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Since ancient times, there has been much fascination with bird-like creatures because of their ability to fly and their freedom to go where mere mortals cannot, at least until the advent of modern technology. Their mystery and seasonal disappearances also add to their allure. It is no wonder then that the Firebird continues to be an enigma to many mythology and folklore enthusiasts. In fact, many are divided as to the actual nature of the Firebird. Some reference it interchangeably with the Phoenix whilst others maintain the Firebird as being distinct from the Phoenix. This article will focus more on the latter theory.

There are two recorded sources that refer to the Firebird as a mystical being of its own standing. One is from the records of Russian or Slavic folklore while the other is found in the narratives of Native American tribes. Of the two, more exposure is given to the Firebird of Russian/Slavic origin.

 

The Firebird in Russian/Slavic Mythology

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Artist’s impression of the mystical Firebird based on Slavic/Russian folklore

According to Russian or Slavic folklore, the Firebird is the bringer of either blessings or doom to those who encounter it. Records differ as to the appearance of the Firebird. It has been described as a very rare and beautiful bird whose plumage glows red, orange and yellow like the flames of a flickering fire. Some have described the Firebird as a gigantic and magnificent hawk whose wings appear to be made of flame whilst others say the Firebird is smaller than a peacock, with a crest, tail feathers and fiery glowing eyes. However, all tend to agree that the Firebird’s feathers continue to glow and shimmer with brilliant colour even when removed from its body. It is even said that one feather is brilliant enough to light a large room.

As tales of the Firebird were primarily told orally, quite a few versions abound but such stories usually follow the classical scheme of a fairy tale. The following are some of the more popular folktales relating to the mythical Firebird.

 

Prince Ivan, the Firebird, and the Grey Wolf

In this tale, the Firebird was a highly-desired prize to be captured more for its habit of stealing golden apples from a king’s garden rather than for its mythical properties i.e., its magical feathers were more of a bonus! Considering that the golden apples gave youth as well as strength to all who ate them, the king was naturally upset when he discovered the Firebird’s thieving ways and ordered his sons to capture the Firebird.

The youngest prince, Prince Ivan, decided to embark on a quest to bring the Firebird culprit to the king after his two elder brothers had failed to capture the elusive creature. Along the way, he met a mystical grey wolf which provided Prince Ivan with much support and helpful advice throughout the journey. Not only was the grey wolf instrumental in Prince Ivan’s success in tackling the numerous dangers and obstacles along the way, it was also responsible for bringing Prince Ivan back to life after he was brutally murdered by his two jealous elder brothers. They had intercepted him before he could present to the king his prize of the Firebird, his treasures accumulated from his heroic quest and his beautiful bride-to-be.

The grey wolf revived Prince Ivan in the nick of time, who went on to expose the heinous crimes of the other princes, ensuring that they were dealt proper punishments. Prince Ivan then rescued his bride and succeeded his father’s throne to the kingdom.

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A painting depicting the folktale of Prince Ivan, the Firebird, and the Grey Wolf

 

Prince Ivan and the Firebird

This is a variation of the aforementioned tale with a few differing elements.

The tale takes place in an enchanted garden that Prince Ivan stumbled upon during one of his hunting expeditions. Having caught sight of a mesmerising bird with dazzling plumage plucking a golden fruit from a silver tree, Prince Ivan utilised his hunting skills and successfully captured it. The Firebird pled for mercy and for its freedom and eventually convinced Prince Ivan to release it. In gratitude, the Firebird gave Prince Ivan a magic feather.

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Ivan Bilibin’s illustration of a Russian fairy tale about the Firebird, 1899

In the same enchanted garden, Prince Ivan subsequently encountered thirteen enchanted princesses who came to dance and play with the golden apples. Upon revealing himself to the princesses, Prince Ivan discovered that the princesses were actually prisoners of an evil sorcerer, Kastchei. They were usually locked in a nearby castle only to be released to the enchanted garden during a certain time of the day. The princesses also warned him that Kastchei would turn any captive travellers into stone and advised him to leave immediately before he was discovered. However, cupid’s arrow had struck swiftly and Prince Ivan had fallen head over heels in love with one of the princesses, prompting him to heroically vow to save all of them from the evil sorcerer.

Thus, Prince Ivan boldly stormed the castle by himself and faced off with Kastchei and his goons. Kastchei tried to cast his evil spells on Prince Ivan, but as luck would have it, the prince was protected by the Firebird’s feather. Prince Ivan’s victory was then secured when the Firebird appeared suddenly to lend him a hand by bewitching Kastchei’s goons with its wild dancing. The goons were distracted long enough for Prince Ivan to locate and destroy a magical egg that contained Kastchei’s soul, thus killing him. The story ends with the liberation of the princesses upon Kastchei’s death and a happily ever after for the prince.

 

The Legend of Maryushka

This tale relates the origins of the Firebird, and suggests that this mythical creature was a mortal soul who was an unfortunate victim of evil sorcery.

In essence, it revolves around a modest and gentle orphan girl named Maryushka, who lived in a small village. Maryushka had exceptional embroidery skills and, as she could work with virtually any material, weaving coloured beads and soft silks into exquisite garments, people would come from all over to buy her pieces. Despite her incredible skills, she was always content with the money she received, however small.

One after another, merchants tried to persuade Maryushka to come away with them, promising her riches and glory. But she would always reject these offers, indicating her wish to never leave the village where she was born. The story of her talents spread far and wide, until one day it reached the ear of an evil sorcerer named Kastchei the Immortal, who was enraged to learn that a mere mortal could produce finer work than he himself could.

It is said that he took on the form of a handsome youth and flew over the deep oceans, the tall mountains and the impassable forests until he came to Maryushka’s cottage. He tried to tempt her by offering to make her Queen if she would exclusively only produce garments for him. He was, of course, rejected due to her resolve to never leave her village. Kaschei was so furious at her answer that he turned her into a Firebird declaring, “Because you are so loath to leave your kindred, a bird you shall be, and no more a maiden fair.”

He then turned himself into a great black falcon and picked her up in his talons to steal her away from her village. In her resolve to never leave the village, she shed her brilliant plumage onto the land below as she was being snatched away. Feather after feather floated down on the meadow and forest. As the feathers fell, Maryushka’s strength ebbed. When the last of her feathers were shed, she died while still in the form of a Firebird in the black falcon’s talons. Her rainbow feathers continued to live on and their glow remained undimmed. However, they would only be visible to those who genuinely loved beauty and sought to create beauty for others.

 

The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa

In this tale, the Firebird plays a supporting role serving only as a prized possession. It starts off with a king’s archer who chanced upon the Firebird’s magnificent feather during one of his hunts. He was warned by his horse not to touch it, as bad things would happen. Blinded by greed, the archer ignored the advice and took it back to be presented to the king in hopes of high praise and rewards.

To his dismay, upon presenting the single feather to the king, instead of praise or rewards the king decreed for the archer to bring him the entire Firebird, failing which he would be put to death. Deeply remorseful, the archer wept to his horse. Taking pity on the archer, the horse taught the archer to put corn in the fields in order to lure and capture the Firebird. The Firebird fell for the trick and was captured by the archer who swiftly presented it to the king in order to avoid death.

The king spared the archer’s life only to issue another onerous task, where death again awaited in the event of failure. The archer was ordered to bring Princess Vasilisa, a renowned beauty with very high demands, to him so the king could marry her.

Left with no choice, the archer ventured to the kingdom of the princess, cunningly drugged her with wine and brought her back to the king. The king was pleased and rewarded the archer accordingly. The relief of the archer was short lived however, when the king summoned him once again to fulfil a seemingly impossible task set by Princess Vasilisa. The situation arose because when the princess awoke from her drunken stupor, she wept uncontrollably causing the king much distress. He said that he would agree to any of her demands as long as she would become his queen. The princess insisted that if she was to be married, she wanted her wedding dress which was kept under a rock in the middle of the Blue Sea. Once again, the archer lamented to his horse who gave him the correct solution and the archer successfully brought the dress to the princess.

However, the princess reneged on her word and stubbornly refused to marry the king. She further demanded that the archer be dipped in boiling water. Unfortunately for the archer, the king opted to sacrifice him to satisfy the princess. The archer begged to see his horse one last time before he was to be boiled and the horse cast a spell on the archer to protect him from the scalding water. As a result, not only did the archer survive the hot water dipping, he came out more handsome than anyone had ever seen. Upon seeing this, the king jumped into the boiling water as well but was instead boiled alive. The archer was then chosen to be king. He married the princess and they lived happily ever after.

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A painting depicting the tale of the Firebird and Princess Vasilisa

 

The Firebird in Native American Mythology

The Firebird is prominently featured in the folklore of the Indians of Puget Sound. With a name translated as “Pretty Bird” in English, it is portrayed as a magical, wise being with the ability to communicate in the human language. Pretty Bird is credited with bringing fire to the tribe.

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Artist’s impression of the mystical Firebird from Native American folklore

The Firebird is said to have appeared to the tribe at a time when they had no fire. Fire was in existence then but for reasons unexplained, the ability to have or procure fire eluded this particular tribe. Hence, the Indians of Puget Sound had to suffer cold nights and eat raw meat.

One day, during one of the tribe’s communal gatherings to partake of food together, the Firebird appeared. It hovered over the heads of the people and flew in circles around them. When they asked what the Firebird’s intentions were, the Firebird explained that it originated from a beautiful country far away and came bearing the blessings of heat but with one catch – the people had to earn it.

The Firebird indicated that the blessing of fire could only be given to one who is kind. It then instructed the people to prepare some pitch pine before its return the next day, when it would bestow fire on the deserving person.

When the Firebird returned the next day, it explained that, “Whoever puts pitch pine on my tail shall get the fire to warm himself by, and cook his meals on, and will be a blessing to the Children of Puget Sound forever.” It then flew close to the ground and people started chasing it but no one was able to catch the Firebird.

Finally, the Firebird flew toward a lodge where a poor woman was taking care of a sick old man. The woman seized the opportunity and called out to the Firebird to request for the fire as she was unable to leave her home to pursue it. In response to the Firebird’s question as to what good she had done, the woman honestly replied that she didn’t see herself as having done any particular good as her time had mostly been used to care for her sick father and look after her little children.

Touched by her humility and kindness, the Firebird declared her to be a kind woman who did her duty, thus doing good and allowed her to take the fire from its tail. The woman hastened joyfully to fetch some wood, and when she laid it on the Firebird’s tail, flames blazed up. Then all the other women of the tribe brought wood and got fire from her, and ever after they were able to cook food and warm themselves. As for the Firebird, it flew away and they never saw it again.

Folklore describes the Firebird as being very impressive in terms of size and presence with shining feathers, bright eyes like jewels and a long, waving tail with tongues of flame giving out rays like the sun. Unfortunately, the records are not clear as to the exact origins of the Firebird.

 

The Firebird in Modern Times

Apart from diehard believers who continue searching for the elusive Firebird, the influence of such mystical creatures in this day and age is, by and large, limited to art and cultural aesthetic purposes. In essence, the Firebird serves as an inspiration to many fairy and folktales, literary works and works of art.

To name but a few;

  • Composer Igor Stravinsky achieved early success with a large-scale ballet score inspired by Russian Firebird folklore. He composed his career defining work under commission from Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes L’Oiseau de feu, with choreography by the noted Russian Michel Fokine. It premiered with great success at the Paris Opera on June 25, 1910. Stravinsky continued with the working formula of using Firebird folktales as the inspiration for his composition of Petrushka, which was also well received by audiences. These two ballets were instrumental in spreading the awareness of Russia’s rich folk culture beyond its borders.
  • There are many books and writings that make reference to the Firebird or the Phoenix, such as the record-breaking Harry Potter series.
  • The use of Firebird imagery in fantasy-themed video games are common if not prevalent.
  • Even Disney jumped onto the Firebird bandwagon. In fact, one of the most terrifying images ever produced by Disney was the depiction of the Firebird as a bird made entirely out of fire, lava and burning destruction in Fantasia 2000. A nature spirit’s curiosity caused her to stumble upon the Firebird in a volcanic crater. Disturbed from its slumber, the menacing Firebird terrorised the nature spirit. The climax of the scene is when the Firebird towers over the nature spirit in all its artistic glory, diving head on to the nature spirit hiding up a tree before vanishing without a trace in front of its terrified eyes.
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Disney’s impression of the mystical Firebird in Fantasia 2000

 

Conclusion

Whether real or fictional, mythological creatures like the Firebird have captured and will continue to capture the imagination of many. There will inevitably also be cynics who dismiss it as a gimmick or myth. Regardless, examining such cryptic, bizarre and strange occurrences that surround our world serves not only to open up our perceptions but also trains us to be unbiased in our intake of information as there are just so many undiscovered and interesting phenomena out there to get us thinking.

 
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wan wai meng on Feb 2, 2017 at 3:35 am

Being close to a mythical and powerful creature, there is no certainty of the outcome, it could be good or it could be bad. Partly from the stories we have heard it is also dependent on our motivation on what we hope to achieve by associating with such a being. In modern times, we could draw parallels to our association with beings who wield power and authority, what is the motivation behind us associating with such beings.

Fong on Jan 25, 2017 at 11:52 pm

The phoenix that I am more familiar with in folk lore is a bit different, it being more from the deserts of the middle east. The key point is that the phoenix will lay a single egg every century or so and roost on a palm tree. When the egg is about to hatch the bird will go up in flames and vanish for the new phoenix to take over. The other lore is that the phoenix will go up in flames and a new phoenix will arise from the ashes. I always loved the part about the phoenix arising from the ashes as, to me, it symbolizes a triumph over adversity and coming out renewed and stronger.

The slavic versions are really interesting as it also gives power to the firebird. Here, the firebird aids the kind and righteous to triumph over evil.

Maybe I’m just enamored with the mythical and the romantic but I would like to believe that it exists as so many cultures has a firebird in their legends/myths.

Pastor Lim Han Nee on Jan 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm

The Mystical Firebird, whether it be a mythical or mystical being, will continue to capture the imagination.It is good to keep our minds open to such a phenomenon which has yet to be thoroughly explored, and not to be cynical and dismiss it as pure fiction and myth.Meanwhile, the stories related here are just so fascinating and rich for a mind that is enchanted by the romantic and the mystical.

The stories show us facets of the human mind, both good or evil, that are real.The mind of kindness and compassion, the mind of the gallant and brave who have a strong sense of duty, the mind of greed, the jealous mind, the mind with its great love for beauty. The stories do also have a moral undertone -evil will be vanquished in the end.

Yes these colourful stories of the Mystical Firebird will continue to endure as the mystique of the Firebird in all its glory, will continue to fascinate us.

CindyH on Jan 11, 2017 at 8:57 am

Interesting to note that there is two opposite school of thoughts when it comes to firebirds, namely one equates it to the phoenix, for example, Chinese folklores, whilst another deems it a separate creature on its own, as per the focus of the article. Prior to this article, I had always referred to firebird and phoenix interchangeably, not being aware of the other extent of the firebird.

It is also interesting to note that regardless of one’s belief in the existence of the firebird, each of the folklores highlighted above is infused life lessons or morality issues for contemplation. Such folktales are not only entertaining, they also seemingly exude moral messages.

Thank you for the opportunity to be exposed to such interesting aspect and stories in relation to firebird.

Stella Cheang on Jan 4, 2017 at 9:41 pm

The firebird is a more common creature in the Chinese folklore as far as I can remember but the one firebird in the western mystical world that left an impression is Fawkes, who is more of a phoenix (than firebird). He is the intelligent phoenix who is Albus Dumbledore’s animal companion and defender. I do enjoy reading this article that depicts the different roles by the firebird in different cultures, and that the mystical creature enriched traditional story telling. Thank you for this article.

Lew on Dec 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Firebird is always very common or popular in Chinese tradition and they are called 凤凰 or 火鸟. They are frequently mentioned in Chinese fantasy stories or 武侠小说. Like other traditions, they are mystical beings and probably nobody has seen them before. I am always fascinated by this creature, may be like it is mentioned in the article that it has the freedom to travel from one place to another.

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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, superstition, fear...

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,...

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....

Ancient Aliens: Closer Encounters

by Tsem Rinpoche | Jul 3, 2011

This episode of “Ancient Aliens – Closer Encounters” takes an interesting look at historical evidence of close encounters with Aliens and the changing references to them. The beginning of...

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...

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   An elongated skull found in Paracas   Paracas...

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 Japanese researchers will launch a project this year to resurrect the long-extinct mammoth by using cloning technology to bring the ancient...

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...

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...

The Hand

by Tsem Rinpoche | Oct 11, 2011

In early 90s, I shared a room with a monk in a house in Gadoh. At night, I would do my studies or do my readings usually while sitting...

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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