Ghosts: Strange Ghostly Tales from Cemeteries

Readers, some of these are quite startling! Check out these creepy tales on Ranker for some bizarre accounts from cemeteries:  Cemetery Oddities

 

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Ghosts: Sucked Into Grave!

Readers, I don’t make this stuff up!  Trust me, I’m not that creative. This was in the news. 😁👻 Too good not to pass along!  Whilst this may or may not have had a ghostly ‘proximate cause,’ what a creepy tale!  Enjoy! From the New York Post, via Sucked Into Grave!

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Ghosts: Ramsey Cemetery’s Harrowing Casbah — M.A. Kleen

Readers, here’s a harrowing tale of weird apparitions seen and spoken of in a southern Illinois cemetery!  Check it out! From Michael Kleen, of the excellent Keeping It Kleen blog – see more at the link below. If you’re in the area anytime, it would be one to visit – or not! 👻👻👻

Southern Illinois has a far more diverse topography than the rest of the state. Situated at the gateway to Little Egypt, Ramsey Cemetery in Effingham County is no exception. Its claim to fame is the nearby “caves” or rock shelters. Formed by thousands of years of erosion, generations of local residents have carved their names […]

via Ramsey Cemetery’s Harrowing Casbah — M.A. Kleen

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Ghosts: The Black Hope Horror

Readers, I ran across this fascinating story of a haunting of homes build on a burial ground (some of you will recall this was a theme in the ’80’s film, Poltergeist). There’s a fairly costly book about it, but this link will give you the scoop http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Hope

The Houston Chronicle offers the following story about the neighborhood:  while some people report nothing out of the ordinary, plenty of others had had brushes with the paranormal  https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/article/Black-Hope-horror-doesn-t-haunt-this-hood-9565799.php

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Ghosts: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Black Angels But Were Afraid To Ask!

Readers, I’m delighted to have heard from the knowledgeable Steve Evans at zstevetevans at the excellent Under The Influence! blog, and from blogger Grumpy at the also terrific Hecate’s Grove blog, about Black Angels!  I posted this topic a few days ago, and what can I say, Enquiring Minds Want To Know!  🙂  Read on…

Per Grumpy, the local legend at Little Lake Cemetery in Peterborough, Ontario is that a rich old man dies.  His statue turns black.  Superstitious persons assume he made a deal with the devil and now haunts the cemetery!  (It’s probably oxidation – but there you are).  I tried to find more on the internet about this but was unable to.

Here is another very strange Black Angel legend from Council Bluffs IA courtesy the Omaha World Herald:  http://www.omaha.com/living/the-true-story-behind-the-black-angel-of-council-bluffs/article_440a1d50-77ba-5b7e-9c52-40462510c759.html

I was quite intrigued by this, so I went to my favourite folklore and legend blogger, Steve Evans of ztevetevans Under the Influence blog fame!  He, as always, went above and beyond the call,and provided a wonderful essay, complete with links to information about Black Angels.  Please read on, and many thanks to Steve – do check out his blog, it’s marvelous!

Black Angels

Hi Jan,

Sorry but I cannot find any folklore on “black angels”  here in the UK at the moment that but that does not mean they do not exist as there are certainly plenty of bronze statues that have turned dark rather than green.   Provided here is a few rambling ideas that spring to mind and sketched out briefly below.

However, I have found similar examples in sited in the USA which include the following examples.  The Dark Angel of Maple Grove Cemetery has two legends attached to it though the angel itself appears to be now kept in storage.

There is very little I can find about the Peterborough example but there is an example known as Black Aggie in Druid Ridge Cemetery, Maryland though I am not sure it is an angel and it looks more green to me.  There is also Black Agnes (Though this looks like a man rather than a female or angel) which is very sinister.  Here is a photo of another example  A dark angel – Picture of Christopher Columbus Cemetery.

The discoloration of  bronze is caused by oxidization of the copper which occurs when exposed to air and is a natural phenomenon.  Natural phenomena is often the breeding ground for all types of myths, legends and folklore.  Other sources are religion, death and burial grounds to name but a few so these black angels have plenty of the ingredients for legend and folklore to evolve around them

  In Western culture an angel is a divine entity.  There several different kinds but generally they are divided into two categories; good and bad.

Good angels tend to be thought of as being pure, unblemished spirits of light and often we think of them dressed or depicted predominantly in white.  Even though the bronze angels have never been white they may still appear in our minds in that way.  These angels are usually thought of as messengers or servants of God and may have different roles.  Despite its name the Angel of Death is seen as servant of God and essential to the overall well being of humans

The other type of angel are the fallen, or dark angels.  These should not be confused with the Angel of Death.  Dark angels were evil angels that had rebelled against God and cast from Heaven.   

It may be worth remembering that black is not necessarily always a negative color.  For example there is the Black Madonnas and the Black Nazarene.

Even though it was of bronze the angel of Oakland Cemetery seems to have inspired all sorts of sinister stories. Despite the statues being most certainly intended as an act of love to honor and remember the deceased it may that the discoloration of the bronze to black may have been associated with the loss of purity and the fall from grace of an angel.  It is also possible some of the legends may have been inspired by actual events.

I also note the sculptor of the Oakland Angel was Mario Korbel who also sculpted The Alma Mater statue at the entrance of the University of Havana, Cuba, which also has a black appearance.

The  Council Bluff angel appears to be seen more as a connection between this world and the next with the legend being inspired by dream of the deceased though there do appear to be sinister qualities and stories attached to it.

Daniel Chester French Sculpted the Council Bluff angel and he also created The Spirit of Life”

statue at Saratoga Springs, NY and curiously the Alma Mater,  a bronze sculpture of the goddess Athena on the steps leading to the Low Memorial Library on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City providing perhaps rather a tenuous link to the Oakland angel.

The black angels seem to be part of a Graveyard genre which involve quite a few different myths and legends of varying kinds and below are a few links that may be useful.  

Sorry I could not be more helpful but if I come across anything I will let you know.

Cheers for now,

Steve

What Are Dark Angels? – SpiritNow

What is a black angel? (Or angel of death)

Abaddon

Azrael

Fallen angel

Death (personification) – Wikipedia

The true story behind the Black Angel

You’ve Been Warned : The Black Ang

Black Angel | Scary Website

Black Aggie: From Scary stories at Americanfolklore.net

Black Aggie – Wikipedia

Azrael, Archangel of Death

Mario Korbel,

The Alma Mater statue by Mario Korbel, at the entrance of the University of Havana in Cuba.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AUniversidad_de_la_habana_fachada.JPG  

Travels with Auntie M: The Black Angel

Black angels? It’s a hope in heaven | The Independent

Black Nazarene

The true story behind the Black Angel of Council Bluffs

NEW ENGLAND FOLKLORE: Black Agnes, the Statue That Kills

If anyone has more to add about this or other Black Angel legends, please post in comments below to share with other readers!  Thanks in advance!

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Ghosts: The Black Angel!

Readers, here are some brilliant legends about the Black Angel in an Iowa cemetery! From Prairieghosts.com.  Enjoy!

via BEHIND THE LEGENDS: BLACK ANGEL OF OAKLAND CEMETERY

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Ghosts: Cemetery Ghosts!

Readers, check out this wonderful post from Ghastly Travels blog!

Unlike the sprawling area covered by the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Colonial Park can be found occupying just 6 acres at the intersection of Abercorn and Oglethorpe roads. Opened in 1750, the cemetery is considered to be the oldest in Savannah that hasn’t been destroyed, covered over, or relocated. Many reports have come from […]

via The Ghost Stories of Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah Georgia — Ghastly Travels

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