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HEADLESS HORSEMAN, And "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," too!

 

 

By Brett Thalliume

The Headless Horseman is a fictional character in the 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," by Washington Irving.

Well known Cities known to have real headless ghosts and haunted horsemen:

Sleepyhallow, New York. -- Washington Irving Tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ", which contained a figure now known as the "Headless Horseman ". some believe this is to be a real haunting. Many gather each year to test the bounds of truth and paranormal reality.

New Orleans, Louisiana-- The headless ghost of a zombie is said to haunt the cities many streets and byways. This Headless ghost sometimes seen riding a large horse has been seen from the streets near New Orleans City Park And in the French Quarter as well.

He is believed to be the ghosts of the first man to be executed as a living dead Zombie on Louisiana soil. Many say his ghosts looks for a substitute head of a living being and must replace his ever year as the one he procured the year before rots away.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania I said to be haunted by a headless ghost who lost his head from cannon fire. The lone ghosts is said to haunt several locations but will not go near the Farnsworth House or the Cahstown in.

Galveston, Texas -- The ghost of a headless pirate from the days of the pirate King Laffite are said to watch over his many buried treasures on the island. Some believe it is guarded by Zombies also. There is also the headless ghost of a Indian who is said to have stood up to him. The Indian said to be beheaded by the Pirate King himself. He said to be cursed to walk the Island until Judgment Day By Laffite's Voodoo Queen. Laffite is said to have fed his head to his evil Campeche Devil Dogs.

Weatherford, Texas -- The city was named by the Texas Legislature as the Peach Capital of Texas due to the peaches produced by area growers. As such, the peach is celebrated each year at the Parker County Peach Festival, which is Weatherford’s largest event and one of the best-attended festivals in Texas.

A great Texas landmark is the Second Empire style Parker County Courthouse, which is located in the geographical center of the county in downtown Weatherford. The building is surrounded by buildings which served other purposes at the turn of the 20th century, including saloons and cat-houses. And the headless ghost of a dead unknown prostitute roams the streets each night looking for a new head.

Miami, Florida -- The headless ghost of Bessie is said to haunt the area of South Beach. The Art Deco District in Miami's South Beach is one of the most welcoming, haunted communities in Florida. South Beach is a great place for paranormal investigator travelers to visit because it offers hot clubs, great scenery, and a very upbeat vibe. But it is also home to a crew of no less then three headless ghost that roam the area. Why they are there and their history no one knows. The Female ghost many have taken to call Bessie. (Not her Real Name)

Cleveland, Ohio -- Said to be haunted by a headless ghosts that rides a motorcycle.

Akron, Ohio -- Much of Akron's early growth was because of its location at the summit of the Ohio and Erie Canal (thus the name Summit County) which at one time connected Lake Erie and the Ohio River. this is where this headless corpse or ghost is said to haunt.

Camp Lejeune, North Carolina -- A story has circulated in the area about a Headless serviceman seen each night walking down a lonely road leading to the camp.

Birmingham, Alabama -- Is said to be haunted by the headless ghost of a man and his headless dog. The long stretch of highway 59 is said to be where all his sightings occur.

Winchendon, Massachusetts-- Is said to be haunted by a young boys headless ghosts that falls as he walks when someone goes to investigate he just disappears.

Headless Horseman may also refer to:

* The Headless Horseman, an 1865 novel by Mayne Reid
* The Headless Horseman, a film produced by ComiColor Cartoons in 1934
* Headless Horseman 2007 film by Active Entertainment
* A fictional character in the 1949 Disney film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
* Headless Horseman, a fictional character in a short story by Washington Irving and in the 1999 horror film Sleepy Hollow that was partly based on Irving's story
* A fictional character in the 2004 TV movie The Hollow
* "Headless Horseman", a song by Pigmy Love Circus on the 2003 album The Power of Beef
* Headless Horseman, a Halloween story told in St. Williams, Ontario
* Headless Horseman Hayride, a Halloween attraction in Ulster Park, New York
* Dullahan, a headless horseman from Irish mythology
* Headless Horseman, a ghost in Prestbury, Gloucestershire
* The Headless Horseman a 2002 Power Metal Album by Pegazus
* The Headless Horseman, a fictional character in the videogame World of Warcraft, that comes in the themed Halloween period called Hallow's End

The Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted Houses (also known as H5) is an outdoor haunted attraction in the Hudson Valley area of New York. It is located in Ulster Park, about 10 miles (16 km) from Poughkeepsie, New York. This haunted attraction covers 45 acres (180,000 m2) and includes a hay ride, corn maze, and two haunted houses . According to the HauntWorld magazine, the Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted Houses is rated as the #1 haunted attraction in the United States. The attraction has been featured on Emeril's Halloween special and the Travel Channel, and draws celebrities as customers as well. HeadlessHorseman.com

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is located in Ulster Park, NY, part of the Historic Haunted Hudson Valley. The property incorporates over forty-five acres of naturally landscaped property that includes foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more. It has been Named #1 Hayride in America by American Airlines Magazine, as well as #1 Haunted Attraction in the country by Haunt World Magazine, also receiving top ten national rankings from CNBC and AOL. Headless Horseman is a theatrical experience like no other!

 

Our "family oriented" attraction includes a one mile hayride, a labyrinth style corn maze, three professionally created haunted houses, four food concessions, as well as Ghoulish Gifts, Magic Moon Gifts, Scarewear, Fear Gear and Witchy Woman gift shops. READ MORE

Saint Charles, Missouri is said to be haunted by a headless ghost that also rides a large horse. No one knows who he is are where he came from. but that hasn't stopped him from haunting the area for over 100 years.

St. Charles (French: Saint-Charles; Spanish: "San Carlos") is a city in, and the county seat of, St. Charles County, Missouri. It lies just to the northwest of St. Louis, Missouri, on the Missouri River, and played for a time a significant role in the United States' westward expansion. It is the second oldest city west of the Mississippi, founded in 1765 as Les Petites Côtes, "The Little Hills", by Louis Blanchette, a French Canadian fur trader, and was the last "civilized" stop for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The city served as the first Missouri capital, from 1821 to 1826. It is the site for the Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne shrine. It is also the home base for the St. Louis National Weather Service Forecast Office, serving central, east-central and northeastern Missouri as well as west-central and southwest Illinois.

The Riverfront area and Main Street is a central gathering place and focal point for the community. and the spot where this headless ghost is more then often seen witnessed and even touched by. The primary features of the riverfront and Historic Main Street are residences and businesses open year-round. Each block features shops, many trendy restaurants and offices that visitors and locals frequent. The ghost is said to be seen in the late evening hours and those before sunrise.  

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery was founded in 1849, and is adjacent to the Old Dutch Burying Ground. They are separately owned and administered. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York is the resting place of numerous famous figures, including Washington Irving, whose story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is set in the adjacent Old Dutch Burying Ground. Incorporated in 1849 as Tarrytown Cemetery, it posthumously honored Irving's request that it change its name to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

The cemetery is a non-profit, non-sectarian burying ground of approximately 90 acres. It is contiguous with, but separate from, the church yard of the colonial-era church that was a setting for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The Rockefeller family estate, whose grounds abut Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, contains the private Rockefeller cemetery.

Several outdoor scenes from the 1970 feature film House of Dark Shadows were filmed at the cemetery's receiving vault.

 

Headless ghosts are said to haunt the world all over. From haunted castles to desolate crossroads, beaches and the back roads where all evil truly lives. Many in the paranormal research field all have only the works of Washington Irving to compare the actual hauntings too.

Marshall, Texas has a ghost that is headless as well. In a chance meeting with Lisa Lee Harp Waugh while working on this article She related the tale of the headless ghost Of Marshall, Texas.

The ghost is that of a young boy and his horse who both lost their while trying to cross the train tracks near the depot. He is said to be a wretched ghosts that smells very foul and tugs on people clothes to get attention. He is often seen riding his headless horse trying to warn people of oncoming trains.

Waugh told me of how she and her friends would sneak out late at night and hunt for his ghost when she was young. Everyone would do it back then even WWE and Texas wrestling great Kerry Von Erich who Waugh was personal friends with and explored the paranormal with.

Von Erich had related to her and a group of friends once that he had seen the real headless ghost boy and the headless horse on more then one occasion late at night. And this is how and why we searched for him. We would drive along the train tracks everynight until 4 am, school night or not for over two years. We just had to glimpse this well meaning ghost.

The story was not something new to the area, we had all heard it many times growing up. Just Kerry was the first person we knew who said he had encountered the dead boy and horse. So we all went out looking and trying to encounter him ourselves. And we did!

Waugh has also investigated and says actually encounterd a headless ghost near Cleburne, Texas. the ghost Waugh said haunted her during several Necromantic rituals in the 1980's.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a short story by Washington Irving contained in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., written while he was living in Birmingham, England, and first published in 1820. With Irving's companion piece "Rip Van Winkle", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is among the earliest examples of American fiction still read today.

The story is set circa 1790 in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow. It tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a lean, lanky, and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt, the town rowdy, for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a party he attended at the Van Tassel home on an autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, who is supposedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War, and who "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head". Ichabod mysteriously disappears from town, leaving Katrina to marry Brom Bones, who was "to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related". Although the nature of the Headless Horseman is left open to interpretation, the story implies that the Horseman was actually Brom Bones in disguise.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was based on a German folktale, set in the Dutch culture of Pre-Revolutionary War in New York State. The original folktale was recorded by Karl Musäus. An excerpt of Musäus:

The headless horseman was often seen here. An old man who did not believe in ghosts told of meeting the headless horseman coming from his trip into the Hollow. The horseman made him climb up behind. They rode over bushes, hills, and swamps. When they reached the bridge, the horseman suddenly turned into a skeleton. He threw the old man into the brook and sprang away over the treetops with a clap of thunder.

The dénouement of the fictional tale is set at the bridge over the Pocantico River in the area of the Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground in Sleepy Hollow. The characters of Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel may have been based on local residents known to the author. The character of Katrina is thought to have been based upon Eleanor Van Tassel Brush, in which case her name is derived from that of Eleanor's aunt Catriena Ecker Van Tessel.

Although Irving knew an army colonel named Ichabod Crane from Staten Island, New York (who was also once the Commanding Officer of Lieutenant Stonewall Jackson), the character in "The Legend" may have been patterned after Jesse Merwin, who taught at the local schoolhouse in Kinderhook, further north along the Hudson River, where Irving spent several months in 1809.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" follows a tradition of folk tales and poems involving a supernatural wild chase, including Robert Burns's Tam O' Shanter (1790), and Bürger's Der wilde Jäger, translated as The Wild Huntsman (1796).

Notable film adaptations include:
Will Rogers in The Headless Horseman (1922)

* The Headless Horseman (1922), a silent version directed by Edward Venturini, and starring Will Rogers as Ichabod Crane. It was filmed on location in New York's Hudson River Valley.
* The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), directed by James Algar, Clyde Geronimi and Jack Kinney, produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is an animated cartoon adaptation of the story, paired with a similar treatment of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. The climactic ride is more extended than in the original story, and the possibility is stressed that the visually impressive Horseman is in fact a ghost rather than a human in disguise. Later the Sleepy Hollow portion of the film was separated from the companion film, and shown separately as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1958.
* The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980), directed by Henning Schellerup. A made-for-television movie filmed in Utah, starring Jeff Goldblum as Ichabod Crane and Dick Butkus as Brom Bones.
* Tall Tales and Legends episode "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1987), starring Ed Begley, Jr. as Ichabod Crane, Beverly D'Angelo as Katrina Van Tassel, and Charles Durning as Doffue Van Tassel who is also the narrator. Produced and hosted by Shelley Duvall.
* The Real Ghostbusters featured an episode with a descendant of Ichabod Crane cursed by a headless apparition on a motorcycle who chases her.
* In the Nickelodeon television series Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992), the episode "The Tale of the Midnight Ride" serves as a sequel to the classic story. In this episode a boy moves to Sleepy Hollow where he develops a crush on a girl. One night after the Halloween dance, they see the ghost of Ichabod Crane and send him over the bridge that the Headless Horseman cannot cross, prompting the Headless Horseman to then come after them.
* The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999) was a Canadian television film directed by Pierre Gang.
* Sleepy Hollow (1999) was a feature film directed by Tim Burton, though the adaptation takes many liberties with the plot and characters. Johnny Depp starred as Ichabod Crane while Christopher Walken plays the Headless Horseman. In that same year, a similar television movie on Odyssey with Brent Carver aired. It was filmed in Montreal.
* The Hollow (2004) was a TV movie that premiered on the ABC Family channel starring Kaley Cuoco. The adaptation focused on a teenage descendant of Ichabod Crane.
* The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell (2004) was an episode of the TV show Charmed. A headless horseman murders the teachers at Magic School by beheading them.
* Halloween Hound: The Legend of Creepy Collars is the second-season premiere of the children's television show Wishbone. In this episode, the show's central character and narrator, a talking dog named Wishbone, imagines himself as Ichabod Crane and reenacts the Headless Horseman story in his imagination as his owner, a boy named Joe Talbot, goes on a Halloween night scavenger hunt.

 

More real haunted Cities noted to have real headless horseman and headless ghosts:


Copperas Cove, Texas
Valrico, Florida
Fair Oaks, California
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Williamson, West Virginia
Manassas, Virginia
Chandigarh, India
Santa Rosa, California
Glendale, Arizona
Bonnyville, Alberta
Santa Rosa, California
Montpelier, Vermont
Bryson City, North Carolina
Bordeaux, Aquitaine France
Saint Albans, West Virginia
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Mound, Minnesota lornia
Costa Mesa, California
Springfield, Massachusetts
Glendale, Arizona
Ottawa, Ontario
Reston, Virginia
Forked River, New Jersey
Warren, Michigan
Blaise, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Vista, California
Madison, Wisconsin
Oslo, Norway
Westminster, Maryland
Yucca Valley, California
Los Angeles, California
Sas Van Gent, Zeeland
Church Hill, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Jefferson City, Missouri
Daytona Beach, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Royalton, Illinois
Valrico, Florida
Indio, California
Kellogg, Idaho
Austin, Texas
Lawrence, Kansas
Laurel, Maryland
Columbus, Ohio
Manchester, United Kingdom
Athens, Attiki , Greece
Marion , North Carolina
Middle Village, New York
Summit, New Jersey
Laredo, Texas

Many like Lisa Lee Harp Waugh will tell you that many thought or believed to be real hauntings are not what they seem to be.

Egregore (also "egregor") is an occult concept representing a "thoughtform" or "collective group mind", an autonomous psychic entity made up of, and influencing, the thoughts of a group of people. The symbiotic relationship between an egregore and its group has been compared to the more recent, non-occult concepts of the corporation (as a legal entity) and the meme. could this mean that many hauntings and those formed drom urban legends are created ghosts that come alive by our own doing. do we give them life?

A thoughtform is a manifestation of mental energy, also known as a 'tulpa' in Tibetan mysticism. The thoughtform is also one of the expressed (visualized) means of Samyama. Its concept is related to the Western philosophy and practice of magic.

Khanna (2003: p.21) links mantras and yantras to thoughtforms:

Mantras, the Sanskrit syllables inscribed on yantras, are essentially 'thought forms' representing divinities or cosmic powers, which exert their influence by means of sound-vibrations.

 

A number of unrelated definitions have been suggested to define the Headless Horseman:

* An image or images held in the mind of a practitioner which aids in the manifestation of intent. An agency of psychic effect which exists and takes form on the pre-physical realms of existence, which acts in accord with the Intent of its creator(s).

* A living spiritual being created by humans. It could be a magical person's helper, or a being created by the belief in it from masses of people.

* A homunculus of awareness: an instantaneous observer / observed duality. Homunculi appear in various theories of cognitive philosophy and psychology to account for different facets of conscious self. They are created by everyone every moment (in some formulations they are everyone every moment); and they possess wills of their own.

The concept has enjoyed renewed popularity among practitioners of Chaos Magic, following the Corporate Metabolism series of articles by Paco Xander Nathan, which were published in 2001.

Chaos magic is a school of the modern magical tradition which emphasizes the pragmatic use of belief systems and the creation of new and unorthodox methods. Although there are a few techniques unique to chaos magic (such as some forms of sigil magic), chaos magic is often highly individualistic and borrows liberally from other belief systems, due to chaos magic having a central belief that belief is a tool. Some common sources of inspiration include such diverse areas as science fiction, scientific theories, traditional ceremonial magic, neoshamanism, Eastern philosophy, world religions, and individual experimentation. Despite tremendous individual variation, chaos magicians (or "chaotes") often work with chaotic and humorous paradigms, such as the worship of Hundun from Taoism or Eris from Discordianism. They commonly also use psychedelic drugs in a practice known as chemognosticism.

 

 

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