Mythical Beings by Jay Ansill

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A zombified woman had been taken to a hospital, where Hurston took her famous photo. Hurston said: I had the rare opportunity to see and touch an authentic case. I listened to the broken noises in its throat, and then, I did what no one else had ever done, I photographed it. . I took her first in the position that she assumed herself whenever left alone. That is, cringing against the wall with the cloth hiding her face and head. Then in other positions. Finally the doctor forcibly uncovered her and held her so that I could take her face.

THREAT FACTOR: Debatable—though the Davidians were suspected of stockpiling illegal weapons, and used them to fight back during an FBI siege of their compound in 1993, some say the government took excessive force against the group. It is clear, however, that young girls and women who lived in the compound were under threat of being victims of sexual assault by their leader, David Koresh. QUIRK FACTOR: The Branch Davidians made Waco, Texas, forever synonymous with “The Wacko from Waco,” and the horrible tragedy that happened there.

Both men and women can hold seats in the complicated hierarchy of the group, which includes positions such as emperor, flag queen, and prefect of discipline. One’s ranking is revealed through subtle manipulation of the fingers while shaking hands to greet another member. After a candidate masters the secret handshake and other cryptic forms of Bizango communication and proves his or her loyalty, the president of the society may decide to accept the candidate as a permanent member. ” Sweet, because the society is good to deserving parties; and bitter, because members must enforce the rules by means that are surely not sweet.

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