9 medieval curses that scared book thieves
The threat to go to the gallows may seem unnecessarily harsh for stealing a book, but this is just one example of a long-standing tradition of book curses. Before the…

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See with your skin: the unsolved phenomenon of the Soviet psychic Rosa Kuleshova
"Clairvoyance", "skin vision" or even "quackery". As soon as in the 1960-70s, the superpowers of the phenomenal girl Rosa Kuleshova were not called. Scientists and doctors have struggled to figure…

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Except Rasputin: Holy Fools, mystics and charlatans in the entourage of Nicholas II
The symbol of the moral degradation of power under the last Russian Emperor was the elder Grigory Rasputin. The uncritical confidence of the Royal family in the scandalous visionary caused…

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10 unverified claims of the eccentric mystic and the most famous marginalist of the XX century Aleister Crowley

Someone calls Aleister Crowley a philosopher and occultist, someone a great black magician, a follower of Edgar PoE and a predecessor of Burroughs. But the fact remains that without this man, the counterculture of the twentieth century would have lost its most original features-dedication and marginality. After himself, he left ambiguous literary works – from a guide to magic to extreme erotic novels, as well as many myths and legends that cover his person. In our review, there are 10 statements by Crowley that cannot be proved or disproved today

During world war II, Crowley was friends with the spy Ian Fleming, author of the James bond novels. Some said that Crowley himself was a spy, while others claim that he was conducting propaganda to persuade the Americans to join the war on the side of the British. Continue reading

The bride's corpse: the mystical story of the La Pascualita mannequin
The "great and terrible" Belgian Maestro Jan Fabre won fame with provocative paintings, sculptures, installations and art performances. His work is so shocking that the degree of strangeness can compete…

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Guardian angel
This happened at the end of November 2004. Then I just got a passport, and my friends and I were going to celebrate the New year in "warm lands". The…

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Two brides for one groom: the Mystery of the picturesque plot of the mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine
Among the works of masters of the Renaissance and later periods of the history of painting, there are often those that depict the "mystical betrothal of Saint Catherine". At the…

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Autumn sketches, or fortune-Telling on coffee grounds
On a typical October evening, I was rushing to the store to restock my groceries. Hesitating at the newly opened tea and coffee Department, I caught the thought: "I'll Come…

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