In culture after culture, people believe that the soul lives on after death, that rituals can change the physical world and divine the truth, and that illness and misfortune are caused and alleviated by spirits, ghosts, saints ... and gods.

STEVEN PINKER, How the Mind Works

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ghosts are trying to make contact with living friends using mobile phones, a paranormal expert claims.

The Sun

The number of mystery calls to mobiles attributed to spooks has rocketed by 43 per cent in the last four years, a study found.

Spectre investigator Phil Hayes from Paranormal Research UK believes a third of all hauntings are now through mobile phones.

The calls often feature heavy static and the voice sounds faint and distant, he revealed. Nine in ten show as "withheld number" or "000000000000" on caller ID.Statistics show two thirds of all paranormal phenomena feature sounds, with just 20 per cent being actual sightings of ghosts and 15 per cent based on smell.

Around half of audible hauntings were captured on voice recorders by specialist spook hunters, with eight per cent coming through TV or radio.New research shows one in three Brits claim to have seen an apparition in a photo or captured paranormal footage on their mobile.The study by Tesco Mobile revealed Paranormal Research UK have seen a 70 per cent upsurge in paranormal evidence in the last year due to people using their phones.

More than half of Brits claimed they would try to capture a sighting of a ghost — but one in five admitted they would be terrified and run away. Three in five people say they know someone who has experienced paranormal activity, with half having felt an unexplained shiver down the spine when entering a room. Phil Hayes said: "There is evidence to suggest that ghosts can use phones to communicate, with reports of people receiving phone calls from deceased relatives."

Lance Batchelor, CEO of Tesco Mobile said: "We'd recommend those brave enough to capture any spooky sightings should MMS or email their pics to the paranormal society for investigation.

"Keep your camera phone on the highest quality resolution setting and use the recorder to capture the noise of any spectral sounds."

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Heavyweights of the Paranormal - The Winchester Mystery House

In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House.

Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.
We may never know for sure if Mrs. Winchester built her house to accommodate the spirits, but over the years the story has come down that she believed her life was unavoidably affected by departed souls. Presumably she wanted to be friendly with the “good” spirits and avoid the “bad” spirits – and the way to be friendly with the “good” spirit, it seemed, was to build them a nice place to visit.

According to this theory, Mrs. Winchester accommodated the friendly spirits by giving them special attention. For example, it is said that there were only three mirrors in the entire house at the time of Mrs. Winchester’s death. Legend has it that spirits hate mirrors, since the sight of their reflection causes them to vanish.

This is why Mrs. Winchester’s servants and secretary reportedly used only hand mirrors or went without.

The mansion also contained a profusion of light sources, from gas jets and countless candles, to electric light bulbs. Supposedly spirits feel conspicuous and humiliated by shadows, since they cannot cast their own.
Was Mrs. Winchester making a special effort to please her spirits companions?

In any case, for nearly thirty-eight years, the round-the-clock sawing, sanding, and hammering at the Winchester Mystery House™ never ceased – not even on weekends or holidays. It was never a rush job. Mrs. Winchester had all the time in the
world – at least, all the time needed to maintain a steady pace. With her financial freedom, she was content to honor whatever whims came from her imagination and from the spirits she believed were guiding her.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Haunted Places In India You Don't Want To Visit, or maybe you do

Think of ghosts and your blood runs cold. There are certain haunted places in India where you wouldn't put your step on. These places are haunted with ghosts from a very long time and if you pay them a visit they get hysterical leaving you unconscionably struck with fear.
The list will make your hair stand as it could be one of those places you paid a visit to recently.

1.The Shaniwarwada Fort – This famous fort is in Pune, the land of many ruins. The Shaniwarwada Fort is now a tourist place where millions flock to see this beautiful palace. The haunting story of this palace is that some of the locals who stay close by hear the cries of Narayan, the heir of the kingdom
who was chased by his assassins on a full moon night.

2.Sanjay Nan – This place is located in New Delhi. The Sanjay Van is one place where you would not want to visit. It is said that a lady in white often walks the forest area and most of them who have been in this area close to Sanjay Nan have seen her appear and suddenly disappear.

3.The Raj Kiran hotel – This hotel is said to be a perfect place to spend if you are not afraid to be with a ghost. There is one particular room on the ground floor at the Raj Kiran Hotel which is spooky and haunted. Guests who have stayed at this hotel have said that their bedsheets were pulled off in the middle of the night and when they awoke, it was still thrown off them. The Raj Kiran Hotel is situated in Mumbai.

4.Ramoji Film City – This is another spooky haunted places in India. Situated in Hyderabad, this Ramoji Film City haunts the women and troubles them every time they are alone or with a group of girls. At the Ramoji Film City, the light men who are on the top often get pushed over and receive multiple injuries.

5. Sumas – Situated in Gujaart. The Sumas is yet another haunted places in India where many have complained about the voices they have heard as you take a walk along the beach. Especially at night you would hear voices telling you to turn around and not go further into the beach for it is dangerous and dogs in that area keep howling and seem uncontrollable. This is said to happen as Hindus burn their bodies in this area.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Whew ... I'll tell you don't forget you blogger password. What a ordeal that was. Anyways, hope to post more material in the next few days.