Demons and falling angels
Are there really demons here on Earth, and do sporadic sightings of strange and elusive creatures provide the proof? Speaking in a religious sense, demons are usually depicted as agents of evil. They’re supernatural beings that come from the spirit realm, forms of darkness that lurk in the shadows. Some say they’re fallen angels, banished forever from God’s light.
These are demons in the traditional Judeo/Christian model, and there are plenty of alleged accounts of such creatures throughout history. Sometimes they are said to haunt homes, intending suffering for the people who reside there. Other times they may actually possess a person.
We are all familiar with these stories. Whether you believe them or not is, of course, a matter of personal opinion. But let’s consider another theory: Is it possible there are strange creatures here on Earth, rarely seen and undocumented by modern science, which has inspired mankind’s fear of demons?
Perhaps they are entities from another dimension, visitors from a spiritual plane or real flesh-and-blood animals. Their appearance is terrifying, nearly as much so as their behavior. Possibly they simply wish to exist on their own terms and mean us no harm. Or maybe they are messengers, who appear only to pass on important information. Maybe, they are really evil after all.
In this article we’ll take a look at three mysterious creatures that have baffled the public, the authorities and the academics for decades: The Mothman, the Jersey Devil, and El Chupacabra. We’ll examine the stories behind the sightings of each, and see what similarities exist. In the end, we’ll try to answer the question: Are they real-life demons here on Earth?
Demonic Traits and Behavior
When we look at these monsters we can see they have a lot in common. They also have a lot in common with the stereotypical description of demons. Here are a few of the shared traits:
- Bipedal: All three of the creatures are said to walk upright like a person. Demons, of course, generally take some sort of humanoid form. The Jersey Devil is said to have cloven hooves, an attribute often linked to the Devil and demons.
- Wings, and/or the Ability to Fly: Demons are often depicted with wings, a characteristic of at least two of our monsters. There are some reports of El Chupacabra being capable of flight, though reports of wings are rare.
- Sharp Claws: Another stereotypical demon attribute, two of our creatures are said to have sharp claws. Little mention is made in reports of the Mothman’s hands or claws, other than that it takes a humanoid form.
- Glowing eyes: Witnesses of all three of these beasts report glowing eyes that struck terror into them. Of course, we’d expect nothing less from a demon!
Looking beyond the physical traits, they also exhibited similar behaviors, such as:
- Attacks on pets and livestock, sometimes for food and sometimes simply out of aggression
- Revealing themselves to humans in plain sight before flying or running off without a trace.
- Appearing to many people over a relatively short period of time of weeks or months, then vanishing.
Looking at these facts, we seem to have three very similar creatures here in both appearance and behavior. What does this tell us?
Perhaps they are real, flesh and blood animals that are rarely seen by people and gave rise to the legend of demons.
Maybe they are visitors from some other universe or dimension who only appear for brief periods of time.
Maybe, they are real demons, fallen angels from Hell itself.
The Mothman Encounters
Of all the cryptids alleged to exist in this world, the Mothman is one of the few that some say has been responsible for real human suffering. This is a winged creature with all the hallmarks of a what might be typically called a Devil. With a humanoid form and an apparent ability to either foretell or cause disaster, the Mothman may well be a demon here on Earth.
The events that occurred in a West Virginia town back 1966-1967 have cemented the Mothman’s reputation as a terrifying supernatural being. But what is this creature really, and what role did it play in those events nearly half a century ago?
The story of the Mothman started on November 15th, 1966, when two couples in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, reported seeing a man-like creature with huge wings and glowing red eyes near an abandoned World War II munitions factory. The beast chased them home, and the couples reported the encounter to the police.
That same evening, a man nearly 90 miles away was rustled out of his house by a strange whining noise. In his backyard, he discovered a large, terrifying creature with glowing red eyes.
The man went inside and found his rifle, but hadn’t the courage to go out and confront the beast. In the morning he discovered his hunting dog had gone missing.
Local authorities united and scoured the land in a search for the creature, particularly in the vicinity of the abandoned TNT factory where it had been first sighted. As they searched, many more people had their own sightings of the bizarre and frightening creature. Each told the same story: A large, flying man-like entity, with big, glowing eyes were reported in each case.
The Mothman began to appear in nearby towns, and then around the state. The creature seemed to be everywhere. Reports of attacks on pets and domestic livestock skyrocketed, and many attributed these attacks to the Mothman.
Sightings only subsided with the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, which occurred on December 15th, 1967. Some believe the Mothman had come to warn the town of the imminent disaster but was unable to communicate its intentions. Others believe it may have caused the destruction of the bridge.
Occasional encounters with the Mothman continue, and today the beast is celebrated with the annual Mothman Festival. But sightings never again reached the level they had back in the late 1960s.
The Mothman seemed to appear for only a short time, then vanish. Why was it here? What did it want? Will it ever return on the scale of the 1960s encounters?
More to the point, is the Mothman truly evil, a demon here on Earth?
The Legend of the Jersey Devil
The Jersey Devil is a horrifying supernatural entity that came to the public’s attention during a brief period of mayhem in the early part of the 20th century. But it has been around much longer, and its presence has spawned numerous origin myths to explain what it is, and where it came from.
People are seeing something strange in the Pine Barrens. Is the Jersey Devil some kind of unknown or misidentified creature, or is it really a demon here on Earth?
Below is an artist’s rendition drawn from eyewitness accounts back in the early 1900s. What is this thing?
The Jersey Devil may have the most direct claim to demonship by name alone, but there are also those who think it could also be a real flesh-and-blood animal. It has haunted the Pine Barrens of New Jersey for hundreds of years and is said to be a bipedal creature with the head of a horse, bat-like wings, cloven hooves and sharp claws. Some cryptozoologists believe it may be a rare animal that resides in the dense woods of New Jersey, but legend says it is something far worse.
Stories that attempt to explain the Jersey Devil vary, but most of them revolve around the pregnancy of a woman who curses her child, which then turns out to be the demon. It’s likely these tales were fabricated to explain a creature that was already well established in the Pine Barrens before Europeans began to populate the area. Native American tribes referred to the Barrens as the Place of the Dragon, and the dragon is certainly a fitting description for the Jersey Devil.
The Devil most notoriously made its presence known during an outbreak of sightings back in 1909 when over fifty separate incidents were reported during a one-week period. In several cases, the Devil was seen by law enforcement officers, government officials and large groups of people. The Devil was said to attack livestock and even exhibited aggression toward people. In one story it was shot and proved impervious to the bullets.
For a week the Jersey Devil terrorized small towns in New Jersey and was even spotted as far west as Philadelphia. Just as suddenly as the beast appeared, the sightings stopped. The Devil is still seen on occasion today, but for one week in 1909, it seemed to be on a mission of some sort.
Like the Mothman, was the Jersey Devil attempting to communicate with humans for some reason? Did it have an agenda, good or evil?
Origins of the Jersey Devil
El Chupacabra: Intruder in the Night
Alien. Demon. Genetics experiment has gone wrong. There seems to be nothing that can truly explain the terrifying Chupacabra. This is a monster that defies science and logic, with a winged, humanoid build that makes it reminiscent of cultural depictions of a devil.
But accounts of this creature vary, depending on who saw it and where. Does that mean witness accounts are unreliable? Or, could it mean El Chupacabra is some kind of shape-shifter with supernatural abilities?
Do the presence of this being and others like it explain alleged sightings of demons around the world?
In Puerto Rico, back in 1995, something began preying on local livestock in strange ways. It came in the night, terrorized local villages, and left without a sound. Like a vampire, this creature appeared only to be interested in the blood of its victims and would leave the rest of the animal behind.
Farmers and ranchers were dumbfounded and could do nothing to stop it. Then one night the terrifying culprit was finally spotted, and it was like nothing anyone had ever seen before.
Now known as El Chupacabra, the Goat Sucker, the monster is described as short and bipedal, with large eyes, sharp claws and a line of spikes running down its back. Soon El Chupacabra was spotted all around Puerto Rico, and then other Latin American countries.
Everywhere it went there were tales of frightened people and exsanguinated livestock. Speculations of its origin ranged from top-secret government projects to alien involvement, to some bizarre and unknown animal just now seen for the first time.
The initial sightings eventually died down. There were more reports of El Chupacabra in America and Mexico, but these seemed to be of a strange canine creature unrelated to the original sightings. Whatever El Chupacabra was, it took its secrets with it
Today El Chupacabra is sighted infrequently. Some cryptozoologists believe it may be an unusual species of bat, rarely seen and undocumented by modern biology. But witnesses know what they had seen was no bat.
What was this unusual being, and where did it come from? Stories of similar creatures on the island of Puerto Rico could be traced back some 20 years prior, to 1975 when a similar rash of livestock attacks occurred. Are these outbreaks cyclical, and if so will the Chupacabra return in 2015?
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Is this Proof of Demons here on Earth?
Taken as a whole, what do we make of the sightings and evidence behind the Jersey Devil, El Chupacabra, and Mothman? Some would say they are legends built on the power of mass hysteria and suggestion. It has been speculated that the story of the Mothman began with the sighting of a large, white owl. Many say the Jersey Devil may be misidentified as Sandhill Cranes. Certainly, humans are fallible when it comes to our senses, and many a rumor has begun based on half-truths.
Then again, stories of demons here on Earth have been with us for thousands of years. Who is to say what form they may take, and how they may appear to us. All three of these creatures have done their share to torment and terrify people. Would this not be on the agenda of the average demon?
Until we have better knowledge of why they are here and what they want, El Chupacabra, the Mothman, and the Jersey Devil can be explained as real demon sightings just as well as anything else.