Monday, April 23, 2012
Can Ghosts be Captured?
I learned about the Nganga on a show called Oddities on the Discovery Channel. Such an object made me wonder if a spirit or ghost could be captured and contained in an object. There are many circumstances in which objects are said to be haunted. Robert the Doll and the Crying Boy Painting are classic examples of objects that are said to carry malevolent spirits with them. However, it is an entirely different thing for something to be haunted and something to be created to contain a spirit. Movies seem to love this idea. Thirteen Ghosts shows a man capturing ghosts for his own malevolent purposes. Ebay certainly loves this idea. Pendants and objects containing ghosts and spirits are prolific there and many of them sell for $666.00. According to The Black Arts, by Richard Cavendish this is a believed possible by those who practice ritual magic. Apparently many people believe this possible or at least want other people to believe it possible because these items seem to be quite prolific on the Internet.
However, despite my research I haven't found any stories by those who have bought or found Nganga or other man made spirit containing objects with interesting ghost stories. You would think that if ghosts or spirits could be forcibly contained such stories would be more prolific than the number of people selling objects like this. I really have no experience in these things so I can't conclusively comment one way or another, but I have to wonder if the Nganga on the discovery channel really did contain a ghost or spirit. The stars of the show were certainly creeped out enough by the Nganga that they wouldn't keep it in their shop. I'm not sure what I think, but I know the idea is very creepy and I certainly wouldn't want such an object anywhere near me.