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Tweed (22 stories) (2034 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-02)
Pjs and Lexi, Thank you both. 😊 Those spiders are something else. It amuses me greatly to remember a real estate photo I spotted once of the interior of a home. There was this HUGE huntsman on the wall. I still laugh about it to this day. Huntsmen can grow very large. I think all spiders in the tarantula family just keep on growing if they get proper nutrition. A sobering thought.

What turned out to be the fancy pants cross spider, in the room with me on that eventful toy night, well this spider was on the wall by the door. He wasn't right beside the bed or anything. I felt quite safe. But these days, no way, I would want it gone! I'm just as freaked about spiders as the next person!
lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-02)
aww hell no I would have rather spent time with those toys than the spider 😭
pjs1977 (2 stories) (48 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-02)
Tweed I really loves your story. Thats some crazy stuff about the Australian Huntsman spider and those
Creepy puppet people.
Tweed (22 stories) (2034 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-02)
Biblio,

Pretty sure I found it! Is this what you're remembering?
Http://pantheon.org/
There's a pretty comprehensive database on here. I'm going to check it out more tomorrow.
Hey take it easy, you sound overworked!
Bibliothecarius (5 stories) (743 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-01)
Glad to have been of some help, Tweed.

I know there used to be an online encyclopedia of mythical/supernatural creatures, because several students used it as a resource for Cryptid presentations in my Folklore Elective 2 or 3 years ago... Can't seem to find it now, and this computer is being alarmingly uncooperative this evening. Probably something to do with my working damnfool 12+ hour shifts...

I'll try again tomorrow, if I get the chance.

-Biblio.
Tweed (22 stories) (2034 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-01)
Thank you so much Biblio! Books are forever more reliable than online anything, ever.
I remembered a link in the comments to a story involving a soldier in training. Whilst training he saw a tall sinister being, it was a riveting read. He matched the entity to a likeness of a troll entity in a link supplied in the comments.
Thinking about these toys I went back to find this link hopeful the site would be useful for these toys and guess what, that site? It's gone. The link now redirects you to a flimsy website filled with conspiracies about the Illuminati and freaking cat photos!

Doesn't seem like these guys were traditional Homunculi. I've just done a bit of reading about the Alchemy origins of Homunculi. Fascinating weird stuff all this. The detail about the toys sounding distinctly male to me is in line with this. Perhaps there is something in this, in a more modern context of the traditional Homunculi. The 'male' detail is very intriguing.

Thanks again, this is awesomeo even if it's unrelated to the toy weirdos!
Bibliothecarius (5 stories) (743 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-09-01)
Tweed:

Homunculi (nominative singular: Homunculus, meaning "tiny man") are miniature representations of people. Allegedly, they're grown in flasks by alchemists (my interest in Newton is why I was looking into Alchemy), a bit like a small Frankenstein's monster created in an artificial womb. They're designed to hold spirits or entities to perform work for the alchemist who created them. This theoretical alchemical process was inspired by the biological principle that male reproductive cells each contained a tiny human being -a homunculus- which couldn't grow until it was contained in a suitable egg (biologically, the female cell; alchemically, a substitute container which would give the homunculus neither a soul nor free will).

The term has been broadened over time to include other, manufactured hominids, such as dolls, etc., especially those used in magical rituals (poppets).

I've got several books on mythical entities, but I don't know of a comprehensive online database, yet. Give me time to get to my Library, and I'll have a look around.

-Biblio.
Tweed (22 stories) (2034 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Ah thanks for the suggestions Biblio! I've heard of Golems but not Homunculi, that's a new word to me.

Just a call out here to anyone who may know. What are some good paranormal 'entity' databases? Do any exist online?
Bibliothecarius (5 stories) (743 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Hmmmm.
Homunculi? Golems? I'll admit to being perplexed by this, Tweed. Perplexed, but fascinated.

-Biblio
Tweed (22 stories) (2034 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Jan, I'm not sure about that because in both mine and the other OP's experience they seemed confident they wouldn't be seen, or caught in the act, as it were ha! The other reason I lean towards them being some kind of nature spirit is that the one outside ran into some overgrowth. I intend to do more digging on this to see if I can't match the identity of these entities. I'll definitely post anything I find out. Unfortunately the internet has become a bit of a difficult resource for research on supernatural topics. But I'm sure some kind of record will be out there, at least I hope!

Shrush, I too have been having thoughts like that lately haha. What if some of our human artistic interpretive toy designs are coming from a subconscious awareness of something 'other' than the physical realm. 😊
Shrush (3 stories) (46 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Tweed:
One thing which always scares me is the dolls and toys which always seem to keep an eye on us. Whenever we look at them, we get the feeling that they are watching back at us. Even though I am a girl, I hated dolls and soft toys for some kind of unknown fear present in my mind.
I know how scary it was for you when you saw the dolls or toys moving just at tender age of 4. Seriously, if I was in your place at that time, I guarantee you that I would have fallen unconscious.
I got chills after reading this story😨, thanks for sharing it 😊

Wondering if Toy story exists in reality 😜
msforgetmenott (8 stories) (132 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Tweed: Is it possible, these what ever they were, had the ability to form in a way that would not frighten you?
You, being young, might have let out an awful scream if they showed the real way they were, so for you they made themselves child friendly, so to speak. Other than that, I do not have a clue.
I am glad I did not see your spider, I have a tremendous fear of them. For me that was the most frightening part, I am glad I do not live in Australia. Oh, how I dislike spiders!
Jan 😁
Tweed (22 stories) (2034 posts)
 
2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Lady Glow for some reason it was only the vivid part of him going behind the curtain which was truly creepy. For the rest I was merely curious. That said, there was something about them which suggested 'keep your distance'!

BizzJoe, I'm glad you remember that story! I was fortunate to catch it on a whim after someone commented on it, a few months ago. I've been obsessed ever since!

Haha, Manafon in a strange twist the spider is the detail which screamed *dream* to me, more than the toy weirdos! Especially as an adult.
I wonder just how much they looked like toys, I mean I was a kid trying to process what the heck was happening and may have projected a 'comfortable' image on to them. Similarly, the Puppet People OP may have done the same. My Mum had heaps of fairy and goblin type trinkets and books around so I would *like* to think I would have been able to recognise something of this nature. But who knows. The most vivid part of the whole mess is that spider and that pointy noised, gaunt thing slipping behind the curtain. It *must* be a fae/nature spirit type being, but my human reckoning scoffs "You're a toy!" πŸ˜†
Manafon (4 stories) (74 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Tweed--Your account of the toy creatures is wild stuff! I have never heard or seen anything like it but they sound like they could possibly be some manifestation of a nature spirit. If I saw those as a kid it would have stuck with me too! Like you, whenever I experienced an unexplained paranormal event as a child I invariably kept it to myself. As children are still sucking in knowledge of the world around them, they don't have reference points or experience to call on and sometimes assume the event will be made clear when they are older.

As your strange account clearly shows, experience doesn't always provide satisfactory answers. At least you now know the St. Andrews Cross spider has flare--there's something adulthood has brought you 😜
bizzjoe (1 stories) (161 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Yes I remember "puppet people" from a while back and I enjoyed the story, but I didn't believe it... But now after reading this story, I'm beginning to wonder... Very interesting...
lady-glow (7 stories) (1522 posts)
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2 years ago (2015-08-31)
Tweed: just reading your description of the little guys gave me the creeps, I can imagine how awful it was for you at such tender age.

Thanks for sharing.

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