The Jumbees of Anguilla

cr1Rising Soca music echoing through an island who’s name literally means eel due to its’ shape one would not think of this tropical paradise as having anything to do with superstition. Millions of visitors grace its’ sandy beaches never knowing what is lurking, watching & waiting in the wings to induce thoughts that nightmares are made of.

It is not bad enough that the Old Higue of Caribbean folk lore derives from this area and numerous oral traditions of this demonic spirit that shows itself as an elderly man or woman who, upon shedding its human skin, is revealed a glowing, animated ball of light. Female variants are said to drink the blood of children, while the male variants prey primarily on adults. Waking up with black and blue marks on one’s skin is said to be a sign that you’ve been visited by Ol’ Higue overnight. Tradition dictates that to ward them off, one must leave a bag or a bowl of rice before one’s door before bed.

They also believe in the Jumbees of the trees, primarily the Silk Cotton Trees which encroaches with its finger like roots able to engulf a home with in its’ grip. This legendary tree, is easily among the most feared and notorious symbols of the spirit realm in this part of the world.
The reverence attached to these trees goes all the way back to the slave days, a product of ancient belief systems practiced throughout Western Africa, native home to a great many slaves, as well as the silk cotton trees themselves.

According to folklore, the silk cotton is one of the best places to find spirits, Jumbees, duppies, and other supernatural beings.They live inside the trees, which presents a bit of a problem if you’re ever trying to build something where these trees are numerous. There are tales of islanders refusing to cut down silk cotton trees for fear of releasing the spirits inside. These spirits and belief are prevalent throughout this area as well as all the Caribbean.

source Caribbean Uncharted

Katie Snow

Katie Snow

Chair: Aliens & UFO's at Dead Ringer Paranormal
My name is Kathy Snow however in the Paranormal world I am simply known as katie! My team and I take the paranormal field very seriously and have been up and down the eastern seaboard investigating known and unknown locations. My team consists of all family members giving us the opportunity to work well together with no drama. I am a national as well as internationally published paranormal writer. Our evidence has been shown on My ghost story caught on camera and we work hard within our community to bring awareness and understanding to the field. There are four ordained ministers on the team. After 16 years in the field we no longer do in house investigations as we are out trying to find unknown haunted locations and we consult on cases other teams may have questions on. After founding 3 teams, we have recently relocated and our new team name is Dead Ringer Paranormal. We are proud of the work we do and try to show the community it is a scientific field of study and a lot of work goes into what we all do. We are an old world team meaning we investigate with just what we need, we do not hook up wires and tons of equipment, we believe in studying the paranormal in traditional proven ways. I am excited and proud to have been asked to be a rep for NPS..
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