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Shaawanoki (Shah-wa-no-kee)

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As we quietly approached the riverbank, I could just make out the dark figures on shore dancing around the bonfire.  They appeared to be a lost tribe of degenerate Indians, mixed-race refugees from the last Seminole war and the descendants of escaped Negro slaves from over half a century ago.  Abruptly, they stopped their tribal dance as their leader emerged from out of the darkness.  He was obviously a shaman of some kind, wearing an elaborate face mask and headdress made from the skull of a large alligator.Seeing the assembled gathering of primitive brutes, around thirty in number, immediately brought to mind the ancient followers of Sebek, the crocodile god of Egypt, whose blasphemous and abhorrent rites are recorded in the dreaded De Vermis Mysteriis.  Perhaps this was related to the Shaawanoki legend that the Florida cracker’s woman who we spoke with days before warned us about?  Soon a bound and struggling Indian girl was brought into the light and my deepest fears were confirmed.

– Dr. Arthur Langley, noted herpetologist from the Florida State Museum in Gainesville, recounting his ill-fated zoological expedition along the St. Johns River.

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Sororum ex Noëma (Sisters of Na’amah)

Approximately 10 miles northwest of Rome lay the former Etruscan walled city of Veii. Located on a plateau overlooking the right bank of the Tiber, the region had been settled by successive cultures since the Late Bronze Age until finally being by conquered by the Romans in 396 B.C. Within this city can be found a unique cult called the Sororum ex Noëma (Sisters of Na’amah).  Ostensibly an offshoot of the female-only Bona Dea cult, which at first glance it closely resembles, it is in fact far older, predating the one in Rome by many years. Continue reading »

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October 30th: The Lusca

Lusca (Image from

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“Perhaps I should have reported my find, yet its nature was too ambiguous to make action natural. Since it had been partly eaten by some ocean-dwelling monstrousness, I did not think it identifiable enough to form evidence of an unknown but possible tragedy.”
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