Are total solar eclipses like the one expected on August 21 “ripe” for paranormal activity? Believe it or not, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) has issued an alert for “possible paranormal activity” during the eclipse, as well as providing a handy “Lizard Man Sighting” map showing where the humanoid reptiles might be spotted.
OK, let’s back up for a second.
South Carolina is famous for the sightings of the Lizard Man, a human-sized, bipedal reptile that various residents of the state have been claiming to see since 1988. As one witness described him (it):
It was a tall, dark figure that had a tail and appeared to have scales. It was almost like an alligator with a short nose and long legs.
Now, merely the mention of “lizard” may bring to mind those popular critters of Conspiracy Culture, the Reptilians. In fact, Lizard Man is like a hybrid of the Bigfoot and Reptilian lore. If you factor in the glowing red eyes Lizard Man is supposed to possess, you’re now even traveling into Mothman territory.
Sightings of Lizard Man have included the creature allegedly crossing highways, hanging out near swamps, and even leaving “bite marks” on the front of a car.
But by far the most compelling encounter with the creature yet is the one that supposedly led to this freeze-frame from a camera video:
Is the SCEMD’s tweeted alert no more than a tongue-in-cheek, publicity-attracting prank that gives a nod to the area’s unique folklore? Or is it something more?
If we take into account the Greenville Police Department’s recent Facebook post warning people not to shoot at possible Bigfoots (Bigfeet) during the eclipse, it is possible both that and the SCEMD alert were designed in the belief that people, already rattled/superstitious because of the eclipse (and, well, the darkness), might “think” they see such cryptids and then panic/do something rash.
Then there is the idea that there is something “occult” about eclipses to begin with, especially one of this magnitude (certainly, it’s already been used in a creepy “Macbeth’s three witches” sort of way by the mainstream media).
But no creepy clown (another Carolinas sightings staple) alerts? I think we should have all bases covered.
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