Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ghosts – the second world of existence

Even if you have not felt the presence of one, you would surely know people who experienced an encounter with Ghost. God knows since when curious minds have been trying to capture the images, videos, and voices of ghosts. Some of the psychical researchers claimed ghosts to be hallucinations caused by a telepathic mechanism, yet if examined from a different angle, the law of thermodynamics could prove their existence, stating "Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only change form."

In common belief, ghosts are either invisible or misty, airy material. Ghosts in the classical world appeared with the wounds that killed them. Irrespective of countries, culture or religions, the existence of ghosts has surely not been ignore-able.

In antiquity, references were made to ghosts in the religions of Babylon, Greece and Egypt. Plutarch(a Greek historian), in the 1st century AD, described the haunting of a murdered man, whose frightful groans caused people to seal up the doors of a famous building. Similarly, some locals reported ghost armies, fighting battles at night in the forest, near Cambridge, England. In southern France, Marshal of Arles felt the presence of a boy who got murdered in the forest. In his cousin’s body, the boy narrated the trauma of his death. Ghosts of white women were also reported to appear in many European rural areas, time by time who supposed to have died tragically or suffered trauma in their life. 

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Ghost photograph of Lady Dorothy Walpole was published in Countrylife magazine (1936) 
Above them all, the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall continued to be the most famous ghost in the history of Great Britain. According to legend, the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686-1726), who was locked in Raynham Hall by her husband until her death. The first sighting of the ghost was made at a gathering in the same hall at Christmas 1835. In 1836, Frederick Marryat spent the night at the hall for proving that haunting was caused by local smugglers to keep people away from the area. In 1917, his son wrote Marryat‘s horrifying experience of seeing Lady Dorothy’s ghost in the third night of his stay. In 1936, two photographers working for a magazine saw ghost moving down the stairs towards them. They somehow managed to capture her presence in a photograph. 

Peter Underwood, a paranormalist claims that brain waves under higher stress can produce a telepathic image of the ghost, capable of being picked up by someone else. Jeff Danelek claims that ghosts are collections of energy that can be stored in a physical matter similar to a movie. Despite all these claims, 'existence of ghosts' remains to be the most puzzled over the phenomenon. Needless to say, credit goes to creatures from the second world of existence, called Ghosts by us.

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