Poltergeists- who or what are they?

Poltergeists- who or what are they?

Poltergeist is a German word meaning noisy spirit. Poltergeists are renowned for physical phenomena such as loud bangs as well as moving objects. They can also physically attack the victim, leaving scratches or other injuries. They are also known to be able to teleport objects.

The main phenomena are:

  • Load bangs and noises
  • Levitating objects
  • Teleportation of objects
  • Foul smells
  • Electrical disturbances
  • Physical attacks on victims
  • The creation of cold spots
  • Whispering or strange voices
  • Accelerated time

Poltergeist activity has been reported from the 1st century however most reports date from the 17th century onwards

Are poltergeists spirits of the dead?

Most poltergeist activity is centered around a particular individual. Often a young girl.

Loud bangs and noise

Loud bangs and noises are common in most poltergeist cases.

Accelerated time

Some reported cases of paranormal activity include objects that have been arranged in an impossibly short period of time. For example, the Phelps case from Stratford Connecticut, in the U.S.A. This featured a particularly violent and abusive entity. The entity liked to create a tableau of human figures, by using clothing and cushions. (Wilson, 1997, p.190).

References

Wilson, C. (1997) Supernatural. London: Watkins Publishing.

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