“Nachtmahr” (“Night-mare”), by Johann Heinrich Füssli (1802), depicts an Alp sitting on the chest of a sleeping woman. Image: Wikipedia
The Alp of German folklore is a nefarious entity that haunts the nightmares and drains the life force of its unsuspecting victims.
What is the Alp?
In the vast realm of German folklore, the “Alp” emerges as one of the most nightmarish creatures to haunt the sleep of mortals. Also known as the “Mara” or “Nachtmahr,” the Alp is a malevolent supernatural entity that preys on unsuspecting victims during the twilight hours. Described as a shapeshifter, the Alp has the ability to instil fear and anxiety, often leaving its victims in a state of sleep paralysis.
Physically, the Alp is depicted as a humanoid creature with a haggard appearance. Standing at the height of an average adult, its thin, elongated body is adorned in tattered black clothing, blending seamlessly with the darkness of the night.
Its pale skin complements its long, unkempt hair which cascades down to its shoulders. The Alp’s face is the stuff of nightmares, featuring a menacing grin revealing razor-sharp teeth, complemented by sunken, piercing eyes that exude malevolence.
The Alp possesses the iniquitous ability to enter the dreams of its victims, exploiting their subconscious fears and deepest anxieties. Unlike other supernatural beings, the Alp does not feed on the dreams themselves but rather derives pleasure from watching its victims suffer. Once within a dream, the Alp ruthlessly torments its prey, invading their thoughts with horrifying visions and manipulating their surroundings, amplifying their worst nightmares to unbearable levels.
Yet, the most horrifying aspect of encountering an Alp lies in the paralysis it imposes on its victims. Known as “Alpdruck” or “elf pressure,” sleep paralysis induced by the Alp is exceptionally distressing. The victim awakens to find themselves trapped, unable to move, speak, or even scream for help, while an overwhelming sense of impending doom closes in on them. They often observe the Alp perched dangerously close, suffocating them with a disturbing sensation of pressure on their chest, making breathing seemingly impossible.
Strangely, the Alp always seems to be wearing a hat. The hat is called a Tarnkappe, which translates as ’cap of concealment’. The hat can still be seen even if the Alp changes its shape. If the Alp loses the hat, it will reward anyone who returns it. The Alp also has an “evil eye” that can make people sick or unlucky. If you remove or harm the evil eye, the Alp will stop wanting to harm you.
The Alp and the Hat Man
The German Alp bears a striking resemblance to the Hat Man. The Hatman is an entity that has been reported across different cultures and has gained significant attention online. This entity, as its name suggests, is usually seen wearing a hat, commonly described as a Fedora or a wide-brimmed hat. It is often described as a tall figure with red, glowing eyes, emanating an aura of malevolence.
Like the Alp, the Hatman is often seen while in a state of sleep paralysis. Recreational Benadryl users often report seeing the Hatman during their trips.
Despite their cultural differences, the German Alp and the Hatman share some similarities that can send shivers down one’s spine. Both entities have the ability to induce fear, creating an intense feeling of dread and discomfort for their victims. They often choose to manifest in the darkness of night, adding an element of helplessness and vulnerability to their encounters. Witnesses commonly report a paralyzing sensation and a sense of being watched or controlled by these entities. These shared characteristics contribute to the fear and notoriety both the Alp and the Hatman have garnered over time.
Could it be that the Hatman and the german Alp are one and the same?
How to Ward off the Alp
Extra History covers the legend of the Alp
If you want to keep the Alp away from you, there are a few simple actions you can take. First and foremost, it’s important to keep a tidy and organized sleeping area. The Alp is said to be attracted to chaos and messiness, so keeping your bedroom clean and clutter-free may help deter it.
Another way to ward off the Alp is by placing a broom or a besom beneath your pillow. According to the old wives tales, the Alp fears brooms and will stay away from them. This simple action might create a sense of protection and peace while you sleep.
Some Germans recommend with a bowl of salt, specifically rock salt, near your bed. This is because the Alp is said to have an aversion to salt and may be repelled by its presence. Placing the bowl of salt near your bedside may create a protective barrier, preventing the Alp from disturbing your sleep.
Some folklore suggests that you can avoid the Alp by sleeping on your stomach. It is believed that the creature struggles to torment those lying in this position. So, if you find yourself bothered by the Alp, try changing your sleep position to see if it makes a difference.
Have you ever had an encounter with the Alp or any other sleep paralysis demon? Tell us about it in the comments!
Green Orbs Appearing in Photos?
Green orbs appearing in a photo
Have you been taking photos and discovered mysterious green orbs appearing? What could this mean?
Spiritual Meaning of Green Orbs
Green orbs are believed by many intuitive people to symbolize nature, love, and the heart. If you see one, it could suggest that you should be more open to love and enjoy the beauty of the world. It might also mean you need to focus on healing yourself or helping others with their physical, mental, or spiritual well-being. Green orbs could be a sign that a human spirit, like a ghost, is nearby and trying to communicate with people in the physical world.
Another green orb appearing in a photo unexpectedly.
Could a Green Orb Appearing in a Photo be a Spirit?
A green orb could mean that a spirit might be trying to tell you something. People think orbs are pure energy, possibly representing a spirit that has passed away or one that never had a physical body. If you spot a green spirit orb, it could be here to guide you or convey a message. This spirit could be someone you know or a stranger. Spirits might show up in meaningful places. Reflecting on why a location is important could help you understand who is trying to talk to you. Try meditating to connect with the spirit. If they want to communicate, they might reach out while you’re in a calm and thoughtful state.
Joey explains the significance of green orbs in photos
Possible Scientific Explanation for Green Orbs
When it comes to capturing unexplainable green orbs in photographs, the most logical explanation often lies in the behavior of light. These orbs can manifest due to a phenomenon called lens flare.
Lens flare occurs when light enters the camera lens and interacts with the internal components, causing artifacts such as orbs, streaks, or circles to appear in the resulting image.
Modern digital cameras, like the ones in our phones, have lenses coated with a thin film to reduce internal reflection and minimize lens flare. However, under certain conditions, intense sources of light—especially those emitting in the green spectrum—can still produce these compelling orbs.
This is especially true when the light source is positioned at an oblique angle relative to the camera lens, leading to internal reflections and refractions within the lens system.
Natural and artificial sources of bright light, such as the sun, street lamps, or flashlights, are common culprits leading to the appearance of green orbs in photographs. Even in low-light or night photography, the use of a camera flash can inadvertently cause the phenomenon.
As the flash interacts with particles in the air or small water droplets, it generates reflections and artifacts that materialize as vibrant green orbs in the final image. Therefore, while these green orbs may initially appear as mysterious or supernatural, they are sometimes the result of the complex interplay between light, lenses, and photographic technology.
Have you ever taken a photo with a mysterious green orb? Did it bring you comfort or cause fear? Tell us about it in the comments!
The Pollock Twins
The Pollock Twins are thought to be one of the strongest cases in support of reincarnation.
In 1957, Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock lost their lives in a car accident. Their parents believe they were reincarnated the following year as their twin sisters.
The Tragic Death of Jacqueline and Joanna Pollock
In May 1957, in a small town called Hexham in England, two sisters, Joanna (11 years old) and Jacqueline (6 years old), along with their friend Anthony (9 years old), were going to church when a driver who was on drugs hit them. Sadly, the two sisters and Anthony died almost immediately.
The driver, a local woman, deliberately hit the children because she had been separated from her own kids. This incident became widely known in Britain, and the woman was later sent to a psychiatric hospital.
The Pollock Twins and Hints of Reincarnation
Armchair Investigator covers the case of the Pollock Twins
After Joanna and Jacqueline died, their mom and dad, Florence and John Pollock, were devastated. But when Florence got pregnant again, John had an unshakable belief the two girls would come back as twins.
Florence and John were Catholics and often fought about the idea of being born again. Florence didn’t agree with John’s thoughts, and it caused a lot of problems. It was even said that their whole marriage was in danger, and Florence almost wanted a divorce.
Neither parent’s family had a history of twins, and the doctor thought Florence would have only one baby. But surprisingly, on October 4, 1958, Florence gave birth to twin girls named Gillian and Jennifer.
Even though the twins looked the same, they had different marks on their bodies, which is uncommon. Jennifer had a small mark on her left hip, just like Jacqueline, and a mark on her forehead, similar to a scar Jacqueline had.
When the twins were three months old, the family moved to Whitley Bay, near Hexham. But as the girls grew up, they seemed to remember Hexham well, even though they didn’t grow up there.
When the family returned to Hexham when the twins were four, Gillian and Jennifer recognized and named places they had never seen, like the school Joanna and Jacqueline went to, the Hexham Abbey, and a playground their sisters used to love. They even seemed to know the way to the playground without ever having seen it before.
The twins could also recognize their late sisters’ toys and asked for them by name. Even though Florence had put away the toys, the twins remembered them as if they were their own. They knew the toys’ names, divided them exactly like their sisters did, and even mentioned that Santa Claus gave them the toys, which was true.
Florence and John noticed that the twins had similar personalities to their older sisters. Just like Joanna was protective of Jacqueline, Gillian took care of Jennifer and seemed more grown-up. The parents also observed that the twins liked the same games and foods as their sisters.
In the first few years, Florence didn’t believe John’s idea that the twins were “reincarnated.” But when she overheard them talking about the car accident that took their sisters’ lives, she changed her mind. Once, she heard the girls playing a game where they reenacted their sisters’ accident. Gillian was holding Jennifer’s head, saying, “The blood’s coming out of your eyes. That’s where the car hit you.”
Once, Gillian pointed to Jennifer’s forehead birthmark and said, “That’s the mark Jennifer got when she fell on a bucket.” It’s interesting that the twins also seemed scared of cars. When they were younger, they had bad dreams about getting hit by a car. Gillian and Jennifer would get scared and nervous around cars. When a car started in an alley, John remembered the girls holding onto each other, shouting, “The car is coming to get us!”
Around their fifth birthday, the memories of their ‘past lives’ slowly went away, and they started living normal lives. Even though they forgot about the accident, Gillian later remembered seeing herself playing in a sandbox at a house in Whickham. She had never been to Whickham, but she perfectly described the house and garden that matched where Joanna lived when she was four.
People often say the Pollock twins are “proof” of reincarnation, but some argue that their memories could have come from their four older brothers. John and Florence say they didn’t talk to the twins about their dead sisters until they were older, but it’s possible the twins heard about it from their brothers.
Do you think the case of the Pollock sisters is proof of reincarnation? Tell us your theories in the comments.
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