Helltown - Haunted Ohio
The Northern part of Summit County in Ohio is known by its eery name, Helltown. In the 1970’s, Boston Township was the site of a government buyout and subsequent mass eviction of citizens of the area. The houses were intended to be torn down and the land used for a national park, but the plans never quite manifested. Legends spawned wildly. Driving through the dark, wooded landscape was enough to give chills even when it was populated, but now the drive is by boarded up houses standing next to the burnt out shells of others.
The persistent legends of Helltown add to its scary, abandoned status. The steep Stanford Road drop off, immediately followed by a dead end, is aptly named The End of the World. If you get stuck at this dead end for too long, you may meet your end at the hands of the endless parade of freaks supposedly patrolling the woods. Satanists, Ku Klux Klan members, escaped mental patients, abnormally large snakes, and mutants caused by an alleged chemical spill are all still being reported as haunting the area. If you stray from the roads, you may find Boston Cemetery, home to a ghostly man, grave robbers and, believe it or not, a moving tree. A true challenge for any suburban explorer.
Traditional Slavic deities: Svarog
Svarog is the father and creator of all other gods. He was the one who continued Rod’s creation of the world. He built the twelve pillars upon which he placed the heavens; he forged the Sun and the stars and placed them upon the sky; and, according to legend, was the creator of humankind. He made the first wedding-ring and so became the protector of marriages. He also taught humans how to forge steel. He lived in Svarga, which would be somewhat of an equivalent to Norse Valhalla. The symbol of Svarog is kolovrat, a Slavic swastika, which depicts the Sun. Statues show him sitting on a throne, with an eagle on his chest, and two scepters in his hands which look like suns. He often wears a helm with buffalo horns. He also has a huge blacksmith hammer.
Slovene band Pankrti playing in 1978. they were the first Yugoslav (and by that, possibly even the first communist) punk band to release a record.
A US Marine shares a banana with a native goat during the Battle for Saipan, 1944.