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The Historical Blindness podcast is a podcast about history’s myths, mysteries, and forgotten truths. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, pernicious conspiracy theory, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, Historical Blindness searches for insights into modern religious belief and political culture. 

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The Historical Blindness podcast is a podcast about history’s myths, mysteries, and forgotten truths. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, pernicious conspiracy theory, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, Historical Blindness searches for insights into modern religious belief and political culture. 

    Lilith, the Phantom Maiden

    Lilith, the Phantom Maiden

    In this new Apocryphal Catechism episode, the 2022 season finale, I explore the evolution of the figure of Lilith, from Mesopotamian demon, to the first woman created by God, and back to a succubus mother of demons. It's a tale of syncretism, superstition, forgery and dubious interpretation of scriptures.
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    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. Other background music is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0). His tracks include "daemones," "Remedy for Melancholy," "Cold War Echo," "daedalus," "Wake Up," and "Oneiri."
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    • 50 min
    Omens, Charms, and Rituals: A History of Superstition

    Omens, Charms, and Rituals: A History of Superstition

    If you've ever wondered about common beliefs about what's good or bad luck and what might be a portent of doom, then this episode is for you. In it, I look at the murky origins of superstitions and the folklore it's related to, like Jack-o-Lanterns, will-o'-the-wisp, and the fearsome Black Shuck. Halloween may be over, but my spooky theme persists. 
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    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. Other background music is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0). His tracks include "Remedy for Melancholy," "Wake Up," "Seeker," "Denouement," and "daedalus."

    Additional Music: 
    "The Bee Sting" by Creepy Pizza (Bandcamp) 
    Used with the permission of the artist
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    • 49 min
    The Revenants: Part Two - VAMPIRES in Fantasy

    The Revenants: Part Two - VAMPIRES in Fantasy

    In the conclusion of my Halloween series on the folklore of vampires, I explore the origin and evolution of the legend from folklore to fiction and on to modern myth, looking at the changing appearance of the vampire, conceptions of its abilities and attributes, and different ideas about how they are made and how they are its weaknesses warded off and killed. 
    Pledge support on Patreon to get an ad-free feed with exclusive episodes!
    Check out my novel, Manuscript Found!  And check out the show merch!
    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness. 
    Visit www.airwavemedia.com to find other high-quality podcasts!
    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. Other background music is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0). His tracks include "Remedy for Melancholy," "daedalus," and "Cold War Echo."
    Additional Music: 
    "Leaving Home" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    • 45 min
    "The Blood Gospel" by The Conspirators Podcast (Special Presentation)

    "The Blood Gospel" by The Conspirators Podcast (Special Presentation)

    The second part of my series has been delayed a week. In the meanwhile, please enjoy this episode of The Conspirators podcast that serves as a perfect bridge between parts one and two of my series on vampires.
    Throughout history, many cultures have considered blood to have magical properties. In fact, some people have held blood in such high regard that they actually turned to drinking blood in order to prolong their lives.
    The Conspirators is a bi-weekly show dedicated to the dark and disturbing stories from history your teacher never told you about. On the show I discuss unsolved mysteries, serial killers, survival stories, strange disappearances and other bizarre true events from the past.
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    Find The Conspirators podcast here on Audioboom, or wherever you get your podcasts. The notes for this episode, with Nate Hale's sources, can be found here.
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    • 33 min
    The Revenants: Part One - VAMPIRES in Reality

    The Revenants: Part One - VAMPIRES in Reality

    As we move into October, let us look at the legend and folklore behind the most horrifying creature ever imagined by mankind: the vampire! This is the start of a two part series for the Halloween season. Squeamish listeners beware!
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    Check out my novel, Manuscript Found!  And check out the show merch!
    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness. 
    Visit www.airwavemedia.com to find other high-quality podcasts!
    Some music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact him at alexkishmusic.com to get music for your own projects. Other background music is by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0). His tracks include "Remedy for Melancholy," "Oneiri," and "Cold War Echo."
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    • 45 min
    The Enigmatic Kingfish. Huey Long

    The Enigmatic Kingfish. Huey Long

    I continue my meditation on demagoguery in this new episode, looking at a controversial Depression-era politician variously called a reformer or a demagogue, a hero or a despot. What should we make of Huey Long today?
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    Check out my novel, Manuscript Found!  And check out the show merch!
    Further support the show by giving a one-time gift at paypal.me/NathanLeviLloyd or finding me on Venmo at @HistoricalBlindness. 
    Visit www.airwavemedia.com to find other high-quality podcasts!

    Most of the background music is by by Kai Engel, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0). Tracks include "Seeker," "Remedy for Melancholy," "July," "September," "daedalus," "September," "Wake Up," "and "Salue." 

     Additional Music: 
    "Mesmerize" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    • 49 min

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