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was talking my grandmother and she told me that she beleived in
forerunners. Can you tell me about forefunners and whether or
not they are real.
Jill C., Summerside, PEI
are an important part of our oral folklore and have their foundation
in what would appear to be a very real phenomena. A forerunner
is an event or a sign that foretells of an approaching death.
Many people have had them and some who do not believe in ghost,
have no hesitation believing in forerunners. The fact that people
do not talk about forerunners for fear of appearing foolish and
that people do not know how to recognize them may have something
to do with why in recent years we do not hear much about them.
Helen Creighton in her book, "Bluenose Ghost," suggest
that they may be the most common supernatural event in Nova Scotia.
of the most commonly reported forerunners are three knocks on
a door or wall when there is no human being there to knock, and
the falling of a picture or a calendar from the wall for no apparent
reason. Other forerunners include: a bird trying to get in through
a window; a bird flying in the house; hearing church bells ringing
which no one else can hear; a vision of someone close to you;
a dog howling outside a house at night; plants and trees blooming
out of season; an owl hooting during the day; and many others.
Julius Caesar, for one, is said to have heard an owl hooting during
the day before his assassination.
had some experience with forerunners myself over the years. A
couple of years ago, my father woke my mother up in the middle
of the night asking if she could hear the church bells rings,
He was wide awake and looking out the window saying, "Why
would they be ringing church bells this late at night." It
was two in the morning. My mother not being able to hear anything
told him he was dreaming and to get back to bed. He insisted that
he could still hear them and that he was wide awake. Eventually
the bells stopped and he went back to sleep. Two days later my
father died of a massive heart attack. The bells had foretold
Note: If anyone has experienced a forerunner they would like to
share we invite you to contact us.)
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