iconic image of popular culture, today the clothing being suits fedoras and smart shoes. A modern update to ancient entity.
Do they have any connection to their black suited brethren?
For the moment it would seem there is no way to know, and these impeccably dressed men in white will likely remain specters beyond our understanding.
What do you think the Men in White are, have you had any dealings with the strange beings and had you heard of them before?
Let me know in the comments below.
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