The Doof Museum of of Culture and History, established in 2005
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If you were to ask the question, Do you remember where the Doof came from? to the man on the street, he would readily agree that the origin of the Doof image would be in the animated cartoons produced by Music-toons Studios in the late 1920’s. Mr everyman would also remember the image of the Doof adorning the labels of Doof Wonderments health products. As fate would have it, products from these companies would be the cause of nine deaths, five disfigurements and a score of people with rash and allergy problems. The families of these victims pulled together and tried to seek justice from the companies that brought misery to their love ones. Eventually their group blossomed into a small grass roots organization that tried to bring change to the country but the beginning of US involvement in WWII ended its power. Using the Doof image as the groups insignia gave it’s image a power that elevated it from being a humorous cartoon pitchman to being a symbol of hope for the struggle of the common man. It became spiritual.
Strange picture from the 1860’s was found in Wisconsin of an union soldier in full uniform and holding his rifle is standing next to a wall that has a Doof drawn on it. The story of the soldier was that when he went off to fight in the war he never got there and disappeared forever. How is it that an image of the Doof be so far back in history. To make the matter more mysterious, a photo turned up of General Robert E. Lee in a history book and if you look close at the photo, the general is wearing a jewel brooch that has a distinct image of a Doof on it. There must have been a magical notion about the image and maybe it was for good luck or protection.
As for all the unexplained sightings and beliefs of the Doof spirit being able to grant good luck and clearness of vision, there was always people who saw an opportunity in the vulnerability of people and their beliefs.
The strangest case non withstanding, appears to be a petroglyph found the island of Malta, in the mysterious ruins of Hagar Quim. The ruins are said to be 2000 years older that the pyramids of Egypt. In a small corner of the existing encampment, next of what could be a doorway, a small doof like image was discovered carved into the limestone. tests suggest that the carving was made by the same tools as the other decorations found on the site. Archaeologists who have been working on the site are working on a theory that the whole settlement was a matriarchy and the symbol that resembles the Doof had something to do with fertility.
Doof cults, whose beliefs vaguely resemble the ones they base their creed system on, still exist today and cases and documentation of Doof phenomenon are still being recording by the authorities, reluctantly. Doof phenomenon has it small space in society’s need for the unexplained just like the legend of Big Foot or the belief in U.F.O.s. It is a god given right.