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A 16th Century playwright, William Shakespeare, is a famous and common house-hold name. A conspiracy theory suggests that his work was written by someone else.

He was born the son of a glovemaker in 1564, he married and had three children. He went to London after 1585, he was the co-founder of the Globe Theatre and retired to Stratford, where he died rich and successful in 1616.

Francis Bacon was put forward as his real identity. In the 1920’s it was suggested that it might be Bacon by Edward Vere (Earl of Oxford) and in the 1950’s by William Stromley (Earl of Derby), another suggestion for his true identity was Christopher Marlowe.

The suggestion for the hidden writer was that due to his background he may have lacked the education and experience to portray the intricacies of the plays he wrote.

In 1976, London’s star actor, John Kemble presented a ‘new’ play by Shakespeare. It was titled ‘Vortigern and Rowena’ but was written by a 17 year-old faker, William Henry Ireland. Kemble suspected it’s authenticity, it closed on its opening night. It seems that Ireland was undeterred by the revelation and wrote under both his own name and that of Shakespeare’s anyway.


Posted: July 20, 2012 in Theology
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From ignorance, lead me to truth;
From darkness, lead me to light;
From death, lead me to immortality
Om peace, peace, peace

Mantra’s originated in the Vedic tradition of INdia, an essential part of the Hindu tradition and also a customary practise within the Buddhism, Sikh and Jainism religions. The Om Syllable is believed to be the “Sound of the Universe” and in Vedanta mysticism is a mantra in it’s own right.

Hindu tantre also came to see the letters as well as the sounds as divine representatives, the shift towards writing came when Buddhism travelled to China. The Chinese culture prized their written language far more highly then those of the Indian Buddhist Missionaries, and the writing of mantra’s became a spiritual practise in its own right.

The Brahmins had been strict on the correct pronunciation but the Chinese were more concerned with the correct text. This practise of writing the mantra’s was refined further in Japan. The writing in the Siddham script, in which the Sanskrit of many Buddhist Sutras was written, is only really seen in Japan nowadays.

Mantras were originally part of the Vedas, most follow a pattern of two line “shlokas” though they can be found in a single line, or even a word. The most basic being the Om, known as pranava mantra. Om is considered the most fundamental and powerful mantra and is suffixed to all Hindu prayers. Whilst some might invoke individual gods the most fundamental like “Om”, the “Shanti Mantra” and “Gayatri Mantra” all focus on One reality.

In the Hindu Tantrea the universe is sound, creation consists of vibrations and sounds and these ultimately create the world and the purest vibrations are the Var.nas. Each letter becomes a mantra and the language is reflected in this manner, the seed syllable Om represents the underlying unity of reality, which is Brahman.

Here are some of the forms of Mantra, I have taken the list from Wikipedia.
Bhajan: spiritual songs.
Kirtan: repetition of God’s name in songs.
Prayer: a way of communing with God.
Healing mantra
Guru mantra: the first initiation (Diksha) given by the master to the
Bija mantra: a bija mantra represents the essence of a mantra (e.g. Om).

Mantra Japa – the concept of the Vedic sages uses the repetition of mantra. It is repeated in numbers (often multiples of three) with the most popular being 108. Hindu Malas (bead necklaves) would often contain 108 beads for this reason, and also the head beads. The fingers counts each mantra and should the devotee wish to do another 108 they would turn the mala around without crossed the head bead and repeat.

Slenderman is a mythical creature often depicted as being tall, thin and wear a black suit with a white shirt and necktie. One of the prominent features of the face is that there is a lack of them. He can shorten and lengthen his arms at will, and has tentacle-like appendages from his back.

The background – June 8th 2009, a Photoshop competition was launched on the Something Awful forums. The idea was to pass the story off as a real entity and from there on the myth continues.

8th June was the start, 10th June user Victor Surge then posted in a thread, the first known mention of Slenderman as a creature who stalked children.

June 20th 2009 Marblehornets (Click here for the youtube page) began to host video’s of retrieved tapes by “Jay” or “J” who claimed that they were taped by a friend who had since disappeared. It was later made clear they were created by two-film students.

So now there are reports where people are genuinely claiming the entity to be true. A google search will do the work for you and here is the debate I suppose.

Is he something to use because an internet meme created him or was someone using a genuine experience to create a meme and hide the validity of the claims.

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a video with a Slenderman type thing in the background?