While most Christians agree that Jesus died on the cross at Calvary (Golgotha), Jerusalem, there are at least some, to be found in Northern Japan, who disagree. Believing instead that Jesus died in Japan.
The legend of how Jesus came to be buried in the small Japanese town known as ‘Shingo’, differs somewhat from anything that you might have read in the Bible. Telling of how Jesus did not die in Calvary, but that instead, one of his brothers took his place upon the cross, and that Jesus escaped across Siberia, to Japan – where he settled as a married man, and rice farmer, until the day he died there.
Should you visit Shingo (known locally as ‘Kirisuto no Sato’ – which translates to “Hometown of Christ”), a town in south-central Aomori Prefecture, east of Lake Towada, known for (if anything other than the Jesus legend) its garlic farms, and apple orchards, just a short way out of town, halfway up a mountainside, you’ll be able to pay homage to the son of a God, with offerings of five yen coins, at what locals believe to be the true grave of Jesus Christ – A relatively humble plot consisting of an earth mound surrounded by a white picket fence, topped off with a simple wooden cross.
In truth, with Japan’s population being primarily Buddhist, and with only around 1% of its population being Christians, the legend is not particularly widespread, or supported, even within Japan. One point of interest though, regarding the legend, is that with Jesus having said to have settled, and married in Shingo – is that Jesus’s offspring, and descendants, are still said to live in the area. Meaning that that nice portly gentleman serving you your apple ice-cream (should you be visiting the area) might just have a touch of the divine about him, being a messianic Japanese garlic farmer – and the son, of the son, of a son, of the son of God…
The question, ‘…do Ouija boards really work?’ is one asked often online. And it has to be said, that it’s a very difficult question to answer, or more to the point, it’s a very difficult thing to prove.
It won’t take you long to find heated debates online between skeptics and believers. With each fervently, and passionately fighting their corner. However, despite the massive number of experiences put forward by otherwise seemingly sane people claiming to have spoken to Demon, or the dead, via the Ouija board, no hard evidence has ever been presented. Skeptics can prove that the Ouija board doesn’t work for them. But believers have the horror-movie mechanism get-out-clause, that goes something along the lines of ‘the spirits know that you’re trying to record their antics, and won’t perform when being filmed, etc.’.
Based on the lack of evidence it would be easy to conclude that the Ouija board does not work. Has never worked. And will never work. Yet the main problem (for me at least), is the credibility of many of the tellers of these ‘stories’. Medical professionals, university lecturers, close family members… Any of these could be the one to, with nervous tears in eyes, recount their tale of horror, of the time they dared to dabble with the Devil’s oracle. Making the Ouija board either a social MEME of some kind able to infect even the highest echelons of human society. Or instead, something very, very real…
I could tell you that the Ouija board DOES work. But would you believe me? If I couldn’t back that statement up with proof… And if I could show you proof, would you accept it, or merely shrug it off as photo’shopping, or parlor trickery?
For most, and rightly so, (and we don’t necessarily recommend it), there will only ever be one way to answer the question: ‘Do Ouija Boards Really Work?’, for sure. And that is, of course, to try it for yourself, and witness what may, or may not happen, with your own two eyes…
The answer to the question, ‘Are Angel boards dangerous?’, in any context other than for their ability to potentially inflict a nasty paper-cut, is a surprisingly complex one – more so in many ways, than the answer to the question, ‘are Ouija boards dangerous?’
Angel boards are (in this Angelic form) a far more recent invention than the traditional Ouija board, or witch board. And with the imagery that adorns Angel boards being far more palatable to those who might otherwise shy away from the darker magicks of the traditional Ouija board, the Angel aboard not only appeals to a different ‘market’, it also promises a very different experience from the Ouija, a promise, that many believe it may not be able to deliver upon.
Talking with Angels sounds very nice, and as with Angel Tarot and the like, holds a certain appeal, and for many is certainly a more attractive idea than the thought of conversing with Demon, and other unholy entities often associated with Ouija board use. However, there are numerous texts within the bible, such as ‘Leviticus 19:26b NIV’, that instructs against practicing ‘divination or sorcery’. Galatians 5:19-21, lists witchcraft as being a ‘sin of the flesh’. And the book of Deuteronomy, explains that people should not attempt to find answers to the questions that only God should know, stating that those who seek such knowledge by the use of the supernatural, are ‘detestable to God’.
All of which, pretty much throws a spanner in the works with regards to Angel boards being a more religiously acceptable version of the Ouija board. Due to the fact that if God has forbidden the use of divination (using an Angel board counts as divination), you’re not likely to find any of Gods most dedicated servants hooking up on it for a chit-chat. Which leads us to the other possibility…
Having established that despite the imagery that adorns the box that your Angel board arrived in, it’s unlikely that’ll you’ll be receiving any messages from Heavenly Angels any time soon, there is another possibility, and one that is very much in keeping with the general ideology of the traditional Ouija board itself. It is a general belief among seasoned Ouija board users that the ‘entities’ contacted via the board, are often not those who they claim to be, and that the messages that you’re receiving from your ‘Great Aunt Edna’, may well more likely be from nefarious beings, engaged in trickery. So, if it isn’t Heavenly Angels that you’re able to make contact with via the Angel board, there is another kind… ‘Fallen Angels’ – otherwise known as Demon, up to, and including Satan himself. Engaged in the ultimate message board trickery, using the promise of a choir of heavenly Angels, to draw those who would otherwise go nowhere near a traditional Ouija board, into sin (rendering them ‘detestable to God’).
Of course, all of this hangs on your own personal religious, or spiritual beliefs. If you believe the Ouija board in its traditional form to be nothing more than a novelty, game, or parlor trickery, then the very same will hold true of the Angel board. However, should you count yourself among the many who believe Ouija boards to be something more, and to be something dangerous, whether based upon personal experience, or otherwise, presuming the Angel board to be a less dangerous option to the traditional Ouija, could well prove to be a risky assumption – for those who would not wish to make contact with, and/or to be influenced by, the malevolent unclean spirits of the pits of Hell.
You’ve probably reached this page because you’re already aware of the ‘Slender Man’, and have heard of him being referred to as ‘Der Grobmann’, a creature supposedly of Germanic folklore, upon which the Slender Man myth is said (by some) to be based, and wanted to find out a little more about it…
Unfortunately though, for such an intriguing tale, at the time of writing, there is very little solid information to be found online, to support the argument that Slender Man is based upon the Der Grobmann ‘folk tale’, or any evidence, for that matter, that such a Germanic fairy tale even existed, prior to the birth of the Slender Man MEME.
The Der Grobmann Hear-Say
As stated above no solid evidence (at time of writing) can be found online to support the existence of the Der Grobmann entity. Either within Germanic folklore, or beyond. However, there are numerous references, and discussions to be found online debating the existence of the Slender Man, and Der Grobmann in turn, from which we piece together to some degree, what it is, that Der Grobmann is said to be…
The Rough Man
Translating as ‘The Rough Man’, Der Grobmann is also referred to as ‘The Tall Man’, and ‘The Gross Man’. And is said to be a creature told of in Germanic fairy tales designed to scare children into behaving, and going to bed at a sensible hour. With the story told by parents being that Der Grobmann would knock on the windows of naughty children who stayed up too late, and with his long arms would then snatch the child away, never to be heard of again.
An Account of Der Grobmann
The only ‘real’ account I can find online (at time of writing) that paints itself as being an extract of Germanic folklore tells of Der Grobmann being a tall, disfigured man, with totally white spheres for eyes. Claiming Der Grobmann was a known to the ‘fairy mythology’ of sixteenth century Germany, was an entity who dwelt on the edges of Germany’s Black Forest, and was a being who persecuted malevolent children who entered the forests after dusk.
The same account speaks of an old journal entry from 1702 that tells of a child ‘Lars’ who had told his mother of seeing an ‘Angel’, before later being stolen away by Der Grobmann, much to Lar’s parents dismay.
Victor Surge and the Slender Man Theft
While there is strong evidence to suggest that Slender Man (in his now popular form at least) WAS the product of one Victor Surge. Dreamt up, and brought to life within the ‘Something Awful’ forums. Some claim still that Victor Surge drew heavily upon the legend of the Der Grobmann entity when ‘creating’ Slender Man. Suggesting that while the photos may be fakes, the story behind them is not, and is based upon a tale much less recent than the members of the Something Awful forums high-spirited attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.
With few to no references to be found online outside of Slender Man discussions, it appears that Der Grobmann is simply more smoke and mirrors, or as one YouTube user (perhaps) puts it best:
‘There is no corroborating or compelling evidence or even HINT that Slender Man is the “new name” for some old myth. There have been no correlations of any kind made by any actual historian or folklorist, or anyone else for that matter. This is complete confabulation by mischievous people wanting to invent their own legend.’
But, while the Der Grobmann extension on the Slender Man legend may be a dead-end in itself, the Slender Man mythos as a whole continues to burn brightly. Expanding, and evolving. And just perhaps, in one form, or another. Known by hundreds of different names the world over. The Slender Man even now, continues to stalk its prey.