Tuesday, September 9, 2008

DENNIS BOYER - September 10 Guest

Dennis talks about the secret meanings and uses of traditional Dutch hex signs and related issues.

No, those Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs you see on barns and homes are not just pretty pictures. Used for healing and other magical purposes in a way akin to native Shamanic practices worldwide, the images and symbols of hex signs date back to prehistoric Germanic tribes. The spiritual use of hex signs is part of Dennis Boyer's family heritage, and he is an active practitioner himself. Listen as he shares inside knowledge from his books, "Once Upon a Hex," that most modern Pennsylvania Dutch folk won't admit.

Dennis Boyer has also written the following books : Driftless Spirits --Ghosts of Southwest Wisconsin Giants in the land -- Legends and Folktales of Wisconsin Northern Frights -- A Supernatural Ecology of the Wisconsin Headwaters Great Wisconsin Taverns Prairie Whistles -- Tales of Midwest Railroading Gone Missing -- A Supernatural Tour of the Great lakes Snow on the Rails -- Short Stories of Heartland Railroading. He also co-edited with Justin Isherwood, A Place to Which We Belong, an anthology of land use essays. He is a frequent presenter and speaker at paranormal conferences, historical societies, community organizations, association conventions, and on public radio. When he is not traveling the Spirit Path, he lives with his family on a farm in Iowa County, Wisconsin. Visit his Web site OnceUponaHex.com.

Listen to UncannyRadio Dennis Boyer Web Cast.


Anonymous said...

Excellent guest---enjoyed Mr. Boyer very much.
In Beastwatch a couple of points---there are grey kangaroos and you can see one here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Kangaroo_and_joey03.jpg as for eyeshine according to wikipedia:
"Eyeshine occurs in a wide variety of colors including white, blue, green, yellow, pink and red. However, because eyeshine is a form of iridescence, the color varies slightly with the angle at which it is seen and the color of the source light.
White eyeshine occurs in many fish, especially walleye; blue eyeshine occurs in many mammals such as horses; yellow eyeshine occurs in mammals such as cats, dogs, and raccoons; and red eyeshine occurs in rodents, oppossums and birds. Possums and kangaroos are both marsupials so I would guess seeing one with red eyes wouldn't be that uncommon.

On the other hand check this out http://www.xprojectmagazine.com/archives/cryptozoology/phantomkangas.html

Stephen D. Sullivan said...

Well said and nicely reasoned, Cass! Link's not working, though. Might I suggest using tinyurl.com?

Anonymous said...

which link isn't working?

Stephen D. Sullivan said...

The Phantom Kangaroos link is being truncated on the browsers on the computers I use. Oddly, though, it came through in my email reflection. So here it is, reduced:


Anonymous said...

That is so weird---
It wasn't that long a url to begin with

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