Most of us are familiar with reports of the paranormal around us – whether we ourselves are believers or skeptics. Entities such as ghosts, and mysterious animals like Big Foot and Nessie, have always haunted our collective consciousness. Among all the weirdness that purportedly exists in our midst, there are occurrences, which though they may not all be considered new, have earned increasing attention in modern times.
There are so many legends told by eye witness accounts and journals archived and re-told through out the years. I remember so many cases and such legends, as the Jersey Devil, Moth Man,The Suscan Screamer,Ghost of Stow Lake. My all time favorite, the Goatman.
My dad has this friend, whose sister got sick from rabbit pee on her soda can.Sound familiar? You’ve might have heard the same story. Except that it was someone’s boyfriend’s brother—or friend’s cousin, or doctor’s travel agent—who became ill. Either our food inspection system has gone downhill fast, or the story is an urban legend.
Urban legends are an important part of popular culture, experts say, offering insight into our fears and the state of society. They’re also good fun. On the other hand, they also may be well documented and very truthful, that eye witness accounts have often portrayed.
A renowned folklorist, Brunvand is considered the pre-eminent scholar on urban legends and “The Vanishing Hitchhiker,” named for a classic legend, the subject’s seminal work. The definition of an urban legend, he writes, is “a strong basic story-appeal, a foundation in actual belief, and a meaningful message or ‘moral.'”
Those stories can spread like wildfire in today’s Internet world, but they’ve been part of human culture as long as there has been culture, and Brunvand argues that legends should be around as long as there are inexplicable curiosities in life.
One such legend, is the Snallygaster legend. Wkipedia defines the moster as this. The snallygaster is a mythical dragon-like beast said to inhabit the hills surrounding Washington D.C. and Frederick Counties Maryland.
The area was settled by German immigrants beginning in the 1730s. Early accounts describe the community being terrorized by a monster called a Schneller Geist, meaning “quick spirit” in German. The earliest incarnations mixed the half-bird features of a siren with the nightmarish features of demons and ghouls. The Snallygaster was described as half-reptile, half-bird with a metallic beak lined with razor-sharp teeth, occasionally with octopus-like tentacles. It swoops silently from the sky to pick up and carry off its victims. The earliest stories claim that this monster sucked the blood of its victims. Seven-pointed stars, which reputedly kept the Snallygaster at bay, can still be seen painted on local barns.
It has been suggested the legend was resurrected in the 19th century to frighten freed slaves.
Newspaper accounts throughout February and March 1909 describe encounters between local residents and a beast with “enormous wings, a long pointed bill, claws like steel hooks, and an eye in the center of its forehead.” It was described as making screeches “like a locomotive whistle.” A great deal of publicity surrounded this string of appearances, with the Smithsonian Institution offering a reward for the hide. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt reportedly considered postponing an African safari to personally hunt the beast.
In 2008, author Patrick Boyton published a book about the history of the Snallygaster entitled Snallygaster: the Lost Legend of Frederick County.
The Snallygaster has one widely known enemy, called Dewayo. The Dewayo is reported to be a mammalian biped with features similar to a wolf, but the stance and stature of a human. The sightings of Dewayo are primarily reported in West Middletown, Maryland, but sightings have also been reported in the Wolfsville, Maryland region. The Dewayo and the Snallygaster have reportedly had vicious encounters dating back to early settlement of the Middletown valley.
What ever the legend I think we have legends from nearly all walks of life, in everything we do as a human race, their is uncertainty and with the said unsettling of uncertainty, comes legends and their tall tells.
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