The forest often seems creepy and mysterious. It is not without reason that world folklore is full of stories about how unhappy children and young girls were wound up and thrown into the forest wilderness, how robbers, predators, and various evil spirits were operating there. Today we will talk about forests that can instill fear through anomalies, legends, historical facts and dangerous inhabitants.
On the bank of the Oka River near the village of Tarnovo in the Ryazan Region, the so-called Drunken Forest grows – it is a rectangle of crooked growing conifers. It is curious that only coniferous trees were bent and entwined in this place, and deciduous trees stand straight, as usual. Researchers and scientists have repeatedly tried to solve the riddle of the Drunk Forest and agreed that there is a geomagnetic anomaly.
The curved forest is found in some places of the planet, including it is on the Curonian Spit on the Baltic Sea coast. There, conifers look as if they were bent and twisted by a giant, which is why the forest received the name Dancing.
According to one of the scientific versions, the cause of the curvature could be the reaction of trees to a vortex magnetic field: it twisted the axes of the trees and created an extraordinary landscape.
Also anomalous Krivolesie can be seen in the vicinity of the village of Novo Tsarnovo in Western Poland. About 400 twisted trees turned to the north were planted by the Germans during the occupation in 1930. According to scientists, the Germans were going to make furniture, hulls of vessels and equipment for plows from bentwood, but it is unknown how exactly they achieved the surprising bend of trunks.
Favorite Forest of Suicides
In Japan, there is an ominous place – Aokigahara. This is a dense forest at the foot of Mount Fuji on the island of Honshu, which has been popular with local suicides for more than half a century. Since 1970, the police has been engaged in regular body searches in Aokigahar and annually finds from 70 to 100 corpses. The most common ways of leaving a life in the forest are hanging or poisoning with drugs. Of course, the authorities and social organizations are trying to break the tradition and prevent new deaths. At the entrance weighs the sign: “Your life is a priceless gift from your parents” – and the hotline is indicated. However, suicides have not yet ceased to be popular in Japan: in 2014, 25,374 cases of suicide were reported (in 2003 there were 34,427). Aokigahara is the second most popular place in the world to say goodbye to life after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and, if it were not for the tourists going back and forth, it would probably have broken this sad record. Books have been written about the forest of suicides, films have been made, songs sung that romanticize and popularize this place. For example, in the Japanese writer’s book, Vataru Tsurumi, A Complete Guide to Suicide, Aokigahara is advertised as the best place to die — and is sometimes found near the bodies.
UFO Dating Site
The Romanian forest Hoya-Bachu is known as the paranormal zone. Locals and some scientists, according to them, observed unidentified flying objects here, heard voices, saw obscure figures and outlines. People called the forest the Bermuda Triangle and try to avoid it, and those who still visit, complain of headaches, dizziness, nausea and other ailments.
There are legends about the forest: as if a shepherd with two hundred sheep had disappeared, one woman lost her memory, and once a five-year-old girl disappeared and appeared five years later, not matured at all.
In the 1960s, Alexander Sift, a biology teacher, settled here: he took a large number of photographs of possible UFOs, unidentified luminescence and silhouettes, and also studied the phenomenon of a “bald” glade — an absolutely round piece of land in the forest that is devoid of vegetation; measurement A comparative analysis of the soil showed that the land in the meadow and from other forest areas is no different, which means that there is no scientific explanation for the phenomenon.
Sift noted that, according to local residents, UFOs are more common in this area. Further research was continued by military engineer Emil Barney. He took a picture, which later was considered by some to be the most clear and reliable image of a UFO in Europe. Anomalies of the forest was also described by the scientist Adrian Patrut in the book “The Appearances of the Forest of Hoya-Bachu”
Forest of Screaming Ghosts
Near the English village of Plakli in Kent County is the Screaming Forest, which is considered to be the habitat of ghosts. According to legend, in the XVIII century, local residents killed a robber in this forest and he still wanders and wants revenge. Besides him, in these places there is supposedly a poltergeist and the spirits of other dead people, including the colonel and the teacher hanging in the trees, wander. Locals claim that screams can be heard from the forest in the early morning. Numerous ghostbusters believe them: tourists come to tickle their nerves and wander among the trees at night trying to hear something unusual. For example, The Visual Paranormal Investigation team assures that they managed to talk to the spirits of the Screaming Forest.
In the United States in Vermont there is a forest with a bad reputation: people disappeared without a trace. Unexplained sounds, unusual atmospheric phenomena and unseen animals in the forest were also reported. Writer and folklorist Joseph Citrow called this place the Bennington Triangle – by analogy with Bermuda. In his books, he argued that this place is considered damned since the days of the Indians: they tried to avoid it long before the arrival of the colonists.
Stories about the bad forest have been present in the local folklore since the end of the XIX century. According to legends, more than ten people disappeared here, but only five cases were documented: they all occurred between 1945 and 1950. Among the missing were a 74-year-old hunter and fisherman who knew the terrain well, an 18-year-old student, an 8-year-old boy, an elderly veteran, and a 53-year-old woman walker. The body of the latter could be found after seven months, the rest were not found, despite long searches.
Another anomalous forest in the United States is the Freetown Fall River Reserve in southeastern Massachusetts, it is also called the Bridgewater Triangle: it is believed to be the territory of Satanists, gangsters and suicides. According to the legends, these lands have long served as a place of religious rites, including sacrifices and ritual killings of animals. There is evidence of ball lightning seen here, giant snakes, mutilated animals, UFOs and other unusual phenomena.
According to beliefs, these places were cursed by indians who were angry with the colonists. In the forest remained their graves. It is said that the spirits of the buried aborigines roam the woods and seek revenge.
The police also have a “dossier” on a bad forest: there have been several murders and accidents. In 1998, for example, the police found here mutilated carcasses of calves and cows, which, apparently, were sacrificed.
The Red (Red) Forest is a notorious area of the forest around Chernobyl, which has acquired a reddish-brown color from the release of radioactive dust. Many trees were blown down and died. Due to radioactive decay, the glow of the trunks at night could still be observed for a long time.
Almost 30 years have passed since the accident at the Chernobyl NPP, but, as experts note, the forest still remains radioactive. Last spring, scientists from the United States and France made public the results of the study of the Red Forest ecosystem and pointed out the anomaly: dead trees do not decompose, as if they were conserved at the time of the accident. Scientists conducted an experiment: collected several bags of leaves, not affected by radiation, and put them in different parts of the forest. The conjecture was confirmed: in places with increased radiation, foliage rotted 40% slower than in ordinary forest zones. This is due to the fact that bacteria and fungi, which cause decay, are less active during radiation.
According to scientists, the Red Forest is potentially dangerous by the fire of accumulated vegetation – if it burns, the radiation will spread more widely.