Saturday, February 16, 2013

Gryphon legend

This week I am using the blog prompt sheets to center my blog posting on. The prompt question is how difficult has pop culture coverage of your monster made your research?
            I can say that by the name of my monster I have had a lot of mix things that come up in my research. Last week I posted about the griffin and how I found a really great website that I could actually use and take information from. I also have posted in the past a picture of a character from  the media show called "Family Guy". Because I am looking for information on the Griffin legendary bird it has been hard to find information at times because in pop culture this T.V. show shows up a lot quicker  when typed into the search engines. The word griffin today has taken on a multiple meanings as technology progresses.
            Griffin is also a technology device brand name. This happens frequently making me having to filter exactly what I am looking up to be very specific. I also have had the problem of when I type in Griffin the Chronicles of Narnia pops up automatically. This movie re-introduced the Griffin to people because of the signification it had. The Griffin  portrayal in this film I guess was accurate and reassured what I have learned about this monster so far. The hardest part is having to type in the correct wording to make sure that the  right information comes up that I can use
Pop culture on my monster has been at times beneficial in the accuracy of the portrayal of the griffin bird in appearance which Gods had as protectors. The pop culture also makes it difficult because when people think of griffin due to all the publicity of the T.V. show Family Guy it makes people not even aware of what a griffin is.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Black Dog

Last week I finally found some scholarly articles about Black Dogs.  None of them are especially recent, ranging from the 30's to the 70's.  The most valuable article was one entitled "The Black Dog", written by Theo Brown in the late 60's and published in the peer-reviewd journal Folklore.  I have found numerous resources that reference this exact article.  She organizes all of her own research, as well as other people's research, into three different categories of Black Dog.  She then recounts all of the sightings of these dogs that she had access to, as well as the particulars of the incidents.  She also includes some first-hand accounts.
The article is incredibly useful because of the organization.  There are many Black Dog sightings, but not all of them classify as Hellhound sightings, in my opinion.  In Lincolnshire, the Black Dog is harmless, and can even act as a protector.  Brown's article helps sort out the difference.
Aside from the information contained in the article itself, it is also useful in that it provides references that can be accessed.

More on Robert Rines

So this week I've been reading some of the materials I got from WWU's library, primarily Dennis Meredith's Search at Loch Ness and Tim Dinsdale's Loch Ness Monster. These two books are accounts of two different sets of expeditions to find the monster, the first in the 1960s and the second in the 1970s.
Dinsdales's account begins with his examination of another publication on the monster from the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau by Constance Whyte and his systematic analysis of all sightings of the monster before he actually begins looking, to decide what exactly he is looking for. After creating his "map", he goes to Loch Ness and begins his own investigation. I thought his conviction that the Surgeon's Photograph was undeniably real and not a hoax was telling of when the book was written, since the photograph was revealed as a hoax in 1975, more than a decade later.

In Meredith's book, Robert Rines' presentation of evidence to Parliament in 1975 is the focus, with the account of the proceedings interspersed with explanations of Rines' expeditions and use of new technology, most of which he either invented or pioneered the use of. One thing I thought was intriguing was Meredith's assertion that the reason that Rines and his colleagues weren't taken seriously by 'serious scientists' and the zoologists they presented the evidence to was that those people were afraid of being labelled as crackpots or otherwise damaging their reputations, and that the zoologists in particular were wary of all the different types of technology Rines used, including sonar and strobe lights underwater.

Monday, February 11, 2013

It has been difficult to find scholarly articles on the Loch Ness Monster. I think this is due mostly to the lack of information and proof relating tho the monster. All the stories are here-say and all the photo's are dark and blurry. The only thing that remains relatively solid is the consistent description of a large, long necked creature.

Library books

Over the weekend I went to the library and tracked down a book titled Strange monsters of the Pacific Northwest. It has a small passage describing the mermaid of old Kwakiutl legend:

"tribesmen spun tales of the pugwis, a 'man of the sea' or 'wild man of the undersea world,' variously described as an aquatic spirit in human form, a merbeing, or an ocean-going shape-shifter. Some legends describe the pugwis as benign, while others speak of killer whales that swallow canoes and transform their occupants into cetaceans. Their normal habitat was the Puget Sound."

I find it interesting that the Kwakiutl people only considered Killer whales to be mystical spirits. Why not any other whale? No sightings have ever been reported in modern times but some believe that whatever the creature was has moved up to British Columbia. There have been reports of a lizard man there. Mermaid sightings have been reported all over the world which makes me wonder if all those people could really be lying.

Post 5... I think Griffin

This week's posting on my cryptid the Griffin bird. I came across this great website called This website I thought to be great because of the class exercise on finding out if websites are legitimate. In class we discussed a little on what gives a website credibility. This website has some credible aspects about it which makes it great for research towards the griffin. I located it by typing it in Google search and typing in griffin bird mythology websites and clicking I believe the first link.
This website gives you the description on the Griffin this is something that I already know, but it provides clarity on the mythological creatures features. This website really informed me on what the griffin could actually be outside of what it is speculated to be. The website says that it could actually be just a large bird like a Moa or a Condor or even an extinct elephant bird of the Madagascar. Which is a new thing that I never knew was speculated which is great for my research paper.
This website also gives details on where it was sighted to have been seen at, typically in Europe. This website gives you a link at the bottom to use and look at  for more information on the Griffin. I clicked on that link to see what  was on it, the link took me to a griffin art gallery. This part was not very helpful though. I love this website though

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Fairies and Victorian Consciousness

I ordered the book "Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness" by Carole G. Silver through Summit. This book has been very helpful in pinpointing who has historically been the most outspoken about their belief in fairies or "little folk".

"By the 1880s such leading folklorist as Sabine Baring-Gould, Andrew Lang, Joseph Jacobs, and Sir John Rhys were examining oral testimony on the nature and the customs of the "little folk" and the historical and archaeological remains left by them." (pp. 33)

At the beginning of the 20th century, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Butler Yeats were among the many esteemed writers who believed in fairies and wrote about their findings (although Yeats is considered more of an "occultist" or "mystical" folklorist.)

This book seems like a goldmine and I will update soon with more findings!