Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What Kind of Haunting Do You Have?

The more I write about ghosts, the more I realize how important it is to define what kind of ghosts or spiritual disturbance might be lingering in each haunted place.    I began researching this topic thinking there would be an easy breakdown to types of hauntings.  This was not the case.  Every different website I have visited and book I've picked up has broken down ghosts and hauntings differently.    There are some that classify ghosts according to geography and break them down into hospital hauntings, battlefield hauntings, house hauntings etc.    There are others who classify ghosts by form.   They break ghosts up into orbs, ectoplasm, dark ghosts, conical ghosts, etc.   The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts breaks ghosts up into 26 categories that include possessive ghosts, religious ghosts, materializations, and spirits.   The spiritual research foundation is very scientific in their break down of ghosts and uses the chart below to categorize ghosts.




I have broken types of hauntings down more simply based on what I've found in other sources, what I've seen, and what others have told me.   I've also made my breakdown a little more simple.  

1.  Classic Haunting:   A classic haunting is the most commonly described haunting.  This is the lingering ghost that seems to cling to a location.  This type of ghost can also be attached to an object.  It is the attachment of the deceased that lingers and keeps them bound to this realm of existance. It is the ghost in the haunted house that is usually harmless, but sometimes a little creepy.

2.  Angry Ghost Haunting:  Many believe that when someone dies in a situation that results in intense anger, fear, or hurt that emotion binds the ghost to the realm of the living.   This angry ghost often permeates an entire location with a negative feeling.  People often describe places with this type of ghost as having a bad feeling or feeling wrong.

3.  Denial Ghost Haunting:  This is a haunting that is caused by a ghost that doesn't want to admit they are dead.  They go through the motions of life and refuse to let go.

4.  Poltergeist:  This haunting is associated with moving objects and things vanishing.  Although this type of haunting seems like a ghost at first,  it is usually caused by a person who is going through incredible angst.  This person may have psychic powers that they are unaware of and can cause mayhem without knowing they are doing it.

5.  Demons:  These are malevolent spirits that attack the living.  They are not ghosts and were never human and seem to be out to hurt people.  The classic Haunting on Larabee Street may have fallen into this class as the house was new and couldn't have been the residence of the deceased.
This is my very reductionistic classification system and I know that there may be other systems, but for a quick way to get a sense of what your are dealing with I think it is very efficient.

3 comments:

Courtney Mroch said...

26????? DANG! I like your narrowed down list much better. Easier to "grasp."

KatheeJantzi said...

First - love your blog. Second - I once had my house exercised from a ghost we called "the smoker." A lady was able to remotely exercise the ghost once I gave her our address. She said when she "connected" to the house, she could tell me if 1. nothing was there, 2. something was there and she's asked it to leave, or 3. something is there and it is too strong for her to handle. (Ours, thankfully, was the second.) What do you make of this type of practice and what categories would these ghosts call into?

Jessica Penot said...

These type of ghosts sound like a classic haunting to me. They are bound to the house and require someone to help them detach.