Information on Ghosts
Engraving of the Hammersmith Ghost in Kirby's Wonderful and Scientific Museum , a magazine published in 1804 [ 1 ] In traditional belief and fiction , a ghost (sometimes known as a spectre (British English) or specter (American English), phantom , apparition or spook ) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions.
This Halloween may be filled with trick-or-treaters in scary costumes, but for more than one in five Americans, some costumes might be real: they told CBS News pollsters they have seen a real-life ghost in some form. And whether or not they've seen one, even more Americans believe that ghosts actually do exist. Nearly half of Americans say they believe in ghosts, or that the dead can return in certain places and situations. Yes 48% No Women are more likely to say they believe in ghosts than are men: 56 percent of women believe, while 38 percent of men do.
How do you know if that persistent rapping on your walls is bad plumbing or a mischievous spirit? Here are some of the signs of a haunting You hear heavy footsteps in the upstairs hallway when you know no one is up there. Doors slam unaccountably. Commonly used items disappear and reappear without cause. The kitchen light turns on by itself.
An artist's impression of a shadow person. Shadow people , also known as shadow figures or shadow beings , [ 1 ] are supernatural shadow-like humanoid figures that, according to believers, are seen flickering on walls and ceilings in the viewer's peripheral vision . They are also claimed to be seen as unrecognizable fleeting shadows out of the corner of the observer's eye for just a second or two. [ 1 ] [ edit ] History A number of religions, legends, and belief systems describe shadowy spiritual beings or supernatural entities such as shades of the underworld, and various shadowy creatures have long been a staple of folklore and ghost stories.
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In time, stories, photographs and strange objects began to come from these investigations -- both from the séances of the Spiritualists and from the exotic tombs and forbidden sanctuaries that were investigated by the researchers into the unknown. Many of the objects were connected to weird tales and many claimed to have supernatural influences connected to them, which made then unsafe in the homes of the unwitting collectors who had acquired them. Over the years, many of these objects have become a part of the collection of the Haunted Museum and exhibits have been built around them to keep these objects safely stored away. They can be studied, learned from, and displayed -- but keep visitors free from the dangers associated with them. Just a few of these objects include: * A Haunted Tintype Photograph from the American Civil War * A brick from the infamous St.