A new paranormal show on SyFy, Haunted Highway, is fast becoming one of my favorites. Don't worry Josh Gates, Destination Truth will always be number one. On a recent episode they went searching for a Skinstealer. I haven't heard a lot of information about this strange and creepy legend so I went hunting for some.Run for the hills folks. A creature lurking in your neck of the woods wants to steal your skin. It could be stalking you this very moment. Skinstealers, Skinwalkers or Shape Shifters, as they are referred to by anthropologists, are found in Navajo legend and are thought to be powerful witches by the Native Americans. Bigfoot is even a term referring to this mysterious creature. Are they one and the same?
The Skinwalker can turn himself into any animal by wearing that animal's hide. Mostly commonly they are seen as a coyote, wolf, owl, fox, or crow. Because of this bears, coyotes, wolves, and cougars pelts are tabooed in Navajo culture. They are also known to shape shift into another human's body by looking directly in their eyes. They prey on children and the weak. These evil beings cast curses and bring bad luck to anyone who crosses his path. To become a Skinwalker you must kill a family member. That can only lead to nothing good! Native Americans do not talk about Skinwalkers. Can you blame them? Little information is known about these evil beings.
Some other abilities of these supernatural creatures include being extremely fast, the ability to read minds, imitate any animal sound, take on animal characteristics, disappearing footprints, and mind control.
Would you know a Skinwalker if you passed him on the street? Some characteristics of a Skinwalker include their eyes glowing like an animal while in human form but when transformed into an animal their eyes are a hellish red. They will do anything to keep their identity under wraps, even murder. Skinwalkers sometimes use corpse powder to kill their victims. Can't find that at the corner store.
These creatures are found mainly in the Western United States. Whew! I'm safe for now. In order for a Skinwalker to enter your residence it has to be invited in. If he does make it into your house the only way to kill a Skinwalker is to shoot them with a bullet dipped in white ash or shoot them in human form. Keep your rifle loaded.
A friend in the UK said they believe these evil beings were never human but can take the form of various creatures and are linked to the werewolf legends. After some research I discovered the stories of humans transforming into werewolves is very old and come from ancient myths of Greece and Scandinavia.
There is a remote location in Utah called the Skinwalker Ranch or UFO Ranch. It is thought to be located on the path of the Skinwalker. This 480 acre ranch is privately owned and dedicated to researching strange phenomenon happening around the ranch. Can anyone say road trip? UFO sightings, Bigfoot, other cryptids, and animal mutilations are often reported here. Here is an interesting article about the ranch.The Ute, a Native American tribe, believe the Skinwalker lives in a place not far from Skinwalker Ranch called Dark Canyon. This canyon is located on tribal land and has petroglyphs on the walls depicting the Skinwalker and should be avoided at all costs so the Skinwalker is not provoked. Brilliant idea. What do these scary animal-pelt-wearing creatures want? Power. And they will do anything to get it. Read about a run-in with a Skinwallker here.
There is a theory that cryptids are more likely found near a vortex or ley lines. Can these magnetic anomalies host these elusive, bizarre creatures?
On Brad Meltzer's Decoded - the Devil's Graveyard, he briefly mentioned this theory. I thought what a great blog article! After doing some not-so-informative research, I've found there is hardly anything published on this subject so I've got my work cut out of me.
For those who are not a paranormal nerd like myself, I will first explain what cryptids, vortexes, and ley lines are so you know what the hell I'm talking about. A cryptid is a creature that is thought to be seen but it has not been proven it exists such as Bigfoot, Chupacabra, and the Loch Ness Monster. A vortex, in this context, is a spinning spiral of energy located at various spots around the world. Ley lines are associated with vortexes. These lines are a crack in the earth's tetonic plates which forms a straight line. Magnetic energy is thought to escape from these lines. I believe a vortex is where ley lines intersect and spiral into a vortex.
The obvious answer to locating a hotbed for cryptids would be to map the sightings to see if they correlate with ley lines and vortexes.
I used a common ley line grid chart and started with bigfoot, searched the BFRO, and located the top states with sightings in the United States. Washington won the most sightings by far, next was California, Oregon Ohio, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Michigan. My own Illinois?! That's a future blog. I then included Yeti sightings, most of which are found in Nepal and Siberia, and the Yowie in Australia. These are all marked on the map with a red square.Next up is Chupacabra with sightings in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Texas marked in green. The Loch Ness Monster found in Scotland in blue. Orang Pendek in Sumatra in orange.The winner would have to be Orang Pendek right in the middle of 3 crossing lines, with Nessie in a close second where 2 lines intersect. The rest of the cryptids do seem to hang out near ley lines but it's hard to say this is an actual fact.
It is thought animals, such as pigeons and whales, use ley lines for migration and navigation. Is this proof these elusive creatures also use the lines as a compass? Why would cryptids be attracted to these magnetic hotspots? Do they want to be close to their "highways?" Ancient people such as the Maya Indians constructed their trade routes along these lines.
Do the ley lines make them happy? People flock to Sedona, Arizona, to experience the many vortexes in the area. They believe energy lines exist on multiple dimensions in this area. I have been to Sedona three times and it is my favorite travel spot. Not only is it the most beautiful place on earth, in my opinion, but while you are there it does indeed make you feel in awe and take your breath away but is this feeling vortex energy or the beauty of the red rocks?
Another theory is energy vortexes are a portal to another dimension. This would explain why Bigfoot is so hard to find. He can just cross over into another world to escape prying eyes.