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Were Starving Irishmen Convicted 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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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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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

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THE ANCIENT OCEAN

In SOUL OF THE BEAST, there is an ancient map that shows an ocean separating India from the Asian continent.The map is fiction, but the ocean was real and is called the Tethys Ocean.

The ancient ocean existed until the land mass of India shifted north and collided with Asia. When India and Asia came together, that eliminated the ocean and forced the land up. This elevation of the land is known today as the Himalayan Mountains. The movement of continents is called continental drift or tectonic shift and is still happening today.

Tectonic drift didn’t just happen between Asia and India. If you look at a map of the world, you’ll see that the continents of Europe, Africa, North America and South America  fit together like large pieces of a puzzle. That is because they were once part of a single and much larger land mass called Pangaea. (See the map above.) Unlike the collision of the Asia and India continents eliminating an ocean, here  the movement of tectonic plates created large bodies of water and  split the “super continent” into smaller continents.

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Is Climbing Mount Everest Dangerous?

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Climbing Mount Everest is extremely dangerous. Jon Krakauer wrote “Into Thin Air”, a true life account of his disastrous climb to the top of Mt. Everest. What he experienced was beyond dangerous. Below are exerpts from his book that speak for themselves.

…a boulder the size of a small television came rocketing down from the cliffs above and smashed Andy Harris’s chest. It knocked him off his feet, slammed the wind out of him, and left him dangling from the fixed lie in a  state of shock for several minutes. Had he not been clipped in with a jumar he would have certainly fallen to his death.

Chen Yu-Nan…crawled out of his tent to evacuate his bowels shod only in smooth-soled liners of his mountaineering boots- a serious lapse of judgment. As he squatted, he lost his footing on the ice and went hurtling down the Lhotse Face. Incredibly, after falling only 70 feet he plunged headfirst in a crevasse, which arrested his tumble. Sherpas who had seen the incident lowered a rope, quickly pulled him out of the slot…(the) radio crackled to life: it was Jangbu reporting in a panicked voice that Chen had stopped breathing.everest8 Continue reading

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Can Monks Really Disappear?

tibetan-monk1No one can actually disappear. When a monk in Soul Of The Beast disappears, he is blocking people from seeing him through mind control. Could mind control be used in the real world to make someone seem to disappear? To my knowledge, this has not been confirmed, but it should be possible.

To a minor degree, mind control is already part of our everyday lives. It is so common that we don’t see it for what it is and accept it as normal. Our minds are controlled with advertising, propaganda, movies, television, radio, stirring speeches, bad news, good news, what we’re taught in school, and even gossip from a neighbor.

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How Different Cultures Deal With Their Dead

In Soul Of The Beast and Awakening Of The Beast, the bodies of the dead are cremated.  Cremation is the burning of a dead body until all that is left are ashes. This method of disposing of the dead is  used in many parts of the world, including the United States. Other common ways  in the US for dealing with the dead are burial in the ground and placing the body inside a stone structure (mausoleum, tomb, pyramid, temple). SOBnewgrang

Other practices for dealing with the dead that are less familiar or unknown in the United States and  Western cultures include:

Leaving the dead body on the ground for animals to eat.

Building a mound of earth or a pile of stones over the body.

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Sending the body out to sea on a burning ship (vikings).

Placement of the body inside a sealed cave to rot. After decomposition of the body is complete, all that remains are the bones. The bones are removed from the cave and stored separately or placed with other bones in an “ossuary”.  Wikipedia definition of ossuary is: a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.

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BEGGARS

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In Soul of the Beast, John encounters beggars in Calcutta, India. Below is a discussion about beggars with quotes from Wikipedia .

SOBbeggar_4Beggars and Begging “have existed in human society since before the dawn of recorded history.” Begging is still common in nearly every society today with a variation in  the prevalence and exact form.

 Beggars are typically people who are unable to work because of personal problems such as handicaps, injuries and mental illness or because of a lack of jobs. They beg to obtain the basics of life: food and money. 

In the past,  governments helped beggars by forcing them into workhouses, “a state-operated institution where those unable to obtain other employment were forced to work in often grim conditions in exchange for a small amount of food. The welfare state of the 20th century [has] greatly reduced the number of beggars by directly providing for the basic necessities of the poor from state funds.”

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