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The Black Stone of Mecca

The Black Stone of Mecca

The Black Stone of Mecca, also known as “Hijre Aswad” in Arabic, is an object of reverence for Muslims according to Islamic tradition. It is said to have dated back since the time of Adam and Eve. The stone is considered to be a tektite or remnants of a meteorite. The Black Stone is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, the sacred stone building located in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the building that Muslims face towards when they pray. Stone FeaturesThe Black S…

Mount Sleza

Mount Sleza is a mountain located among the Sudetes mountain range in Lower Silesia in southwestern Poland. It is a mountain made mostly of granite. Standing 718 meters high, Mount Sleza is covered with forests as well as a lot of stories mired with mystery. Sacred MountainThe stories behind Mount Sleza may have been brought about by ancient heathen tribes who once lived there and considered it to be a sacred place. It has been said through stories that the Sudetes mountain range was formed when…

What Are Urban Legends?

An urban legend is a form of modern folklore that are composed of made up stories being circulated by people, having thought of them as factual. Urban legends are in fact usually made up stories that more and more people come to believe as fact due to its increasing spread by word of mouth. But it turns out that urban legends are actually false. But urban legends are not necessarily false in all totality. Some of the urban legends can be based on some facts that can become distorted as they lege…

Uncovering Area 51

Uncovering Area 51

Area 51 is a highly secretive military installation that has been shrouded in mystery for many years. When other people believe that such an installation doesn’t exist, there actually is a military base going by the nickname “Area 51”. This military installation is located on the southern shore of Groom Lake in Nevada. It is considered to be one of the most secretive places in the world. Basic InformationDue to the highly secretive nature of Area 51, not many people, especially from the public, …

The Legend of El Dorado

The Legend of El Dorado

El Dorado is perhaps one of the most widely known of mystical places that has captured the imaginations of many people through the years. This legendary city has fascinated quite a lot of explorers who have spend their lives trying to find this so-called “City of Gold ” The first story about El Dorado was heard by the Spanish conquistadors from the Muiscas in Colombia. The story was about a ritual made by the king or chief priest of Muisca on a nearby Lake Guatavita. Legend has it that the Zipa,…

The Origins of Halloween

The Origins of Halloween

All over the world there are many different holidays the occur during the end of October. The most common is the holiday that is now known as Halloween.The origins of the holiday that has come to be known as Halloween start with the ancient Celtic culture that existed over 2,000 years ago in the region that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. Celts celebrated the new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of a cold dark winter, a time …

Halloween – Jack O' Lanterns Origin

Halloween - Jack O' Lanterns Origin

Jack O’Lanterns come from Irish folklore. As the story goes, there was once a trickster named Jack. One day he tricked the Devil into climbing up a tree to pick some fruit. While the Devil was in the tree, Jack carved a symbol of the cross into the bark, and the Devil could not come down. Jack made the Devil promise to not temp him or take his soul when he died before he would let the Devil down (because the Devil always keeps his promises).Eventually, Jack died, but God wouldn’t allow the soul …