I've spent a good bit of time over the past six months of 'retirement'....reading up on history...particulary German and European history over the past two thousand years.
It's an interesting thing to note just how much religion got tangled up into daily lives....causing people to be tortured or punished....in the name of the Lord. It didn't take much for some religious nut....to get an entire community all wound up in some pretender or fake situation. Simply shouting witch back in the 1500s in Germany....was enough to get a guy tossed into a river or burned.
So I came across an interesting item today concerning the Loch Ness monster of British fame. You see....there was no creature or notoriety....until 565 AD. Yeah...roughly five hundred-and-fifty years after Christ.
The legend starts up that a giant beast of sorts was threatening a local guy up at Ness River in Scotland. No one mentions the guy's name....his preoccupation with whiskey....his mental state....or his ability to make up stories rather quickly.
What we know is that the Catholic Church got involved very quickly. They moved into the situation....did some kind of ceremony....and chased Satan from the river (Satan apparently is the only way that a serpent or dragon can exist....by Catholic code or gimmicks).
You can imagine this scene....a hundred local folks by the river....watching some Catholic bishop cite Bible verse and scripture....than cast his hands around in a quick flurry of signals, and then the demon serpent was gone.
Course, like all evils....he has to return because something wasn't right with the Catholic curse put on him, or he's just stronger than the Catholic Church. Years pass, and by the 1800s....Nessie has become a minor detail in history. It would have stayed that way....if that picture from the 1930s hadn't gotten around.
Today? Nessie is a legend of sorts....which drags a thousand folks a week probably....up to the area....staying in nice hotels, eating marginal Scottish food, and drinking a wonderful blended whisky at times. Tales of woe and sorrows follow....and vast secondary stories get brought up.
Does anyone ever ask about the start of this in 565, and the Catholic Church connection? No. That's usually not to be brought up or discussed. Demons? Well....folks wouldn't drag themselves to the end of the isle....for a silly demond story. But a serpent? Well....that's different.
So, as you sit around and observe bigfoot, aliens and Nessie.....you might want to grin a bit and try hard to accept the general story. It doesn't get much better.