a House is Haunted
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have been told that the house down the street is haunted but no
one has ever seen a ghost. Just what do people mean when they
say a house is haunted.
does not necessarily have to have apparitions, or ghosts of the
deceased. In fact, apparitions are associated with a minority
of reported cases. Most hauntings involve noises, such as mysterious
footsteps, rustlings, whisperings, animal noises and howlings,
thumps, tappings and raps; smells, especially of flowers, perfume,
burned or rotting flesh or organic matter; tactile sensations
such as a cold prickling of the skin, cold breezes and feelings
of being touched by an invisible hand. Some hauntings feature
poltergeist activities such as rearranged furniture, stopped clocks,
smashed glassware and mirrors, and the paranormal movement of
can be defined as the repeated manifestation of strange and inexplicable
sensory phenomena-smells, sounds, tactile sensations and hallucinations
- said to be by ghosts or spirits attached to a certain local.
The term "haunt" comes from the same root as "home."
Typically, a haunted location is the home of the deceased, or
the spot where the deceased died. Haunted sites also include places
that apparently were frequented or favored by the deceased, and
sites of violent death. Other hauntings are "aimless,"
occurring without explanation.
is no general pattern to a haunting phenomena manifested periodically
or continually over durations that may be short - a matter of
days - or going on for centuries. Some hauntings occur on certain
"anniversary" dates: the ghost of Sir Christopher Wren
is said to be heard hurrying up and down the stairs of Hampton
Court every Feb. 26, the date of his death in 1723.
everyone who visits or lives in a reputedly haunted location will
experience phenomena. Hauntings sometimes can be brought to an
end through exorcisms conducted either by clergy or by mediumistic
individuals who reportedly can communicate with the ghost or spirit
believed to be responsible for haunting. Some hauntings end of
their own accord and for reasons not known. Those that seem to
be "psychic recordings," or impressions that certain
people can receive, do not respond to exorcisms. Such hauntings
seem to be endless re-enactments of events. People often experience
negative emotions at a haunted site, including anger, fear or
hatred. They may sense a presence of evil.
hauntings seem to involve friendly or benign ghosts. Some say
they can contact trapped spirits of the dead who are haunting
sites, and are able to send them on their way to the Other Side.
Some hauntings also feature phantom animals, pet dogs, cats and
horses, which are seen and heard in their familiar spots.
hauntings are characterized by physical disturbances such as flying
and levitating objects, banging doors, assaults on humans, ping
and thumping noises. These disturbances often seem to be caused
by living persons; there is some evidence that some poltergeists
may be discarnate spirits.
is known about why or how hauntings occur. Thousands of hauntings
have been systematically investigated by psychical researchers
and parapsychologists since the late 19th century. Many explanations
have been proposed, but there is no conclusive evidence to support
one more strongly than another.
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