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'Bermuda Triangle' in Transylvanian forest

By T.K. Randall
November 14, 2014 · Comment icon 31 comments



The Hoia Baciu forest is not a good place to wander alone. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Ashley Chile Baz
A notorious area of woodland in Romania has been home to countless tales of paranormal phenomena.
When it comes to stories of a supernatural persuasion the enigmatic region of Transylvania in Romania is most commonly associated with vampires, yet the Hoia Baciu forest situated outside the city of Cluj Napoca is perhaps even more notorious for its reputation as the world's most haunted forest.

For years this area of woodland has been home to so many tales of the unexplained that it has become unofficially known as the "Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania."

It's appearance is that of a forest from a fairy tale with menacing, twisted and misshapen trees. Visitors commonly report a great deal of anxiety upon entering the woods and many have returned with strange symptoms including rashes, scratches, burns, headaches and even missing time.
Stories have emerged of disembodied voices and sightings of apparitions. Some believe that the forest is haunted by the trapped spirits of murdered villagers who are unable to move on.

The forest itself is even believed to be named after a local shepherd who was said to have disappeared there without a trace along with all 200 of his sheep.

Despite numerous studies however no explanation for these phenomena has ever been found.

Source: The Epoch Times | Comments (31)




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Comment icon #22 Posted by Karasu 9 years ago
Lets not forget that Vlad Dracul... was using impaling as a common torture method in those Medieval times to punish thieves, criminals and war captures while Elisabeth Batory was indeed blood thirsty sick and Satanistic oriented criminal. These two figures cannot be compared aince the reasons and execution were very much different. True, but that doesn't mean that Vlad Dracul wasn't a sick, and twisted psychopath.
Comment icon #23 Posted by qxcontinuum 9 years ago
True, but that doesn't mean that Vlad Dracul wasn't a sick, and twisted psychopath. i think he was a "kid" comparing to the crimes commited by other kings worldwide. There are also many stories and legends of his fairness in judgment, helping the poor, reducing taxes, taking from rich. The society back then was extremely corrupt and nobils in special were mingling always to back stab all the unfavorable rulings to their pockets. There were very harsh times and all the regions forming now Romania were separate kingdoms, some ruled by Vlad's siblings under the big threat of the Ottoman empire. k... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Karasu 9 years ago
i think he was a "kid" comparing to the crimes commited by other kings worldwide. There are also many stories and legends of his fairness in judgment, helping the poor, reducing taxes, taking from rich. The society back then was extremely corrupt and nobils in special were mingling always to back stab the unfavorable ruling to their pockets. There were very harsh times and all the regions forming now Romania were separate kingdoms, some ruled by Vlad's siblings under the big threat of the Ottoman empire. kings were required to gain by all means including fear the mass trusteeship to be ready t... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by MidnightLady 9 years ago
i think he was a "kid" comparing to the crimes commited by other kings worldwide. There are also many stories and legends of his fairness in judgment, helping the poor, reducing taxes, taking from rich. The society back then was extremely corrupt and nobils in special were mingling always to back stab all the unfavorable rulings to their pockets. There were very harsh times and all the regions forming now Romania were separate kingdoms, some ruled by Vlad's siblings under the big threat of the Ottoman empire. kings were required to gain by all means including fear the mass trusteeship to be re... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by qxcontinuum 9 years ago
Again true, but violently executing men for whatever reason, still makes you sadistic and cruel. Even if you help the poor, reduce taxes, and unify a land; you're soul is pitch black if you purposefully torture, and murder people. But this is what everyone did in ancient , medieval times. Every bit of a ruler. Remember romans used to nail thieves hanging them by a cross until death by starvation. Arabs used to and still use to stone to death. can't even think about tortures and extreme paintful methods used by Catolic Church and Spanish inquisitors. Yes they were all awful and sadistic, this i... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Karasu 9 years ago
But this is what everyone did in ancient , medieval times. Every bit of a ruler. Remember romans used to nail thieves hanging them by a cross until death by starvation. Arabs used to and still use to stone to death. can't even think about tortures and extreme paintful methods used by Catolic Church and Spanish inquisitors. Yes they were all awful and sadistic, this is how population was keept under control, by fear... Not just Vlad dracul did it... Everyone That doesn't make it right, or just. The governments of the world are still doing this today. Look at the war crimes committed by the US, ... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by qxcontinuum 9 years ago
Yes they do, nothing has changed. They are still leading us through fear and power force surrounded by dogs in shiny blue armours. They still care of their pockets first and nothing cand held them responsible. Great manipulators of the true, hiding behind words and promises, nothing but cowards with big ego and gun power with tremendous inhibitions inflicting pain and prohibitions by their own taste.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Karasu 9 years ago
Yes they do, nothing has changed. They are still leading us through fear and power force surrounded by dogs in shiny blue armours. They still care of their pockets first and nothing cand held them responsible. Great manipulators of the true, hiding behind words and promises, nothing but cowards with big ego and gun power with tremendous inhibitions inflicting pain and prohibitions by their own taste. Well spoken, my friend.
Comment icon #30 Posted by MidnightLady 9 years ago
I think the post here have been informative, insightful and educational. I suspect that we tend to gravitate to stories about Vlad and Elizabeth, because of Bram Stoker's tales of fantasy mixed with historical content. The spooky aspect of their lives saturated with the macabre is a dance we all enjoy, but at a safe distance. We would never do those things but taking a peek is very tantalizing. Monsters abound everywhere. Dangers in the night are all to real when we turn in for the night and cap off the day with the 11 o'clock news. We hope it can't touch us. That the world has changed and we ... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by qxcontinuum 6 years ago
I think history tends to overly exaggerate life events, little stories are becoming legends especially when carried forth by Romanian peasants. Those of us from Romania know exactly what I am referring to when i say "ca la tara" :-) Historically the executions were real but not to that extend in my opinion. Teaching a lesson through public execution was very common procedure inmedieval times everywhere else. While Vald Dracul's actions is associated to devil and dark history, my mind runsto the Crusades from Middle Eastern, Vatican and Spanish Inquisition who in the name of God and Christi... [More]


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