The black and white illustration depicts Baphomet produced by Eliphas Levi Zahed. This deity was thought to be worshiped by warriors in the Knights Templar. There is little evidence to suggest that the Knights Templar actually believed in such a deity. It may have been made up to get certain individuals who fell out of […]Read more "Baphomet Illustration (1856)"
The illustration depicts what is known as blemmyes. The illustration appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle. These were mythical creatures so terrifying that they did not possess heads. These men had their facial features on their bodies. Blemmyes could either have their eyes on the chest or shoulders or their nose in the middle of the […]Read more "Blemmyes From The Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)"
The shukongojin is a Buddhist spirit that allows that acts a guardian. Looking at the intense expression on the face of the sculpture, the spirit seems to be formidable. This guardian spirit looks horrifying and vexed. The eyes glare intensely with the mouth wide open ready for an attack. What the spirit is holding could […]Read more "Shukongojin Sculpture ( 733)"
This is an engraving by famed printmaker and painter Albrecht Durer. The artwork depicts a witch riding a goat backwards. This was not the only work that Durer depicted witches. During this period in European history their was an obsession with the supernatural. Before the Age of Reason superstition and religious fanaticism dominated European political […]Read more "Witch Riding Backwards on a Goat by Albrecht Durer (1500)"
During the 1930s horror films in the United States became widely popular. Universal Pictures was the studio that became dominant in the genre and one its most iconic films was Frankenstein . Boris Karloff played the monster which would become one of his most recognizable roles. The film itself was based off a play version by […]Read more "Universal Pictures Frankenstein Trailer (1931)"
The Hortus Deliciarum was a illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages, which was an encyclopedia that included knowledge from Arab and classical text . The title in Latin translates to Garden of Delights. The Hortus Deliciarum was written and complied by Herrad of Landsberg a nun from Alsace,France. She most likely was the first woman […]Read more "Depiction of Hell From The Hortus Deliciarum (1180 )"
It was in 1934 that Germany and Poland signed a non-aggression pact. Hans-Adolf Moltke (left) German Ambassador to Poland stands with Jozef Pilsudski (right) Minister of Military Affairs and the de facto leader of the nation . Joseph Goebbels stands next to Polish Foreign Minister Jozef Beck. German and Polish leaders met in Warsaw to […]Read more "Jozef Pilsudski, Jospeh Goebbels, Hans-Adolf Moltke, and Jozef Beck (1934)"