How often do legends prove to be real? Well, not often enough, but this time, using the latest technology available, archaeologists might have uncovered a 16th century legendary hellhound.
Known by the name of Black Shuck – a name believed to derive from an old English word for black “demon”, the 7-foot tall dog appeared as a bringer of death in many tales from 500 years ago. In the 16th century, the inhabitants of the British Isles were horrified by the brutal deaths committed by this giant hellhound with burning red eyes.
It took about 500 years for archaeologists to uncover its earthly remains under the ruins of Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, in a nameless grave thirty inches deep, while several pottery fragments were covering its body. The massive dog skeleton was analyzed by a veterinarian who approximated its weigh at about 200 pounds when it lived, while measuring not less than 7 feet on its hind legs.
Are these remainings of the skeleton belong to the most feared Black Shuck? But if it is true, why the giant beast is resting under the ground, after all the cruelties it had committed? Will these latest findings help in understanding the long feared dog?
According to the traditional beliefs, the giant Black Shuck appeared on August 4, 1577 during a brutal storm. The Black Shuck made its presence near the Leiston in Suffok at Holy Trinity Church. The church was guarded with massive doors, so people ran into it and tried to save their lives, but the doors didn’t stand in front of the beast.
With a great push, the Black Shuck opened the door and came in the church. Immediately, it killed a boy and a man before something strange happened in the church and the beast left the church. The beast left its scorch marks at the door of the church and they still located there.
The above-described story is written in the book, A Straunge and Terrible Wunder. The book was written by Reverend Abraham Fleming. Here is a quote from the book:
“This black dog, or the devil in such a likeness (God he knoweth all who worketh all) running all along down the body of the church with great swiftness, and incredible haste, among the people, in a visible form and shape, passed between two persons, as they were kneeling upon their knees, and occupied in prayer as it seemed, wrung the necks of them both at one instant clean backward, in so much that even at a moment where they kneeled, they strangely died.”
According to the latest radiocarbon dating tests, the strange remains seem to correspond to the time when Black Shuck was terrorizing Eastern Anglia and Suffolk region. If it was indeed the feared hellish beast or someone’s faithful and extremely big hunting dog we can only assume, but the legend remains, with people remembering it through rock songs or by naming local clubs or antique shops after the Black Dog who once terrorized the surrounding area.
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