Strange Paranormal and Supernatural

Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation: such paranormal phenomena as telepathy. pertaining to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena.  Dark Energy and dark matter are distinct from hypothetical entities of paranormal phenomena, are inconsistent with the world as already understood derived from observation or experiment with scientific methodology. The supernatural is that which is not subject to the laws of nature or that exist above and beyond nature that exist. With philosophical system, originated in the 3rd century a.d. by Plotinus, founded chiefly on Platonic doctrine and Oriental mysticism and scholastic medieval origins, based on speculative or abstract reasoning, or theoretical, abstruse. immaterial, incorporeal or supernatural, considerations can be difficult to approach as an exercise in philosophy or theology because any dependencies on its antithesis, that will have to be inverted or rejected the natural. In popular culture and fiction, the supernatural is unusual and strange in a way that might be funny or annoying associated with the paranormal and the occult, this differs from some traditional religion concepts, such as Catholicism, where divine miracles are considered supernatural.

1) Marian Apparition

Virgen de Guadalupe, Tepeyac Hill, Mexico City

Virgen de Guadalupe, Tepeyac Hill, Mexico City

Our Lady of Lourdes apparition to Bernadette Soubirous

Our Lady of Lourdes apparition to Bernadette Soubirous

Virgen de Fátima, apparition Lúcia Santos (left) with her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, 1917

Virgen de Fátima, apparition Lúcia Santos (left) with her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, 1917

A Marian apparition is an event in which someone believes the supernaturally apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to numerous people.  Most “miraculous apparition” are often named after the town where they were reported to appear, or on the nickname or sobriquet, sometimes assumed or given by another person to the Blessed Virgin Mary during tha apparition occasion. In the religious terms as theophanies they have been interpreted as “appearance of a diety” to a human or other being, or to a divine disclosure.

Weeping Statue

Our Lady of Akita, weeping statue (image Credit:www..michaeljournal.org)

Our Lady of Akita, weeping statue (image Credit:www..michaeljournal.org)

A statue which has been claimed to be shedding tears or weeping statue shedding tears, blood or oil means. Weeping statues with weeping tears of a substance which appears to have been reported as human blood, oil, and scented liquids. Other claimed phenomena are sometimes associated with weeping statues such as miraculous healing, the formation of figures in the tear lines, and the scent of roses. Some Christians have reported these events, and initially attract some pilgrims, but are in most cases disallowed by the upper levels of the Church or proven as hoaxes. Most often weeping statues reported are most of the Virgin Mary and are at times accompanied by claims of Marian apparitions. However, to date only one single example of a combined weeping statue and apparition, has been approved by the Vatican, such as Our Lady of Akita and the rest have usually been dismissed as hoaxes.

2) Stigmata

Padre Pio showing the stigmata

Padre Pio showing the stigmata

Padre Pio during Mass, Note the coverings worn on his hands to cover his stigmata

Padre Pio during Mass, Note the coverings worn on his hands to cover his stigmata

Stigmata are bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain in the hands and feet locations corresponding to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion wounds, rope marks on the wrists have accompanied the wounds on the hands. An individual bearing stigmata is referred to as a stigmatic or a stigmatist. Padre Pio had his first stigmata first occurrence while hearing confessions on September 20, 1918, with bodily marks, bleeding in locations and pain in corresponding locations to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion wounds and this phenomenon continued for fifty years until his death. The flowing blood from the strange stigmata which smelled scent of flowers or perfume, which is unexplained phenomenon stories of several saints’ lives and is often referred to as the odor of sanctity. Physicians which has independence from “unknown church” regarded as evidence of Padre Pio’s holiness of his strange stigmata.

3) Incorruptibility

The body of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina wearing a silicone mask, found to be incorrupt by the Catholic Church. (b. 25 May 1887 – d. 23 September 1968).

The body of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina wearing a silicone mask, found to be incorrupt by the Catholic Church. (b. 25 May 1887 – d. 23 September 1968)

The body of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes with wax face and hand coverings, found to be incorrupt by the Catholic Church. (b. January 7, 1844 – d. April 16, 1879).

The body of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes with wax face and hand coverings, found to be incorrupt by the Catholic Church. (b. January 7, 1844 – d. April 16, 1879)

The body of Saint Virginia Centurione, found to be incorrupt by the Catholic Church.

The body of Saint Virginia Centurione, found to be incorrupt by the Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox belief in supernatural or Godly intervention, allowing some human bodies, commonly the saints to avoid the “normal process of decomposition” after death as the saints sign of holiness, known as the incorruptibility. Bodies that reportedly undergo little or no decomposition, or delayed decomposition, are sometimes referred to as incorrupt or incorruptible. In the Roman Catholicism incorruptibility is still recognised as supernatural, it is no longer counted as a miracle in the recognition of a saint.  Mummification is seen as distinct good preservation of a body called incorruptibility is seen as distinct from the good preservation of a body, and often known as having an odor of sanctity with exuding sweet or floral, pleasant  aromatic scent. Remains in Roman Catholicism, the incorruptible bodies after death, is generally seen as sign that person is called “saint”, though note every saint can have an incorruptible bodies.

4) Pareidolia

Apache head in rocks, Ebihens, France, natural Pareidolia

Apache head in rocks, Ebihens, France, natural Pareidolia

Ivy on tree in Burn Anne, Woodland, natural Pareidolia,a person clinging to the tree's trunk

Ivy on tree in Burn Anne, Woodland, natural Pareidolia,a person clinging to the tree’s trunk

A satellite photo of a mesa in Cydonia, often called the Face on Mars. Later imagery from other angles did not contain the illusion.

A satellite photo of a mesa in Cydonia, often called the Face on Mars. Later imagery from other angles did not contain the illusion

Artificial Pareidolia

This alarm clock appears to have a sad face.

This alarm clock appears to have a sad face.

A cardboard box that appears to be shocked and unhappy

A cardboard box that appears to be shocked and unhappy

The psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus is known as the Pareidolia (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. There are common examples including animal images seen or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or Moon Rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

 Man in the Moon images

Man in the Moon images

Rabbit in the moon standing by pot

Rabbit in the moon standing by pot

5)   (Paranormal) Ghosts

Brown Lady of Raynham Hall ghost

Brown Lady of Raynham Hall ghost

The Spirit of the Dead,Keep Watch, Polynesian Ghost story by Paul Gauguin

The Spirit of the Dead,Keep Watch, Polynesian Ghost story by Paul Gauguin

Krasue (Thai) or Ap (Khmer). The nocturnal ghost of Southeast Asian

Krasue (Thai) or Ap (Khmer). The nocturnal ghost of Southeast Asian

The Thailand’s krasue or Kra Sue also Phi Krasue, in Cambodia it is known as Ap, and as Phi-Kasu or Kasu in Laos, and is a “night female spirit or ghost of the Southeast Asian folklore. Manifesting itself as a young and beautiful woman, with her viscera (internal organs of the body,specifically within the chest such as heartl lungs, abdomen, liver pancreas and intestines), hanging down from the neck, trailing below the head. The Krasue consists of a floating head accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp kind of glow.While the  Krahang or Phi Krahang, in Thailand is a male spirit or ghost.

A preta depicted during Kali Puja.

A preta depicted during Kali Puja.

Preta, Peta or Yidak is the name for a type of supernatural being characterized in Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Hindu texts that undergoes more than human suffering, particularly an extreme degree of hunger and thirst, thus they are named as the hungry ghosts, from the Chinese, which in turn is derived from later Indian sources generally followed in Mahayana Buddhism. In the previous life, the Pretas are believed to have been jealous or greedy people. As a result of their karma, they are afflicted with an insatiable hunger for a particular substance or object. In most traditional way, this is something repugnant or humiliating, such as human remains or feces, though in more recent stories, it can be anything, however bizarre.

Statue of Dorje Shugden

Statue of Dorje Shugden

Some people say that Dorje Shugden, the ghost of a powerful 17th-century monk also known as the Tibetan hungry ghosts, is a deity, but the Dalai Lama asserts that he is an evil spirit, which has caused a split in the Tibetan exile community.

Poltergeist

Tower of St Andrew's Church, Poltergeist

Tower of St Andrew’s Church, Poltergeist

domestic servant, experiences poltergeist activity in the home of her employer,

domestic servant, experiences poltergeist activity in the home of her employer,

In paranormal and folklore, a poltergeist is the apparent manifestation of an imperceptible but noisy, disruptive or destructive entity with no apparent cause, or inanimate objects being picked and thrown by “unseen person or ghosts”. Most accounts of poltergeist manifestations involve noises, destruction, strange noises like knocking, rapping, human voices, physical attacks on people like hitting, biting or pinching. Poltergeists  traditionally known and characterized as troublesome spirits folklore who, unlike the ghosts or spirits, haunt a particular person instead of a specific location. Such alleged poltergeist manifestations have been reported in many cultures and countries including the United States, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and most European nations.

BorleyRectory1892

BorleyRectory1892

Alleged sighting in the grounds of Borley Rectory.

Alleged sighting in the grounds of Borley Rectory.

 The Victorian mansion, Borley Rectory which gained fame as “The Most Haunted House in England”, before it was destroyed by fire in 1939.The first paranormal events, allegedly for which there are accounts apparently occurred in around 1863, since a few locals later remembered hearing unexplained footsteps within the house during those times.

6)  Spirit

Knut Ekwall, A siren pulls a fisherman under.

Knut Ekwall, A siren pulls a fisherman under.

A water sprite, also called a water fairy and is a general term for a water associated elemental spirit, according to Paracelsus alchemist. Water sprites are said to be able to breathe water or air, and in some cases, can fly. The water sprite are mostly harmless unless threatened.

Rusalka, Ivan Kramskoi, The Mermaids, 1871.

Rusalka, Ivan Kramskoi, The Mermaids, 1871.

A Rusalka in Slavic mythology, the rusalki or rusalky in plural term is a female ghost, water nymph, succubus or mermaid-like demon a water dwelling spirits. However the most traditions, the rusalki were fish-women, who dwells at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the bank and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would lure them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, then leading them away to the river floor to their death.

Nix, water nymph spirit

Nix, water nymph spirit

The Neck/Nixie ,Nyx, Neck Water spirit are shape-shifting water spirits, appearing in human form. The spirit has appeared in the legends and myths of the Germanic people in European countries. The German Nix and his Scandinavian counterparts are males. The German Nixe or Nixie is a female river mermaid. The word for a kind of a water dragon in English Knucker is generally depicted as a dragon or wyrm, thus attesting to the survival of the other usage as any ‘water-being‘ rather than an exclusively humanoid creature.

7) Soul

Egyptian god Khnum was usually depicted with the head of a ram

Egyptian god Khnum was usually depicted with the head of a ram

The Egyptians believed that Khnum created the bodies of children on a potter’s wheel and inserted them into their mothers’ bodies. This supernatural beliefs depends on what on the region, Egyptians believed that Heket or Meshenet was the creator of each person’s Ka, breathing it into them at the instant of their birth as the part of their soul that made them be alive and resembles the spirit concept in other religions.

Soul Carried to Heaven

Soul Carried to Heaven

The soul, in numerous traditional mythological, religious, psychological and philosophical, there no material body or form and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a person, living thing, or object. According to some religions souls, or at least immortal souls capable of union with the divine belong only to human beings. For instance, Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic theologian to regard as resulting from a specified cause of “anima” or “soul”  to all organisms but taught that only human souls are immortal. The soul can function as a synonym for psyche, self scientific tasks, spirit and mind.

8)  Near Death Experience

Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch is associated by NDE researchers with aspects of the NDE

Ascent of the Blessed by Hieronymus Bosch is associated by NDE researchers with aspects of the NDE

A near-death experience (NDE) refers to a broad range of personal experiences associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, extreme fear, total serenity, security, or warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light. The commonly reported phenomena are of those, after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or otherwise very close to death, or the term near-death-experience or NDE,  reports that originate from some events that are life-threatening.Numerous cases of NDE with cardiac resuscitation development technique and the number had increased. More experiences have been described in medical journals as having the characteristics of hallucinations, while parapsychologists, religious believers and some mainstream scientists have pointed to them as evidence of an afterlife and mind-body dualism.

The dead lovers, ca. 1470

The dead lovers, ca. 1470

In mythology, the term undead beings, are legend or fiction that are deceased yet behave as if alive. The most common example is a corpse re-animated by supernatural forces by the application of the life force of the deceased or that of another being like the demon. The “undead beings” can be uncarnate meaning without a body, like ghosts, vampires and zombies and featured of the most cultures of their belief systems, appearing in many works of horror fiction and fantasy.

9)  Superstitions

Vermont Window or witch window

Vermont Window or witch window

In American vernacular architecture, a witch window also known as a Vermont window, a coffin window or a sideways window is a window, commonly a double-hung sash window, sometimes a single-sided casement window, placed in the gable-end wall of a house. The Witch windows are found almost exclusively in or near Vermont, U.S., generally in the central and northern parts of the state. The name “witch window” appears to come from a superstition that witches cannot fly their broomsticks through the tilted windows.The witch windows are also called as “coffin windows“, it is not clear though, if they really were used for removing a coffin from the second floor to avoid the narrow staircase, or if the odd placement on the wall has similarity of a coffin.

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. Triskaidekaphobia, from the Greek word tris, which means “3”, kai meaning and deka which means “10” and phobia meaning fear or morbid fear, and fear of the number 13, and this superstition which is related to the specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia. However, in most Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece) is considered a day of bad luck. The Greeks also consider Tuesday (and especially the 13th) to be an unlucky day.Friday the 17th in Italian popular culture, (and not the 13th) is considered a day of bad luck. In fact, in Italy, 13 is generally considered a lucky number, but due to influence of the Anglo-Saxon influence, young people consider Friday the 13th to be unlucky as well.

Tupac Shakur (rapper) performing

Tupac Shakur (rapper) performing

Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996),better known as 2Pac and Makaveli his famous stage name, was an American actor and rapper. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was treated to the Southern Nevada University Medical Center, but unfortunately died after six days that falls on Friday the 13th of September. 

Sailor’s Superstitions

polydactyl cat

polydactyl cat

Some sailors believed that polydactyl cats who were good at catching pests, possibly connected with the suggestion that extra digits give a polydactyl cat better balance, important when at sea. Cats were believed to have miraculous powers that could protect ships from dangerous weather. In some cases, the fishermen’s wives keeps black cats at home with their beliefs that they would be able to use the black polydactyl cats’ influence to protect their husbands at sea.

Albatross

Albatross

The sailors beliefs that the Albatross are the unluckiest of birds. This is evident in such proverbs and stories as ‘an albatross around his neck’.

10) Cryptid and Cryptozoology

1934 Surgeon's photograph, Lochness monster

1934 Surgeon’s photograph, Lochness monster

Plesiosaur or Ogopogo or Naitaka sightings,  cryptid lake monster

Plesiosaur or Ogopogo or Naitaka sightings, cryptid lake monster

Bigfoot bipetal humanoid or cryptid

Bigfoot bipetal humanoid or cryptid

Wesh unicorn statue

Wesh unicorn statue

An animal whose existence is not confirmed by science or an animal that is considered extinct is known as cryptid animals. Cryptozoology is the study of these creatures, and those that study the cryptids’ existence are called cryptozoologists. These Cryptids have been sighted and documented for centuries and according to reports, there are hundreds of creatures thought to be in existence today. Some of the more popular cryptids include Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, living Dinosaurs, Mothman, rods or skyfish, the Jersey Devil, Unicorns and werewolves. 

11)  Supernatural Nature

Lightning strikes during the eruption of the huge Galunggung volcano, West Java, in 1982.

Lightning strikes during the eruption of the huge Galunggung volcano, West Java, in 1982.

Nature, supernatural Bachalpsee in the Swiss Alps

Nature, supernatural Bachalpsee in the Swiss Alps

Hyde park tree,The famous Upside-down Tree, at Hyde Park, London (natural nature)

Hyde park tree,The famous Upside-down Tree, at Hyde Park, London (natural nature)

Dwarf Japanese Juniper, bonsai, synthetic nature

Dwarf Japanese Juniper, bonsai, synthetic nature

12)      Angels

Angels

Angels

An angel comforting Jesus,

An angel comforting Jesus,

An angel is a spirit or supernatural being found in different religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions they are often depicted as servants of God and celestial beings who act as intermediaries between heaven and Earth .In Native American religions and Zoroastrianism that the angels are depicted as a guiding influence or a guardian spirit.

13)    Satan

GustaveDore, depiction of Satan

GustaveDore, depiction of Satan

The supreme evil and adversary to God and humanity is called Satan, which ic common in Abrahamic religions. In Christian religions, the title became a personal name, and “Satan” changed from an accuser appointed by God to test men’s faith to the chief of the rebellious fallen angels or the devil in Christianity, in Arabic it is known as Shaitan (term commonly used by the Arab, Muslims and Christians). A shayṭān in Islam is any evil creature, whether human, animal or spirit, and with this definite term, that Iblis or  the Shayṭān is the devil.

14)   Devil

The Devil depicted in the Temptation of Christ,

The Devil depicted in the Temptation of Christ,

A man dressed as the devil at New York City's West Indian Day Parade.

A man dressed as the devil at New York City’s West Indian Day Parade.

In popular culture, the Devil appears frequently as a character in works of literature, and the Devil’s figure in Christianity or Satan that personifies evil, ears, nose and canines of a pig, a typical depiction of the Devil in christian art. The goat, ram and pig are consistently associated with the Devil.

15)  Demon

Japanese demon mask

Japanese demon mask

Demon (image credit: www.ricoholmes.com)

Demon (image credit: www.ricoholmes.com)

A supernatural often wishing evil or harm to another or others; showing ill will, being prevalent in many religions, occultism, literature and folklore is called the demon. Daimon is the original Greek word, does not carry the negative connotation initially understood by implementation of the Koine (daimonion)later ascribed to any cognate words sharing the root, demon is considered an unclean spirit, more specifically an evil angel, which may cause demonic possession, needed for exorcism. 

Lucifer

Lucifer the Black angel

Lucifer the Black angel

Lucifer in Paradise Lost

Lucifer in Paradise Lost

A fallen angel cast out from heaven, applicable to Satan is known as Lucifer. This Christian tradition, influenced by this presentation,came to use the Latin word for “morning star”, Lucifer as Satan’s proper name as he was before his fall. As a result, “Lucifer has become a by-word for Satan in the Church and in popular literature”.

Angel Caido (Statue of the Fallen Angel, Retiro Park (Madrid, Spain)

Angel Caido (Statue of the Fallen Angel, Retiro Park (Madrid, Spain)

The typical synonymous with rebellious or wicked angel is the concept for Fallen angel. As the actual term fallen angel is not found in either the Hebrew Bible or the Deuterocanonical Books, or the New Testament, biblical commentators use this term to describe angels who sinned the cast down to the earth from the Watchers, Satan or demons, War in Heaven. 

16) Angel of Death

Angel of death

Angel of death, death of the grave digger

Santa Muerte

Santa Muerte

Santa Muerte in Chinatown, Mexico

Santa Muerte in Chinatown, Mexico

Figurines of Santa Muerte for sale in Sonora Market, Mexico City

Figurines of Santa Muerte for sale in Sonora Market, Mexico City

 The venerated occult figure known as the Santa Muerte primarily in Mexico and the United States, probably a syncretism ( the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion) between Mesoamerican and Catholic beliefs, although strongly condemned by the Catholic Church as Satanic. The name literally translates to “Holy Death” or “Saint Death. Since the pre-Columbian era the Mexican culture has maintained a certain reverence towards death, which can be seen in the widespread Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. The Catholic elements of that celebration, the people use the skeletons to remind people of their mortality.

Gauchito Gil and San La Muerte

Gauchito Gil and San La Muerte

 While in Paraguay, a religious figure known as the Saint The Death or  San La Muerte (Saint The Death), the Northeast of Argentina. Saint Death is depicted as a male skeleton figure usually holding a scythe. However the Catholic Church has attacked the cult of Saint Death as a pagan tradition.

17)  Reincarnation

Helgi Hundingsbane and Sigrún by Robert Engels

Helgi Hundingsbane and Sigrún by Robert Engels

The Valkyrie's Vigil

The Valkyrie’s Vigil

valkyrie or Sigrún ( is one of a female figure host who decide who dies and lives in battle) in Norse mythology, which her story is related in Helgakvioa Hundingsbana I and Helgakvioa hundingsbana II , in the Poetic Edda . The original editor annotated that she was reborn as Svafa,  and Helgi Hundingsbane is the hero, and  first meets her when she leads a band of nine Valkyries.

Helgi returns to Valhalla

Helgi returns to Valhalla

 The Norse sagas hero Helgi Hundingsbane and his mistress Sigrun, was a reborn of  Helgi Hjörvarðsson and Svava of the Helgakvioa Hjorvarossonar according to poetic Edda.

Ian Stevenson

Ian Stevenson

Ian Pretyman Stevenson,MD (October 31, 1918–February 8, 2007) was a Canadian biochemist and Psychiatry professor until his retirement in 2002, he was the Division of Perceptual Studies head at the University of Virginia School of Medicine performing paranormal investigation. Stevenson considered that the reincarnation concept might supplement those of heredity and environment that aids modern medicine and understand human behavior aspects and development. Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the spirit or soul, after biological death,begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions.  The word “reincarnation” derived from the Latin word which means entering the flesh again. 

18)   Nymph

Hylas and the water Nymphs by John William Waterhouse, 1896

Hylas and the water Nymphs by John William Waterhouse, 1896

Sleeping nymph

Sleeping nymph

In Greek mythology, a nymph is a female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. There are 5 different types of nymphs, Celestial Nymphs, Sea Nymphs, Land Nymphs, Wood Nymphs and Underworld Nymphs. Different from goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile (a young woman who is ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of her age or maturity) maidens who love to dance and sing, their amorous freedom sets them apart from the restricted and chaste wives and daughters of the Greek polis. Nymph are believed to dwell in groves and mountains, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and in valleys and cool grottoes. Although they would never die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal, and could be beholden to death in various forms. Charybdis and Scylla were once nymphs.

Potamides water nymphs or Naiads

Potamides water nymphs or Naiads

Naiad nymph of fresh waters

Naiad nymph of fresh waters

19)  Fairy

Fairy

Fairy

a classic Fairy

a classic Fairy

A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae (act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive) wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc. is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a spirit form, often characterized as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural (contrast to the supernatural, preternatural phenomena are presumed to have rational explanations that are unknown). Fairies resemble different creatures of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creatures.

20) Goblins, Dwarf, Elf, Imp, Gnomes

Dobby is a house elf

Dobby is a house elf

House-elves are small elves that are used by wizards as slaves.

Elf_markwoman_by_Kitty

Elf markwoman by Kitty

An elf (plural: elves) is a supernatural being type in Germanic mythology and folklore. Elves were originally thought of as ambivalent beings with certain magical abilities capable of helping or hindering humans, but in later traditions became increasingly sinister and were believed to afflict humans and livestock  in various ways. In early modern folklore they became associated with the fairies of Romance culture. A Christmas elf is an elf that lives with Santa Claus in the North Pole acting as his helper.

Gnome statue

Gnome statue

A gnome is a extremely small in size or tiny spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus and later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature, and described as reinterpreted to suit the needs of many story-tellers, but it is typically said to be a small, humanoid creature that dwells underground.

Garden gnome world biggest from Poland

Garden gnome world biggest from Poland

A garden gnome or lawn gnome is a figurine of a small humanoid creature, usually wearing a pointy hat,produced for the purpose of ornamentation and protection from evil sorcery, seen typically on lawns and gardens.

Leprechaun

Rainbow Leprechaun

Rainbow Leprechaun

Leprechaun (image credit:horror-movies. wikia.com)

Leprechaun (image credit:horror-movies. wikia.com)

A leprechaun is a fairy type in Irish folklore, usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. Like other fairy creatures leprechauns have been linked to the Irish mythology Tuatha De Danann. The Leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Leprechauns, if ever captured by a human, the Leprechaun has the magical power to “grant three wishes” in exchange for their release. Popular depiction shows the Leprechaun as being no taller than a small child, with a beard and hat, although they may originally have been perceived as the Tuatha De Danann as the tallest of the mound-dwellers.

Goblin

goblin illustration

goblin illustration

The legendary goblin is an evil or mischievous creature, a grotesquely evil or evil-like phantom. The goblins in some cases have been classified as constantly annoying little creatures somewhat related to the gnome and brownie. They are usually depicted as small, sometimes only a few inches tall, sometimes the size of a dwarf. They also often are said to possess various magical abilities.

Imp

Lincoln imp

Lincoln imp

A mythological creature similar to a fairy or demon is known as an imp , frequently characterized in superstition and folklore. The word may perhaps derive from the term ympe, used to denote a young grafted tree. It should also be noted that demons in Germanic legends were not necessarily always evil. Imps were often mischievous rather than evil or harmful, and in some regions they were portrayed as attendants of the gods.

Gremlin

Gremlin mascot

Gremlin mascot

An imaginary creature known as gremlin commonly depicted as mischievous and mechanically oriented, with a specific interest in aircraft. Gremlins’ mischievous natures are similar to those of English folkloric imps, while their inclination to damage or dismantle machinery is more modern.

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