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Mythological Creatures – The Poltergeist

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  1. Aldarion

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    Mythological Creatures – The Poltergeist

    What is a Poltergeist

    Poltergeist (German for “loud ghost” or “noisy spirit”) is a type of ghost or spirit responsible for physical disturbances such as loud noises or objects being moved or destroyed. Most claims about poltergeists show them as being capable of pinching, biting, hitting or tripping people. They are also depicted as being capable of moving or levitating various objects.

    Poltergeists differ from normal ghosts in several basic characteristics:

    • ghosts rarely harm people
    • ghosts rarely move objects
    • ghosts create EVPs
    • ghosts have EMF changes
    Unlike ghosts, poltergeists cannot form an apparition. Their activity can be seen or heard, but they themselves never can be. This is not certain however, as some sources state that poltergeists do sometimes manifest physically, as a smoky or a misty apparition which may take on a human, animal or part-animal form. Wet spots may also manifest which smell like urine.

    Poltergeists generally haunt a particular place or a person. According to Allan Kardec, poltergeists are manifestations of disembodied spirits of low level, belonging to the sixth class of the third order. They are believed to be closely related to the elements (fire, air, water, earth).

    Poltergeists tend to have preferences in their haunting. A person-focused poltergeist tends to haunt a female adolescent who is suffering from emotional turmoil when the activity begins. Not all focal agents are teenagers, however – William G. Roll found the age of people reporting the poltergeist activity to vary from eight to 78 years. Likewise, males may also be haunted. Unlike place-focused poltergeists, person-focused poltergeist cannot be rid of simply by moving to another place. Most of the protection and clearing techniques used for ghosts do work for spirit-based poltergeists, however.

    Poltergeists like to mess with people’s stuff. Their activity starts with minor isolated incidents, such as unexplained sounds, or familiar objects such as keys or a phone moving from their usual place. Poltergeist activity is typically short-lived, but can sometimes last for several months. It can also range from poltergeist producing merely some loud noises, to serious disturbances such as objects being thrown about, scratches and bite marks appearing on person’s skin without explanation, or animals perishing. Poltergeists are believed to even have killed people, such as in the cases of Jack Bell (mentioned in Bell Witch). Woman named Doris Bither also claimed to have been raped by the poltergeist. Poltergeists have also been claimed to have protected specific people from danger.

    Some ghost hunters and paranormals propose that poltergeists are actually the emotions of troubled individuals built up during times of stress. This theory, called the Spontaneous Recurring Psychokinesis, suggests that this built-up stress is unconsciously projected outwards in the form of mental energy, affecting the physical environment and producing the phenomena attributed to poltergeists. This is not a widely accepted theory however. Others believe that poltergeists are spirits of the dead, as people who experience them percieve an underlying intelligence and meaningful communication with an otherworldly being.

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  2. Rosemary Tea

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    Really? I thought that was fairies.

    You mean to say I have a poltergeist that's been hiding my keys? :(
     
  3. Aldarion

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    There are quite a few creatures that like to mess with people. But from what I remember, fairies are more liable to mislead you so that you drown in a swamp.
     
  4. Rosemary Tea

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    Thankfully, there aren't any swamps to drown in around where I live! :LOL:
     
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