Saturday, November 19, 2011
The Most Haunted Scariest Places on Earth
Aokigahara Forest, Japan:
Also known as the Sea of Trees is a 35 km forest that lies at the north west base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest contains a number of rocky, icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations.
The forest, which has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology, is a popular place for suicides; in 2002, 78 bodies were found, despite numerous signs, in Japanese and English, urging people to reconsider their actions. Due to the wind-blocking density of the trees, and an absence of wildlife, the forest is known for being eerily quiet.
It is reportedly the worlds second most popular suicide location after San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. This popularity is often attributed to the 1960 novel Nami no To (Tower of Waves) by Seicho Matsumoto, which ends with two lovers committing suicide in the forest. However, the history of suicide in Aokigahara predates the novel's publication, and the place has long been associated with death: (Ubasute) which is the practice of taking elderly people to an isolated area and leaving them there to die either from dehydration, starvation or exposure.) May have been practiced there into the 19th century, and the forest is reputedly haunted by the ghosts of those left to die.
There are no reliable statistics counting total or average body count in the forest. In 2002, 78 bodies were found within the forest, replacing the previous record of 73 in 1998. In 2003, the rate climbed to 100, and in recent years, the local government has stopped publicizing the numbers in an attempt to downplay Aokigahara's association with suicide. In 2004, 108 people killed themselves in the forest. In 2010, 247 people attempted suicide in the forest; 54 of whom completed the act.
The annual body search, consisting of a small army of police, volunteers, and attendant journalists, began in 1970.
It is said to be very haunted by the lost souls, and that if you go there to visit you cant rule out seeing a shadow or the form of a person run by past the corner of your eye. Its even said that through out the whole forest you wont hear one sound from an animal or birds chirping, pretty weird if you ask me.
It shoud be noted that there are more pictures of this forest, however because of the disturbing nature of them I cannot and in respect to the dead will not post them here, if you are felling brave enough however you can type the forest name in your search box and if you have clicked on the right link you will find the R-rated photos, however if you click on the wrong ones you will find regular pics of the forest.
Be warned they are very disturbing and you might not be able to forget what you have seen. I know I can't.
Leap Castle, Ireland:
Built in the 15th century by the O'Bannon family. The O'Bannons were the "secondary chieftains" of the territory, and were subject to the ruling O'Carroll clan.
Some where along the line the O' Carroll clan got the castle, which was then inturn partially demolished in 1516 by Gerald FitzGerald, however it was taken back by the O'Carrolls, are you confused yet, cause I am.
Following the death of Mulrooney O'Carroll in 1532, family struggles plagued the O'Carroll clan. A fierce rivalry for the leadership erupted within the family. The bitter fight for power turned brother against brother. One of the brothers was a priest. The O'Carroll priest was holding mass for a group of his family (in what is now called the "Bloody Chapel"). While he was chanting the holy rites, his rival brother burst into the chapel, plunged his sword into his brother and fatally wounded him. The butchered priest fell across the altar and died in front of his family.
In 1659, the castle passed by marriage into the ownership of the Darby family, notable memebers of which included Vice-Admiral George Darby, Admiral Sir Henry D'Esterre Darby and John Nelson Darby. However the castle was burned in the Irish Civil War in 1922.
So if you decide to visit the castle be warned and try to stay away from "It" I'm sure you'll be just fine.