At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Monday 15 December 2014


We have dealt earlier with the Boar at Christmas.  In Sweden there are also traditions concerning a Sow, known as the Glowing Sow (Gloso).  At harvest, three sticks of wheat are left in each field for her.  Gloso arrives on Christmas Eve and her glowing eyes and the sparks coming from her bristles can be seen approaching.  Porridge and fish heads should be left out for her.  (This is a combination I have not sampled myself; perhaps she eats them separately).  If such an offering is absent, she will enter the house, get under the table and, for the whole Christmas season, she will rock it about when you're trying to eat in peace.

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