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The Occult and Unexplained Encyclopedia  
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The entirety of beliefs, knowledge and practices known as 'the occult' could be with every reason regarded as the beginnings of the modern day sciences. Alchemy was the direct ancestor of chemistry, astrology the forerunner of astronomy, magnetism the predecessor of hypnotism. Medicine as we know today evolved from ancient magic, zoology from crude medieval bestiaries and mineralogy from primitive crystal mysticism. We can also trace many of the early processes of philosophy, psychology and theology to these same unorthodox roots.
 

In our modern world, science has barely scratched the surface of human knowledge. It is slow and laborious, being by nature cautious and skeptical. Not long ago it was typical to dismiss, mock and scoff at the occult sciences and the unexplained. Today, men of science have placed them under a microscope for careful examination. The results of their investigations over the past years, if hasn't broken the barrier between men and the supernatural, as a minimum served to open our minds in regards to the unexplained and mysterious.
 

Ghostly visions are proven to happen, whatever their nature may be, hallucinatory or otherwise; the manufacturing of gold from base metals has been achieved, if only in small quantities; mind powers have been researched and investigated by different countries and government agencies; the existence of extraterrestrial life is believed by over half of the world's population; hypnotism is being utilized in ordinary medical practice. And these are just some examples of the modern acceptance of ancient occult wisdom and techniques once considered hogwash and non-sense.


The unusual seems to take place regularly, and the impossible is just slightly rarer. Undoubtedly, many of the paranormal phenomena reported are imaginary, mistakes, fake, or fraudulent. Some, when closely examined, turned out to have a perfectly rational explanation. Yet the sheer number of mystifying cases has led some investigators to question the effectiveness of the scientific method, for it seems that science has never been, and may never be, able to account for everything that happens in our planet and the universe. The unexplained takes many strange and different forms. It includes every mystery that has not been answered or solved.


Let us beware, therefore, of taking a narrowed view of bizarre and strange phenomena, and of ancient secret knowledge. Many such things may be difficult to explain or believe, but just because researchers cannot yet account or explain many of these incidents, occurrences, and beliefs, we should not immediately dismiss them and stubbornly declare that it just cannot happen or cannot be. With every year that passes, humankind discovers and learns more, but we do not know everything yet, and probably never will. Our universe is such a wondrous, mysterious and complex place that it is very unlikely that we will ever break every code, solve every puzzle and understand every phenomenon. . .
 

Occultopedia does not promote or discredit beliefs and opinions about any of the topics encompassing the occult sciences and the paranormal, but only describes the rich variety of anomalous, unexplained, sometimes totally bizarre phenomena, and informs as for the meaning of the words and terms, providing clear definitions and understanding. I can only hope it will enlighten and perhaps even entertain some of the cyber pilgrims wandering in here . . .
 

I will not pretend that this online encyclopedia covers all of the thousands ― maybe hundreds of thousands  ―  of words, topics and fields that could be included in an occult and paranormal encyclopedia.



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Marcus has worked as a technical writer, metrologist, quality assurance consultant, web designer and internet developer. He attended the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the University Santa Ursula, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and also Macomb Community College, in Michigan, USA, studying engineering, metrology, calibration, quality assurance, and liberal arts. He acquired a strong interest in the paranormal and unexplained while growing up in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Superstition, Shamanism, Macumba and Santeria were, and still are, an intrinsic part of everyday life. As a young man he spent a couple of years in the Amazon basin, connecting with the intriguing local fauna, flora and natives. He has also traveled to many exotic lands and places, always finding time to do research into the mysterious, uncanny and unexplained.


Marcus has amassed a considerable archive of material during many years of personal research. A minuscule part of these records are presented here at Occultopedia.

 

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Occultopedia is an A to Z encyclopedia of metaphysical, curious and supernatural people, things, practices and events; an online treasury of unusual, occult and secret knowledge and information. Access it alphabetically....



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Occultopedia is the genuine article, the original and the best internet index of the extraordinary and uncanny, shamelessly copied by many, but never equaled. Online since 1995 — at first in a free web space provider (Tripod.com), and in 1997 finally with its own domain name and hosting — Occultopedia still is the principal online resource for those looking for the unexplained, the curious and the unusual.



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Occultopedia may appear to be a for profit site, but my site is not in reality a commercial one. All of the commercial links are from affiliate programs, and the little revenue I get from these is to pay for hosting, bandwidth — that can be quite costly if you have a lot of traffic, graphics and pages — and any other expenses related to Occultopedia's upkeep, support, and maintenance. For more details, visit my ordering information page.


Occultopedia is a FREE online resource available to the whole world. Usage of my word definitions and articles by educational institutions, teachers and students alike, is here by granted. Reproduction for profit, and for display in another web site is strictly forbidden, and will be handled as copyright infringement and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. However, if you follow some simple guidelines, I will grant permission for limited reproduction. For more information, please consult my intellectual property rights, warranties and disclaimers information page. Support Occultopedia and make it your online shopping destination. If you prefer, you can also make a donation.



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