Author Archives: Wes Phelan

About Wes Phelan

Wes Phelan is author of the Soul Of The Beast, an adventure novel about an ancient Indian myth promising powers to its possessor, and the mysteries and dangers that surround it.

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Were Starving Irishmen Put In Prison For Stealing Food?

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 Soul of the Beast takes place in 1886 during the time of the British Empire. At the time, many Irishmen  were convicted of the same felony. Their crime? Stealing food to feed their starving families. For punishment, they were sent to the penal colony in Australia. Below are excerpts from an online article  on the subject by Independent Australia. You can read the article by clicking on the link.

In the early [1800's], …Australia became the first [British] colony to build a society [based] on the labour of convicted felons…Between 1787 and 1852, more than 150,000 convicts were transported to eastern Australia … around 50,000 prisoners being of Irish origin… SOB convicts on Shipminor thefts [like stealing food to survive were the predominant reasons for the Irish convictions]… Continue reading

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WHAT ARE MATES?

In Soul of the Beast, John and Mick call each other mates. What does that mean?

Being mates means you are more than friends. You are  brothers and sisters who will never desert each other and  would die for each other if necessary

SOBMates4How do people become mates? By going through extreme situations with other persons. For men that can be fighting side by side in wars and battles. Men and women become mates when they go through the challenges of married life together. These include disease, money struggles, aging, and the raising and sometimes death of children.

Any comments? I’d like to hear them. You can post them below.

 

 

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PYRAMIDS

Pyramids play a major part in Awakening the Beast. Below are excerpts from an article on pyramids in Wikipedia.

WTBKheops-Pyramidpyramid … is a structure whose outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point at the top… The base of a pyramid can be [3 or 4 sided] and has at least three outer triangular surfaces… The square pyramid, with a square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.

…Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world…. the Great Pyramid of Khufu [in Egypt is] the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining. … The largest pyramid by volume is the Great Pyramid of Cholula [in Mexico.] Continue reading

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Were Dragons Real?

chinese dragonWere Dragons Real?

The immediate response from most of us is NO.

st_george2Then why are Dragon myths in  cultures all around the world? There are the Chinese dragons and the English story of St. George and the Dragon. The Bible talks about a dragon in the book of Revelation.  The aborigines of Australia have a verbal history about a dragon like creature that they hunted to extinction. Native cultures in North, Central and South America have legends of dragons. The most famous example is the Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl.

Dinosaurs are dragon like creatures. Could dragon myths be a cultural memory about dinosaurs?  For people to remember dinosaurs, dinosaurs and people would have to exist at the same time. Scientists tell us that’s impossible because dinosaurs  were extinct long before man walked the earth. Dinosaurs lived up until 250 million years ago. Man has only been on the earth for 5 million years.

The experts are wrong about this, and it’s easy to prove.Because DINOSAURS ARE ALIVE TODAY.  These living dinosaurs are so familiar that we don’t recognize them for what they are. Below is a partial list of living dinosaurs with their pictures.  Look at each picture and ask yourself, could this be a living dinosaur? The answer for each is obviously yes, and the fossil record confirms it.  Continue reading

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Sacrifice

Animal (and human) sacrifices  have been a terrible reality of many cultures for thousands of years. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia about the subject.

Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religious event.  It is practiced as an act of obedience and as a means of appeasing a god or gods and changing the course of nature.  Animal sacrifice has [been a part of] almost all cultures [to include the] Hebrews … Greeks… Romans … Ancient Egyptians [and] Aztecs.ATB Sacrifice

[Human sacrifice has[also] been practiced by many cultures. The reasons include:

Idol worship.]

death of a king, high priest or great leader; the sacrificed [humans] were supposed to serve or accompany the deceased leader in the next life…

…times of natural disaster. Droughts, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc. were seen as a sign of anger or displeasure by deities, and sacrifices were supposed to lessen the [god's anger]…

The Aztecs practiced human sacrifice on an unusually large scale; a sacrifice [was] made every day to aid the sun in rising… the dedication of the great temple at Tenochtitlán [required the sacrificing of thousands [of people]….

The Phoenicians of Carthage were reputed to practice child sacrifice…, there is archaeological evidence of large numbers of children’s skeletons buried … with sacrificial animals.

Human sacrifice still happens today as an underground practice …Human sacrifice is no longer officially condoned in any country, and [is now] regarded as murder.WTB Animal sacrifice5

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Valley of the Kings: Cemetery of the Pharaohs

The Valley of the Kings plays a large part in Awakening the Beast. it is the burial site of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and royalty. The best known pharaoh to be buried there was Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut. Tutankhamun Coffin

Below is an excerpt about the Valley from the Supreme Council of Antiquities [http://www.sca-egypt.org/].

Nestled in the cliffs on the west bank of the Nile [River is the] Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of the great pharaohs… (1550 – 1070 BC). They are hidden within a wadi (or valley)… Continue reading

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HOW BIG CAN DIAMONDS GET?

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A gigantic diamond plays an important part in Soul Of The Beast and Awakening Of The Beast. How big can real diamonds get? No one knows for certain.The biggest real diamond ever found was the Cullinan diamond. It has 3106 carats and weighs 1.33 pounds (or 621.35 grams).

In the Soul Of The Beast, the fictional diamond is the same size and weight as a bull. The average weight of a  Angus bull is 2500 pounds or 1,825 times larger than the largest known diamondThe Soul Of The Beast diamond is  impossibly large which means it  may not be a diamond at all.  If that’s true, then  what is it?  The answer is in Awakening Of The Beast, the second book in the BEAST series.  

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Any comments about diamonds?  You can post them below. I’d like to hear from you! 

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How Long Can We Survive Without Sleep?

 

The main characters in Soul Of The Beast  and Awakening Of The Beast, are forced to go without sleep for days.   Below are excerpts from the website SLEEPIO

[How long can we survive without sleep? We don't actually know. What we do know is sleep, like breathing] is a fundamental human requirement. It has even been said that one could survive for three times as long without food as one could without sleep. [One animal experiment] found that depriving rats entirely of sleep resulted in their death, or near-dying state, within 11-32 days…

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Tsunamis: Killer Waves

 

Tsunamis: Killer Waves

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The Indian Ocean tsunami generated by the most powerful earthquake in decades [occurred] on December 26[. It] is believed to have killed more than 150,000 people and made millions homeless, making it perhaps the most destructive tsunami in history.

The epicenter of the 9.0 magnitude quake was under the Indian Ocean near the … Indonesian island of Sumatra…. Within hours killer waves … slammed into [coastlines] …snatching people out to sea, drowning others in their homes or on beaches, and demolishing property from Africa to Thailand. …

What Causes A Tsunami?

• A tsunami is a … great sea wave…caused by an underwater earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption. More rarely, a tsunami can be generated by a giant meteor impact with the ocean. Scientists have found traces of an asteroid-collision [3.5 billion years ago] that they say would have created a giant tsunami that swept around the Earth several times [and covered] everything except the mountains …

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Are Thugs Real?

Thugs were very real.thuggee3 They were an Indian assassin cult. Their name for themselves was Thuggee, but the British called them Thugs. Here is what the Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained says about Thugs:

No organized cult of killers has ever murdered as many people as the Thuggees. In the 1830s this Indian secret society strangled upward of 30,000 native people and travelers as sacrifices to their goddess Kali…  Continue reading