Poltergeists present in many ways: knocking sounds, levitating and flying objects, doors opening and closing, or footsteps. Sometimes they appear to attack individuals, slapping them or leaving bite marks.
Poltergeists have been often associated with the presence of children and adolescents, whose energy it is said can feed into them. In some cases, the young people themselves were caught out as the culprits, having fooled everyone!
Poltergeist phenomena can be a lead-in to something more serious: a prolonged haunting, or a case of daemonic possession. Things may begin with scattered events which become more active and frequent. Poltergeists frequently haunt a person rather than a place.
Often, when a poltergeist is at work, the temperature in the room/place drops. Some paranormal researchers say this is because poltergeists use thermal energy in order to manifest.
Several cases have been ascribed to people playing pranks, psychological issues, and the like. Poltergeists may occur as the result of someone’s telekinetic abilities – but the individual may not be conscious of causing the events. Experts attribute these kinds of events to trauma or stress. Other cases remain unexplained after various natural causes have been ruled out.
If you google The Fox Sisters, it’s a good historic example which was the sisters admitted later in life was a hoax (people continued to believe, regardless). The Bell Witch is an enduring Southern historic legend which is a good illustration of active poltergeist behavior – although its veracity is debated.
What do you think about poltergeists? Have you ever experienced one?
Photo: By Robert Wallace [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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