As I sit in my office here in Brno, I can see the twin landmarks of this small city situated in Moravia, the southern part of the Czech Republic. The first is Brno Castle sitting atop a natural hill and the second sitting on top of another nearby hill is the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Brno sprawls across a valley and is surrounded by higher elevations. It is a beautiful city that is full of opulent early 1900’s architecture that speaks to the golden era of the Czech Republic. Back then, wealthy merchants tried to outdo each other in building their new homes leaving us with a legacy of solid buildings that have now been converted in apartments and offices. It is like a mini-Prague in many ways.
Brno is a city of secret places. At least that is how I like to think of it. It is full of below ground cellars and tunnels that often house bars, clubs and restaurants. Some of them are not so easy to find either meaning that I am constantly discovering new places – treasures.
Brno and the Czech Republic have a pagan heart. Czech culture is full of tradition, myth and legend that echo back to pre-Christian times. At Easter, gangs of boys and men roam the villages and streets carrying specially made whips to beat the women with around the knees. A little song is sung as they do so and the woman gifts the men with something nice – a chocolate egg or sweets. It is of course, a fertility rite with its origins long lost in the mists of time. On St. Nicholas’ Day, children are accosted by A Devil, St. Nicholas and an Angel. They must perform a little song or dance for these characters and then they will either receive a gift if they have been good or be carried off in the Devil’s sack if they have been bad. As you travel around the country, you notice little roadside shrines often holding a miniature Saint figure and the remnants of candles. These are nothing more than Christianized pagan shrines set up to assist the recently dead find their way.
The land is full of strange places too. There are Castles everywhere with haunted forests surrounding them. It is a land of mystery and myth. The gates to hell are to be found north of Prague where a huge hole in the sandstone was said to allow demons to escape and scare the locals and passersby. The solution was to build a Chapel over the hole dedicated to St. Michael and then a Castle around the Chapel. No ordinary Castle this though as it is designed to keep something in as opposed to keep people out.
As for ghost stories? Every town and village has stories of unhappy spirits, tragedy and tyranny. The undead are also feared in this part of central Europe and tales of vampires can be found in many locations. Prague is particularly haunted but then, most of the rest of the country is and that’s why I often think of the Czech Republic as the most haunted country in the world.
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The Czech Republic is a beautiful, landlocked country at the heart of Europe. It has a pagan Slavic past that has survived and indeed even been adopted by Christianity. It is a country where each town and city has its own ghost stories, legends and myths, where innumerable castles dot the landscape, each with their hidden treasures, specters and wraiths, separated by haunted and magical forests.
The Czech Republic may just be the most haunted country on the planet!
Discover the creepy ghosts of Prague, the location of the mysterious gate to Hell, creepy haunted forests, tales of vampires and the undead, abandoned cemeteries now used for satanic rituals in the dead of night, strange and mysterious imps and elves, and much more.
The Czech Republic is a country of ghosts and myths, haunted and mysterious places and strange pagan customs.
If you plan to visit the Czech Republic – here is your guide to the supernatural side of the country! Discover the ghosts and haunted places of the Czech Republic.
About the Author:
Growing up can be extremely tough for any kid, but imagine growing up around poltergeist activity and ghosts? G. Michael Vasey had exactly that kind of childhood, experiencing ghosts, poltergeists, and other strange and scary supernatural phenomena. In fact, he seemed to attract it, developing an interest in the occult and supernatural at an early age and he has been fascinated ever since.
His “My Haunted Life” trilogy has been highly successful–reaching number one on bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. Now he is presenting the stories of others. The first book in the “Your Haunted Life” series is currently available on Amazon. It’s a must-read for anyone with an interest in the strange happenings of the paranormal world. Then there’s “The Pink Bus And Other Strange Stories From LaLa Land,” a book that lifts the veil on one of the biggest mysteries in human history–the process of death, and what happens to our souls when we die.
He has appeared on numerous radio shows such as
* Everyday Connection,
* Jim Harold’s paranormal podcasts,
* True Ghost Stories Online and
* X Radio with Rob McConnell
sharing strange and scary stories and his expertise in all matters supernatural. He has also been featured in Chat – Its Fate magazine and been interviewed by Ghost Village and Novel Ideas amongst others.
Whether you’ve heard one of G. Michael Vasey’s radio appearances, or read one of his books over the shoulders of an avid reader on the bus, or whether you’ve simply got an interest in the paranormal and stumbled upon this page… You are going to pulled into the paranormal world of G. Michael Vasey, and you will be hooked.
Gary blogs at garymvasey.com
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My Haunted Life Too – A Collection of your true scary stories of the paranormal
Strange Book Reviews – This is my book review site. I like strange books quite a lot!
The Brno ExPats Forum – I started this for ExPats living in Brno back in 2006.
CTRMCenter – This is my professional blog where I write about commodity trading and risk issues.