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News – Website’s update: Our new novel “Inspector Bibula 2: An abyss under the asphalt”

Within the recently-implemented section “Narrative and Cinematography”, we have just created a new page, dedicated to our new fantasy-paranormal novel “Inspector Bibula 2: An abyss under the asphalt”.

Inside, you will find the first chapter of the novel to read and also the link to the Amazon page where you can buy our book.

For a direct access to the new page, please click here.

See you soon!

E.A. – V.G.

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News – Website’s update: Our short film “Ineffugibilis” (Unavoidable)

In the “Narrative and Cinematography” section – a section recently implemented by us – we have included a new page that we have dedicated to our fantasy-paranormal short film “Ineffugibilis” (Unavoidable).

What is the plot?

A group of kids (all cousins) are playing in the backyard of the summer house in Jordan. Suddenly, they realize that they are completely alone, none of the adults, in fact, is more with them at home, despite the fact that their cars are all in the parking lot. The phones don’t even work and there is no way to contact the outside. Strange events begin to happen at home, and some of the kids disappear into thin air…

What do you think? Isn’t it interesting, it is? Don’t miss our short film, especially since – we were almost forgetting to say it! – it is entirely played by boys and girls!

For a direct access to the new page, click here.

See you soon!

E.A. – V.G.

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News – Website’s update: The new section “Narrative and cinematography”

We have created the new “Narrative and Cinematography” section – for a direct access, click here -, dedicated to our novel and film production, which also focuses on the delicate topic of ​​”border issues”. Therefore, in the new section and sub-sections one will find:

  • our fantasy-noir narrative production: the novel “Inspector Bibula and the metropolitan mystery” is our first publication;
  • our docuseries “Inspector Bibula”: this series integrates interviews on the field with fictional scenes and the pilot episode is ongoing (a trailer and some teasers are already online).

Do not miss the interesting stuff collected so far – and what we will continue to add – in this new section. Therefore, our offer further widens and we hope that you will continue to follow us along this journey, aiming at discovering traces of a “spiritual dimension” which, although shrouded in mystery, occasionally pierces the veil and shows itself in various empirical phenomena.

E.A. – V.G.

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News – Website’s update: “Forebodings”

After some time, finally here we are with a new interesting publication!

"Lake and village of Bracciano (Rome)”We will present you the story of Mrs. Franca Pettinari, who has been interviewed in 2013 by Father Emidio Alessandrini. This new video-interview has been entitled “Forebodings” (for a direct access, click here). Franca  will tell us what happened to her just before and after the First Communion of her second-born child, Massimo. First she started having a very bad foreboding, then she had a “vivid” dream of her grandma Ottavia, who had passed away some years before… Well, what happened? We don’t want to anticipate anything more…

Don’t miss our video and you will find out all the details of this intriguing story.

Enjoy it!

E.A. – V.G.


News – Website’s update: “Run away right now…”

Here we are with a new publication!

We will present you a new and intriguing story of Mrs. Concettina Iezzi – you have already seen her in “The invisible hand” -, and Father Emidio Alessandrini has interviewed her.

"The incoming voice" (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, with Canon 24-105mm zoom - Fonte Nuova, 2014)This new video-interview has been entitled “Run away right now…” (for a direct access, click here). Concettina will tell us what happened to her when she was 10 or 11 years old and lived in Naples. The World War II was still going on and one day in December, while she was queuing at the Post Office in order to get a letter for her cousin, she clearly heard a voice that told her to immediately run away. So Concettina started running away and once she got around 50 meters far from there, she saw…  

Well, to know how the story of Concettina ends, don’t miss watching our video and don’t forget to post a comment. Moreover, let us know similar stories, in case you have any…

Enjoy it!

E.A. – V.G.

News – Website’s update: “Communicating before the Internet”

You had to wait for a while but here we are with a new publication!

This time, we will present you an interesting video-interview of Father Emidio Alessandrini to Mrs. Maria Cristina Venanzoni: “Communicating before the Internet” (for a direct access to the new page, click HERE).

"Hope" (Panasonic, DMC-GH4 - Fonte Nuova, 12.13.2015)Maria Cristina will tell us about an “unusual dream” she had, where she met the mother of a dear friend, who had cancer. The lady in the dream was in good health and started telling her about all the concerns she had. But what did Maria Cristina come to know when she managed to phone her friend? You will find out by watching our video…

Enjoy it!

E.A. – V.G.

News – Website’s update: “With my slippers”

What are we going to publish on our “virtual window”?

We will present you an interesting video-interview, and we are pretty sure you will consider it intriguing: “With my slippers” (for a direct access to the new page, click HERE). The video-interview will deal with an “unusual” dream, and this will be the first of a series of stories told by Mrs. Carolina Fabiano.

With my slippersSome years ago, Carolina dreamed of her grandmother Maria, who had passed away some years before. Her grandma invited her to give a message to her father, her son, in order to convince him not to blaspheme anymore. Finally, her grandma said her time was over and had to go away. Before leaving, Maria told her something Carolina thought to be quite extravagant even for a dream.

What happened the following day when Carolina met with her father and told him that dream? Was his father convinced that Carolina had really met her grandma’s soul? You will find it out watching our video…

Enjoy it!

E.A. – V.G.

Voyages to the Hereafter – The Navigation of St. Brendan (Second Part)

The story that was written by the poet Benedeit (12th Cent.) is the most famous version arrived to us (it was in Norman-French dialect) and tells us the incredible adventures travelers go through during their navigation: celebration of Easter on a huge fish, which at first looks like an island; meeting with angels fallen at the time of the rebellion of Lucifer against God (these had been transformed into birds); attack by a sea snake, defeated by another after having prayed to God; approach to an island with a terrible stench, which is the Hell and where evil souls are being tortured; meeting with Judas, the betrayer of Christ, who enjoys a moment of peace before returning to devils’ torments; finally, arrival at the island “where Adam had been the lord”. Brendan and his companions are allowed to see little of that wonderful place: rivers full of fish, rivers of milk, a golden mountain, gardens full of flowers, an everlasting summer. Back home, Brendan tells the wonders of his voyage and, doing so, makes holy and virtuous those who are listening to him.

Well, we have decided to present you now the main parts of the story that, considering that our work deals with the Afterlife, are the most interesting ones: the discovery of Hell and the visit of Eden.

The island of Hell (chap. 31)

The island of Hell (by Ada Natale)…they came within view of an island, which was very rugged and rocky, covered over with slag, without trees or herbage, but full of smiths’ forges. …When they had passed on further, about a stone’s cast, they heard the noise of bellows’ blowing like thunder, and the beating of sledges on the anvils and iron. Then St. Brendan armed himself all over his body with the sign of the Cross, saying: “O Lord Jesus Christ, deliver us from this malign island”. Soon after one of the inhabitants came forth to do some work… …bearing in his hand a tongs with a burning mass of the slag, of great size and intense heat, which he flung at once after the servants of Christ. But it did them no hurt, for they were protected by the sign of the Cross. It passed them at a furlong’s distance, and where it fell into the sea, it fumed up like heap of burning coals, and a great smoke arose as if from a fiery furnace. When they had passed on about a mile beyond the spot where this burning mass had fallen, all the dwellers on the island crowded down to the shore, bearing, each of them, a large mass of burning slag, which they flung, everyone in turn, after the servants of God. And then they returned to their forges, which they blew up into mighty flames, so that the whole island seemed one globe of fire, and the sea on every side boiled up and foamed, like a caldron set on a fire well supplied with fuel. All the day the brethren, even when they were no longer within view of the island, heard a loud wailing from the inhabitants thereof, and a noisome stench was perceptible at a great distance. Then St. Brendan sought to animate the courage of the brethren, saying: “Soldiers of Christ, be strong in faith unfeigned and in the armour of the Spirit, for we are now on the confines of hell. Watch, therefore, and act manfully”.

On another day there came into view a large and high mountain in the ocean, not far off, towards the north, with misty clouds about it, and a great smoke issuing from its summit, when suddenly the wind drove the boat rapidly towards the island until it almost touched the shore. The cliffs were so high they could scarce see the top, were black as coal, and upright like a wall. Here the monk, who remained of the three who followed St. Brendan from his monastery, leaped from the boat, and made his way to the foot of the cliff, wailing and crying aloud: “Woe is me! father, for I am forcibly torn away from you, and cannot return”. But the brethren, seized with a great fear, quickly drew off from the shore. And, lamenting loudly, cried unto the Lord: “Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!” St. Brendan plainly saw how the wretched man was carried off by a multitude of demons, and was already burning amongst them, and he exclaimed: “Woe is yours, unhappy man, who has made you so evil an end of your life”.

Afterwards a favourable breeze caught the boat, and drove them southwards. And as they looked back, they saw the peak of the mountain unclouded, and shooting up flames into the sky, which it drew back again to itself, so that the mountain seemed a burning pyre.

The Earthly Paradise (chap. 36-37)

The Eden (by unknown author)…At the end of forty days, towards evening, a dense cloud overshadowed them, so dark that they could scarce see one another. Then the procurator said to St. Brendan: “Do you know, father, what darkness is this?” And the saint replied that he knew not. “This darkness,” said he, “surrounds the island you have sought for seven years; you will soon see that it is the entrance to it“. And after an hour had elapsed a great light shone around them, and the boat stood by the shore. When they had disembarked, they saw a land, extensive and thickly set with trees, laden with fruits, as in the autumn season. All the time they were traversing that land, during their stay in it, no night was there, but a light always shone, like the light of the sun in the meridian, and for the forty days they viewed the land in various directions, they could not find the limits thereof.

One day, however, they carne to a large river flowing towards the middle of the land, which they could not by any means cross over. St. Brendan then said to the brethren: “We cannot cross over this river, and we must therefore remain ignorant of the size of this country”.

While they were considering this matter, a young man of resplendent features, and very handsome aspect, came to them, and joyfully embracing and addressing each of them by his own name, said: “Peace be with you, brothers, and with all who practise the peace of Christ. Blessed are they who dwell in thy house, O Lord. They shall praise Thee for ever and ever”. He then said to St. Brendan: “This is the land you have sought after for so long a time. But you could not hitherto find it, because Christ our Lord wished, first to display to you His divers mysteries in this immense ocean. Return now to the land of your birth, bearing with you as much of those fruits and of those precious stones, as your boat can carry. For the days of your earthly pilgrimage must draw to a close, when you may rest in peace among your saintly brethren. After many years this land will be made manifest to those who come after you, when days of tribulation may come upon the people of Christ. The great river you see here divides this land into two parts; and just as it appears now, teeming with ripe fruits, so does it ever remain, without any blight or shadow whatever, for light unfailing shines thereon”.

For the complete version of the Navigation of St. Brendan, one can click on: http://markjberry.blogs.com/StBrendan.pdf

E.A. – V.G.

Voyages to the Hereafter – The Navigation of St. Brendan (First Part)

At the end of the 5th Century, Ireland was reached by monasticism, a phenomenon that had developed in the Near East in the 4th Century. Since the beginning, Irish monastic spirit was characterized by an intense asceticism. The most heroic ones started to look for absolute solitude in the contemplation of God. If Eastern monks found loneliness either on top of columns or in the desert, their Irish brothers also had an immense “desert” to use: the sea. Thus, started the Peregrinatio pro Christo, that was the research of solitude in the sea. Some hermits sailed and let their ships be carried by the waves to places which the case or, even better, God’s will had chosen for them. Both large and small islands started to be populated by monastic communities.

Saint Brendan - Map of voyagesSt. Brendan was born around the end of the 5th Century in Clonfert, where he also died, and his ashes were buried in Notre-Dame-d’Aynès (a small Roman chapel rebuilt between the 14th and 15th Centuries at Conques in the Aveyron region), far from the sea. He joined the monastic life and made numerous pilgrimages by the sea, reaching Scotland, maybe Brittany, Orkney and Shetland islands. His name is linked to the foundation of various monasteries. After his death, the memory of his travels was amplified by oral tradition and mingled with legends of Celtic folklore. Between the 6th and 8th Centuries, Ireland experienced a period of great cultural splendor and artists, scholars, monks elaborated a new culture, combining elements of Antiquity and Christianity with the old Celtic world.

The Navigation of St. Brendan (a second available text is Vita Prima Sancti Brendani – First Life of St. Brendan -, whose first version dates back to 11th-12th Centuries, but it recounts another version of the voyage), if we assume that it was written in Ireland, could be dated, as for its first draft, between the 7th and the 8th Centuries. It confirms its compliance with the new faith but, at the same time, highlights some issues in regards to the tradition:

  • Paradise is important for mankind not only at the End of Time, but one needs to already find out its existence on Earth;
  • the sea, conceived by the various cultures in different ways, is “the anteroom of the Afterlife”;
  • it is by going towards the West that one will reach the Promised Land (in the Bible the Eden is instead located in the East).

This legend was written in Latin by an unknown author, probably a cleric, and spread throughout the Middle Ages. It was translated into many languages (Anglo-Norman, French, Old Provencal, Catalan, English, Dutch, various Germanic dialects and, in Italy, Venetian and Tuscan).

This literary work reminds “Imram” (an adventurous sea voyage, made by one or more heroes). This kind of literary work was appreciated by the Irish, who were so well-linked to the sea that they could properly understand all those concepts coming from classical culture, for example Aeneid and Odyssey.

Navigatio Sancti Brendani

Navigation of Saint Brendan (German manuscript)St. Brendan is shown as a monk-blacksmith, a kind of magician who knows the power of water, an animal master, etc. These few elements are enough to give us an idea of the typical hagiographic approach: each image is used to highlight the Creation and convince mankind to convert to God.

Out of the thirty-eight chapters of the Navigation, the first tells what will be Brendan’s final destination, that is the Island of the Blessed, which is described by the abbot Barinto, his host (this is typical of the literary genre of Echtrai, whose protagonists reach islands shrouded in mist, where dead souls settled down).

The next three chapters describe the preparation of the voyage, the choice of companions and the ship construction.

The giant whaleFrom chapter 5 to chapter 35 one can read about the navigation, full of events and strange encounters: Island by high cliffs, Island of the giant sheep, the great whale, the Paradise of Birds, the elders of the community of Saint Albeo, Island of blacksmiths (the Hell), Judas Iscariot, the hermit Paul (episodes where one can find similarities with Imram, the Apocalypse or medieval texts describing voyages to the Holy Land, or even with the Aeneid, the Odyssey or Germanic mythology).

Saint Brendan encounters a siren (German manuscript)Chapters 36 and 37 again describe the Island of the Blessed, while chapter 38 tells of the return home and the serene death of the Saint.

This literary work is considered to be one the sources of inspiration of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, so as to suggest some scholars that the demonology of Dante could have been also derived, even though not all, from this ancient legend (in fact, it recounts of fallen angels, that the protagonist finds in the guise of snow-white birds, perched on a tree in Paradise; these are spirits fallen but not evil, nor proud, all sins for which, for example, in the Divine Comedy Dante places them as neutral).

E.A. – V.G.

News – Website update: Now you have a way to support us!

You have certainly noticed that we have updated, over the past few months, the advertising campaigns on the pages of our website. It has been an intense activity – really challenging –, however we decided to carry it out following the reports we have directly received from Google (probably, some months ago, you have seen some of these notifications that were generated by browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox, when trying to access our website). In fact, we have found that some advertising spaces, which we made available on our website, have been used in a “non-completely transparent” way. Transparency has always been – and always it will be! – one of our main objectives, ever since we decided to start our journey on the web for researching and documenting all those phenomena that are usually classified as “unusual”. This is why we considered to be necessary to take immediate action and restore a condition of absolute safety for all our visitors (however, we would like to confirm you that there have been neither risks of phishing nor malware).

Well, after we have removed all those commercials potentially ambiguous, we decided to limit our spaces – these are placed only at the beginning and at the end of our articles, so as not to bother your reading – to two primary campaigns, which could not hide low-transparency behaviors. These are the two online sales giants Amazon and Ebay! We are sure that you will like our choice, welcoming the fact that we focused on two traders with both renowned convenience and complete reliability.

Wall of MemoryWe take this opportunity to remind you to use ad windows on the pages of our website. If you like, this will be your personal way to support our disclosure work on the internet, and you won’t have to pay anything for it. How is this possible? The explanation is very simple. If you are already customers of Amazon and/or eBay, or if you are interested in becoming one, you will have just to click on one of the relevant advertising windows on any of our pages. By doing so, you will be directly led to the official websites of the two operators. Then, if you decide to purchase something or – in the case of eBay – you win an auction, since our affiliate code has been detected, we will be given a commission for your purchase. We would like to highlight that all this won’t absolutely have any impact on the final price you will be asked to pay. In fact, you will be able to take full advantage for all the incredible prices and offers the two online retailers will provide, as our commission will be retained from the price you would have anyway paid to Amazon and Ebay for your purchases. What is your opinion about all this? Don’t you think it could be an interesting way to support our disclosure efforts on the internet, becoming yourselves, in a certain way, “co-authors” of our articles and video productions? Since now we do thank you for the support you will give us, and have decided to confirm you our appreciation in a concrete way. We are sure you will like it! Every time you have purchased something on Amazon or eBay through our advertising windows, please notify it to us by using our pre-set form, you can find at the following address: http://www.liminamortis.org/support/contact-us/. After you have logged in, you will have just to fill in the four fields there, making sure to indicate, in the Subject field, “Purchase on Amazon” or “Purchase on Ebay”; then, don’t  forget to specify, in the Message field, both the amount and the date of your purchase, together with a short sentence that may introduce you (for those who want, you can also attach a picture in one of the specified formats). As soon as we have received your first notifications, on our website we will create the specific page “The Wall of Memory”, on which we are going to indicate – updating it regularly – the names of our supporters, together with the sentences you have indicated in the form to introduce yourselves and – in case – your pictures (names will be listed by amount of contributions). When your name is published on our website, we will take care to send you an email to notify it to you. What do you think? Do you like our idea? So, we are looking forward to receiving numerous mails!…

Thanks again for all that you will do!

E.A. – V.G.