Friday, July 8, 2011

Jersey Devil

After living in New Jersey for my entire life, I felt that researching a little bit about the Jersey Devil would be appropriate. As with the Loch-Ness Monster and Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil is a cryptid. This means that there are beliefs in its existence, but not scientific proof to justify the claims. Also with these other cryptids are multiple accusations of the run-ins with the Jersey Devil as well as multiple different descriptions of this interesting creature.
The Jersey Devil is believed to have been born in Leeds Point, New Jersey between the years of 1735 and 1857. However, many other stories of the Jersey Devil’s existence state that it was born in other parts of the state. All of the stories seem to have unrealistic stories of the birth that would make anyone question if this is real. How is it possible for a human to reproduce a horse-like creature with wings? Or, how can a devil and a witch (both which are paranormal creatures) create something like this? With there being only one “Jersey Devil” in existence, it is difficult to believe that all of the different accusations and descriptions of this creature are for the same being.
Since there is no definite answer as to whether or not the Jersey Devil indeed exists, there is also debate over whether or not it is “alive” or “dead.” If this devil is dead, how come people have been unable to confirm its existence? If it is alive, how has it managed to survive for over 200 years? Many people are skeptical about the Jersey Devil and feel that it is just a hoax along with Bigfoot and the Loch-Ness monster. So, do you believe in the Jersey Devil?

1 comment:

  1. I had to do an entire research paper on the Jersey Devil this summer for another class. I found it to be really interesting, but hard to believe. Part of me wants to believe it, but without proof its very questionable.