dinsdag 3 maart 2015

Legends Of Hexenkopf Hill Live On


By Madeleine Mathias, Special to The Inquirer POSTED: February 25, 1987 http://articles.philly.com/1987-02-25/news/26178447_1_demon-williams-township-hexenkopf-hill 

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — When Farmer Brown, peg leg and all, tried to chase a demon off Hexenkopf Hill - reportedly the only way to get rid of one - he suffered a terrible fate: The good farmer slipped and fell to his death, and the demon romped free.

Farmer Brown - or his spirit, at least - is said to be still around, and one with a vivid imagination might sometimes see him pursuing the demon in an eternal chase. And those who happen by Hexenkopf at dusk may hear the tap, tap, tapping of his peg leg against the rocks.
They might also catch a glimpse of a headless man walking a headless black dog, or see a white fox that can't be caught, or watch soldiers' ghosts ride out from the mountain to patrol the township on moonlit nights.
Such is the stuff of legends, and there are plenty surrounding Hexenkopf Hill. And while no one has reported seeing any witches dance on Hexenkopf in the last couple of decades, that hasn't diminished the mystique of this ridge in Williams Township, near Easton.
The rock near the top of the hill still glows in the moonlight. People still debate whether the rock looks like a skull or a huge bear. This is where the witches practice their spells. It is the same hill where the powwow doctors cured their patients by drawing out the evils and transferring to someplace else - most often the rock on Hexenkopf Hill.
Hexenkopf dominates the township, rising 500 feet above sea level on the ridge of South Mountain, about six miles south of Easton. It is covered with wildflowers, herbs, ferns, tall trees, saplings and thick undergrowth, stark and naked in the winter, lush and green in the spring and summer.
Isadore Mineo, head of the Parks Division in Northampton County, would like to keep it that way. Mineo envisions a county park, and has drawn up a 10-year plan in which the county would acquire the 80-plus acres of land from the four private owners who hold different parcels.
"However," he said, "if there are any signs that pressures are being placed on the present owners to sell or subdivide, we would have to think of moving that park-plan date up a few years."
Ned D. Heindel, a Lehigh University professor and one of the landowners, agrees. He wants the mountain to stay the way it is, eventually opening as a park, but never to developers.
Of course, based on stories of others who tried to build on Hexenkopf, prospective developers might think twice before dropping the first load of wood.
There's the story, for instance, of the doctor who twice tried to build a home on the hill. Each time, when the house was three-quarters finished, it burned down. And there are tales of how the telephone company tried to install poles on the hill but couldn't keep them up.
The hill has been an important focal point for many generations of Pennsylvania German culture. The German settlers called the hill Witches Head
because that is what Hexenkopf meant in the German dialect of the early immigrants in the area. They believed that Hexenkopf was a place of evil.
Some of the legends grew because of the shape of the craggy rocks that dominate a great portion of the hill. Mineo said they resemble an elephant's hide. Eons ago the land was pushed into the air by volcanic forces, melted, sank below sea level and rose again. The geological forces, Mineo said, that created the upthrust also softened the rock, molding Hexenkopf into its shape today.
This process also helped to give the hill its mysterious glow. Imbedded mica and phosphorescent lichens cover the rock outcroppings and reflect the light of the moon. To the residents, that glow aroused their imaginations, and they have envisioned witches dancing on the ridge or flames shooting from the mountain.
The hill's demonological association offers historians much interesting material. Most of it generated from the German folk practitioners, who were called powwow doctors.
Heindel, fascinated by the tales he heard about the mountain, compiled many of the legends in a booklet, "Hexenkopf Mystery, Myths and Legends," for the township's Bicentennial festivities in 1976.
The powwow doctors, Heindel said, would treat by manipulation and incantations, by talking to the patients and sometimes by using herb preparations.
Few doctors were available in those days, so the powwow doctors took their place, beginning in the 18th century and not ending until 1955, when the last of the local powwow doctors died, Heindel said.
Johann Peter Seiler was the first known powwow doctor, coming to the New World in 1743 and settling on the property of Peter Raub, now Raubsville. That is where he found the herbs and roots he needed for his medical preparations.
Typical of the type of incantations used by the powwowers was this one:
Sty, sty leave my eye;
Catch the one passing by.
It was Seiler's son, Peter Saylor - each generation spelled the family name differently - who more than anyone else made Hexenkopf the hill of superstition, witch lore and fear.
Powwow doctors believed that a person was ill because there was an evil in the body, and the doctor's job was to exorcise that evil.
Saylor, like his ancestors in Germany called brauchers, used transference in his medical treatments. That meant that the evil from the sick person's body would have to be cast out to a receptor. Some used trees, animals, inanimate objects, even people and corpses. Saylor sent his patients' evils to Hexenkopf rock.
It is not known whether the mountain's reputation preceded Saylor and he exploited it, or whether Saylor's selection of the rock for the "evils" caused the superstitions, but residents saw Hexenkopf as the home of demons and witches, reflecting the deepest superstitions of the immigrants.
Many residents believed that if they strayed near the hill they would be hexed. The legends were kept alive by repeated tales of maidens committing suicide, or of witches flying on their broomsticks, landing on the backs of farmers as they traveled past the hill.
One such tale concerned the disappearance of a beautiful Dutch girl into the forest. First presumed to be lost, she was later reported as having been taken by the Indians. Several years later, a hunting party on the south side of Hexenkopf saw a white girl seated with three older Indian women on a rock outcropping. As they approached to see if this was the girl, the Indians dragged her into a crevice in the rock and she vanished, never to be seen again.
The witches and evil spirits were supposedly most visible on Walpurgisnacht, April 30. That was the night the witches planned sinister deeds for the next 12 months, initiated new members into their craft and reveled in dances with the satanic prince, according to Heindel. He said one historian told the story that witches, who lived in the valley near the mountain, deceived their husbands by leaving sticks in their beds so the men would not notice their wives' departures.
A more modern tale, reportedly happening in the early 1940s, was about a woman who lived across the Hexenkopf and had a stable of horses. Every morning the horses would be bathed in sweat as if they had been ridden all night. One night, the woman went riding on one of the horses and came back insane.
Mineo said there were many reports of insanity. Some of them, he said, were true. "There was a lot of inbreeding there," he said.
Despite the legends of fear, Hexenkopf is a treasure site for herbalists, who can find many medicinal herbs growing under the leaves and pine needles. There are still white birch trees there, providing the same essence they did for centuries in the making of birch beer.
Mineo attributes some of the legends to the unusual acoustics of the region. "If you stand on the bald section of the hill," he said, "the sound is distorted and you would swear that things are flying below you. While you may think it is a giant bird flying, what it is is just a reverberation from the caves that are there. These are the caves in which the Indians burned their dead. This is what has made people believe in the witches and goblins reveling there."
And when the witches aren't around, nature lovers can see a view of the countryside for many miles in all directions.

maandag 9 februari 2015

Black Mass

The Black Mass is a perversion of a Christian Mass for magical or diabolical purposes. Accounts of perverted Christian masses and rituals are documented, though it is questionable how much is fact versus fiction.

The church used accusations and torture-induced “confessions” of diabolical rites to persecute heretics and witches. The Black Mass also became a staple of demonic novels and films. There is no one, definitive Black Mass ritual.

Elements include performing the traditional Catholic Mass or parts of it backward; inverting, stepping on, or spitting on the cross; stabbing the Host; substituting urine for holy water or wine; substituting rotten turnip slices, pieces of black leather, or black triangles for the Host; using black candles; and so forth.

The service may be performed by a defrocked priest, who wears vestments that are black or the color of dried blood and are embroidered with an inverted cross, a goat’s head, or magical symbols. The magical significance of the Black Mass derives from the miracle of the Holy Mass, the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.

This miraculous or magical power theoretically could be used by a priest for other purposes. Magical uses of the Mass and alleged perversions of it are almost as old as Christianity itself. In the second century Saint Irenaeus accused the Gnostic teacher Marcus of perverting the Mass.

The Gelasian Sacramentary (circa sixth century) documents Masses to be said for a variety of magical purposes, including weather control, fertility, protection, and love divination. Masses also were said with the intent to kill people; these were officially condemned as early as 694 by the Council of Toledo.

Magical uses of the Mass were especially prevalent in the Middle Ages. In 1307, the order of t he knights templar was accused of conducting blasphemous rites—though not called a “Black Mass”—in which Christ was renounced and idols made of stuffed human heads were worshiped (see baphomet ).

The Templars also were accused of spitting and trampling upon the cross and worshiping the devil in the shape of a black cat. The order was destroyed. In 1440, the French baron Gilles de Rais was convicted and executed for allegedly conducting Black Masses in the cellar of his castle to gain riches and power.

The baron was accused of kidnapping, torturing, and murdering more than 140 children as sacrifices. During the European witch hunts, witches were accused of conducting obscene rites that parodied Christian rites, but they were called sabbats and not Black Masses.

The descriptions came either from tortured victims or from zealous witch-hunters, and their veracity must be held in doubt. Historian Jeffrey Burton Russell in A History of Witchcraft (1980) states that “the black mass is unknown in historical European witchcraft. . . .” The first mention of a sabbat in a witch trial was in 1335 in Toulouse.

By the 15th and 16th centuries, tales abounded of these infernal rites, said to include roasting and eating of babies, kissing the devil, dancing wildly, fornication, pact s with the devil, sermons by the devil, and obscene Masses using black or red hosts, urine, and so on. Most of these tales were undoubtedly wildly distorted or entirely fictionalized.

The “Black Mass” reached its organized peak in France in the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV—a place and time of increasing popularity of magical texts known as grimoires. Black Mass scandals in France resulted in the execution of dozens of people, including priests. Some of the scandals revolved more around sex and love magic than actual worship of the devil.

Other cases of Black Masses date to the 18th and 19th centuries, but the evidence is unreliable. The Black Mass became romanticized in fiction and film. Accounts of the Black Mass, whether from historical record or fiction, have inspired fantasy-prone individuals to copy what is supposed to take place.

When Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan in 1966, he did not include the Black Mass among its rituals, as he believed it to be “outmoded.”

Further Reading: Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. 2d ed. New York: Facts On File Inc., 1999. Russell, Jeffrey Burton. A History of Witchcraft. London: Thames & Hudson, 1980. Black Moon See MOON.

Taken from : The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Edited for the Web by Occult World

zaterdag 19 oktober 2013

More Irish priests being trained to perform exorcisms

irish-priests RISING numbers of Catholic priests in Ireland have been specifically trained to carry out exorcisms in response to a growing demand from parishioners. At least three practising clergymen have been taught how to perform the ancient ritual on people who believe they have been possessed by demonic spirits.

Fr Fiontan O Monachain, secretary to the Archbishop of Tuam, has lifted the lid on the secretive world of exorcists in a new documentary, which will be screened on TG4 tomorrow night. The Church spokesman said that when someone approaches with a request for an exorcism, they usually approach their parish priest first. "That priest would have a good idea if it's a psychiatric or a spiritual issue," he explained. "If it's a spiritual problem, the priest would usually say prayers or celebrate Mass in the house, or give a special blessing using holy water.

"If that doesn't work and if they are still suffering, a formal exorcism may be necessary. And if that's the case there are priests in the country who are trained in that field. "I know of a Jesuit priest in Galway and there is another priest in the Killaloe Diocese and a Franciscan priest from Carlow. We refer people to those priests and the Bishop gives them permission to carry out the exorcism."


Fr O Monachain also said that demand for exorcisms from practising priests had increased over the past decade. "Perhaps it has become more popular again as there has been more demand for it in the last ten years," he said. The documentary, 'Dibirt Deamhain', also explores the growing number of people seeking exorcisms from spiritual healers who are not part of the clergy. Members of the New Charismatic Movement and a former Irish soldier-turned-Shaman tell the programme's makers of their sometimes terrifying experiences with possessed people. The documentary also recounts the story of two Irish seminarians who deemed themselves possessed by demons and threw themselves from the same window in St Patrick's, Maynooth, 19 years apart. Cogar: Dibirt Deamhain is on TG4 tomorrow at 9.30pm.

hnews@herald.ie NICK BRAMHILL – 19 OCTOBER 2013 07:00 AM

dinsdag 14 juni 2011

Angels in space nothing but top secret hallucinations

UFOs, angels and other supernatural phenomena, which people may encounter in their lives, can only be a result of hallucinations, NASA specialists said. However, stories about such encounters, told by pilots, cosmonauts and astronauts, become classified immediately.

In 1985, there were six crew members on board the Soviet Salyut-7 space station. They were cosmonauts Leonid Kizim, Oleg Atkov, Vladimir Solovyov, Svetlana Savitskaya, Igor Volk and Vladimir Jannibekov. That day, the cosmonauts were doing their routine work connected with laboratory experiments. All of a sudden, a cloud of strange orange gas enveloped the station. A flash of bright light blinded all the cosmonauts on board for a while. As soon as they could see again, the cosmonauts saw silhouettes of seven figures outside the station. The aliens looked like humans, but were of higher stature. They also had large wings behind their backs and luminous halos above their heads. The creatures looked like angels.

The crew reported the bizarre sight to the Earth. The document was classified as top secret immediately. All members of the crew were subsequently subjected to psychological and medical tests, which found no abnormalities at all.

It was not the only encounter with angels which took place in space. Not so long ago, the Western media published sensational photos made by Hubble telescope. The photos depicted strange images including human-like winged silhouettes.

Researchers were especially interested in a series of photos made on Earth's orbit. One could see seven luminous objects on them. John Pratchett, an engineer of Hubble project, said that he had seen those creatures himself. According to him, they were live objects up to 20 meters tall, and their wing spread could be comparable to the length of a modern jetliner.

It was also said that US astronauts on board NASA's space shuttles also encountered angel-like creatures.

On December 26, 1994, Hubble telescope transmitted hundreds of photos depicting a large white city floating in space. US authorities did not expose the photos to the general public, of course, although it was rumored that US officials treated NASA's report very seriously.

A Russian cosmonaut who spent six months living and working on board the Mir space station, said that he and his partner had had fantastic visions from time to time. It seemed to the men that they were turning into other creatures - other people, or animals, or even humanoids of extraterrestrial origin.

Similar stories may often be told by aircraft pilots. In this case, it may frequently go about the so-called phenomenon of giant hand. As a rule, the phenomenon occurs during long-lasting flights. When it happens, a pilot feels that the control wheel is being grasped by someone's invisible hand. Researchers from the US Air Force concluded that nearly 15 percent of pilots have experienced the effect during their work. It is not ruled out that the giant hand phenomenon is behind many air crashes.

NASA psychologists say that the majority of the above-mentioned phenomena are of psychic nature. They may occur as a result of such factors as pressure and temperature fluctuations, shortage of oxygen, etc.

June 14, 2011
Margarita Troitsyna

dinsdag 7 juni 2011

Paranormal is the new Normal

It was late at night, and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross had swapped her hot cups of tea for whiskey sours. The room was filled with cigarette smoke. Kubler-Ross and her research partner, the Reverend Mwalimu Imara, were putting the finishing touches to On Death and Dying--the book that would make Kubler-Ross a star, introduce the once ubiquitous Five Stages of Grief and galvanize the international hospice movement. But there was one chapter still under discussion, a chapter in which Kubler-Ross addressed all the strange stories resuscitated patients told: about floating out of their bodies and meeting with deceased loved ones, of visiting what they took to be the afterlife.

"Do I put this chapter in?" asked Kubler-Ross.

"Not if you want it published," replied Imara.

On Death and Dying came out in 1969, with no mention of those classic Near Death Experiences. (The NDE didn't enter our cultural lexicon until 1975). But almost forty years later, the stigma against sharing any story with paranormal overtones persists.

As a journalist, I find this state of affairs to be curious. Polls on the subject demonstrate that a majority of Americans hold some paranormal belief. A Reuter's poll of people around the globe found a little more than half the world's population believes in God and the afterlife. U.S. polls regularly show that about half of us believe some UFOs might be ET spacecraft. As a species, we believe in many things unproven. So it behooves us to learn to talk about them in an open, honest way.

My contribution is Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable--And Couldn't. In it, I weave numerous tales that bear the stigma of what I call The Paranormal Taint, including ghosts, the afterlife, mental telepathy, UFOs, dreaming, meditation and prayer. I hope the result is entertaining, a tour through a territory we in the mainstream too often neglect. But more than that, I hope the book acts as a permission slip, so that people might feel inclined to share these stories without fear of ridicule--or diminished job prospects.

That last bit is personal. Because, in Fringe-ology, I share an old family ghost story I grew up with as a child. And yes, I wonder if sharing this odd slice of my history might cause some people to view me warily. But the book is worth some risk: As the polls suggest, these stories are so much a part of our culture, so much a part of our make-up as human beings, that when we turn our backs toward the things that go bump in the dark, we're turning our backs on ourselves. And I wonder, when we feel too shamed to tell these stories, what we fail to learn about ourselves.

Consider Kubler-Ross. Her real achievement was her act of listening to the dying. Some of the testimony she gathered proved shocking--reports of feeling peace when pain might be expected, comfort at the moment of greatest affliction. We now know from subsequent research, the majority of these people consider their NDEs to be real, life-changing experiences.

Should we reject the thought that a real scientific mystery might be at work here? Is the appropriate response to this a heaping of stigma and ridicule?

I choose respectful consideration. And I believe another appropriate response is to simply enjoy the story--a campfire tale rising from the hour of our death, from our darkest night.
But we can push further. And in Fringe-ology, I do.

Consider telepathy: I've grown so used to reading articles in which skeptics proclaim there is no firm evidence for telepathy that I was stunned by what I found: Parapsychology has in fact yielded hundreds upon hundreds of studies and meta-analyses demonstrating some small telepathy effect in the general population. But what really surprised me was finding that a leading skeptic like Richard Wiseman has admitted that the evidence is so good that "by the standards of any other area of science, [telepathy] is proven." Even more incredibly, as I report in Fringe-ology, another leading skeptic, Chris French, agrees with him.

Does this mean telepathy is established?

Well, both Wiseman and French hold that the claim of telepathy is so extraordinary--calling into question our most basic assumptions about physics--that we need a greater level of evidence than we normally demand. But given that serious consideration of troves of evidence is the real state of play, we can rescue even the long-derided topic of telepathy from the dustbin of the culture wars. In Fringe-ology, I also discover good reason to rescue tales of ghosts, UFOs, spoon-bending and more. And what all this means is that--well, it's time, finally, to bring your stories up, out of the dark.
Paranormal is the new Normal 
June 7, 2011
Steve Volk
The Huffington Post

zondag 6 februari 2011

The Complicated Connection Between Religion and the Paranormal

Don't expect Hollywood to give up the ghosts.

The parade of paranormal entertainment filling American screens -- from the movie Paranormal Activity 2 to television shows such as Ghost Hunters, Psychic Investigators and Paranormal State -- is meeting an intense interest in otherworldly experiences, new research shows.

More than two-thirds of Americans have paranormal beliefs, sociologists Christopher Bader and F. Carson Mencken of Baylor University and Joseph Baker of East Tennessee State University report in their new book Paranormal America from New York University Press.

And the interest is only expected to increase, scholars say, with the growth of immigrant populations more open to paranormal beliefs.

Not everyone is interested. Those with no religious beliefs, Jewish people and the most committed Christians are among the least likely to believe in UFOs or psychics or Bigfoot.

But a generation of spiritual seekers are opening their minds and bank accounts to beliefs, practices and experiences that are not recognized by science and not associated with mainstream religion.

Whether it is a study showing nearly half of Americans believe extraterrestrials absolutely or probably exist, or ghost-hunting groups and documentary producers rushing to find the latest "haunted" house, interest in paranormal phenomena has entered the mainstream.

"What we can say with certainty is that we live in a paranormal America," write Bader, Mencken and Baker. "Put another way, the paranormal is normal."

Men hunt, women gather in New Age

In the 1980s, the actress Shirley MacLaine was ridiculed for discussing her interest in channeling, reincarnation and UFOs in her book Out on a Limb. But research indicates she may have been less a wacky outcast and more representative of the population than the image ingrained by late-night comics suggested.

The average American holds slightly more than two paranormal beliefs, report Bader, Mencken and Baker.

"Statistically, those who report a paranormal belief are not the oddballs," the researchers said.

But there are major differences in the types of people who gravitate toward different paranormal phenomena. Bigfoot conventions are almost all-male outings, while psychic affairs attract a largely female audience.

The 2005 Baylor Religion Survey found that women are twice as likely as men to believe in astrology, that people can communicate with the dead (a big reason Medium lasted for seven TV seasons) and that at least some psychics can foresee the future. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to believe in UFOs.

"Women tend to want to improve themselves, to become better people," said Bader, who is also a director of the Association for Religion Data Archives. "Men tend to want to go out and capture something, to prove it's real."

In reviewing the research, other findings reported by Bader, Mencken and Baker include:

*Belief in Bigfoot, ghosts, psychic abilities and other paranormal phenomena declines noticeably with increases in age and income.
* Unmarried and cohabiting individuals are far more likely to embrace the paranormal. Asked whether they have had any of five paranormal experiences from witnessing a UFO to contacting spirits, the typical unmarried respondent claimed close to two experience, while the average married respondent had no paranormal experiences.
*Republicans are "significantly less interested" in the paranormal than Democrats or independents.

Overall, the researchers said, conventional lifestyles and stakes in conformity are strong predictors of paranormal beliefs, with highly unconventional people the most likely to turn to otherworldly possibilities beyond the realm of traditional religion.

Spiritual and paranormal

There are conflicting theories about the relationship between religion and the paranormal. Among them are the idea those outside mainstream religion would be more likely to embrace the paranormal as a substitute set of beliefs. Another theory holds that religious individuals, already open to transcendent ideas, would also be more likely to hold paranormal beliefs.

What Bader, Mencken and Baker find in their research is that both individuals with no religious beliefs and the most committed individuals -- those who attend services weekly -- are among the least likely to hold paranormal beliefs. Those who believe the Bible is the literal word of God are also highly unlikely to hold paranormal beliefs.

It is in the middle, among people who have an interest in religion but who are not regular attenders, that there is greater belief in the paranormal. Belief in paranormal topics is at its highest level among people with more liberal views of the Bible, researchers said.

What does all this mean for the future?

The researchers say the aging of America's population and projected gains in income likely will reduce belief in some aspects of the paranormal, but the increase in immigration and the tailoring off of conservative religious growth is expected to lead to increased interest.

Going out on their own limb, the researchers predict that by 2050 nearly three-quarters of Americans will report at least one paranormal belief.

Be prepared, and forewarned: Paranormal Activity 3 is coming
The Complicated Connection Between Religion and the Paranormal
February 6, 2011
David Briggs
HuffPost Religion

donderdag 24 juni 2010

Even magnetic hills have their attractions in world of weird

There are many bizarre and inexplicable phenomena in the world today, such as sightings of UFOs, appearances of Bigfoot, and the existence of buyers of Miley Cyrus CDs. But most amazing of all is the growing number of places which make your head go boom.
I found a new one just outside my house the other day.

A head-exploding location is a place where you stop, look around and say: "Huh?!" Internet addicts say: "WTF?" Drinkers say: "I gotta lay off the drink," before racing off for a quick shot (recommended amount: 1.4 liters) of whiskey.

The internet community recently discovered a long-celebrated head- exploding location in Asia, I heard from reader Eric Chiu.

Magnetic Hill in Ladakh, Kashmir, is a TOTALLY fun place to visit. You go there and place your hire car in a white box painted on the pavement with the brakes off. After a few seconds, the car starts rolling UPHILL. It gathers speed. You'll gape in astonishment.

If you have been stupid enough to forget to leave someone inside your car, the vehicle reaches quite a high speed and smashes itself to pieces against rocks. What fun! Daddy will laugh and laugh when he gets the bill.

This is particularly fun for proprietors of car-repair shops in the vicinity who stand on the roadside cheering: "Again! Again!"

Eric asked whether it was "real." The answer is yes. How does it work? There are three theories. One says there's a huge natural magnet in the mountain that draws everything up toward it, in the same way that shoes of property developers magically draw the tongues of government officials.

The second says that all horizon lines in that area are tilted so your brain resets itself to perceive downhill slopes as uphill ones.

The third theory, and the one that appeals most to razor-sharp scientific minds such as mine, says that the Buddha's toe bone is hidden in the mountain and has an affinity to draw sport utility vehicles to itself, to fulfill some ancient prophecy. ("And it shall come to pass that The Venerable Toe Bone shall summon unto itself many ornate chariots which cometh from the East and beareth names such as the Toyota 4Runner SUV.")

There's another magnetic hill in Gansu, China, and one in the Laguna area of the Philippines.

On the steep hillside where I live in Pok Fu Lam, a high road and a low road meet. Seen from the low road, the high road slopes steeply down. But seen from the high road, only the low road slopes up. Going from one to the other makes you think "Huh?!" You can use it to puzzle the simple- minded, such as small children, dogs, Greek finance ministers, and so on.

If there's one thing I have learned, it's this: there is nothing too weird to exist somewhere on this planet. Which is why top scientists are right now trying to work out explanations for mysterious sightings of Bigfoot, UFOs, and buyers of Miley Cyrus CDs. The last is the most puzzling.
Even magnetic hills have their attractions in world of weird
June 24, 2010
The Standard