You open the old binder. Inside, some pictures, torn pages and a letter:

“Let me tell you of the time I saw one of the Megalomorpha. You heard this story before, but these documents should help clear your scepticism. It was 1923 and I was traveling through British Tanganyika…”

The Anthropologist - Valdevia - Eduardo Valdés-Hevia

“After finishing my studies in Anthropology at the age of 24, I was eager to go out and document unknown cultures. During that trip is when I met the Jamu people. A wonderful and rich society, with barely any interaction with the outside world.”

“During my 3 weeks with them, I observed their peculiar customs. Particularly the constant motif of stag beetles, apparent from their clothes to their buildings and weapons. I first thought it was expert craftsmanship, but I now suspect the objects came from another source.”

The Anthropologist - Valdevia - Eduardo Valdés-Hevia
The Anthropologist - Valdevia - Eduardo Valdés-Hevia
The Anthropologist - Valdevia - Eduardo Valdés-Hevia

[…] “I am not proud of having followed them in secret, but if it were not for that I would not have seen the insect. At first, I thought they were hunting it, but then I realized their interaction looked more like a conversation.”

“As you know, trying to publish this information only led to ridicule and me being cast out from academia. That is why I spent my life trying to prove their existence.

“Thank you again for your help, friend. I cannot do this alone at my age.

“Sincerely,

“Nigel Buckley”

Sources: Library of Congress; Met Museum; Ian Stutton, Udo Schmidt and Katja Schulz on flickr; Anaxibia on Wikimedia; NSW State Library.

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