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Magic and Cthulhu Mythos with Daniel Harms

Daniel Harms | The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 14

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Scholar Daniel Harms is an expert on the history of magic and the works of H.P. Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos. Harms and host Matt Staggs discuss The Long Lost Friend, an authentic American grimoire, along the way taking fascinating diversions into the murky and contentious history of a not-so-authentic grimoire: The Necronomicon. Join us for an hour of occult secrets, esoteric rivalry and imagination on this episode of The DisinfoCast.

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Did Prehistoric Giant Squids Make Art From Bones?

octoIt sounds completly crazy. But it’s what a group of paleontologists are claiming — the first sentient beings on Earth to create art may not have been humans, but monstrously large, tentacled sea creatures called “kraken” who lived 200 million years ago and possibly arranged bones in geometric, decorative patterns. io9 explains further:

For decades, paleontologists have puzzled over a fossil collection of nine Triassic icthyosaurs (Shonisaurus popularis) discovered in Nevada’s Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Researchers initially thought that this strange grouping of 45-foot-long marine reptiles had either died en masse from a poisonous plankton bloom or had become stranded in shallow water.

But recent geological analysis of the fossil site indicates that the park was deep underwater when these shonisaurs swam the prehistoric seas. So why were their bones laid in such a bizarre pattern? A new theory suggests that a 100-foot-long cephalopod arranged these bones as a self-portrait after drowning the reptiles.

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