Monday, March 1, 2010
Since that time these very accessible caves have become a local haunt for wierdos, wiccans, and spelunkers. The caves are quite large and go back over a mile into the ground and have ceinlings of up to 40 ft. Three films have been shot in these caverns.
In the seventies and eighties, the caves were also quite popular amongst wiccans and satanists and were the site of many dark rituals and summonings. They have also been the site of at least five suicides and many accidental deaths. Inexperienced spelunkers often crawl into the caves and find that they didn't know what they were up against. Despite all this, the caves are still used by many nature lovers and urban adventureres.
I have dug and looked and researched and found nothing to indicate that these caves, filled with darkness, satan, ghost summoning rituals, and death, have even a whisper of a ghost. So this brings me to the question, if death, darkness, and black magic can't summon a haunting what is it that causes hauntings. It can't just be the presence of tragedy and horror alone. There has to be other qualities in the location that create a more suitable location for a haunting. I have heard many theories about geomagnetic and solar activity and hauntings, but I tend to veer away from these thinking that the supernatural would have its own laws that would not be governed by the rules of our world.
My favorite book is Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hillhouse". It is the best haunting book ever written and if you have seen the terrible movie made several years ago based on this book, please try to forget the movie. The book is singular in its subtle and completely psychological description of a haunting. In this book, Shirley Jackson says that some places are just "born bad". She says that the very soil is evil. I wonder if there isn't a seed of truth in this. Horrible things happen every day without leaving a whisper of a haunting behind them, but a peaceful death can leave a violent haunting. Perhaps some places draw these ghosts and hold them. Apparently three caves isn't one of these places, because no matter how many people call forth the demons of hell in the mouth of these caves, the spirits seem to avoid it like the plague.