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Flying Drums in Tibet July 20, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Flying Drums in Tibet

A lot of interest recently in the objects used by witches to fly: broomsticks, trees etc: Other weird flying objects, drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com. This brought Beach to parallel traditions, among which is the extraordinary flying drum of Tibet. An earliest, perhaps the earliest example on record follows here.  The description is of a […]

The Hairies: Thoughts from Africa August 5, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
The Hairies: Thoughts from Africa

Beach has only very inadequate knowledge of cryptozoology, so if he says things here that are unoriginal, stupid or dangerous he wants to apologise ahead of time. It is just that he didn’t go to sleep until very late last night because he found this stuff so interesting. He knows that there are ape men […]

Eating People Isn’t Wrong (in Tibet) November 7, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Eating People Isn't Wrong (in Tibet)

A crisis of sorts tonight in the Beachcombing household. Mrs B is leaving the family home to go and organise an academic conference in the heart of darkness (aka Brussels). This means that Beach – a better husband than a father – and the Beachcombing’s au pair are being left on their own to look […]

Flying/Levitating/Jumping in Modern Tibet July 7, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Flying/Levitating/Jumping in Modern Tibet

Beachcombing knows virtually nothing about Tibet and has rarely visited the country in this blog – though he does have some happy memories of reincarnation and Queen Victoria. However, he recently stumbled on a fascinating account of levitation or flying  in the Himalayas that he could hardly pass by. Our source is a western author, […]

Queen Victoria Drinks Blood from a Skull in Tibet March 2, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Modern
Queen Victoria Drinks Blood from a Skull in Tibet

Leaders who think that they are gods are par for the course: the ancient Egyptians, the Persians, the medieval Japanese, Idi Amin… The insidious eastern idea of divine rulers even leapfrogged the Levant and seeped into Greece and Rome in antiquity. Alexander encountered and enjoyed the privileges of divinity as he pushed his armies east, having his […]

Tibetan soldiers in the Second World War May 31, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Tibetan soldiers in the Second World War

                    Beachcombing has long been intrigued by the following account published in Tribune in October 1944 in Orwell’s As I Please. We know that Greenlanders fought the Germans, that Brazilians attempted to take Monte Cassino… but Tibetans in the Wehrmacht? The mind boggles. Is it genuine or […]