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#1 project-reveal

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 03:29 PM

Nation Wide Paranormal Investigation


we are going to try and do a nationwide paranormal investigation on Sunday the 24th of April,aka St Marks eve.
Please read our information below for the history behind the tradition and folklore.

The idea will be that you will conduct your own church porch watch from the hours of 11pm till 1am at your
local church yard and revive an old tradition.

We project-reveal will be live from a local church porch from our website "Project-reveal" with a special edition of our live stream.
binging you infomation and live covarage from all over the world.

All people, groups, Investigators taking part i would like to ask you to keep us updated on whats going off around you by emailing us via our website, or texting us updates "number on our website"

We would like as many people as possible to take part in this night.

Information on St Marks Eve

St. Mark's Eve is the day before the feast day of St. Mark the Evangelist. In liturgical Christian churches, this feast is observed on April 25 of each year; thus St. Mark's Eve is April 24.

On St. Mark's Eve it was the custom in the villages of England, from the 17th century to the late 19th century, to sit in the church porch between the hours of 11.00 p.m. and 1.00 a.m. for three successive years. On the third such sitting, it was said that the ghosts of those to die during the year would be witnessed passing into the church. This practice took place throughout England, but was most prevalent in northern and western counties. Some accounts of the custom state that the watchers must be fasting, or must circle the church before taking up position. The ghosts of those who were to die soon would be the first observed, while those who would almost see out the year would not be witnessed until almost 1.00 a.m. Other variations of the superstition say that the watchers would see headless or rotting corpses, or coffins approaching.

Another, one might say opposite tradition holds that a young woman can see the face of her future husband appear on her smock by holding it before the fire on St Mark's Eve.

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#2 Caniswalensis

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 04:31 PM

Interesting customs, thanks for posting about this.

I was surprised to read: "The ghosts of those who were to die soon would be the first observed"

How can someone that is not dead be a ghost? Makes me wonder how the concept of ghosts has changed as through the years.

Good luck with your investigations. :kitty:

Regards, Canis

"It is proper for you to doubt ... do not go upon report ... do not go upon tradition ... do not go upon hear-say." ~ Buddha


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Posted 15 April 2011 - 05:44 PM

Interesting customs, thanks for posting about this.

I was surprised to read: "The ghosts of those who were to die soon would be the first observed"

How can someone that is not dead be a ghost? Makes me wonder how the concept of ghosts has changed as through the years.

Good luck with your investigations. :kitty:

Regards, Canis


It must have been a common belief in Europe, at some point in history, that one could see the "shades" of those who were to die soon before the actual death of the individuals. On Samhain (more commonly known is Halloween) was one such occasion when these spirits could be seen. The tradition of carving Jack-o-lanterns were to scare these spirits away, because it was said if you saw your own spirit on that night, you were sure to die in the following years.
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