Buyan The Mythical Island

In Slavic mythology, Buyan (Буя́н sometimes transliterated as Bujan) is described as a mysterious island in the ocean with the ability to appear and disappear using tides. For the ancient Slavs island of Buyan was a sacred concept, because it was the first earth which popped up among the waves of the primeval ocean. In Russian traditional stories Buyan is a magic island, mentioned in incantations and spells. The Sun and the three brothers; the North Wind, the East Wind, and the West Wind, who are his servants live on Buyan. It is believed to be the place where of all weather in the world originates created by the god Perun.

In some legends, Buyan is also the place where a pure white stone known as the Alatyr is found. The Alatyr is said to be the center of the universe and has magical properties and considered by some to be the Father of all Stones. Healing rivers flow from underneath it and it is said to have the power to grant eternal happiness. It is guarded by Gagana, which is a fabulous bird with a beak of iron and claws of copper, and Garafena a magical snake.
Buyan by Ivan Bilibin

It figures prominently in many famous myths; Koschei the Deathless keeps his soul hidden there, secreted inside a needle placed inside an egg in the mystical oak-tree.

The location of Buyan is open to debate but many think it is in the Baltic Sea region and one of the favorite candidates is the island of Rügen. Some scholars interpret Buyan as a sort of Proto-Indo-European Otherworld. Others assert that Buyan is actually a Slavic name for some real island, most likely Rügen. However, many scholars regard Buyan as a kind of Otherworld or concept without a physical location on earth.


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Mysterious Cauldron Of Siberia's Valley Of Death

Located in the in the fertile basin of the Upper Viliuy River, there is an area known to the nomad Siberian people as Uliuiu Cherkecheckh, a grim name which translates roughly to the Valley of Death. This area has had a dark reputation for almost a thousand years, when according to myth some kind of hellish disaster took place.

Across this area, giant metal cauldrons may be found, hollow and half-buried in the soil of the forest. Thanks to the remoteness of the region, their existence was thought to be a myth for many years. The entire area has always been shrouded with mystery, but a few facts emerge from history to tantalize modern scientists.

Russian Ufologists have proposed that these ‘Cauldrons’ are the remnants of UFOs, wrecked in an accident or an ancient aerial battle. Russian researcher Dr Valerey Uvarov argues that they are connected to a power plant located deep inside the Earth, a weapon to protect our planet from dangers in outer space.

Stories of fireballs, explosions and scorched earth sound like a similar meteorite impact. Were the metal cauldrons there already? That’s where a different mix of folk tales starts. Extraterrestrials built them in ancient times, he says, and now they operate automatically, having shot down the Tunguska meteorite in 1908, the Chulym meteorite in 1984, the Vitim meteorite in 2002 and possibly in 2011 the Irkutsk meteorite. 

The location of cauldrons seems to co-incide with large meteorites crashes nearby. Both expeditons in the past and recent have resulted in some form of strange radiation illness to people visiting the area. Many assume that this is due to the surrounding state being a nuclear test site during the Soviet era. Although 12 tests were performed in the Sakha Republic, this does not explain the pre-nuclear reports of sickness to those visiting the Valley of Death dating back in the 1930's and 1800's.

A woman traveling with her father as late as the 1930s reported taking shelter under one of the cauldrons in bad weather. She described it as a perfectly formed bowl half buried in the swamp, smooth to the touch and made of a strange metal she had never seen before.

Modern scientists and historians agree that the cauldrons of the Valley of Death are extraterrestrial in origin. The oral legends bear that out, with something falling from the sky and burning as it did so. Asteroids do much the same thing when they enter earth’s atmosphere. However, what kind of asteroid sends up a pillar of light that stays steady for days? What kind of asteroid will occasionally spit out fireballs that are big enough to obliterate villages? The answer is nothing we have seen yet.

The secrets of Siberia’s Valley of Death are dark and shrouded in mystery, and investigating them is not without risk. From the deepest parts of the regions history, something is hiding in this murky region, and its secrets have not come to light.


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Etruscan Liber Linteus

The Etruscan Liber Linteus is a manuscript which was found in Egypt on the bands of a mummy. Dating back about 2,200 years, this text is written in Etruscan, a language that was used in Italy in ancient times. It remains mostly untranslated because of the lack of knowledge about the Etruscan language, though the few words which can be understood indicate that the text is most likely a ritual calendar. The mummy and its removed wrappings are now in the Zagreb Museum in Croatia.

It is also the only example of a book written on linen cloth (hence the Latin name Liber Linteus). Moreover, it is the only Etruscan book handed down to posterity. Originally it was a scroll which was brought to Egypt for unknown reasons. It was later cut into strips used to bandage the mummy of a woman, probably during the 1st century of our era. Putting the stripes the one near the other it was possible to reconstruct a part of the original manuscript, consisting of 230 lines of text and 1200 words that can be read more or less clearly, and 100 more words that can be reconstructed from the context with a high degree of certainty.

In 1891, the wrappings were transported to Vienna, where they were thoroughly examined by Jacob Krall, an expert on the Coptic language, who expected the writing to be either Coptic, Libyan or Carian. Krall was the first to identify the language as Etruscan and reassemble the strips. It was his work that established that the linen wrappings constituted a manuscript written in Etruscan.

At first, the provenance and identity of the mummy were unknown, due to the irregular nature of its excavation and sale. This led to speculation that the mummy may have had some connection to either the Liber Linteus or the Etruscans. But a papyrus buried with her proves that she was Egyptian and gives her identity as Nesi-hensu, the wife of Paher-hensu, a tailor from Thebes.


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Balor The Irish Cyclops

Balor was the Irish Cyclops, this one-eyed god of death was the most formidable of the Fomorii, the violent and monstrous sea gods who ruled Ireland before the arrival of the Tuatha De Dannan. So dreadful was his one eye that he destroyed whoever he looked upon and his eyelid had to be levered up by four servants. It was prophesied that he would be slain by his own grandson. To avoid this fate he locked his only daughter Ethlinn in a crystal tower on Tory Island, off the north-west coast of Ireland. Even so, later Balor was killed in battle with a sling-shot by the sun god Lugh, Ethlinn's son and the champion of the Tuatha De Danann.

Lugh's father was Cian, a lesser member of the Tuatha De Danann With the assistance of a female druid, Cian had entered the crystal tower and slept with Ethlinn. When Balor learned that his daughter had given birth to three sons, he ordered that they be drowned in a whirlpool near Tory Island. Balor's servants duly rolled them up in a sheet, but on the way to the whirlpool one of the boys fell out unnoticed Either the druid then handed the fortunate baby to the smith god Goibhniu, or alternatively Manannan Mac Lir, the god of the sea, decided to foster him. ln either event, Lugh was saved and set on the road to his destiny as the slayer of Balor.

Lugh eventually becomes king of the Tuatha De Danann. He leads the Tuath De in the second Battle of Mag Tuired against the Fomorians, who are led by Balor. Ogma, one of the member of Tuatha De Dannan disarms Balor during this battle, but Balor kills Nuada (the first king of the Tuatha De Danann) with his eye. Finally, Lugh kills Balor by casting a sling, or a spear crafted by Gobniu, through his eye. Balor's eye destroys the Fomorian army and then Lugh beheads Balor.

One legend tells that, when Balor was slain by Lugh, Balor's eye was still open when he fell face first into the ground. Thus his deadly eye beam burned a hole into the earth. Long after, the hole filled with water and became a lake which is now known as Loch na Súil, or "Lake of the Eye", in County Sligo.


Encyclopedia of Mythology written by Arthur Cotterell

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Alien Spider Found on Russian Apartment

On September 2016, a resident of Penza, Russia, were shocked when woke up and found a green strange looking spider with a bloated humanoid head on its abdomen. Two photos of the spider appeared at the Penza Online subsection of the popular VKontakte website on September 27th, captioned (via machine translation) “Users that for a spider? Who knows? Toxic or Not?” The post rapidly went viral, racking up over 100 comments before moderators restricted commenting. 

The spooky arachnid has face-like markings on its day-glow abdomen that bear a striking resemblance to little green aliens from planet Mars. When pictures of the spider began emerging on Russian websites, there were fears that a poisonous monster from outer space was beginning its conquest of Earth.

Fortunately, the photograph was forwarded to someone who knows something about "alien spiders". The picture reached Penza entomologist Oleg Polumordvinov, who identified the alien monster as a 6 mm (.25 inch) Ebrechtella tricuspidata – a flower crab spider that is widespread but rarely seen in central Europe. A species that grows little more than 6mm.

Mr. Oleg explained how they are found regularly in woods during the autumn and eat only flies. But they are incapable of biting through human skin, he added.

The zoologist believes the spider must have been brought into the flat from outside and underlined that there was no need to be afraid.


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Mystery of The Phobos Monolith

The Phobos Monolith appears to be a large boulder on the surface of Mars's moon Phobos, variously described as a bright object near Stickney crater with building-sized or 90m tall. It stands in a desolate, featureless region of Phobos, which probably makes the monolith seem even more impressive. It was discovered by Efrain Palermo, who did extensive surveys of Martian probe imagery, and later confirmed by Lan Fleming, an imaging sub-contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. It was snapped from 165 miles away using a special high resolution camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Phobos is one of two tiny moons orbiting Mars, the other being Deimos. It is not really clear how the monolith got there.

The original image, taken last July 2009, was published again on August 2009 on the University of Arizona's HiRISE website on the 'spotlight' page which seems to have led to the renewed interest.

'Is it possible that there used to be an ancient civilization on Mars?' former Montreal radio presenter David Tyler asked on his blog.

Three images of the 'monolith' (close, closer, closest) as they appeared on the website Lunar Explorer Italia

After being published on the website Lunar Explorer Italia, it set tongues wagging with space buffs questioning whether there was once life on the Red Planet.

Fuel was added to the flames after Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, alluded to a similar monolith detected on Mars' moon Phobos.

Speaking on a U.S. cable television channel last week he said: 'We should visit the moons of Mars.

'There's a monolith there - a very unusual structure on this little potato shaped object that goes around Mars once every seven hours.

'When people find out about that they are going to say, "Who put that there? Who put that there?" Well the universe put it there, or if you choose God put it there.'

However, the scientific community does not see such monoliths as evidence of advanced alien civilisations. The Martian monolith is almost certainly no more than a roughly straight-edged chunk of rock that tumbled down from a nearby cliff. Yisrael Spinoza, a spokesman for the HiRISE department of the university's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, gave Mail Online the original image so readers can make up their own minds. He said: 'It would be unwise to refer to it as a "monolith" or "structure" because that implies something artificial, like it was put there by someone for example. 'In reality it's more likely that this boulder has been created by breaking away from the bedrock to create a rectangular-shaped feature.'


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