Must-have things you ought to bring along when you’re out hunting for ghosts

 

 

I recently came across a fantastic article from Ghost Hunting Secrets about ten items that you should take with you whenever you’re going on a ghost hunting trip. While I do have my own list, I would like to make some changes and add some more so that this post turns out being helpful for those people who take some of their time to read what I’m writing on here.

The article that I stumbled upon is onto something because you have to get yourself prepared and have a healthy dose of patience when you set out for such a feat. Maybe now you’ll understand why I like both angling and ghost hunting. I have nothing against sitting on the shore for hours on end and most of the times, it has resulted in great catches. If you have plenty of time on your hands and don’t plan on doing something else, a ghost hunting trip is the perfect activity for you.

If you’ve ever seen Blair Witch Project, you probably know that people take at least a recorder and a small digital camera when going out in the woods at nighttime. If you ever do get a sighting and you have nothing other than a flashlight with you, chances are that nobody will believe and you’ll sound a bit off when telling your friends and family about the haunted area you’ve visited.

Not too many people are understanding when it comes to this passion of mine, and for many years I tried to hide it. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that there are other ghost hunters just like me online and that I can get in touch with them and create a meaningful community. These days, I can even say that I have a bunch of friends with whom I hang out and have fun once in a while.

Another critical thing to bring along is your ID. Whether you have a passport, an ID card, a library card, or your driver’s license, the fact of the matter is that you should have some papers on you that can testify that it’s you. I’ve been pulled over by the police when going out several times, so it’s important to know that you have everything at hand.

While a log book is useful, it’s not exactly necessary if you’re bringing along an action camera. These days, a GoPro has plenty of internal memory that can enable you to shoot for as many as three hours at a time.

Last but not least, you simply must take your electromagnetic field meter with you. It’s especially useful when you’re trying to find out the right area you have to check out.

What you need to know about ghost hunting

 

 

By its very nature, ghost hunting is still considered a fringe pseudoscience, which means the mainstream considers it questionable despite it being just an inquiry into an established field of study. As a pseudoscience, ghost hunting comprises practices, beliefs and claims forwarded by practitioners to be scientifically plausible but still unjustifiable via the established scientific method.

 

 

Ghost hunting equipment

 

Ghost hunters collect evidence that will support paranormal activity. One of the most popular ghost hunting devices is a digital, infrared, night vision or even disposable camera. This device has to be of top quality to ensure peak performance when handling such a delicate photo subject as a ghost. EMF meters, spectrum analyzers, UV scanners, X-ray or magnetometers are used to detect likely unexplained fluctuations in electromagnetic fields. Ghost hunters also use tablet, laptop and desktop PCs for video, audio and data recording along with environmental fluctuation measuring just like what EMF meters are used for. Thermal imaging cameras, thermographic cameras, infrared thermometers and similar infrared temperature sensors are utilized as well.

The following modern-day devices have found their way into any ghost hunting setup: digital and analog recorders; compass; Geiger counter; ultrasonic and infrared sensors; air quality monitoring gear; infrasound monitoring equipment; ghost box; Ouija board.

 

Ghost hunting methodologies

 

Ghost hunters utilize a variety of techniques or methodologies to detect the presence of paranormal phenomena or activity that proves the presence of spirits, ghosts, demons, and many other supernatural entities. They do this using still photography and video recording, ambient temperature measurement for assessing surface temperature, and audio recording to capture electronic voice phenomena or supernatural noises, which are interpreted as disembodied voices.

A compass serves to determine paranormal spot locations, which is similar to EMF. Radiation fluctuations are measured using a Geiger counter. Ghost hunters also study possible beyond- normal movement within a specific area using motion sensors. They assist in the creation of a controlled setting in which any trace of human motion is detected. The levels of carbon monoxide and other gases are assessed using air quality evaluation gear, as such elements are considered supportive of paranormal activity. The level of sound vibrations is studied using infrasound monitoring gear or accelerometers.

Brass, L-shaped dowsing or divining rods are used to find paranormal activity spots. Ghost hunting is performed from midnight until 4 am, considered ‘peak’ evening hours, with the lights out. Ghost hunters perform interviews to gather accounts and testimonies about reported hauntings. They also do historical research on the site under investigation.

Spirit communications are carried out via an Ouija board, or through clairvoyants, mediums and psychics, who are sensitive individuals capable of identifying and making contact with spiritual elements. Exorcism and demonology are employed, and even the help of clergy is sought. Clergy, demonologists and exorcists give blessings, say prayers and execute rituals to invoke a Higher Power to intervene in the purposeful cleansing of a location believed to be inhabited by demons, restless and vengeful spirits, poltergeists or negative energy.

 

 

Ghost hunting applications

 

Some ghost hunters refer to themselves as paranormal investigators, offering their services to those who are bothered by hauntings and unexplained phenomena. We now even have television series documenting ghost hunting activities by practitioners of the pseudoscience. With the increasing availability of modern ghost hunting equipment and the popularity of ghost hunting reality shows on TV, there also seems to be an increasing number of individuals taking up ghost hunting as a hobby.

Ghost hunting gear is offered by small businesses. People now feel excited about ghost hunting tours and paranormal investigation society membership. Plenty of ghost hunting websites and message boards are on the web.
For any person intending to become a ghost hunter, skepticism is normal, even a prerequisite because it can lead to careful performance of an investigation, ensuring that no stone is left unturned in the task to prove that ghosts do exist.

3 ghost stories from around the world

 

 

 

Most people are naturally afraid of dying. Most people are afraid of ghosts. These only show that most people are afraid of things they don’t understand. Although experiments have been performed to prove that the soul is a physical part of our being (the soul has weight), people are still not willing to have encounters with spiritual entities, or ghosts, to be more specific. Ghosts are the immortal souls of the damned condemned to walk the earth among the living. Because of this, ghost stories are plentiful, providing the living with something to talk about during eerie nights around the campfire.

 

The Risen Dead Villagers of Mori

 

New Zealand is home to Mount Tarawera, which is responsible for history’s largest volcanic eruption in the country in 1886 that claimed about 120 lives. As can be expected to happen during a natural disaster of this type, the sky would have appeared like it was burning, with black smoke hastily filling the air and survivors panicking and trying to get themselves and their loved ones to safety. This was just the right atmosphere for the creation of a ghost story that has gone down through the ages.

 

During the tragedy, Mori villages, and there were dozens of them, were either totally destroyed or buried under tons of volcanic debris and lava. The local community was brought to its knees. However, considering the breadth of the destruction, the small number of victims is either a blessing, or was it because of something else that happened days before the eruption? Many opine that all of the horrific devastation could have been predicted by a ghostly vision witnessed just 11 days prior to the volcanic eruption. The eerie loud and bright apparition was thought to be a siege by Russian warships.
There was a boatload of tourists coming back from the natural wonder called the Pink and White Terraces, and they had seen what looked like a war canoe approaching their boat, only to be mysteriously swallowed in the mist half a mile away. On the tourist boat was a Maori priest who recognized the ghost canoe as a burial waka, to which deceased chieftains had been been tied in an upright position and sent into the water. There were theories that the pre-eruption fissures brought about the rise and fall of the lake level that could have freed the war canoe from its deep resting place, but regardless of the veracity of those opinions, seeing a decomposing body floating towards your direction can be a hair raising experience. Locals now believe that the reappearance of the phantom canoe will signal a future eruption.

 

A Japanese Ghost Tale

 

Japan is not just a major source of the world’s greatest consumer electronics devices. It is also a goldmine of absolutely terrifying ghost stories. If you’ve watched The Ring and The Grudge, you’ll know what we mean. Japan’s own chilling ghost tales could have you never leaving your bed at night, even to pee.

The Botan Doro is one such tale. Loosely translated, Botan Doro means The Peony Lantern, which is one of the most popular kaidan, or “recited narrative (dan)” of “strange, mysterious, rare or bewitching apparition (kai)”. The tale originated from China in the form of a moralistic Buddhist parable about karmic love, the afterlife and fated destinies. It was taken by Asai Ryi, an enterprising author who developed it into something genuinely scary. Ryi’s translation easily popularized the tale and even evolved into its own kabuki versions. Because it put in necrophilia as an element, or at least a form of it, the story really caught on.

The fundamental story of Botan Doro tells of a beautiful woman and her young servant who frequented the house of a young samurai, who had been her lover before. The beautiful, slim woman had wasted away to death, and her grief-stricken maid servant also died after her. But because of karmic love, if we could call it that, the dead woman and her servant (who carried the creepy lantern) made their way to the samurai’s home, visiting the man every evening on the same hour every time. The unsuspecting young samurai thought all the while that the lady he was seeing every evening in his room was indeed his sweetheart, who he thought had died. If he only knew the truth, he might not have been eager to share caresses with his dead sweetheart during their nightly dalliances! A suspicious neighbor peeks into a window in the young samurai’s house and sees the young man in bed with a skeleton. Even when the samurai finds out he had been making love to the dead, he follows his dead lover to the local graveyard, where he is found buried alive and spooning the skeleton of his dead lover.

 

Even Ghosts Read Books

 

Sophia Eberlein lived a short and tragic life. As a young woman, she emigrated to the United States from her native Russia, and married Hugo Eberlein. Hugo was a renowned businessman with whom Sophia had two daughters named Alice and Lillian. She remarried after Hugo died in 1928. Her second husband was named Jacob Bentz, and the couple took up residence in Sophia’s home in Harvey, North Dakota. There was uncertainty surrounding the second marriage except for speculations that it was a stormy one. One thing remains certain though: Bentz beat up his wife to death not long after.

Jacob did his best to get all traces of violence off from the crime scene, in the intention of making it appear Sophia had perished in a car accident. However, his attempts to cover up the crime were discovered by Lillian, who was on a supposed visit to her mother. Lillian noticed the blood spatters in her murdered mother’s bedroom. This led to Bentz admitting to his dastardly deed, and he was sentenced to a life in prison, where he also died in 1944.
Author William Jackson started working in a library built on the land where the old Eberlein family home had been. He was horrified to get a glimpse of the ghost of the murdered Sophia, aside from seeing furniture move by itself and experiencing cold chills. It turned out the librarian’s office was erected on the exact spot where the murdered woman’s bedroom originally had been, which was the part of the house where she was killed, and that apparently became her final resting place.