Author: R.COOK

Take a journey through the natural world as DM News looks at 3 interesting creatures. 0

3 Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of

3 Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of Are you an expert on the cryptid animal kingdom?  Everybody loves monster stories, but there’s no denying that our culture has elected certain “pop stars” when it comes to cryptids. Bigfoot, Nessie and the peace-sign-flashing Gray have become icons and ambassadors for the study of the unknown. However, if one looks deep enough, monsters have been mentioned throughout much of recorded history. If the Dark Matter News team has learned one thing,  it’s that obscure creatures often have the most interesting stories. Several illuminated texts feature illustrations of the strange “Sciopod” reclining on it’s back, it’s...

Muti is the traditional medicinal practice in Southern Africa, but are some cures worse than the sickness? 0

Voodoo Village: South Africa

Voodoo Village: South Africa Would you eat an eyeball if it meant ‘success in life’?  In South Africa, those with a big wallet and a desire to strengthen their “personality” (i.e. to succeed in business, politics, etc.) can commission a traditional healer to concoct a very special brew for them. These healers, known as Inyanga, are practitioners of the South African traditional medicine known as “Muti.” Derived from the Zulu word for “tree,” Muti got it start when people began using tree bark to create ‘home cures’ for various ailments.  Some compare the practice to Voodoo because of its ‘spiritual’...

Haiti is rich in spiritual culture. 0

Voodoo Village: Haiti

Voodoo Village: Haiti The Dark Matter News Team is familiar with some weird drugs, but powdered pufferfish? Tetrodotoxin, a powerful neurotoxin derived from pufferfish, is the main ingredient in so-called ‘Haitian Zombie Powder.’ It’s said to put people into a stupor so powerful that Doctors have signed death certificates. Similar to the “Devil’s Breath” scam, the victim is secretly dosed with the powder and descends into a death-like trance. Once pronounced dead, the victim is buried. They’re later dug up by witchdoctors in the dark of night, to be spirited-away to rural plantations. If family members think their loved one...

The Practice of Voodoo in the South 0

Voodoo Village : Southern USA

Voodoo Village : Southern USA Has witchcraft sold out? Just like the ‘hipster’ who claimed they were into a particular band before anybody else had a chance to listen to them, many practitioners complain that the atmosphere surrounding American Voodoo has become decidedly commercial. Most web searches into the subject reveal an off-putting commercial veneer, mostly turning up high-priced “haunted tours” and the accompanying merchandise and souvenirs (at prices more shocking than any supernatural revelation). The collective fear in the practice undoubtedly arose from it’s mysterious nature; American Voodoo was scary because it was on the periphery. Originally brought to...

2

Man Eaters of the Himalayas

Man Eaters of the Himalayas Would you expect a fuzzy kitty to have a body count greater than the likes of Freddy, Jason and Leatherface combined? The infamous “Panar Leopard” is one of several big cats throughout history who made bloody names for themselves by picking off Hindu pilgrims traveling the winding, isolated roads of the Himalayas. During attacks, the leopards lunge for the throat or nape of the neck, aiming to sever as many veins as possible. Hominid skeletons found in Africa and dating back to millions of years ago are said to show puncture marks from leopard teeth....