Brocken Finds

Breakfastologist

Abominable Snowman
Joined
Jul 31, 2001
Messages
921
Likes
17
Points
49
#1
Inspired by this news story and other Brocken related stuff- I had heard of the spectre effect but it seems that it was the centre of all kinds of old culture, presumably the cause of it's being associated with witches and the like. Does anyone know more about Brocken mythology or know any good sources?
 

gyrtrash

Justified & Ancient
Joined
Dec 27, 2001
Messages
1,142
Likes
24
Points
69
#2
So this is where the term 'Brocken Spectre' comes from?

It does seem like it was an important site; a 'milestone in archaeological research'...

State archaeologist Harald Meller said the site, which is believed to be a monument of ancient cult worship, provided the first insights into the spiritual and religious world of Europe’s earliest farmers. Francois Bertemes of the university of Halle-Wittenberg estimated the site to be around 7,000 years old. He described its significance as "one of the oldest holy sites" discovered in Central Europe.
There was an update here, Breakfast;-
http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1441_A_942824_1_A,00.html
 

stonedog3

Abominable Snowman
Joined
Jul 19, 2003
Messages
858
Likes
14
Points
49
#4
I know about Brocken spectres but not other stuff - any elaboration?

Kath
 

Bigphoot2

Not sprouts! I hate sprouts.
Joined
Jul 30, 2005
Messages
6,220
Likes
15,146
Points
294
#7
Brocken Spectre photographed at Glen Coe. Some lovely images of the phenomenon.

Hillwalker describes 'brocken spectre' on Glen Coe mountain
  • 2 hours ago

Image copyrightCAROL PURCELLImage captionCarol Purcell's brocken spectre on Bidean nam Bian in Glen Coe
A hillwalker has described her experience of a weather effect, known as a brocken spectre, above the clouds on Bidean nam Bian in Glen Coe.
The effect is produced when a person is able to stand above the upper surface of a cloud with the sun behind them.
In the past, the phenomenon was thought to be a supernatural creature dubbed The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdui.
Carol Purcell, from Edinburgh, said the experience was "extraordinary".
etc
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-46277410
 

Frideswide

Fortea Morgana :) PeteByrdie certificated Princess
Staff member
Joined
Jul 14, 2014
Messages
9,593
Likes
9,842
Points
284
Location
An Eochair
#10
Very clear how, without an understanding of how it works, it would be distinctly unnerving.
 

Frideswide

Fortea Morgana :) PeteByrdie certificated Princess
Staff member
Joined
Jul 14, 2014
Messages
9,593
Likes
9,842
Points
284
Location
An Eochair
#11
A thought. Are places that accumulate legends of mysterious figures particularly suited to the broken illlusion?

Higher ground gives you both mist/cloud and angled light.

What else?
 
Top