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Ghost lore has a long and colorful history. The word ghost has been in use since the late sixteenth century. It derives from a more ancient term, gast, in the language that evolved into modern German.

For some time, ghost has usually signified the disembodied spirit of a deceased person. Earlier meanings still cling to this word, however. Gast originally referred to a terrifying rage. A person who experiences shock and terror can still be described as aghast (frightened by an angry ghost).

Two sharply contrasting beliefs about ghosts have long coexisted, sometimes in the same society. The good ghost appears to be related to the higher spirit of a deceased person; the dangerous ghost, though, might be the shadowy doppelganger or a higher soul that has turned evil. 






The two opposing ghostly prototypes are the angry ghost, dangerous because it is angry about being dead, having been killed in an unacceptable way, having been treated badly by family and community, or just plain inveterate nastiness; or the emotionally neutral ghost, the spiritual essence of the deceased that lingers or returns in order to warn, comfort, inspire, and protect the living, making its rounds amiably and harmlessly.

Types of Ghosts:

Angry Ghost ANGRY GHOST: In Japanese tradition, if the soul of the dead is not purified, it can return to the land of the living in the guise of a ghost.

APPARITION: The phenomenon where the ghost takes on a physical form that can be seen. These often appear to be transparent, faint (or washed out in appearance) or disfigured.  Their appearance is normally for very short period of time. Apparitions of animals, humans, and even inanimate objects have been seen.
Bhuta BHUTA (GAYAL): The Hindu Bhūta is a type of evil spirit. It is especially the evil ghost of a man who has died due to execution, accident, or suicide.
Crisis Apparition CRISIS APPARITION: This is a visual phenomenon that usually happens spontaneously. This type of  apparition are more likely to manifest in moments of crisis.
Devine Apparition DEVINE APPARITION (MARIAN APPARITION): Supernatural apparitions of divine forces have been known in every religion since ancient times. Marian Apparitions are the most frequent of all miraculous phenomena within the Catholic Church.
Doppelganger DOPPELGANGER: A ghostly double or counterpart of a living person. Some consider them to be like the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the alter-ego.
Earth Bound Spirit EARTHBOUND SPIRIT: They are here for a reason; they may have guilt over leaving a love one behind or an important message that needs to be told. Some do not realize they are dead.
Ectoplasm ECTOPLASM: Ghost smoke!  Ectoplasm seems to be as a result of localized electro-magnetic disturbance, which is in turn caused by the presence of a paranormal entity.
Familiar Ghost FAMILIAR GHOST: Includes relatives, lovers, children or friends who have passed over and may still visit from time to time.
Familiar Spirit FAMILIAR SPIRIT: A spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard. In the Bible the representation of a demon.
Ghost GHOST: Ghost is created in part by way of spirit, and spirit by way of breath.
Ghost Hound GHOST HOUND: Some phantom hounds were headless, while others had one head (or  even multiple heads). It was common for some to have one large eye or glowing red eyes. A few of the apparitions were even said to have wings and walk on their hind legs.
Ghost Ship GHOST SHIP: Many ships disappear in the dark waters, but many of them do show up again... as phantom ships.
Holy Spirit HOLY SPIRIT (HOLY GHOST): The Holy Ghost is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity in Christian religions. We first meet the Holy Spirit in the second verse of the Bible, hovering there, speaking the world into existence.
Hungry Ghost HUNGRY GHOST: In the Chinese tradition, a class of beings ever discontent and anguished because of being unable to satisfy their greed.
Interdimensional INTER-DIMENSIONAL BEINGS: Probably one of the most common inter-dimensional experience is the grayish human-like silhouette normally most visible in a quiet, dim lit area and most often seen through peripheral vision.
Manifest Thought Form MANIFEST THOUGHT FORM: The Manifest Thought Form's most common appearance is that of a dark misty shroud that prevails within an area, followed closely by an extremely dark, ugly floating mass or a pitch black grotesque figure or shape.

ORB: Orbs have always held a special place in mythology including the sun, planets and moon.  In modern times, earthbound orbs are captured on camera.
Phantasm PHANTASM: Something apparently seen but having no physical reality, an imaginative mental image.
Phantom PHANTOM: Some say it is any kind of figment of the imagination, something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality such as an illusion.

POLTERGEIST (NOISY GHOST): Notorious for audible noises such as footsteps, dropping dishes from a shelf, or even hurling objects across a room. They are usually the chief perpetrators in haunted house reports.
Residual Haunting RESIDUAL HAUNTING:  Residual Haunting are often considered a photo in time or leftover energy from the past. some type of horrific landmark in time playing itself over and over in a certain location, ( i.e. battlegrounds).
Shade SHADE: A Shade is a soul after its separation from the body, also known as a disembodied spirit.
Shadowpeople SHADOW PEOPLE: Some believe that Shadow People are beings or entities that are at a different vibrational level than we are.
Specter SPECTER (SPECTRE): A specter is a (usually terrifying) phantom, apparition, or ghost, or an unreal appearance. It is common in some  folklore and mythology.
Spirit SPIRIT: The spirit was part of a person while he was alive. Therefore, “The Lord be with you”—“and with thy spirit”.
Spook SPOOK: A spirit returning to haunt a place. Their main goal is to get you good and scared.
Undead UNDEAD: They are restless spirits, souls caught in the void between life and death.
Wisp WISP (WILL O' THE WISP): The Will o' the wisp can be found in numerous folk tales around the British Isles, and is often a malicious character in the stories.
Wraith WRAITH: The exact likeness of a living person seen usually just before death as an apparition.

Show his eyes, and grieve his heart:
Come like shadows, so depart!

Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1


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