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Considering that water makes up about 71% of the Earth’s surface, it is hardly surprising that there are many mysterious marine creatures associated with our vast seas and lakes. Of all such creatures, no other has continued to capture the vivid imagination of the human mind more than the maidens of the sea, more commonly referred to as mermaids.

Mermaids are the only marine version of half-human, half-animal legend and myth. Since time immemorial, legends involving mermaids have permeated the folklore of many cultures worldwide, from Europe to Africa and Asia alike and have even been chronicled in maritime cultures.

 

Origins

According to records, the earliest known mermaid legends started in Syria around 1000 B.C. It is said that to mourn and atone for accidentally causing the death of her human lover, the Syrian goddess Atargatis dove into a lake to take on the form of a fish.

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Early depiction of Syrian goddess Atargatis

However, the other gods loathed for her to give up her great beauty. This resulted in a compromise where only her bottom half turned into that of a fish and her top half remained in human form. The legend also briefly alludes to the existence of a merman, the male equivalent of the mermaid. Thus, it is presumed that mermen co-exist with their female counterparts despite not being mentioned much in folklore and legend.

On a less mystical note, the origin of the mermaid has been attributed to ordinary marine creatures, such as manatees, dugongs, or sea-cows (now extinct). It is said that the romanticised legends involving mermaids have been constructed around early sightings of such creatures by sailors. The rationale behind such an explanation is that marine creatures such as the ones mentioned above appear to cradle their young much like how a human would carry a baby. It is likely that sailors, glancing at such a scene from a distance, would mistake the creatures for mermaids.

 

Appearance and Legends

Since the time of the Syrian legend, mermaids have typically been depicted as mesmerising aquatic creatures with the head and torso of a female human and the tail of a fish. This is generally the case in most legends across all cultures. The following are but a few of the notable ones.

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Early depiction of Thessalonike

A popular Greek mermaid legend relates to the sister of Alexander the Great, Thessalonike, who is said to have transformed into a mermaid upon her death. She is known to haunt the waters of the Aegean Sea, luring sailors with her beauty and testing them with a question which would cost them their lives if they answered wrongly. She would ask only one question; “Is King Alexander alive?” to which the only correct answer would be, “He lives and reigns and conquers the world”. Any other answer would not be acceptable to her and spelled doom for those who failed her test.

A mermaid tale from Scotland recounts the narrow escape of the Laird of Lorntie. It is said that the Laird chanced upon a beautiful naked maiden who appeared to be drowning in a lake near his house. He was about to gallantly jump into the lake to rescue her when he was pulled back by his servant who warned him that it was a mermaid. Furious to have her sinister plan to lure the Laird into her watery prison thwarted, the mermaid screamed at them. When she jumped back into the dark abyss of the lake, her true mermaid form was revealed.

The love story of Suvannamaccha, a mermaid princess with gorgeous features and a golden tail, can be found in the Cambodian and Thai versions of the Ramayana. In short, the mermaid princess was distracted from her original task to spoil Hanuman’s plans to build a bridge to Lanka (the island fortress capital of the legendary demon King Ravana) as she ended up falling in love with him instead.

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Artist’s impression of Suvannamaccha and Hanuman on a mural inside Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok

However, not all mermaids are shimmering visions of femininity. The following examples from different parts of the world offer some alternative spins on this fish-human legend.

 

Ningyo of Japan

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Early illustration of Ningyo of Japan

Far from the alluring vision of a beautiful mermaid, this creature from Japanese folklore is said to take the form of a giant fish with a human face and a monkey’s mouth. In some accounts, it even possesses horns and fangs. It is believed that eating a Ningyo will grant eternal youth and beauty but it comes with a heavy price as catching a Ningyo could result in terrible storms and misfortune that could befall an entire village.

 

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Early drawings of Mami Wata

Mami Wata of Africa

Translated to mean “water spirit”, Mami Wata has been described either as a mermaid or a water snake and even at times, as a combination of both. She is never fully human although it is believed that she can take on human form. She is found in many African folk stories where she is associated with healing, fertility, and sex.

 

 

Merrows of Ireland

Whilst female merrows are portrayed as beautiful half-human fish creatures with long flowing green hair, male merrows are described as hideous, terrifying and more fish than man. Merrows are able to survive on land and can live underwater when they have a magical cap called a “cohuleen druith” on.

It is said that male merrows are so cruel and terrifying that merrow women would seek out human men instead. Unfortunately, merrows ultimately have to return to sea and it is common for them to eventually abandon their human families in favour of the water.

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Marakihau carving at Wairaka Meeting House, Whakatane

 

Marakihau of New Zealand

Based on New Zealand’s Maori folklore, Marakihau is a taniwha (guardian) of the sea who has a human head and the body of a very long fish, as well as a long, tubular tongue. It is said to have a fondness for destroying canoes and swallowing large quantities of fish.

 

Iara of Brazil

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An illustration of Iara

According to the Brazilian folktale Iara (Lady of the Waters), this mermaid-like creature originated from a water snake, but was subsequently immortalised in folklore as an immortal woman with green eyes and brown skin. She is infamous for luring sailors either voluntarily or forcefully, to become her lovers and live in her underwater palace. Many accidents in the Amazon, especially those involving disappearances of men, have been attributed to Iara.

 

Rusalka of Russia

Whilst it is widely accepted that Russian mermaids are hauntingly beautiful, people are divided as to the nature of the Rusalka. Some claim that they are benevolent water nymphs which appear in springs to water crops but some swear that they are the revengeful spirits of girls who have died violently. These malevolent spirits have translucent skin which gives them a ghost-like appearance and long hair which is used as a tool to lure men and children to their watery deaths.

 

Melusine of Medieval Europe

France, Germany, Luxembourg and Albania have various folk tales about Melusine, a female spirit who is said to sport a serpentine tail and on occasion, wings. She is commonly described as a wilful maiden who sought to destroy her father in order to avenge her mother but ended up being cursed with a serpent’s tail as punishment from her mother. France is especially connected with the Melusine legend as the royal French house of Lusignan claims to descend from her.

It is interesting to note that over time, the imagery of mermaids has evolved from a rather sinister look to a more benevolent one. Nowadays, mermaids are likely to be seen as innocent and sweet, if not helpful to human kind in many cases. This is likely due to the prevalent influence of the most famous tale in all of mermaid mythology – Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. This tale has served as an introduction to the mermaid legend for children and adults alike. In addition, the Disney film that bears the same name has also heavily reinforced the benevolent image of the mermaid in the minds of many.

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Popular interpretation of Melusine

 

Sightings

It is said that magical fish-like female figures first appeared in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago, when humans gained dominion over the land and, presumably, began to sail the seas. Since then there have been many mermaid legends and a few dozen historical claims of supposed mermaid sightings.

 

Historical Accounts

The earliest published record of a mermaid sighting dates back to 586 A.D. when early Arab and Greek medieval sailors claimed to have seen them. Similar reports have continued right into the 1900s.

Even the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, reported a sighting of three mermaids in the ocean off Haiti, in January of 1493. Apparently, what he saw didn’t match his expectations and he went on to record his disappointment at discovering that they were not as pretty as claimed and even said that the creatures he encountered looked like men.

Other notable examples of such sighting include;

  • A claim back in the 1600s that a mermaid had entered Holland through a dike, and was injured in the process. Apparently, after she was nursed back to health, she opted to stay in Holland where she learned to speak Dutch, do household chores and converted to Catholicism.
  • Captain John Smith, a sea captain off the coast of Newfoundland described his 1614 encounter as “saw a mermaid swimming about with all possible grace.” He also indicated that she had very attractive features, namely, large eyes, a finely shaped but ‘somewhat short’ nose, well-formed longish ears and long green hair. In fact, Smith admitted to being very taken with her but couldn’t get past the fact that she was a fish from the waist down.
  • Right around 1830, Scotland was swamped with media attention over a claim that a young boy had killed a mermaid by throwing rocks at it. Although it is said that the villagers buried the mermaid, who looked like a child of about three or four years old but for a salmon’s tail instead of legs, no historical evidence was found that could support this fishy tale.

 

Modern Sightings

There aren’t many modern reports of mermaid sightings but in 2009, a news report of a mermaid sighted off the coast of Israel in the town of Kiryat Yam caught much global attention. It is said that the mermaid, who resembled a young girl crossed with a dolphin, briefly appeared around sunset and performed a few tricks for onlookers right before disappearing into the night. The frenzy over the sighting reached such a fever pitch that the local council offered a monetary reward of 1 million dollars to anyone who could conclusively prove the existence of mermaids.

No one ever claimed the reward although many attempts were made. In fact, an NBC film crew attempted an expedition around Kiryat Yam to try and film the mermaid in 2010, but was unable to produce any strong evidence despite strong insistence that mermaids are real from the head of the research team.

In 2012, a TV special called “Mermaids: The Body Found” which was presented in a fake-documentary format reignited interest in mermaids. It was so convincing that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which was represented in the film, deemed it necessary to issue a statement officially denying the existence of mermaids.

 

Conclusion

No solid evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found yet mermaids or mermen continue to occupy the collective consciousness of nearly all seafaring people. And it is not just seafaring people who keep the mermaid legend alive. Although their tales may be ancient, their legend remains relevant in modern times as you can see their image in many contemporary forms; from literature and film to your morning coffee at Starbucks!

 

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  1. wan wai meng on Mar 21, 2017 at 1:37 am

    I think we are all intrigued by the legends of mermaids since so many folktales around the world have some form of a mermaid legend associated with it.

    Mermaids real or imagined has occupied the minds and imagination of many people. Sailors of old, don’t have it easy, they faced dangers almost on a daily basis, whether from the elements or uncertain circumstances. So one who is a sailor is truly a tough nut, and one who is accustomed to survival, so their level of alertness and awareness had to be that much more acute than normal people.

  2. Samfoonheei on Mar 11, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Very informative and interesting article of mermaids even though it is just legend. I used to read stories of mermaids when i am young which i found very interesting knowing that its just folklore stories..All of us have been fascinated by mermaids for a long time. A few hundred years ago, the myth of beautiful semi-human women living beneath the sea was widely believed .To date, scientists have not able to explain whether mermaids do exist even though they do believe there do.There are alleged mermaids sightings, from around the world. Do mermaids exist ,….no sound prove.and no one has ever been found yet
    Our oceans are so vast and deep,mermaids and other sea monsters might exist but no one knows what;s underneath there. I wonder if there is a species of undiscovered mammal swimming around in the ocean. Well may be…..no one knows.
    Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative article.

  3. CindyH on Mar 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Interesting article about mermaids and quite fascinating to know of the various types of mermaids in different cultures and folklore. This brings to mind the Nyai Loro Kidul, whose tale was told to me by a friend. Basically, Nyai Loro Kidul is an Indonesian goddess of the sea and despite being categorised as sea spirits actually is generally portrayed like a mermaid with the upper body of an alluring woman and lower part of a fish.

    Nyai Loro Kidul is not only called the Queen of the Southern Sea (Indian Ocean) in Javanese as well as Sundanese mythology, but she is also said to be the mythical spiritual consort of the Sultans of Mataram and Yogyakarta, beginning with Senopati and continuing to the present day. Further, she is said to have the ability to take the soul of any who she wished for and based on local folklores, she is known to claim lives of fishermen or visitors that bathe on the beach at her whim and fancy. And apparently, she has a penchant for handsome young men.

    A quick online check reveals that Pelabuhan Ratu, a small fishermen city in West Java, celebrates an annual holiday in her honour on April 6 where “sedekah laut” or offerings are annually made in order to appease the queen.

  4. TekLee on Mar 7, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. It is fascinating. I always believe there is mermaid. There are always many other creature exist in the other world. It won’t be surprise that mermaid really exist. I searched from internet before video footage about mermaid, some are really fake, but some are really cannot be explained.
    Thank you again RInpoche for sharing, it is very clear explained and described the sightings and the believes from ancient until modern time. _/\_

  5. Alice Tay on Mar 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Many of us came to know about the mermaid likely through the movie many years ago like The Little Mermaid produced by Walt Disney and the recent movie of The Mermaid produced by Hong Kong. Basically, the movies showed that there is a group of living beings like human beings that is needed very much for survival.

    Although there is no solid proof that they are existed in this world or only mentioned in the legends, but I personally believe as long as any of the living beings have not become a Buddha, they do exist. They are just like other beings in other realms that we might not able to see especially Gods, Semi Gods, hell beings and hungry ghosts.

    Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative of Mermaids.

  6. Yee Mun (KISG) on Mar 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Our world is so big, is not possible for us to see everything. The ocean is full of mysteries that mankind still unable to solve. If we have not seen a mermaid, doesn’t mean it does not exist. Since mermaid is depicted in many countries folklore, i believe that mermaid does exist.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing so many folklore stories about mermaid, I really enjoy reading it.

  7. Paul Yap on Mar 4, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Mermaid has lots of similarity with what was described in Tibetan Buddhist text of Naga. Both of them have the upper body similar to the human, and lower body similar to a fish or snake. They live in water, a mysterious creatures and sometimes has super natural power transforming themselves into a beautiful person. I do believe the existence of Naga. There are lots of traditions both in asia and the west has pass down this cultures from their folklore.

    There are few resources that has further explained the nature of Naga. I found that the explanation given by one of the forum discussion found in ‘ #3 Dorjeshugden.com’ is the most easy to understand.

    1. http://www.3worlds.co.uk/Articles/Snake-Spirits.pdf

    2. https://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/relb2054_jea6c/2010/11/06/the-klu-their-roles-within-the-shamanic-and-buddhist-contexts/

    3. http://www.dorjeshugden.com/forum/index.php?topic=1355.msg17292#msg17292

    “Nagas [kLu] are a class of beings (often snake-like in form) that dwell in a variety of locations ranging from waterways and underground locations and also in unseen realms. These beings have their own perceptions and vary in their enlightened level as do humans and other beings. Nagas are susceptible to suffering created by mankind’s carelessness and basic ignorance of proper conduct in nature and disrespectful actions in relation to our environment. Therefore Nagas often retaliate towards humans when they behave in such ignorant manners. The expression of the Nagas’ discontent and agitation can be felt as skin diseases, various calamities and so forth.

  8. Lew on Mar 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I feel mermaid is one legend where I believe it is just something mystical and not something real. Mainly because there is not much sighting, and not many people has seen it. I wonder why there are a lot more bigfoot enthusiasts than mermaid enthusiasts. Is it because there are more bigfoot sighting?

    What really fascinates me is the mermaid is also mentioned in Cambodia and Thai, even in Japan, as I have only heard from it from Europe stories.

  9. JP on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I was very fascinated with mermaids when I was a kid because I thought it was amazing how they could swim in the oceans like a fish. So I grew up with the belief that mermaids existed and perhaps have become extinct. Now that I have learnt about nagas, I realize that mermaids are most likely from the naga realm.

    That is why there have not been any recorded physicial evidence of mermaids. Just like beings from other realms such as spirits, they do exist. Many people around the world give their accounts of their sightings. Some see similar apparitions and some vary. Just because there may not be any physical evidence of these beings, it doesn’t mean they do not exist.

    When we realize that the world is so much bigger than the physical one we percieve with our eyes, we begin to see how small and insignificant our existence is in relations to the rest of the universe. All our self created problems become insignificant as well.

  10. freon on Mar 2, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I am always attracted by the story of Mermaid or mermen. I always there are beings in deep sea because the sea is so deep and vast. I do believe that some they are many species of mermaid in the sea, and , some of them are able to have human legs and walk like us.

    From this article, it is an eye opener to me that the legend of mermaid is actually recorded in different countries’ folklore. And , it is recorded as early as in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago! Probably, they have existed before human race.

    But, from most of the record and sighting, it seems that the mermaid is quite malevolent.

    Thank you for the article Rinpoche

    With folded hands,
    Freon

  11. Vivian Ong on Mar 2, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this mermaid article. For me I like watching mermaid cartoons when I was a kid. But in real life I still doubt its existence. Maybe it’s because I did not see it with my own eyes or there is no solid evidence of its existence. It is interesting to know the various sightings of mermaid in the various places from olden times.

    With folded palms,
    Vivian

  12. Fong on Mar 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    There are lots of tales of mermaids, some depicting them as malignant, some depicting them as innocent beings. Whichever, it is there has been no evidence of their existence. Are they like the gorillas that were discovered quite recently? Will these beings be found eventually? As at this point in time they are myths but if the Buddhist teachings of the 6 realms exists, then these being may just be around us and like us, are subject to the laws of karma. So,evil or otherwise, once we have faith in the Buddha, then we have compassion for them and not just fear them only.

  13. Stella Cheang on Mar 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    The Mermaid certainly was depicted as the beautiful and alluring maiden in many legend and folklores. In most of the legends, Mermaid tends to cause harm to human maybe because our presence and invasion disturbed their peace, hence the vengeance. Just like the dragons/serpents, Mermaids are depicted as different forms by various cultures. It somehow goes to show that their existence is more than mere myth. Thank you for this informative article on Mermaids.

  14. Choong on Feb 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    In Malay and Orang Asli traditions, the lake Chini, located in Pahang is home to a naga called Sri Gumum.

    Her predecessor Sri Pahang or her son left the lake and later fought a naga called Sri Kemboja. Kemboja is the former name of what is Cambodia.

    Like the naga legends in Cambodia, there are stories about an ancient empire in lake Chini, although the stories are not linked to the naga legends.

    Legends of the ancient empire in the vicinity or under lake Chini were strengthened when pyramid-like mounds were detected in the area.

    See:
    http://ki-media.blogspot.my/2007/12/ancient-khmer-city-discovered-in.html

  15. Pastor David Lai on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Well, as a Buddhist I tend to believe that mermaids are more or less nagas. These magical serpentine beings are believed to be able to take on human appearance and are very powerful and are deeply connected and associated with the ocean, rivers and lakes. It seems that many ancient cultures have some sort of belief in their existence in one way or another. This kinda mirrors that of other unseen beings like spirits and such.

    If so many cultures hold such beliefs, then it must be real or some element of truth in it. Nagas are powerful beings who control the weather and the land. Clearing of the land, pollution and huge construction disturb their mind and body. Hence, they may retaliate by creating certain diseases of the skin and so forth. Fortunately, there are pujas as the nagas themselves are partial to the Buddhas especially Chenrezig.

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Dear friends, From a young age, I have always been intrigued by Kuchisake Onna, the Slit-Mouthed Woman from Japanese folklore. Originally I didn’t know her name or that she...

Black Eyed Child

by Vinnie Tan | Aug 12, 2016

Dear friends, Black Eyed Children or Black Eyed Kids (BEKs) is another group of paranormal entities triggered my interest and prompted me to find out more since I learned...

Valak – The Conjuring 2 Demon?

by Vinnie Tan | Aug 6, 2016

Dear friends, Recently, there has been a huge craze about a horror movie called The Conjuring 2. Yes! I am a self-professed horror junkie although I am also really...

Paranormal Protection

by Pastor David Lai | Jun 8, 2016

Dear everyone, I have chosen to write about this topic for Rinpoche’s blog because it fascinates me and it is something that many people are drawn to. Generally, people are...

Boo! Why Do We Love The Things That Scare Us?

by Shakila Rajendra | Jun 3, 2016

Despite their keeping us up at night, we all love a good ghost story. We are constantly fascinated by tales of ghouls, demonic possessions and those spirits that cannot...

Zozo – The Ouija Board Demon

by Vinnie Tan | May 26, 2016

I was hesitant to have Ms. Vinnie Tan write up this article as I do not encourage anyone to contact negative beings especially with a Ouija board. Negative beings...

Questions on Ghosts

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 12, 2014

  I posted regarding ‘psychic kids’ and Patricia posed some interesting questions which I have answered. With respect to Patricia, I am posting it here as it will benefit...

10 Paranormal Pictures!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 10, 2014

  Some pictures I thought you might enjoy and do you think they are genuine. The paranormal beings do exist, but can they be captured on film? What do...

Inhuman Entity caught on film

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 30, 2012

See this episode. It is very good. Very interesting! Look at 5:01 and see an inhuman entity caught on film. Very interesting how these beings can be caught on...

A case of “Karma” and “Possession”

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 16, 2012

What karma awaits you if you harm another living being? For this man he immediately saw the karmic effects when he killed and ate a snake. The video title...

10 Creepy Mysteries You Haven’t Heard Of

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 21, 2011

Mysteries are always interesting to read about. Not only does it make our day a little less mundane, but it also help us to open our mind and contemplate...

The Burning Times

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 18, 2011

The 6-part film below is called “The Burning Times”. It explains what went on during the period from 1450 to 1700. That period of time in history is actually...

Witches

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 6, 2011

Below are videos that I have found on witches. They are very very good and very informative… interesting and you would enjoy watching. Also learn a lot about bias,...

Valak – The Conjuring 2 Demon?

by Vinnie Tan | Aug 6, 2016

Dear friends, Recently, there has been a huge craze about a horror movie called The Conjuring 2. Yes! I am a self-professed horror junkie although I am also really...

Must Watch: The Paranormal Zone on NTV7

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 20, 2012

The Paranormal Zone official launch!! Congrats to Celebrity Host Ms. Li Kim!!   Last night, The Paranormal Zone had their official launch party! It was an invitation-only event, held at...

The Mysterious Monsters – narrated by Peter Graves

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 22, 2012

Dear Everyone, Another favorite video of mine narrated by Peter Graves. He does a good job as he seems convinced in what he is narrating. I wish I can...

Psychic Kids (4)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 31, 2010

Another episode of Psychic Kids I thought my friends would enjoy. Notice how the senior psychics train up the younger ones. Reminds me of the Monastery where senior monks...

Celebrity Ghost Stories (7)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 1, 2010

Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v20496457eyGaGtZP.flv Here’s another wonderful selection of supernatural encounters by celebrities. I find these neat as they show that people from all...

Celebrities Ghost Stories (4) and Psychic Kids (2)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 4, 2010

Another dosage of great accounts of the supernatural that gives you a break and also helps you to ponder deeper on mysteries not visible to everyone yet exists. DO...

Celebrities Ghost Stories 2 & 3

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 26, 2010

Hello, This is your latest dose of Celebrity Ghosts. I hope you enjoy. Tsem Rinpoche   Part 2 Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/v204951726zTfNb27.flv   Part...

Psychic Kids

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 11, 2010

Dear Everyone, Since I was very young I’ve had a huge interest in the paranormal, Tibet, magic, mysteries, bigfoot, lochness, Findhorn, UfOs, Nazca lines, spirits, Salem, Easter Island, dowsing,...

Werewolves: The Shapeshifters

by Cindy Hew | Apr 27, 2017

Commonly associated with the full moon and silver bullets, lycanthropes or werewolves are said to be humans with a mysterious ability to morph into actual wolves or wolf-like creatures...

The Balan-Balan

by Phng Li Kim | Apr 14, 2017

My adventures in Sabah are kept alive in Kota Belud – a place where the natives are firm believers of paganism and the practice of dark magic since hundreds...

Kuchisake Onna

by Vinnie Tan | Sep 9, 2016

Dear friends, From a young age, I have always been intrigued by Kuchisake Onna, the Slit-Mouthed Woman from Japanese folklore. Originally I didn’t know her name or that she...

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

Reincarnation Videos YOU MUST WATCH!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 24, 2015

(28 Nov 2012) Dear friends, I wanted to share this videos with you for the longest time and happy I can do so now. Learn, ponder and enjoy. Reincarnation...

Can you believe in this?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 11, 2014

I have always had an interest in mythology and folklore... about mysterious occurrences or beings that were described in books, or from stories shared by our family and friends...

Are angels ancient aliens??

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

Many of us believe in angels. 70% of Americans, believe in the existence of angels… 55% of Americans believe in guardian angels. It is said that every day, one...

Ancient Aliens: The Return

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

“The Return” is the last episode of Season 1 of the Ancient Aliens series. In the 20th century there was evidence that we were still being visited by alien...

Ancient Aliens: The Mission (episode 4)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

If we can make expeditions in search of resources to sustain our culture, wouldn't any other life form who needs resources to survive do the exact same thing by...

Ancient Aliens: The Evidence (Episode 2)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

Hard evidence is presented that makes the possibility of alien existence undeniably real - and yet some people would still rather not accept it. It may go against our...

Ancient Aliens: The Visitors (Episode 3)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

It is written in the Old Testament: 'The God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness". Who is "Us" and "Our"? In the Quran,...

Do Aliens exist?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

Mysteries about ancient aliens that brought civilization to earth, be it via direct manipulation of evolution or introduction of new technologies, have always amazed a large number of people....

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

Reincarnation Videos YOU MUST WATCH!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 24, 2015

(28 Nov 2012) Dear friends, I wanted to share this videos with you for the longest time and happy I can do so now. Learn, ponder and enjoy. Reincarnation...

Nazca Lines – Another Sign of Paranormal Activity?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 4, 2011

Have you ever wondered how the Nazca Lines are made? Are they man made or is there something else behind its creation that we might not know of...

SUPERMOON

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 11, 2011

On March 19th… You may be surprised by what you will see or have seen… For the first time in 18 years, the moon will swing around Earth very...

Just What Are Sailing Stones?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 6, 2011

Look at these pictures and let your imagination try to figure out how this came to pass. Stones in the middle of nowhere that leave trails behind them, yet...

Psychic Kids (4)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 31, 2010

Another episode of Psychic Kids I thought my friends would enjoy. Notice how the senior psychics train up the younger ones. Reminds me of the Monastery where senior monks...

Kid Painter is Mini Monet

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 22, 2010

Kid geniuses are people who were good in something in another life and they from a young age without or with very little training can do something beyond your belief system...

Celebrities Ghost Stories (4) and Psychic Kids (2)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 4, 2010

Another dosage of great accounts of the supernatural that gives you a break and also helps you to ponder deeper on mysteries not visible to everyone yet exists. DO...

Psychic Kids

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 11, 2010

Dear Everyone, Since I was very young I’ve had a huge interest in the paranormal, Tibet, magic, mysteries, bigfoot, lochness, Findhorn, UfOs, Nazca lines, spirits, Salem, Easter Island, dowsing,...

Ancient Chinese Earthquake Detector

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 13, 2016

I have always been interested in ancient civilisations such as China, Egypt and Mesopotamia as they reflect the sophistication and advancements of the people at that time. Although people...

Sleep Paralysis – Medical or Paranormal?

by Vinnie Tan | Sep 16, 2016

Sleep paralysis or more commonly known in Chinese as ‘鬼压床’ is one of the most common paranormal encounters. Hence, most people would have experienced some form of sleep paralysis...

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

China builds world’s largest radio telescope to hunt for aliens

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 5, 2016

Dear friends around the world, It is interesting that China is looking for extraterrestrial communications. China is really catching up on all fields of interest. Take a read. Tsem...

Einstein on Buddhism

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 9, 2015

Dear friends around the world, I came across this interesting article recently and thought that it’d be nice to share it on my blog. People would often pick science...

Initial DNA analysis of Paracas elongated skull released

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 24, 2014

Initial DNA analysis of Paracas elongated skull released – with incredible results 5 February, 2014 – 13:47 by April Holloway Paracas is a desert peninsula located within the Pisco...

Guess what was found!!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 18, 2012

I have interests in many subjects. I just don’t have enough time in the day to get deeper into many of the subjects that captures my mind. One of...

Top 10 Space Mysteries

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 9, 2011

In something as big as the universe, there are bound to be unexplainable phenomena... and things we truly can’t grasp. The universe shows us how small we really are...

Resurrecting Mammoths

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 17, 2011

Researchers aim to resurrect mammoth in five years By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 1/17/2011 Japanese researchers will launch a project this year to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using...

A Planet discovered that could have life…..

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 30, 2010

Imagine there are 40 BILLION planets out there that can support life in our universe… Wow… There has to be other life forms. The mathematical chances is beyond doubt...

Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking – Time Travel

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 25, 2010

Watch enlightening documentaries online! Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking – Time Travel (2010).The promise of time travel has long been one of the worlds favorite scientific what-ifs? Hawking...

Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking – The Story Of Everything

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 25, 2010

Watch enlightening documentaries online! Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking – The Story Of Everything (2010) In two mind-blowing hours, Hawking reveals the wonders of the cosmos to a...

A Statue that came with Something Else

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 27, 2012

When we toy with the supernatural, we can expect the resultant effect coming back to us. Whether it is a good or bad effect depends on our motivation, and...

Paranormal Experiences Occur Everywhere – Part 2!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 8, 2012

In the late 80’s, I was a university student in Essex, England. I was living in a student hostel at the university ground. The hostel was a high-rise building...

Paranormal Experiences Occur Everywhere – Part 1!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 3, 2012

I like Steven Wong's stories very much as it shows that spirits and unseen beings are actually not restricted to specific areas like cemeteries or abandoned houses. Instead, they...

Bukit Antarabangsa Hauntings

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 2, 2012

Remember the Bukit Antarabangsa Landslide in 2008? What about the Highland Towers apartment building which collapsed in 1993? I am sure that you know many died during those two...

The Shadow On My Bed

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 18, 2012

More and more people are sharing their paranormal experiences with us, and I thank Mr. Michael Moore for sharing with us a very kind and sincere story... can you...

A Relieving Experience

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 17, 2012

Some people encounter with spirits directly and have disturbing experiences with the unseen whilst there are others who experience it very differently, where they feel that the incident has...

A swirl at the foot of my bed

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 24, 2011

  Perhaps Paranormal: Two night ago in the middle of the night in my hotel room, I woke up and noticed a dark swirling ‘entity’ that was not exactly...

The Lady in Red

by Admin | Sep 5, 2011

The two men disappeared into the woods and came out on the other side. They walked very fast without saying a word to one another. Finally, they stopped at...

The Balan-Balan

by Phng Li Kim | Apr 14, 2017

My adventures in Sabah are kept alive in Kota Belud – a place where the natives are firm believers of paganism and the practice of dark magic since hundreds...

Jean Ai

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 12, 2012

Thailand is known for their terrifying horror movies and you know what people say...where there is smoke, there is fire so when Jean Ai went to Bangkok to work...

JP Revisited

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 21, 2012

Whilst the Chinese have practised ancestral worship for centuries, for most people a visit to the graves of their forefathers stops there. A few offerings and some flowers, and...

David Lai

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 13, 2012

Quiet and unassuming, on first appearance David Lai does not come across as a person who has paranormal experiences. As they say however, looks can be deceiving...

JP

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 7, 2012

Facing college life in a new city, JP Thong had no idea what awaited him when he moved thousands of miles away from home to New York, where he...

Till I See Blood

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 2, 2012

After sleepless nights in Bangkok, Angel finally fell asleep, only to find herself struggling for her breath as she was rudely awakened by an unseen stranger. Feeling pressed down...

CJ

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 18, 2012

Many of us have heard that some people have the ability to see the dead and many of us have heard of the movie 'The Sixth Sense'. For 16...

Edward

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 10, 2012

There are many children around the world who tell their parents that they see dark figures. Most of the time, their parents would brush them off and tell them...

Snake Spirit

by Tsem Rinpoche | Dec 13, 2011

This week, I share with you a story that relates to the time when I was residing in southern Thailand. I stayed there for about a month to do...

Burmese Temple & Floating Heads

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 17, 2011

In this episode, we have exclusive rights to film at one of the most exotic locations in Malaysia at night: The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple. Founded on 1st August...

Red Face

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 1, 2011

This week, I share with all of you 2 paranormal stories. The first relates to the filming location: Shih Chung Branch School. Around 1885, the very first 5-storey bungalow in Penang...

Banging Pots

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 17, 2011

It was quite a busy period, thinking back to 15 years in Singapore, as a lot of people would come to see me for discussions… usually, these were relating...

Legends of Mount Shasta

by Pastor David Lai | Sep 1, 2016

In the language of the Karuk natives, Mt Shasta is known as Úytaahkoo or ‘White Mountain’. It is an active volcano located at the southern tip of the Cascade...

They are Everywhere

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Whether we believe in aliens or not, it is undeniable that the thought of other beings existing in places unknown to mankind yet is interesting...

Foreign Visitor in the Amazon!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Alien enthusiasts are always eager to find the latest alien discovery or encounters. Over the years, hundreds of media releases turn out to be hoaxes… It’s difficult to figure...

Spotted in a Sandstorm

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 21, 2011

I received an interesting email from Philip Yong, which shows some live CNN footage of a sandstorm also known as a “Haboob”. What’s interesting to note about this live...

A HUGE Collection of UFO Photographs from 1870 to 2011

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

  I was sent an email with a link to one of the most interesting websites on UFOs: UFOCasebook.com! This website contains A LOT of information in the form...

Top 10 Space Mysteries

by Tsem Rinpoche | Mar 9, 2011

In something as big as the universe, there are bound to be unexplainable phenomena... and things we truly can’t grasp. The universe shows us how small we really are...

Astronauts & Military Men Speak

by Tsem Rinpoche | Feb 16, 2011

There are 2 videos below that are of UFOs. These are probably 2 of the most convincing videos on UFOs so far. This is mostly because the presenters are...

They’re Sighted Everywhere

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jan 31, 2011

This YouTube video was forwarded to me by Shirley Tan. It is of a UFO sighting on the 18th of January in Moscow, Russia. The video was taken from...

Second UFO sighting baffles China & Malaysia

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 24, 2010

Another unidentified flying object (UFO) has been spotted hovering over a part in southwestern China’s Chongqing province after a similar sighting last week caused massive flight delays at a...

More UFO videos from China!!! Very Convincing!!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 29, 2010

You have to watch these neat videos. They are very convincing. I copy and pasted the information below just so you have more to go on and understand. Enjoy...

Unsolved Mysteries – UFO’s & Me…

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jun 14, 2010

Since I was very young, I was naturally drawn to phenomena that was not accepted by ‘mainstream’ public. That didn’t bother me. I was always the type of person...

Reincarnation Videos YOU MUST WATCH!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Apr 24, 2015

(28 Nov 2012) Dear friends, I wanted to share this videos with you for the longest time and happy I can do so now. Learn, ponder and enjoy. Reincarnation...

Pastor Chia on Wah Lai Toi!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Dec 29, 2012

Pastor Chia, a long time student of mine appeared on TV recently. He was interviewed by a Paranormal Program on Astro Wah Lai Toi. It is so exciting to...

Inhuman Entity caught on film

by Tsem Rinpoche | Aug 30, 2012

See this episode. It is very good. Very interesting! Look at 5:01 and see an inhuman entity caught on film. Very interesting how these beings can be caught on...

Bigfoot Proven?? Must Watch!!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 22, 2012

American Paranormal is a one year old series on the National Geographic channel. They kicked-off their new series in 2010 with a documentary on Bigfoot!! This documentary uses thorough...

The Mysterious Monsters – narrated by Peter Graves

by Tsem Rinpoche | May 22, 2012

Dear Everyone, Another favorite video of mine narrated by Peter Graves. He does a good job as he seems convinced in what he is narrating. I wish I can...

Foreign Visitor in the Amazon!!

by Tsem Rinpoche | Nov 14, 2011

Alien enthusiasts are always eager to find the latest alien discovery or encounters. Over the years, hundreds of media releases turn out to be hoaxes… It’s difficult to figure...

Ancient Aliens – Season 1 to Season 3

by Tsem Rinpoche | Sep 16, 2011

Ancient Aliens is a series that launched their first episode on 20 April 2010. The series proposes various evidence around the theory that sometime within the existence of human civilization,...

League of Gentlemen visit ‘haunted’ Gloucestershire pub

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 21, 2011

Below is an article that my student, Shirley Tan, sent me. It is about a popular group of British comedians who decided to brave potential scares in a haunted...

Who are the Freemasons?

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

The Freemasons are known to be very secretive and according to some people, almost cult-like. Cult is a very subjective word of course. Although I do not know much....

Are angels ancient aliens??

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

Many of us believe in angels. 70% of Americans, believe in the existence of angels… 55% of Americans believe in guardian angels. It is said that every day, one...

Ancient Aliens: The Return

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

“The Return” is the last episode of Season 1 of the Ancient Aliens series. In the 20th century there was evidence that we were still being visited by alien...

Ancient Aliens: The Mission (episode 4)

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

If we can make expeditions in search of resources to sustain our culture, wouldn't any other life form who needs resources to survive do the exact same thing by...

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