Evidence From The Other Side
Ghost – is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, life-like visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a seance.
The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices – funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of ritual magic, are specifically designed to appease the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost ships, ghost trains, ghost mines, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.
A Haunted House is a house or other building often perceived as being inhabited by disembodied spirit of the deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building’s past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide.
Polls conducted in three countries—the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom—showed that more people believe in haunted houses than any of the other paranormal items tested, with 37% of Americans, 28% of Canadians, and 40% of Britons believing.
Paranormal is a general term that designates experiences that lie outside “the range of normal experience or scientific explanation” or that indicates phenomena understood to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure. Paranormal phenomena are distinct from certain hypothetical entities, such as Dark Matter and Dark Energy, only insofar as paranormal phenomena are inconsistent with the world as already understood through Empirical observation coupled with Scientific Methodology.
Thousands of stories relating to paranormal phenomena are found in Popular Culture, Folklore, and the recollections of Individual Subjects. In contrast, the Scientific Community, as referenced in statements made by organizations such as the United States National Science Foundation, maintains that scientific evidence does not support a variety of beliefs that have been characterized as paranormal.
Witchcraft, in historical, anthropological, religious, mythological contexts, is the alleged use of supernatural or magical powers. A Witch is a practitioner of witchcraft. Historically, it was widely believed in early modern Christian Europe that witches were in league with the Devil and used their powers to harm people and property.
Particularly, since the mid-20th century, “bad” and “good” witchcraft are sometimes distinguished, the latter often involving healing. The concept of witchcraft as harmful is normally treated as a cultural ideology, a means of explaining human misfortune by blaming it either on a supernatural entity or a known person in the community.