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Paranormal and Things Going around the Subject

Events of paranormal nature can be best described using the definition of the term itself. They are events that happen beyond normal experience or scientific explanation. Paranormal is a subject that is different from scientific hypotheses or speculations made based on scientific evidence. Scientific topics or subjects are based on observations of empiric nature and data about them are obtained through scientific methods. The existence of the paranormal ones, however, is not based on empirical evidence or data. Suspicion, testimony, and anecdote are often used in the arguments for the latter. ESP, spiritualism, and telepathy are subjects of paranormal nature along with pseudoscience branches of ufology, cryptozoology, and ghost hunting. Ghost hunting deals with everything to do with ghosts, a manifestation of the soul or spirit of a deceased person (some sources also include that of a dead animal). Ghost hunting, therefore, is an activity related to finding proof of the existence of ghosts. The method of this, however, is largely considered not scientific or expanded from scientific method without any empirical bases.

Read More : A General Outlook of Ghosts

Ufology is a study of extraterrestrial visitation. The possibility of the existence of life beyond earth cannot be categorized as a paranormal subject per se. Scientists are actively searching for proof of life outside our planet—using hard-science and scientific tools. Ufology, however, emphasizes on the belief that extraterrestrial life forms visit the earth on unidentified flying objects and cause phenomena—which itself is paranormal in nature, meaning they are beyond the normal conditions humans are used to. Cryptozoology is a study of the entities from the folklore record (e.g. mokele-mbembe, chupacabras, Bigfoot, etc.) Cryptozoology is both a pseudoscience and a subculture with many proponents. A person dabbling in cryptozoology is called a cryptozoologist while entities they study are called cryptids.

Research into the paranormal involves a variety of different approaches. It often incorporates anecdotal approach, parapsychological approach, participant-observer approach, skeptical scientific investigation, psychological approach, and neuroscientific approach. To be fair, observing the paranormal through a research perspective is proven to be something hard to do. This is due to lack of or absence of physical evidence that is acceptable enough from the phenomena. The term explains it all; something is called paranormal because it does not conform to what is conventionally expected of nature. If something can be confirmed through a scientific method, it wouldn’t be called paranormal as it no longer fits the definition in the process.

A General Outlook of Ghosts

There are many words describing what a ghost actually is: wraith, spook, spirit, specter, shade, poltergeist, phantom, haunt, or an apparition. All of these terms are used to refer to one thing known within the world of folklore: the spirit or the soul of a dead person (sometimes the definition also includes that of a dead animal) that appears to the living. This apparition can take many forms or shapes; sometimes a ghost can manifest as an invisible presence or a translucent appearance or even barely visible, manifesting in its wispy shape. In some other cases, though, a ghost can appear realistic with lifelike appearance. Necromancy is a term used in describing any attempts at contacting the spirit of the dead, which is also known as séance in spiritism. The manifestations of the spirits of the dead and the existence of an afterlife are components of a dated belief, originating from animism in preliterate cultures. Ritual magic, spiritualism practices, exorcisms, funeral rites are all part of religious practices that are precisely designed to put the spirits of the dead to rest. Many stories about ghosts typically depict that they haunt specific people, objects, or locations that they had a connection with in life.

In a study conducted in 2009, it was found that only 18% of Americans claimed that they have encountered a ghost. This seems to enforce the fact that the general population of today’s world believe that ghosts do not exist at all. Ghost hunting and other attempts to prove the existence of ghosts have been deemed pseudoscience and it is pretty impossible to find the proof of the existence of ghosts. Ghost investigation has been conducted for centuries now but still there is no scientific evidence that goes to show that the spirits of the dead inhabit a specific location.

Etymologically, the word ghost is derived from Old English, gast, which in turn is derived from Proto-Germanic, gaistaz. The word’s Proto-Indo-European root denotes “fury, anger”. The Old English term, however, is synonymous to Latin spiritus, a word denoting any spirits, good or evil. Thus, angel and demons are counted as spirits in this sense. By extension, the meaning of the Old English word for ghost also applies to the spirit of God, hence the Holy Ghost. The modern definition of the word ghost appeared in Middle English during the 14th century, denoting the soul of a dead person, visible to the eye.

Knowing More about Triskaidekaphobia

The word triskaidekaphobia is derived from Greek triskaideka ‘thirteen’ and phobos ‘fear’. The word therefore means fear of the number 13. The fear of Friday the 13th can be said to have been originating from this condition (called paraskevidekatriaphobia—from Greek paraskevi ‘Friday’ or friggatriskaidekaphobia—from Frigga, the Norse goddess who is the namesake of the English word Friday). The word has been recorded since at least 1910 where it was found in Abnormal Psychology by Isador Coriat. There have been two theories explaining the origin of the phobia.

The Judas theory tries to explain that the fear stems from the fact that Judas was the 13th disciple of Jesus to sit at the table during the Last Supper and he was the one who betrayed the latter. This theory began in the 1890s. The Bible itself made no mentions of the order in which the Apostles sat but there were indeed 13 people around the event. The Hammurabi theory tries to explain that a reference to unlucky number 13 appeared as early as 1780 BCE in the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi. The Code omitted the 13th law.

There are events that people from associated with the number 13. Apollo 13 suffered an explosion on its oxygen tank on April 13, 1970. The Knights Templar was arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307 by the order of Philip IV of France. At the time, only the number 13 was considered unlucky; there was no fear of Friday the 13th. The idea that their arrest was related to phobia of Friday the 13th is incorrect and was popularized by the novel The Da Vinci Code.

Fear of specific number, however, does not only apply to the number 13. There is hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia (fear of number 666). Tetraphobia is common in Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and China, among others. In Italy, number 17 is considered unlucky. The Roman numeral for 17 is XVII, which when rearranged to VIXI would mean “I have lived”. This, in turn, is considered a euphemism for “I am dead”. A number of western cultures regard Friday the 13th to be unlucky—hence the aforementioned paraskevidekatriaphobia. Tuesday the 13th, however, is considered equally unlucky in Greece and some parts of Spain and Latin America. In some parts of Afghanistan, there is something called the curse of 39. The number 39 is thrice thirteen. It is considered cursed or a source of shame.

Hotels with Scary Stories in Asia

Hotel is one place where many people stay when they are traveling. That is why hotels should be nice and comfortable. However, what will happen if you are spending a night on a hotel with scary reputation? That is one thing that some of the guests experienced when they were spending their nights on these hotels. Here are some of those hotels with the scary reputation that you can find in Asia.

The first one is Baiyoke Sky Hotel in Thailand. The name was taken from the height of this hotel that can be considered as the highest buildings in Bangkok Thailand. Even though this hotel has a good reputation in Thailand, it turned out that this hotel has its own scary story that you need to know. That is because there were some visitors who experienced something mystic such as the moving keys of the room, the sound from the bathtub, and even the kind of sudden chill sensation inside the hotel room. Based on many rumors, it is said that the hotel is haunted by the ghost of the workers who died there some years ago.

The next one is Grand Hyatt in Taiwan. The name of Grand Hyatt is something that all of you will surely have heard because this hotel is quite famous. Unfortunately, the same thing cannot be simply applied to the Grand Hyatt in Taiwan. That is because even though this hotel chain has a good reputation, the one in Taiwan also has some scary stories flying around the hotel. There were some guests who heard about the toilet flushing all night long or even the loud snoring that came from nowhere. For  information, in the old time, this hotel has two giant paintings that looked like a talisman. Many people believe that those things were charm, but the owner said those things were just decoration. The last one is Marroad Narita International in Japan. This hotel is quite famous because the hotel is near the airport. That is why many flight crews and attendants chose this hotel as their place to rest. Unfortunately, there used to be a dead body that was stored in one of the rooms of this hotel for some months. The dead body was a dead body from one of the cult in Japan. That fact alone might be able to show you that there will always be scary stories to find around the hotel.

Some of the Cases Solved by Ed and Lorraine

For those who love horror things, the name of Edward and Loraine is not something uncommon. That is because this couple can be simply considered as the ghost buster couple that has helped a lot of people dealing with ghost and such supernatural things. For your information, they are also considered as the best paranormal ever. That is because there were a lot of great cases about ghost that have been solved by these two couple. Here are some of those cases.

The first one is the doll of Annabelle. This one can be considered as the first case of Edward Warren. That is because there were two girls who became a roommate in 1986. These two girls believed that there was something wrong with the doll that they have. Edward finally took the doll and after some investigations, he finally found out that the doll was possessed by the spirit of a girl named Annabelle Higgins. Not long after that, the doll was kept on the Occult Museum that he had.

The second one is the case of Amityville House. This one is also one famous case because the story has been filmed for two times by the different productions. Unfortunately, even though Edward said that the story was a real thing that happened in the past, there are still some people who consider that his story was hoax. Therefore, it is all up to you if you think the story is hoax or not.

The next one is the poltergeist case in Enfield. For you who have watched Conjuring the second, then you will notice that the main storyline of the movie is derived from this story. That is because Ed and Loraine had to investigate the thing that happened in a house in Enfield. They believed that there are a lot of poltergeist activities inside the house so that they have to do something to help the people inside the house. Even though, once again, some people at said that the story was made by some kids who were looking for attention, Ed and Loraine proved that those things were not a simple story that was made by kids. They proved that the thing was really happening at that house. Those are some of the cases that have been solved by Ed and Loraine. Even though their action was not as amazing as the one you watched in some of the movies, it is still something great.