In this article we will be taking a closer look at the Spring Heeled Jack sightings from 1808 to more recent incidents. What was this entity and what did it want?
The first documented encounter of Spring Heeled Jack came to light in 1808 within the offices of the Sheffield Times.
The editor of the newspaper received a strange letter explaining about an entity/ghost that spent it’s time playing pranks on the living. Apparently this ghost had existed for many years.
The strange beast was able to jump huge heights from a standing position and seemed to be made out of thin air – striking the supernatural beast had no effect whatsoever (weapons just passed straight through it).
The author of the letter referred to this entity as Park Ghost and Spring Heeled Jack.
In 1837 an unnamed female was outside Blackheath Fair in England when out of nowhere a strange figure appeared and started to violently attack her.
The lady ended up receiving numerous cut injuries to her skin and most of her clothes had been ripped off her body.
When she was later interviewed she claimed that the assailant had definitely been male but there was something ‘off’ about him. He had a surreal look of madness on his face and his fingers seemed to be long cold iron tips.
After hearing about the crime, the mayor of the area decided to publicize it to warn his public…and ended up receiving hundreds of letters claiming that they to had been attacked or chased by this strange, tall figure.
Numerous people came forward with claims about being attacked by this strange creature – most of them were too scared about being labeled crazy to report the incidents before 1837.
Local vigilante groups were formed in an attempt to catch this crazed criminal.
These groups were extremely well setup by the public and patrolled the streets on a shift basis – they even encountered the entity on occasions but were unable to catch him due to his speed and athleticism.
Word soon spread from these groups to the public – they were not chasing a man…they were chasing something supernatural!
About 12 months later the attacks seemed to grow in intensity. One night a young lady was walking home when something jumped out of the shadows and breathed blue flames at her.
The figure then closed it’s mouth and pounced away in a sort of kangaroo movement. The same night brought in many similar reports…
The reports consisted of a tall man with scary red eyes who could breathe blue fire and would always jump, never walk or run.
The final attack in London during this time period is probably the most famous, it involved a young lady named Jane.
Jane was having a conversation in her home with her visiting sister when she heard a loud knocking at her front door.
She was a little afraid of opening the door so she asked the visitor through the locked door who they were. The visitor quickly replied:
“I am a police officer for god sake bring me a light for we have caught Spring Heeled Jack”.
Jane hastily opened to the door, only to be confronted by a tall man breathing blue flames from his smiling mouth. She screamed and tried to close the door but she was too late – Spring Heeled Jack was on her clawing in a flash.
Thankfully Jane’s sister heard the screams and the two of them managed to get the entity back through the door. It then ran off into the darkness.
Let’s Move To The Country
The Spring Heeled Jack sightings died out until the 1870’s when for some reason, they moved to the English countryside.
Many incidents involved local groups in towns hunting down and setting up traps to catch the supernatural creature, but with no luck.
After these attacks it’s almost as if ‘Jack’ realized his time was up in the UK, and many believe he somehow moved on to America in the 1880’s…
New Hunting Grounds
During the 1880’s there were many reports in Kentucky of a tall man attacking people at night. Eyewitness reports claimed that the culprit had long icy cold iron like fingers, pointy ears and that he shot blue flames – but from his chest (not his mouth).
These incidents seemed to die out within months and all of a sudden…’Jack’ seemed to disappear from people’s minds.
This lull in attacks lasted up until 1939 when Cape Cod seemed to be hit by the strange entity.
Now Jack seemed to have new powers in his arsenal – eyewitnesses claim that he could now levitate and even had the power to disappear and reappear miles away within a blink of the eye!
It was at this time that Jack picked up the newer nickname of the Black Flash from the American public.
In recent times incidents involving ‘Jack’ have been reported in Canada (1973), Texas (1979) and back in the UK in 1986 (very famous case involving a British army officer).
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Spring Heeled Jack sightings we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
One of the first ever ‘paranormal’ articles I published online covered the subject of mermaids…and I haven’t really touched on this subject ever since!
Most of us in the western world consider mermaids to be nothing more than mixed up folklore chucked onto the silver screen by Disney…but in other parts of the world mermaids are looked upon in an entirely different light…
So, are mermaids dangerous and do they really exist?
Below is a recent report from Zimbabwe…
Not that long ago in Zimbabwe, a group of three young boys were messing about when they should of been herding cattle for their parents.
They were in the process of working with the cattle when they noticed a rather large fish splashing about in a nearby dam.
Two of the boys thought they were equipped enough to take on this impressive fish and decided to jump into the water and catch it with their bare hands…
To their horror…this was no ordinary fish…it was a local water spirit (mermaid).
The boy who was left standing on the bank witnessed the strange creature drag the two boys under the water then pull them to the opposite bank.
He didn’t hang about for his friends – he immediately ran off in terror to get help.
He returned within minutes with a group of adults as backup and they found the two boys critically injured on the dam’s bank.
As they neared the stricken lads, the mermaid pounced back out of the water and dragged them back into it’s depths.
This time they did not return…alive.
The Dam Construction
This particular dam was built back in 2012 and many of the workers claimed to have had encounters with this evil water spirit.
During it’s construction, there were numerous worker reports of damaged machinery.
These reports all seemed to center around the same culprit – a water spirit.
The men in charge of the operation laughed off these suggestions until the dam workers started disappearing…and then reappearing as lifeless corpses floating on the water.
Was a mermaid really behind these strange deaths?
Just last month (Feb), a 45-year-old teacher named Rose was walking home from work when she realized she was late for an appointment.
She decided to take a short cut across the river…something most locals were far too afraid to attempt.
This turned out to be a bad choice…she was set upon by a mermaid and what she later described as a ‘merman’.
She managed to escape her attackers and survive but she was left with some rather hideous injuries to her mouth and legs.
She later reported the attack to the police and showcased her injuries to the local press stating that the water spirits were savage yet extremely beautiful.
Are Mermaids Dangerous?
There’s no getting away from the fact that people in these parts of the world believe in the existence of mermaids – even the police are too scared to investigate these ‘cursed’ rivers and bodies of water.
Do they also believe in what the locals are saying?
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
Perhaps it is normal to encounter things in life that may weird us out, frighten or scare us, or just outright make us scream at the top of our lungs. Even in this time and age when everything is easily accessible through the Internet, there are just things that Science finds difficult to explain.
Imagine catching yourself alone in your own house and for some reason a drawer opens up and the air is still and you are far away from it.
Who do you call?
For sure, you would have thought of Ghostbusters, but unfortunately, they are not real. But it’s a good thing that paranormal psychics are here to help you answer stranger questions from strange occurrences in your life brought about by paranormal activities.
But first, let us talk about what is the paranormal, because having had a paranormal experience does not necessarily mean you are dealing with ghosts of the dead or spirits from a different world.
These can very well be energies around you which mean you no harm.
Energies are able to communicate and, more often than not, only need help to know what happened to them so they can finally get a closure and move on.
We have listed some of the surefire ways on how you can deal with paranormal activities. We hope that by the end of this article, you will have already been equipped and armed with sufficient knowledge on what to do if you experience one in the future.
Learning Everything You Can About Paranormal
Not everyone is brave enough to do a research about the paranormal, especially at night. That is why we recommend that you do it out in public with the sun up where light is abundant.
We feel secure and safe in places where it is bright. When doing your research, steer clear of websites that have ominous background music or those that have really dark layout and color scheme.
These elements of the website should not distract you from learning what you want to learn. Watch out for websites that delve deep in the subject matter without using words that are unfamiliar to most humans.
You should be able to learn where most paranormal activities, sightings, and manifestations usually occur so you can prepare yourself should you encounter one in the future.
Being Skeptical and Logical at The Same Time Goes a Long Way
There will come a time when your brain will play tricks on you. It will make you see, feel, and hear—and ultimately make you believe—that you are indeed experience an out of this world activity. This happens mostly when we are scared.
Our minds conjure images that are really not there in the first place. What you can do is compose yourself and do not cause a scene, especially if you are in a public space.
Close your eyes and try to think well if there is a logical explanation of what happened. Those scary and weird noises on the second floor may just as well be mice, the wind, or pipes. It could be the television.
If you panic, you will likely cause a disturbance; worse, you might end up embarrassing yourself. Do not discount the fact that your friends may be playing a game with you, in other term, pranking you for fun.
This is not a good thing to do to someone as it may cause trauma and other permanent fear.
Asking For Professional Help
Some spirits, energies, or ghosts would bother you to no end, and it is normal that you feel scared and helpless. When this time comes and you are no longer able to sleep well at night because of this, asking for help from a paranormal psychic is not something that you should be ashamed of.
These experts will know what to do with them and are able to provide you with necessary steps on what you can do to stop these from happening.
They will make sure that these spirits—evil or otherwise—are expelled from your property so you can start getting a good night’s sleep again. Amulets and charms are usually given by paranormal psychics to keep you safe from them, but methods are varying.
These professionals are trained to deal with the paranormal and their years of extensive research and psychic will speak for themselves. You may go online and check for their reputation so you can feel better.
Being Around Friends Also Helps
While professionals tend to your house and dispel the energies bugging you there, you can be with friends for the moment. There is strength in number, or so a popular saying goes.
Be with your close friends who would never take advantage of your situation and vulnerability. You may start talking about happy memories from the past to keep you distracted from the situation.
Whether they are your family, your close friends, your roommate, be with the people you trust the most who know how to calm you down in a very stressful situation; people who can easily lighten up the mood.
You can choose to put on a really funny movie and start laughing to your heart’s desire. Eat your favorite comfort food. You can also choose to go to the nearest church, if you are religious, and start praying and giving thanks for the good things you have received so far and ask for perpetual guidance and safety from the evil elements of this world.
There are worlds that coexists with us, and it is important to recognize that. Some entities, although invisible to the naked eye, are following us wherever we go as they are trying to communicate with us.
We hope that this article helped you enough on how you can react if you experience a paranormal activity. If you wish to share more tips, you can leave a comment down below.
The world abounds with tales of supernatural or otherwise cryptic creatures, and North America is no exception.
Along with the ever-elusive Sasquatch or “Bigfoot” run less well-known but even more spine-chilling stories about the Navajo skinwalker.
The skinwalker is believed to be a holy man or sage who is so connected with nature that he or she can assume the form of any animal.
But this amazing ability is not gained without a price: the holy man or witch must perform an evil act, such as murder, before they can unlock this power.
Additionally, they must kill the animal they wish to take the form of, making their connection with nature truly perverse. Are skinwalkers real, or is it just a legend with no credibility?
Many people have claimed to have had encounters with skinwalkers. Many Navajo people, especially older ones, believe without a shadow of a doubt that skinwalkers do indeed exist.
They believe so strongly that many of them are reluctant to talk to outsiders about the skinwalkers, fearing that they may attract these terrifying and malicious creatures into their lives.
In addition, it is believed that non-skinwalkers are not allowed to witness the ritual that leads to the creation of skinwalkers, making information even more scarce – the skinwalkers truly are shrouded in mystery.
Because older Navajo people are afraid to talk about the skinwalkers, most of our information comes from younger Navajo people who don’t necessarily believe in these tales.
One very interesting point is that many of the stories of encounters with skinwalkers come from people who are not Navajo, even people who have never heard of the skinwalkers and, upon looking for information about what they’ve experienced, come to the conclusion that they have witnessed one of these creatures.
These encounters usually occur on or in very close proximity to Navajo reservations – this fits the skinwalker story, since only Navajo people can become skinwalkers.
One woman claims she was driving through Navajo territory at night when suddenly a man appeared, running next to her car. This would be odd even if it weren’t for the fact that the car was driving at sixty miles per hour!
To put that in perspective, the highest speed at which a human has been recorded running is 28 miles per hour.
The man tapped on her window as she was driving, gave a sinister-looking smile, and then ran away at unbelievably high speeds, disappearing into the night.
After researching, she came to the conclusion that she had encountered a skinwalker.
In Sedona, Arizona, not too far from this woman’s encounter, a man claims to have experienced the same thing: a human-like creature running past his vehicle even though he was driving at sixty-five miles per hour!
Arizona is full of stories of encounters with skinwalkers. If they’re real, this is probably no coincidence, since Arizona is the area in which many Navajo people live – evil medicine men or witches among them would have to be the source.
Winslow and Window Rock is especially famous for these encounters; you’d have to be very brave and perhaps stupid to go there looking for a skinwalker (I would not recommend it).
A second interesting story comes from when a girl was visiting her grandmother in Nevada. The elderly woman was 100 % Navajo, and the little girl remembers her shouting at her brother to “get away from it!”
She then saw a very large, unnatural looking dog which was staring at her grandmother. This dog apparently had yellow eyes.
The grandmother lamented that “it had found her.”
The otherworldly-looking dog eventually left (the girl can’t remember if it was at a high speed or not, as this is what skinwalkers are known for), and shortly thereafter the grandmother moved away from her house, believing fully that she had encountered a skinwalker who was trying to do her harm.
Another encounter occurred when a man living on a farm near Navajo land heard what he thought to be wild dogs outside.
He grabbed his shotgun, hoping to scare them off from the farm, but as soon as he pumped it the dogs looked directly at him, stood up on their hind legs, and ran away at incredible speeds.
Although his family believed in skinwalkers, this man did not; he does now.
Something similar happened in New Mexico, when a woman saw a strange presence outside of her house one night.
At first she thought it was a man, until she got close enough to see that, whatever it was, this bipedal, muscular creature had the head and body of a wolf.
She screamed (as most of us in this situation probably would!) before, again, the entity ran away at an unbelievably high speed.
A man with the body and head of a wolf sounds familiar to those of us interested in folklore: could it be that the so-called “werewolf” is actually a Navajo skinwalker?
One night, a student was taking the bus home from a basketball game. The bus would have to drive through Navajo territory. This is when another eyewitness encounter transpired.
Suddenly, the bus driver sped up to about 85 miles per hour, and the student was surprised by this as the driver was usually very careful.
But then he saw it: a creature running straight towards the bus. The entity, which looked like a wolf-like human and had glowing yellow eyes, made eye contact with the student and smiled, showing off its sharp, canine-like teeth.
All of the other students were asleep, but this student and the bus driver shared a glance, realizing that they had just experienced something truly bizarre.
The Subject of Skinwalkers
Are skinwalkers real? The question is difficult to answer. It’s certainly interesting that so many of these stories share features in common, and that many of the witnesses were non-Navajo people (meaning they didn’t necessarily believe the stories) or had never even heard of the legend of the skinwalkers.
It seems that, usually, the skinwalkers are wolf or dog-like, sometimes with eerie yellow glowing eyes, and capable of running at supernatural speeds.
I wonder if Bigfoot could be a skinwalker who has taken on the form a bear – just imagine a half-human, half-bear creature walking around on two legs and you have something that looks like a Bigfoot.
It seems unlikely, though, since Bigfoot encounters are described all over the country and not just in the southwestern United States…
On Brooklyn’s east side one night in 1894, five young women were making their way home through the curling fog. They decided to take a short cut near Knickerbocker Avenue and cut through a deserted lot.
They were about halfway across the lot when they noticed a strange white floating light directly ahead of them that seemed to be made up of the surrounding fog.
Without warning a piercing wail cut through the night, sending a bolt of fear down each of their spines.
The five women were rooted to the spot in fear as the white light drew closer and closer…until they could make out the ghostly image of a sunken-faced woman, covered in a white clothing, wading through the dark night’s fog towards them!
The group of young women had seen enough – they bolted in the opposite direction and managed to make it home safely.
The women spent the next hour explaining to their older brothers what they had just seen. The group of brothers decided to head to the abandoned lot and confront this female entity.
They arrived at the lot and decided to stand back-to-back in a circle, revolvers drawn and ready for action.
Suddenly they saw the female apparition rise slowly from the ground with it’s arms outstretched towards them. Their bravado was soon lost – they bolted exactly like their younger sisters had!
When they arrived home they spent the remainder of the night telling neighbors what they had witnessed and advising them to keep their windows and doors locked.
The Following Night…
The following night, as the story unfolded across Brooklyn, a large posse of concerned residents got together opposite the lot where the ghostly incident had taken place.
They stayed there until the early hours of the morning but dispersed just before dawn – had this group of brothers fooled them into thinking there was an entity in Brooklyn?
A local man named Peter Woelfel decided to take matters into his own hands the following night and set out to rubbish the claims put forward by the brothers.
At 1 A.M. Peter was spotted stumbling back into his home…as white as a ghost. He didn’t say a word but the locals could see he was clearly traumatized by something.
The next morning Peter felt up to being able to recount what had happened to him the night before. He approached a local gathering and told them his story…
He was apparently crossing the same abandoned lot when the ghostly female entity shot straight out of the ground. He was frozen with fear and claimed “She performed the serpentine dance while I remained rooted to the ground.”
At the end of this dance she gave out a loud wail and suddenly he was able to move his legs again.
He ran home as fast as he could, nearly collapsing at his front door.
More and more people started to take to the streets in search of this ghost Peter had encountered the night before. They were all armed – so the police decided to get involved as quickly as possible.
Within 24 hours a reporter from the New York Times turned up but he was told by a policeman named Holliday that the local whiskey was to blame.
Apparently the whiskey was so poor in the area it often caused the locals to see things that weren’t really there – in some cases robbing their own homes in a state of confusion!
The ghostly woman failed to appear that night and the large crowd had finally began to fizzle down after a few days of panic.
The reporter returned to his head office and wrote a short article on the incident – the wailing entity was never seen or heard again.
Throughout the construction of this site I have come across thousands of images of real ghosts caught on camera (as you can imagine!).
Now, in this day and age of Photoshop we all know that a large majority of these more modern examples are complete sh#t (sorry about the profanity but ‘it is what it is’ at the end of the day!).
Anyway, I’ve tried to showcase as many of the more famous or ‘mainstream’ examples – not all of you will agree with me but you’re free to express your opinions in the comment section below.
Don’t forget to bookmark this page as we will constantly be updating it with new examples we stumble across. We are looking to hit a 10,000 word count eventually…which will make it the largest page on this subject on the internet!
Real Ghost Images Caught on Camera
1) Praying Alone
I decided to include this photograph first as it was taken in the same year I was born – I also find it incredibly peaceful and moving for some reason…
Unfortunately I can only find a small amount of information on the picture itself, so if you have anything to add to it please contact us so we can include it in the article…
The picture was taken by a couple who visited the Worstead Church in Norfolk in 1975. The husband took a photograph of his wife praying silently in one of the old pews.
When they developed the photograph they realized that she was never really praying alone…
2) The Wedding Photographer
This picture was apparently taken by a wedding photographer who was testing out his equipment on farmland where an upcoming wedding event was taking place…
When he developed the shot he discovered the image of a young child staring right at him. He returned to the farm a few days later to carry out his job and asked the owner of the farm about what he had snapped in the photograph.
The farm owner was not at all surprised with the image and told the photographer that he often encountered the spirit of a young boy in a nightgown walking around his property!
3) The Shining
Those of you that are Stephen King fans will already be VERY familiar with the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. It’s the hotel that inspired the writer to pen The Shining.
This photo was actually snapped in April of 2016 by a guest at the hotel – it’s taken inside the hotel’s grand lobby and stairwell.
Henry Yau took the photo and he claimed that nobody was around the stairwell at the time, he just wanted a picture of this famous lobby.
Paranormal researchers have been all over this picture and a larger majority of them think that there are two ghosts in the frame – a woman dressed in period black clothing and a small child to her left…
4) The Hanging Man
In the mid 1950’s the Cooper family were excited to move into their new property in Texas – they decided to preserve this monumental family moment with a photograph…
The joyous family portrait seemed to show up a lot more than one would expect…
5) Freddy Jackson
The image below was taken of Sir Victor Goddard’s squadron in the second World War. The photograph was snapped on the same day as the funeral of an air mechanic named Freddy Jackson.
The zoomed-in section of the photograph shows Freddy peering over his good friend’s shoulder as his own funeral was taking place.
Maybe he just needed to let his squadron know that he was okay and he would always be with them in spirit?
6) The Amityville Boy
These days, the Amityville haunting tends to divide opinion due to all the hoax claims that have surfaced over the years…
After Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family in the house on Ocean Ave. in 1974, Kathy and George Lutz snapped it up at a bargain basement price.
It wasn’t long before they reported green slime oozing from key holes and supernatural entities openly gazing at them from the house windows.
The paranormal activity became too much for the family who eventually fled the property…but they decided to let a handful of investigators into the abandoned house to see what they could find.
This photo of a ghostly image of a little boy was apparently taken by one of these investigators.
Back in December of 2005, in South Shields, England, a happy couple and their son were preparing for the Christmas holidays when some very strange disturbances began to happen in their home.
The couple decided not to include their family names in their report to protect their son (naturally), so for the sake of this article we will call them mum, dad and the son.
Lets take a closer look at the South Shields poltergeist…
The paranormal incidents started off very slowly – simple tapping within the walls and doors opening and closing by themselves.
Suddenly the activity began to snowball – tables and chairs would stack themselves into towers in different rooms and huge and heavy chests of draws would scrape across their living room floor.
At the time, the family reported that they never actually saw any of the furniture move by itself – but they could hear it happening.
By the time they got to the room involved the furniture had already made it’s new destination.
At this point both mum and dad realized that something supernatural was taking place in their house – even though they had not yet managed to spot any paranormal presence.
Next came the rather creepy toy incidents – it seems as though the son’s toy box got targeted by some sort of paranormal entity. Various toys would dance around the room and even turn themselves on.
Mum actually woke up one night when she felt a sharp pain against the side of her head. When she got up to investigate she found her son’s toy dog lying right next to her.
She was obviously scared – so she woke up her husband who sleepily laughed it off as nothing more than a weird dream she had experienced.
Within seconds another of her son’s toys flew across the room smacking her directly on the same side of her head. Both mum and dad were awake – and this was the first time they had actually seen the poltergeist activity in action.
But the entity had not finished with them on this night – it began throwing toy after toy at the couple who sat petrified in their bed.
They pulled the sheets up above their heads to act as a sort of shield against the flying objects – but something invisible inside the room was pulling the sheets right back down!
Suddenly dad screamed in complete agony and the barrage of flying objects stopped…
Mum turned to dad to find out what had made him scream in that manner and discovered 13 animal-like scratch marks across his back.
From this point onward the entity in the house seemed to target the son’s toys and use them to frighten the occupants.
Both mum and dad would frequently hear certain toys creating some sort of distant moan – it’s as if the poltergeist wanted the family to believe that the toys were alive in some way.
These freaky toy incidents were soon followed by horrible text messages on their phones informing them that they were ‘going to die today!’.
On closer inspection the couple realized that these messages were somehow being sent from their own home landline.
Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson
The couple went down many paranormal investigative roots before ending up on the phone to Mike Hollowell and Darren Ritson – they agreed to look into their case.
At first, The paranormal investigators were more than a little skeptical but that didn’t last for long – they eventually witnessed all the activity the family members had described to them!
The longer Mike and Darren investigated the more intense the haunting got. Kitchen knives would be thrown at the two men and the toys would seem to direct angry voices right at them.
Mike and Darren eventually managed to come face to face with the entity that was terrorizing this innocent family.
They claim that:
“The entity walked slowly from the bathroom, across the landing into the bedroom. As it passed the door to (the son’s) room, it paused and stared at me. Its face, devoid of all features such as eyes, nose or mouth, was cold and menacing. It felt like it was burrowing into my soul. It was large – maybe two meters in height – and midnight black. It was a three-dimensional silhouette that just radiated sheer evil”
They eventually concluded that this entity had a problem with the father of the family – he seemed to be the only one that was targeted by these strange scratching frenzies.
Without warning – the poltergeist activity stopped during the final stages of Mike and Darren’s investigation.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the South Shields poltergeist please leave them in the comment section below.
What are we looking at when we see a ghost? We often ask this question in regard to the spiritual nature of the manifestation before us.
What heavenly apparition or lost soul is making itself known to us?
The other side of this question is much more scientific, much more physical.
What material and physical matter are we looking at that is causing these shapes and movement?
Put more simply, what are ghosts made of?
There are many theories on the physical matter of ghosts, but there is some weight behind the idea of plasma…
There has been plenty of debate on the topic of ghosts and the scientific reasons for their activity. Then there are the tales of popular culture that get thrown into the mix.
There is a big difference between the green, slimy masses that can be physically handled by Ghostbusters and cartoon characters and the physical entities that we come across in real life.
The problem is that nobody is quite sure what they really are made of.
One of the words that commonly comes up is plasma. This is an important term because it is probably largely responsible for the lore of movies, yet is still the most probable suggestion.
It all comes down to what our interpretation of plasma is. When we think of plasma we think of blood plasma and ectoplasm; plasma is where ectoplasm came from.
In the movies, this meant a thick substance produced by ghosts in order to interact with the real world. This was a neat trick for visual storytelling, but this is not the reality of ghost encounters.
The other definition of plasma is a fourth state of matter that is neither a solid, liquid or gas. It is essentially an ionized gas, unlike the gases we are familiar with, with highly energized electrons that have separated from their nuclei.
We see this phenomenon when looking at neon lights and it is believed that this form of matter is what creates the energized glowing entities that we see as ghosts.
Our ongoing lack of understanding could simply be down to the fact that this particular form of plasma is separate from that of neon gas.
There could be physical and chemical interactions taking place within these spectral projections that are yet to be fully understood.
Energy and electricity are the key here, which is what makes this subject so complex…
Plasma, of one kind or another, seems like the most logical solution here because of that idea of a highly energized being.
We know for certain that energy is a major factor in the appearance and characteristics of ghosts.
The glowing, energy-emitting entities that we see are proof that energy is at work in some form. The best way of detecting the presence of ghosts is through an EMF meter.
Their readings and electrical charges are so strong that they are easily detected and can disrupt electrical equipment. This works with this idea of plasma because of that highly-energized, ionized gas.
Plasma has the ability to conduct electricity, generate electromagnetic fields and emit light.
Ghosts and other related manifestations are known to do the same. There is a glow to them.
It was once theorized that ghosts were simply light sources of photon element, but this did not explain the ability to pass through solid objects.
In order to do this, these ghosts had to be made of something smaller than an atom. There was also the theory of the “ghost particle” that is the neutrino – something small enough to meet this criteria.
The problem here was that neutrinos don’t carry an electrical charge.
So What Are Ghosts Made of?
The one thing that researchers can be sure about is that ghosts are made up of some form of strong energy source.
It now seems that theories about photon light were a long way off the mark.
At the time, they were the most logical explanation for light generation in an unknown entity, but it seems that we were not looking far enough.
The poorly-understood world of plasma surely holds the key to finally answering the question of what ghosts are really made of.
Further research into the properties of plasma and the potential for different forms could help us to sole this puzzle.
How much do you know about the supernatural and paranormal activities?
The first step towards ever getting anywhere with the truth behind many mysteries is definitely understanding the paranormal components.
What makes up the weird and the unexplained of human society?
We can begin by defining any paranormal or supernatural phenomena as a mystical manifestation or event that human beings cannot conclusively explain using all our advanced scientific knowledge and natural elements.
These include occurrences like cryptids, superhuman abilities like telekinesis and of course, ghosts and aliens.
The Paranormal Breakdown: A Foundation to the Truth
Care to find out the categories of weird we have in the world…?
It’s the only sensible way to get to the ultimate truth right?
The supernatural world has general reports of all the following mysterious phenomena…
1) Legends and Mythologies
Here you will find well-known fairy-tale creatures the likes of deities (Zeus, Ra, Apollo…), werewolves, mermaids, and demigods like Hercules, blood suckers like Dracula, the bogeyman and even trolls or gargoyles.
All the characters above were used in different societies and cultures across the world as part of their unique folklore to pass teachings and warnings and also try to explain things they could not yet begin to comprehend.
These supernatural characters were developed and preserved over centuries of passed on oral narrations from generations to generations.
2) Demons and Possessions
This falls under a branch of theology known as demonology; which is basically a study into the belief of demons and evil spirits.
Many confuse this with the study of cults but it’s far from it. However, elements of demons and their references can be found throughout all major religions and forms of belief.
Demons can either be benevolent or malevolent but many people tend to associate the name “demon” with the latter. This is because are mostly perceived as wicked and vindictive.
Controversial demonologists like Lorraine Warren have claimed to be able to talk to ghosts and demons.
Famous texts such as the Grimoire of Pope Honorius gave most of the names of demons we know of today as well as their individual functions.
Some of these earlier religious inclined texts have met strong resistance and brushed aside as diabolical and baseless facts.
Ghost hunting groups and individuals on the other hand have stuck to the idea that demons are just pissed off ghosts that decide to act evil…
How many demons can you name in addition to Nybbas, Seraphim, Abaddon, Pharzuph, Gaap, Abdiel, Krampus, or the king of Hell’s comedy, Kobal?
Each demon is believed to control a particular element and have different influences in the material world.
The common belief of course being that these demons are merely the devil’s minions. Some even believe that demons can possess human beings or animals and influence their actions and thoughts.
3) Aliens and UFOs
The question still lingers as to whether earth has had contact with extraterrestrial beings or not.
The existence of life outside our atmosphere has always fascinated us, and efforts are still underway to make the first contact despite there being numerous claims of several UFO sightings and alien contact(s).
Although all these allegations about interactions with beings from other planets and possibly distant galaxies have been questionable, there have been very interesting conspiracies tied to governments such as the New Mexico Roswell UFO crash.
Other unproven stories have described vivid alien abductions that have left us torn between what to believe and not to believe about the alien/UFO controversy.
4) The Metaphysical Element
This falls under a branch of science known as pseudoscience. These are claims and concepts without any scientific legitimacy and which are better referred to as alternative or fringe science.
Some of the phenomena categorized as metaphysical include:
* Telepathy: Communication using brain waves or transmitting thoughts without verbal words.
* Chakras: Any of the 7 spiritual power points in a human being. They are scattered in different locations between the top of the head and somewhere near your mid-section around the pelvis area.
* ESP (6th sense) and Clairvoyance: This is basically the ability to perceive or experience events outside the scope covered by our natural 5 senses.
* Auras: This is the belief that a human being is surrounded by a colorful array of energy fields every now and then. Kind of like the magnetic fields depicted on a magnet.
* Telekinesis: This is where objects can be moved without any physical interference. It is believed the mind has the ability to summon this kind of power in some super-humans or supernatural beings.
* Reincarnation: This is the rebirth of a soul into another body…not necessarily a human body.
* Astrology: This is basically a study into the influences or effects that astral bodies such as planets have on the experiences of human beings. Thus the development of the Zodiac signs, their meanings, and how each is related to certain individuals in terms of influencing life events.
5) The Study of Cryptids or Cryptozoology
This side of the paranormal looks at animals not yet categorized in science; which of course goes to tell you that their existence at any point in the earth’s history is highly contentious.
These are studies about Bigfoot, Pegasus, the Loch Ness monster, Unicorns, Dragons, the goat sucking Chupacabra and many more.
6) Ghosts: Living Spirits of the Dead
Okay, truth be told…this is arguably the beginning of the journey into the paranormal. Stories of souls or human spirits from beyond the light visiting the land of the living go back as far back as death itself!
The fascination with death has driven man to great heights and sometimes to very, very low depths in search of the elusive answer…What happens to a person after death?
Is it all gone?
Is the soul detached from the body and promoted to a higher realm?
And what about these claims of people who died and came back? What did they really see on the other side?
The only way to find out the true answer to this quagmire is simple but a bitter pill to swallow because nobody wants to die…
But wait…it gets even more interesting…parapsychology seems to hold a different theory about ghosts.
Studies in this field tend to bend heavily towards the possibility of communicating with ghosts through mediums.
The twist here is that the theory also suggests that living humans disembodied through astral project can very easily appear to other people as ghosts.
Hauntings: Lingering Paranormal Energies
These paranormal activities are usually connected to certain places. Contrary to what you might have believed, hauntings don’t necessarily have to be connected to ghosts according to TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society)…!
Here’s a breakdown of the kinds of hauntings you can encounter in the paranormal world…
#1 Intelligent Ghost Activity: This is basically where ghosts or unseen entities can be experienced as they struggle to make contact with the land of the living. Think messages written on a misty mirror…
#2 Poltergeist Hauntings: These are violent events such as banging doors or flying objects; total chaos and mayhem from unseen energies.
Poltergeist energies are also believed to attach themselves to individuals and cause unusual drama everywhere these people go.
More contradictory views seem to believe different about the source of poltergeists.
Parapsychologist view of the poltergeist suggest that this is the work of an oblivious living human being who in some unknown way manages to summon up and manifest some sort of psychokinetic energy.
But, why the violence and the terrifying events?
#3 Residual Haunting: This is more like “déjà vu haunting”…okay, think living through an episode of the TV series Day Break…the same event occurring over and over again at certain intervals.
Parting Shot: Searching for the Truth
The truth can only be established when we move from the known to the unknown…Working with the few paranormal facts we have brings us closer to understanding the paranormal and what goes on in realms we can’t see or we can scarcely fathom.
Hope this small guide helps you move closer to your own truth… keep the faith and have fun sharing experiences from the paranormal or supernatural world.
There is no culture in the world without a folklore…
We’ve all heard of evil spirits and flesh eating monsters such as dragons, demon bears, the Loch Ness monster or the Alaskan Tizheruk, leprechauns, trolls, Baba Yaga, Yuki-onna, the Cyclops, the grim ripper, banshee, werewolves, the Russian Gamayun or Alkonost, to the Celtic children eating Bugbear and more…
There are countless spirits and monsters associated with good and evil from every culture and each one carries their own significance and serve a particular purpose within their respective cultures.
Some of these monsters and spirits were totally fictional and only used to deliver messages, warnings and teachings to a particular people while some cultures still insist that their folklore monsters are real.
Which brings us to the main topic of discussion for this piece…and we’re asking…are Wendigos real?
Let’s take a closer look at this Algonquian folklore and try decipher the historicity behind this evil, winter time, man possessing spirit/half-man beast associated with insatiable greed and cannibalism…
Note: alternative forms include Windago, Wiindigoo, Windiga, or Windigo. Also associated with starvation and famine.
The Algonquin speaking people originally occupied the Great American Northern Frontier covering the areas running from the Atlantic Coast all the way to the Great Lakes in the interior (both in Canada and the US).
There were several known language groups forming different native tribes that had populations numbering hundreds of thousands.
They were primarily fishermen and hunters although some of them managed to cultivate a few supplementary crops such as squash and corn or wild rice which was a staple for the Ojibwe.
The Wendigo Origin: A Malevolent Monster is Born
Nobody really knows when, why or how the Wendigo legend came to be but what we know so far is that this was a common belief shared by a few Algonquin language groups that included the Innu, Ojibwe, Cree, Assiniboine, the Naskapi, and the Saulteaux.
According to the above Algonquian people, the Wendigo was a colossal monster usually appearing during the winter or famine and it had a serious appetite for human flesh and also possessed human beings overtaken by their own greed to become cannibals.
These possessed humans developed an unstoppable craving for human flesh and could never seem to have enough of other destructive obscenities regarded as taboo.
The detailed descriptions of this monster/spirit varied from tribe to tribe but the overall view of the Wendigo was somewhat standard.
Until recently, surviving members of the Ojibwe, Assiniboine and Cree language groups still practiced an ancient form of ceremonial dance (especially during famines) to try and bring the community together by fostering moderation and co-operation among the people.
This was a way to keep the Wendigo spirit from possessing people during these hard times when individuals could very easily be tempted to act in selfish greed.
Historical reports collected from the Jesuit Relations talks of a disease of some sort that combined all the symptoms of lunacy, frenzy and hypochondria.
These reports were made by early European explorers and they were part of a larger campaign aimed at raising funds for the conquests.
The explorers talked of ravenous attacks from natives afflicted by this folk illness commonly known in the medicine world as the Wendigo Psychosis, a “culture-specific syndrome”.
The Wendigo Controversy
Here comes the exciting part…
Now, we know the Wendigo myth to be of Algonquin origin, and all the characteristics of the Wendigo as defined by the Algonquin people, point to an evil beast that ate men and possessed natives to start acting like the Wendigo itself… right?
So here is a random thought…
Could the natives have developed this myth when they first met European explorers?
The Wendigo is associated with winter and famine which could very easily be the two times when the waters were favorable for European ships to cross the oceans.
Remember what we said earlier about folk lore and its use in the society? Warning, teaching…
I mean, how else could the tribal chief of a “savage” tribe or their scouts explain a frail looking white man with white ashy skin, emaciated and stinky from months of sea travel without a proper bath, and who just happened to appear on their shores?
One scholar and teacher from Ontario, Basil Johnston, describes the Wendigo close to what we would describe a zombie in the modern context.
Loose skin covering an emaciated body structure, bloody tattered lips, smell of death and decay, ashy-gray complexion… everything a zombie would look like.
And Now to The Interesting Part…
In my opinion, the Wendigo was the white man who came to their shores during winter or during the dry seasons. Why?
We all can imagine how some of the explorers looked like to the natives. This is after months of traveling in the sea and sometimes suffering illnesses that left most of them dead and most of the survivors looking like zombies.
Some of these expeditions were poorly funded and most of the times the crew would have to go with small food rations and have to endure much of the final leg of the journey without any food at all!
Did these white men land on the American Northern Frontier with cannibalistic characteristics?
Probably not…but where did the man eating beast and Wendigo spirit come from?
Here’s my Theory…
According to the Algonquin, the Wendigo is a beast that eats and keeps eating while it gets bigger after every man it feeds on.
The Wendigo can also possess men to become greedy flesh eating half-men beasts and portray other characteristics described as taboo.
Now, we all know what happened with the native American tribes as the white man took over their lands.
They were slaughtered, their land was taken over, sometimes by rich individuals who wanted to own large chunks of land in their own “greed”.
These individuals indulged in other vices like alcohol and sexual promiscuity which were totally viewed as taboo to communities that lived together, hunted together, fished together, and even had community meals and other social formalities to strengthen their unity.
What else do we know about these reports from the Jesuit Relations?
They continued to report that the natives who suffered Wendigo psychosis came at them like werewolves and this is why they had to be killed as the only solution.
The reports also talk of the Wendigo psychosis also affecting their deputies…
Okay, call me stupid but my logic tells me that if you come to my land, start killing people left right and center without care or any good reason that I can see, then hell yeah I will come at you in a rage!
What will a poor explorer looking for funds and trying to justify killing off the resisting natives do?
Invent a disease connected to a people’s folklore, twist it and call the native’s rage and retaliation “a culture-bound syndrome”.
Let’s Break it Down…
The Wendigo has an insatiable hunger for human flesh:
Translation…the white man (who landed at their shores looking like a zombie…) just kept killing and killing more natives without any signs of ever stopping.
Hence, the legend of the Wendigo constantly feeding on human flesh…moving from one man to the next.
The Wendigo only knows greed and destruction:
Translation…the white man took over their farming, hunting and fishing grounds.
The white man also hunted in excess killing sacred animals on sacred grounds, cleared forests day and night which included cutting down sacred trees, it was the ultimate indulgence into greed driven taboos.
Gluttony…always wanting more…!
The Wendigo keeps growing and growing as it feeds on more men:
Translation…the white man kept increasing in numbers as he moved into the interior taking over more land from natives to settle the growing numbers of Europeans families that continued to pour in using larger commercial vessels.
The wendigo possesses men to start acting like it, they get the “wendigo sickness”:
Translation… remember the Jesuit Relation’s reports talking of “deputies” who also could suffer from Wendigo psychosis?
We know that these deputies were recruited native porters and guides. And we also know that some of these “deputies” were used to betray their own people, helping to kill others and displacing even more from their lands.
Some of the “clever” ones went on to own small pieces of land while they indulged in the white man’s vices such as prostitution and alcoholism.
And who were the deputies suffering from Wendigo psychosis?
Natives who defaulted and decided to turn against the white man’s agenda of course!
This is how the Wendigo spirit possessed men and forced the possessed men to act like a Wendigo or how explorers justified killing “native friendlies” who turned on them.
Wendigos of The Modern Times
Although the wendigo psychosis controversy continues to turn and pull the medicine arena in all directions, it has become increasingly difficult for the supporters of this theory to prove it’s actual existence.
Of course we know that folk illnesses or culture-specific syndromes have no solid scientific backing.
Nowadays this term is mostly associated with individuals and corporations considered destructive to the environment – as a result of the perceived excessive greed they exhibit or as portrayed by their actions.
The Wendigo legend has also been kept alive through several works of literature since Algerno Blackwood first wrote The Wendigo horror story in 1910.
There have also been numerous screenplay and game characters based on this legend.
Wendigo characters can be found in movies such Ravenous or in TV series like Hannibal and Charmed among others.
They also appear in video or computer games such as Warcraft, Until Dawn and Tearaway.
So…Are Wendigos Real?
Well, while it’s highly doubtful that there’s a real monster prowling the Alaskan cold forests looking for tasty men to feed on or possess…
The legend behind the Wendigo spirit is plausible…we just explained it!
Any opposing or supporting views about the Wendigo folk lore?
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