In honour of my upcoming trip to Romania, let’s explore one of the world’s most haunted forests.
The Hoia Baciu Forest is located in Cluj-Napoca, the city where my plane will land. So many strange events have occurred there that some people believe it’s a gateway to another dimension.
This forest has it all–mysterious disappearances, UFO sightings, ghosts, and even ancient tombs. Hoia Baciu is home to the region’s oldest Neolithic settlement, believed to originate from 6500 BCE. The site includes archaic houses and a burial ground.
Hoia Baciu was named for a shepherd who vanished in the forest–along with his flock of 200 sheep. According to local legend, neither shepherd or sheep were ever seen again. Most locals who live near the forest are afraid to go inside, believing they will also disappear. Those brave enough to venture within have suffered from strange rashes, headaches, burns, scratches, and nausea, among other ailments. People reportedly experience a high level of anxiety while in the forest, along with the sensation of being watched. Electronics often malfunction in the area as well.
In the late 1960s, biologist Alexandru Sift snapped several photos of a flying disc-shaped object in the sky above the forest. The area gained more notoriety when military technician Emil Barnea took a famous photograph of a UFO in Hoia Baciu in 1968. These photos are still considered to be authentic–or, at the very least, no one has been able to determine how they were faked yet.
One of the creepiest stories about the forest involves the disappearance of a five-year-old girl. Legend has it that she reappeared several years later, wearing the same clothes that she’d worn on the day she vanished. She had no memory of what had happened to her during the years she was missing.
Would you be brave enough to visit Hoia Baciu Forest? I would love to, but I’m not sure if there will be an opportunity, as my horror writers’ workshop is located in Bran.
What’s your explanation for the mysterious events and disappearances that have happened in the area? Judging by how ill and paranoid people feel, along with their rashes and the electronics malfunctioning, I’m inclined to think it has something to do with an anomaly in the magnetic field, or perhaps even high levels of radiation. What do you think?
PS – If you liked this post, you’ll love this one about Japan’s most haunted forest.
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