Category Archives: International

Superstitions of Criminals

These generalised recountings of superstition and folklore, presumably from Britain but not clearly marked as such (for example in this article where only the first incident, which states it’s location, in clearly labelled as having come from an overseas source) … Continue reading

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“The Silver Skulls” -A Society to Murder Mothers.

” The Silver Skulls”-A Society to Murder Mothers. Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 100, 1 May 1886, Page 5 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=AS18860501.2.82&srpos=3&e=——-100–1—-0cursed+cave– This incident lead to an article decrying the pernicious effects of penny dreadfuls

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Druidic Lore and Halloween Custom

By John Pbnnell. Otago Witness , Issue 2227, 5 November 1896, Page 49 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=OW18961105.2.226&srpos=47&e=——-100–1—-0occult+ritual– Interestingly “John Pennell” seems to be the pseudonym of a New Zealand author, suggesting that this is an original work rather than (as is typical of … Continue reading

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F-rays will end war forever!

Pacifist fever dream or the embryonic stirrings of mutually assured destruction, gestating deep in the new faith in science’s ability to solve man’s ills? Or was this simply clutching at any possibility of averting the upcoming war? EXIT WAR. Star , Issue 10938, … Continue reading

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Sweedish Dragon Slaying Cult

In a return to obscure international news? culled from New Zealand papers, we present an account of a series of Swedish dragon slayings commented on by New Zealand Author Oswald E. Hugo. It may prove fruitful to compare this story … Continue reading

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The Dawn: the Order of the Star in the East in New Zealand

The Dawn, January 1918. The Order of the Star in the East NZ news letter. A movement that arose within Theosophy (A movement that has at various times  had a significant following in New Zealand including Prime Minister Sir Harry Atkinson and Edmund Hillary) … Continue reading

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International News – Ressurection Cult

Misreported here as The Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Seal but actually known as Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven this story is notable not just for its sensationalism but for the … Continue reading

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