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I've been a member of this community for a while but wanted to take the opportunity to invite you all to our forum. (I hope it's okay that I post this here!) Feral Six is a place for individuals who identify as Otherkin, Vampire, Open Minded Pagan folk and those who study Metaphysics.

We're a tight knit little community of souls who are drawn together by our extraordinary existences. Discussions range from what it is to be who we are, magick, random nonsense to complete mayhem! Overall, we have fun in a safe and warm environment.

We'd love to welcome you.

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February 8th, 2011


St. Michan's Church Crypt, Dublin, Ireland
legendary inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula

Vampires

A creature of lore, legend, folktale, and myth that is believed to be an undead human (human brought back from the dead) that either feeds on the blood or life force of living humans in order to survive. There is much controversy in the folkloric record on whether vampires either drank blood or just fed off the life energy of others. Some believe that "blood" is the best representation of "life essence" and is therefore what vampires need to survive. Vampires are mentioned and recorded in numerous cultures around the world, described in history as old as man him/herself. Older parallels of similar creatures in legend, such as the Old Russian "????? (Upir')" seem to date much earlier at 1047 C.E. mentioned in a colophon in a manuscript of the Book of Psalms written by a priest who transcribed the book from Glagolitic to Cyrillic for the Novgorodian Prince Volodymyr Yaroslavovych calling him "Upir" Likhyi which translates to "Wicked or Foul Vampire". Local and associated Pagan mythology suggests there was Pagan worship from the 11-13th centuries of "upyri". There is mention of similar creatures throughout history in Greek mythology, Mesopotamian lore, Hebrew records, and Roman stories placing demons and spirits who fed on the life force of humans perhaps being the earliest vampires. Numerous world mythologies described demonic entities or Deities who drank blood of humans including Sekhmet, Lilith, and Kali. The Persians were the first to describe having blood drinking demons. Greek/Roman mythology spoke of the Empusae, the Lamia, the striges, the Gello, the strix, and the Goddess Hecate as demonic blood drinkers.

The documented case of Elizabeth Bathory who killed over 600 of her servants and bathed in their blood led to the reputation of her being a vampire. Same as with Vlad the Impaler of Count Dracula mythology of Transylvania who would impale his victims alive on upright stakes and would eat dinner while watching them suffer and slide down the poles in shrieks of torment. The Istrian (Croatia) 1672 legend of Giure Grando, a peasant who died in 1656, but was believed to have risen from the grave to drink the blood of the villagers and sexually harass his widow became a vampire-like legend. He was stopped by having a stake driven through his heart and then beheaded by the local village leader. Shortly after this legend, during the 18th century, a frenzy of vampire sighting in Eastern Europe went rampant including some notorious vampire hunting in Prussia (1721), Habsburg Monarchy (1725-1734), and the tales of Peter Logojowitz and Arnold Paole in Serbia.

Arnold Paole was a soldier who was attacked by a vampire. A few years later he became a farmer that died during harvest of his hay crop. He was buried and believed by the local villagers to be rising from the grave feeding off of them. The documented case of Plogojowitz, of a man who died at 62 only to return from the grave asking his son for food. Upon being turned down, the son was found dead the next day. Plogojowitz apparently had killed him as well as various neighbours by draining their blood. The Serbian tale of Sava Savanovic told of a man who lived in a local watermill that would kill the millers and drink their blood. This tale led to the creation of the 1973 Serbian horror film called "Leptirica".

The term itself as "vampire" however was not utilized until the early 18th century during a time when vampire hysteria was rampant. The first use of the term "Vampire" came from a 1734 travelogue titled "Travels of Three English Gentlemen" published in the 1745 Harleian Miscellany according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The English term "Vampire" may have come from the french term "Vampyre" or the German term "Vampir". These terms may have derived into the Serbian "??????/vampir". During the early 18th century tales of vampires throughout Eastern Europe became rampant. Vampires were often associated as revenants of evil beings, suicide vicims, or witches; or from malevolent spirits possessing a corpse or being bitten by a vampire. It was during this time that the hysteria caused individuals, families, and communities to dig up the graves of suspected vampires and them mutilating the corpses, staking them, or conducting rites of exorcism. In 1718, after Austria gained control of northern Serbia and Oltenia, officials recorded local practices of exhuming bodies and "killing the undead". Official recording of these practices from 1725 to 1732 led to widespread publicity of vampires. It was from this that led to many of the original vampire myths we have today that described vampires as either being in the form of a human, as a resurreced rotting corpse, or a demon-like creature roaming at night. Much of the hysteria was similar to the Witch Craze of the Inquisition. Neighbours would accuse the recently deceased for diseases, deaths, plagues, and tragedies that cursed the local village. Scholars at the time were steadfast that Vampires did not exist attributing the incidents to premature burials, rabies, or religion. However, the well-respected theologian and scholar Dom Augustine Calmet composed a 1746 treatise with reports claiming vampires did indeed exist. This was supported by Voltaire who claimed vampires were corpses who went out of their graves at night to suck the blood of the living, either at their throats or stomaches, after which they would return to the cemetery. This would lead the victim to wane, pale, and fall into consumption while the vampire would bloat, become fat, rosy, and become rejuvenated. They were disputed by Gerard van Swieten and the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria who passed laws prohibiting exhumation and desecration of bodies ending the vampire epidemics in Austria.

The "18th Century Vampire Controversy" or "Hysteria" gave birth to many fabricated myths and legends that lent stories about blood suckers evolving to the image we imagine of today when we think of "vampire". Many of these images today come from writers, authors, and film. John Polidori's 1819 novella "The Vampyre", Bram Stoker's 1897 novel "Dracula", and the film "Nosferatu" are the main culprits for much of today's image of a vampire, especially the pointed teeth, the sleeping in daylight, the drinking of blood, and sensitivity to sunlight. Stoker based much of his imagery and lore from former mythology of demons, faeries, and werewolves that he fit into the fears of late Victorian patriarchy. His book gave birth to a trend of vampire fandom that has lasted for over 100 years and still flourishing.

From Europe the vampire craze spread to parts of New England in the Americas, particularly Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut. Paranoia and hysteria went rampant in the same manner as Eastern Europe's 18th century Vampire Controversy. Documentation of cases with families accusing vampirism being the cause of the plague of consumption that devastated their communities. Families would dig up their dead to remove the hearts of suspected vampires. A very popular documented case was of the 1892 Rhode Island incident of Mercy Brown who died at age 19 of consumption, believed to be a vampire returning from the grave and feeding on her family and neighbours, was dug up by her father, had her heart cut out and burnt to ashes, only to be fed to her dying brother in attempts to save him from the rotting disease.


St. Michan's Church Crypt, Dublin, Ireland
legendary inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula

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January 28th, 2011





Colorado Faerie Festival

* August 7, 2010 * Vermijo Park * Colorado Springs, Colorado * http://coloradofaeriefestival.com/ *

More or less a market rather than a festival ... this gathering of vendors, costumed faerie folk, Renaissance faire enthusiasts, and wandering-bystanders came together in Vermijo Park in downtown Old Colorado City - a suburb area of Colorado Springs. It was the first event of its kind to hit Colorado Springs as it was focused to cash in on the faerie craze across the country. While poorly attended and not very advertised, it still drew a curious all ages. In its beginnings, it had a decent amount of vendors show and set up with an assortment of fine goods, crafts, and art. Several food vendors set up in the parking lot. Parking was a little difficult towards the late afternoon. As not much entertainment was scheduled outside of the vendors, the band "Radio London" played the ballfield diamond. As the event was billed for 10 am to 6 pm - afternoon winds and threatening rain storms dispersed the remaining crowds mid-afternoon. There were some great costumes. Sue of the Vermijo garden welcomed attendees into the garden for a nice tour and painting of rocks for the garden spirits. Overall it was a fun day. The event was free for the public and had pricey booth spaces for the vendors. Granted I might be biased as I've travelled around the world to many extroadinary faerie festivals, but this was not one of them. Rating: 1 star out of 5. Maybe 2011's will be better.


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January 23rd, 2011

Niamh

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Niamh

"Niamh of the lovely hair" was the daughter of the Irish Sea God, Manannon Mac Lir. She was the Queen of the Tir na n-Og, the mythological race of Faeries who lived in the Land of the Eternal Youth. She would ride on her Faerie steed "Embarr" across the waves to the West Coast of Ireland quite often. On one of these trips, she met members of the warrior group known as the Fianna. One of the warriors, a bard named Oisin, she came to have a liking for. He fell for her with love at first sight. She quickly took him on her horse with her back to Tir na n-Og. She was most notorious for having been the Faerie princess who lured off the great Bard Oisin to Faerieland where they were married and she had hoped he would have been fine residing at in the Land of the Eternal Youth. After three years in Faerie, He grew weary and tired, missing his family, and asked to return to his land to see them. She set him off on the same white magical steed that she brought him to the land of Faerie on, the horse "Embarr" (means "Imagination") and warned for him not to step foot off his horse when he returns to the human world. He discovered three years in Faerie was three hundred years in Human. He accidentally fell off Embarr when he was trying to help some farmers move a big stone, and Embarr ran home, across the waves. Poor Oisin immediately became a blind old man to wander Ireland searching for his family and his Niamh. He could never find the entrance to Tir na n-Og again. Niamh waited and waited for him, but Oisin never returned. She had become pregnant with his daughter, Plur na mBan, a beautiful Faerie princess known as "The Flower of the Lady". After many years, Niamh went back to the mortal world to search Ireland high and low for her sweet Oisin. She was too late, Oisin had died and disappeared forever. His tomb somewhere up in Northern Ireland near the Giant's Causeway. During her wanders searching for Oisin, she met the Faeries of Brittany who invited her to join them. She didn't, but rather sent them a magical moving picture of herself. This upset the Brittany Faeries who placed her in a deep wood where she wandered for a long time with a light on her forehead eternally lost. After she discovered her escape, she experienced great disappointment and anger with the Brittany Fae, and returned to Tir na n-Og, presumably casting a magic spell that took all of the Brittany's faerie children with her in revenge.

January 19th, 2011




Faerieworlds 2010

* Friday, 30 July 2010 - Sunday, 1 August 2010 * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon * www.Faerieworlds.com *

Every year the portals between the worlds of mortals and faeries open in Eugene, Oregon. For these last two years, this magical space has manifested itself at the Buford Recreation Park in the Mount Pisgah Arboretum just south of Eugene, Oregon. Every year, Faerieworlds becomes more and more spectacular - and this year was none-other. Faerieworlds has become re-designed with an inner circle of camping consisting of over 300 camp sites on its eastern end with night-time activities going from dusk and beyond to dawn's sparkling lights. Every year, more and more mortals and faeries come together to dance, celebrate life, frolick, play, dress-up, make music, art, and tell stories. A health-conscious food court awaits those hungry souls for culinary delights; hundreds of artisans and merchants brandishing their wares for the shopper's pleasure, and costumery, face painting, books, authors, and artistry awaits those intrigued by written and artistic beauty with ability to meet the world reknown faerie artists such as Brian and Wendy Froud and Amy Brown. Mesmerizing music from Faun, Woodland, Delhi 2 Dublin, Tricky Pixie, David Helfand, Brother, Man Overboard, Gypsy Nomads, Talesma, Tyler Fortier, Taarka, Stellamara, Mingushki, Marcus Fire, Ghillie Dhu, Vixy and Tony, High Priestess, Madrona, and SJ Tucker amongst others. A new addition of a sacred Celtic standing stone circle and a wishing tree to enchant wandering souls in Faerieland. More recycling and conscious attention to healing of the Earth. Fires for music jam sessions, spinning, and storytelling in the evenings; a dome with DJ's and dance parties. Aerial arts, hullahooping, fire spinning, and belly dancing. Lots of activities for the kids and adults alike. Swimming and cooling off with the selchies and mer-people in the Willamette River and hiking trails full of woodland creatures and winged pixies. As always, Faerieworlds never disappoints and was a spectacular whirlwind of fun and otherworldly pleasure. Still hands down the best Faerie festival I've had the pleasure of attending. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Faerieworlds: Day 1 - Good Faeries Day





Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries

Faerieworlds Day 3: Family Faerie Day

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Faun @ Faerieworlds 2010, Day 2 & Finale
* Faerieworlds 2010 * Sunday, 1 August 2010 * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *

The pleasure of the German band "Faun" taking the afternoon stage for the final day of Faerieworlds 2010. The weather was perfect, sunny, and warm - the green was littered with faeries old and young, dancing and frolicking to the mystical tunes of Faun. As would expect, Faun was fantastical and enchanting. The audience was ecstatic. Good times were had by all. As we reviewed previously: Faerieworlds 7/31/10; Faerieworlds 8/2/09; Faerieworlds 8/1/09; and Unplugged 2009 (Worms, Germany); Faun consists of Oliver Sa Tyr who does vocals, bosouki, nyckelharpa, celtic harp, and the jews harp; Sandra Elflein who also does vocals, and plays violin; Fiona Rüggeberg also one of the important vocals, blended with her recorders, whistles, bagpipes, and seljefloit; Rüdiger Maul the percussionist brings in the tar, riq, davul, panriqello, darabukka, timba, gaxixi and many other percussion instruments; while Niel Mitra as the only electronic instrument player spices the stage up with his sequencer, sampler, synthesizer, FL Studio, Buzz, Logic Audio, tascam us 224, boss dr 202, Korg Alpha, granular synthesis, folder synthesis, feedbacks, and sounds he has taken from nature and everyday life. Definitely a different experience under the sunlight vs. the darkness of the night making a completely otherworldly tale. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


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Faerieworlds 2010: Day 3 - Family Faerie Day

* Faerieworlds 2010 * Mt. Pisgah Arboretum * Eugene, Oregon * Sunday, August 1st, 2010 *

The third and final day to the annual escape to Faerieworlds. The Final day is traditionally dedicated to children and families. Its a great day to see the children in their final costumery and fantastical outfits. The warm sun and clear skies, merriment on the dancing green, frolicking in the stone circle, final wishes being made at the wishing tree. Last minute shopping, greetings and farewells of friends, hula hooping, music, bubble blowing, and summer fun. On the Neverworlds stage beginning at 3 pm was Madrona, SJ Tucker, and the Gypsy Nomads. On the Main Stage beginning around noon was Tyler Fortier, Taarka, Faun, Woodland, and Stellamara. Unfortunately since we drove from Colorado and had a 23 hour drive home to get back to work in time on tuesday morning, we had to leave right after Faun exited stage. But from friends that stayed, was told of fantastical times that remained. Thank you Faerieworlds! Hope to see you again next year! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.





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January 17th, 2011





Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries

* Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Faerieworlds 2010 * Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, Oregon *

Bad Faeries Day is traditionally one of the most happening days at Faerieworlds. It is the day when the fae let go and welcome the mischief, the naughty, the friskyness, and fully enjoy the party. A time of shadows, of mystery, of hidden things. Occuring on the second day of the festival, its also the time when the party peaks, friends have re-acquainted, new friends made, and everyone is settled into camp - unlike Day 1 when everyone is tired from setting up camp or a weary road trip, or day three when they are packing up and preparing to return to the mortal realm. Bad Faeries Day is the day to let loose. Now with Faerieworlds having 24 hour activities onwards even through the wee-hours of the night, it is the time to completely unwind, celebrate, and frolick. My personal experience with this day was filled with photo shoots in the woods, swimming naked in the river, frolicking in the fields, dancing non-stop to the most excellent tunes of Man Overboard, Gypsy Nomads, Talesma, Delhi 2 Dublin, Faun, and a dark Bad Faeries Night Ritual: "When Darkness Falls", more Tricky Pixie rocking us into the week hours of the night, and acrobatics, fire spinning, poi, and performance art. Fire side music jam sessions, partyings, and festive campfire enjoyment. This Bad Faeries Day was the best ever. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.



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January 13th, 2011





Faerieworlds: Day 1 - Good Faeries Day

Friday, 30 July 2010

Faerieworlds 2010 pilgrimmaged back to the Buford Recreation Park at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum once again this year with a spectacular opening day on Friday with Good Faeries Day. Now with evening entertainment and camps all night long as they re-designed their main event site as an inner circle with over 300 camping sites on its eastern end and more camping 10 minutes hike away. This year was their biggest Faerieworlds yet. Beautiful additions from Woodland's summer journey to England were incorporated including a sacred standing stone circle and a wishing tree. Chill out and hangout areas abound, a healthy food court, more recycling and trash areas, campfire pits with fires at night, and of course the cool relaxing river escape. Entertainment went from 2 pm until midnight. Friday saw Tricky Pixie at 3 pm, A mesmerizing opening ritual and welcoming ceremony revealing the stone circle, then 5 pm David Helfand and the Mystic Ensemble brought joy to the stage, Wendy Rule enchanted the audience at 6:30 pm, and Brother rocked the world at 8 pm, followed by the enchanting mesmerization of Woodland until the witching hour. On The Neverworlds stage Mingushki took off at 2:30, with Marcus Fire at 5:45, and Ghillie Dhu at 7:15. I did get a chance to see Tricky Pixie, Brother, and Woodland - What amazing bands and a dance exhaustion day. Always good to be in Faerieworlds, seeing friends, family, and clan; eating the forbidden fruit of the fae that keeps you in Faerieland, spinning around in circles with pixies and sprites, soaking with mermaids and selchies in the cool refreshing river, and hearing chilling tales from trolls and gnomes by the fire's light. Good Faeries Day was everso mystical and a blessing. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Faerieworlds: The Experience from Unreal Classy on Vimeo.



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Faerieworlds Day 2: Bad Faeries Night Ritual: "When Darkness Falls"

* Lucretia of Serpentine; Kelly Miller-Lopez of Woodland; Connor Fenix Cobbledick of Kirkos * Saturday, 31 July 2010 * Midnight * Faerieworlds 2010 *

After a stunning performance by Faun, as the witching hour arrived, "as Darkness fell" for the mischievious bad faeries to do their biddings & fun - Kelly Miller-Lopez accompanied by members of Woodland and Faun came on stage for a musical and poetic invocation. Before the stage, corded off for safety, the exotic and mysterious Lucretia of the dance troupe Serpentine brought out her fire flamed fingers for tribal belly dance and fire play. The fire breathing Connor Fenix Cobbledick of the Kirkos fire troupe danced and pranced in playful prose with her. The magic was woven.


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Faerieworlds Night Ritual: When Darkness Falls




A musical and poetic invocation spoken by Kelly Miller-Lopez, with music by performed by members of Woodland and Faun. The dance features Lucretia of the dance and fire troupe Serpentine, with fire breathing by Connor Fenix Cobbledick of Kirkos fire troupe. Poetry and music written by Emilio Miller-Lopez of Woodland.


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