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Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Monday, November 01, 2010

THE GLOBAL TEMPLATE FOR MONSTERS

Richard Freeman is, of course, in India now, but before he left he sent this link... http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2010/10/21/130722022/looking-for-new-monsters


There's something inside us that loves a good monster. We want them scary. We want them surprising. But apparently not too surprising. Across time and across cultures, our monsters come in strangely predictable forms. Read on..

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

"Very Little Contact two thousand years ago" does NOT mean the same thing as "No Contact". There were Romans that ended up in China following the silk road and signed graffitti on walls in Latin and in Roman script, before the Fall of Rome: and then there were any number of Nestorian Christian Byzantine Missionaries that set up Missions to the Orient. One of the things that diffused was the traditional image of the Virgin Mary as Madonna, adopted in the icongraphy of the Chinese Goddess Kwan-Yin,and the elaborate depictions of the Tortures in Hell; as well as even little decorative motifs used in Architecture. So if you can have such things diffused, certainly the representations of Blemnae and the rest could also have been diffused by even infrequent travellers.