In 2014 several places experienced a very odd phenomenon; humanoid figures were spotted wandering the streets that looked rather like circus clowns. This began in
and quickly spread. See background links at the bottom for details. A clown is
a comic performer, usually male, wearing grotesque and colourful clothing, also
distinctive makeup which exaggerate the facial features. They're usually
associated with the circus and perform slapstick comedy acts. Psychologists
theorize that clowns represent something very deep in our subconscious
collective minds. Clowns can sometimes be malevolent adversaries as well as
humourous protagonists; good examples of evil clowns are Pennywise in Stephen
King's horror story It; as well as
the Joker in the Batman franchise and
Mr Jelly from the TV sitcom Psychoville.
They go much further back in history than I thought; they can be found in the
ancient world, in fact their origins are shrouded in mystery. In Jungian
psychology clowns might represent an archetype, maybe that of the
"trickster". What is fascinating is that people experiencing altered
states of consciousness sometimes encounter beings that look and behave like
clowns. Dr Rick Strassman is a research psychiatrist who in the early 1990's
carried out an experiment that involved giving doses of the powerful
psychedelic drug DMT to human volunteers. Over twenty years earlier Dr Sanislav
Grof did the same with LSD, see: http://www.rickstrassman.com/.
He reports that his subjects sometimes saw clowns. I strongly recommend Dr
Strassman's book DMT- the Spirit Molecule
for more details. Now the clowns are back, this time the outbreak is centred on
the Northampton, England United States of America
and began in South Carolina. In
this new reemergence the clowns are exhibiting far more malevolent behaviour
than previously. The first report came on the 30th of August from the town of Greenville
in which a clown tried to lure a group of children into some woods. Since then
more clowns have been spotted in Alabama,
Georgia and Kentucky.
a witnessed photographed a clown and published the picture on social media to
warn others. Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/20/creepy-clown-sightings-are-spreading-across-the-united-states/.
What's going on here? If this is a prank by students (Why do students always
get the blame for this sort of thing?) then it is widespread and elaborate. It
could be an unorganized meme, but then I'm surprised we've had no media interviews
with the perpetrators. The connection to children in the London, Kentucky South
Carolina case is very worrying. Folklore is replete
with tales of unearthly creatures who demand the lives of children. The fear of
"blood libel" carried out by Jews against Christians was shown to be
ungrounded, but could it have been inspired by a real primeval dread? The Cailleach of Irish mythology is a good
example. It is described as a vicious old hag that snatched babies from cribs. This
will most likely turn out to be a trick carried out by a group of completely
normal humans, but it's too soon to rule out other possibilities. If beings
from other worlds are appearing in our universe more often than they used to,
why is this? Could it once again be a result of operations at CERN? See: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/cern-occult-ritual.html.
The skeptic paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford has just written a book
about bad clowns, see: http://benjaminradford.com/books-by-ben-radford/bad-clowns-benjamin-radford/.
See here for background: https://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/clowns-roaming-streets.html.