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#1 NocturnalCantaloupe

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 07:48 AM

  Since my weekend excursion, I've been thinking pretty deeply about this.  Why do we investigate cemeteries?  Granted, not all have "strange" activity, but why would we consider them to be locations of paranormal activity in the first place?  When I think about it intially, they seem like the ultimate place to take a nap.  These people are (probably read, "should") sleeping more peacefully than anyone could hope to on a $2500 Serta mattress. I of course have my own ideas in this, but I'd like to know everyone elses.

I'm also considering this to be a topic for the Resources section. :)

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 08:35 AM

I guess we investigate cemeteries because we believe that spirits may be there to be closer to the body they used to inhabit while they were here. Also because we have always been told how 'spooky' cemeteries are. You see it in movies from the time you are a kid. Scary, spooky cemetery!

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 09:02 AM

I feel that we investigate the cemeteries out of the wonder if the spirit lingers with the body after death.  Or does it stay were the death occured.  Or even does the spirit come back to the body like the spirit is drawn there because of the energy left behind by those who mourn the loss of that person.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 08:12 PM

I'm not really sure why we choose to investigate cemetaries, I just know I have some really good pics of orbs, full apparitions, ghost mist and a small vortex.I like learning about the history of the really old cemetaries. I have found one that was an old slave cemetary and now they have started using it again.

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Posted 27 April 2004 - 08:49 AM

*Applauds question*My own take is that a cemetary is the last place a spirit senses those they loved in life, so they linger hoping for that contact again.

Do you think Spirits have a different sense of time's passage?
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Posted 28 April 2004 - 05:03 AM

Well, I agree with all of the above, lol. Personally, for me, it's just the closest source we can get to find those that have past the 'other side'.

And good question whispers...honestly, I don't know. I think that for some ghosts, they are trapped in a perpetual time warp, without ever noticing that the outside world has changed since they've passed on. On the other hand, there are spirits that definitely DO know that times have changed, and perhaps, have even tried to adapt to them...hmm...gonna be chewin' on this thought for a while! :)

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Posted 28 April 2004 - 08:42 AM

Good point, Shellas! There are spirits who seem to adapt to
the changing times, whether this is by observation or some other means, I don't know. I've encountered spirits from the '20's that made a reference to Ann Frank, a book written 25 years after their deaths :o
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Posted 28 April 2004 - 10:45 AM

My main reason for hitting the old cemetery is that I feel that they are kind of a hub.  Sort of like Grand Central Station, where there are always departures and returns.  I think that also perhaps it is just familiarity with their body being planted there.  Heck, maybe they want to see if something grows.  LOL. ;D
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Posted 28 April 2004 - 02:54 PM

i think the reason i at least lurk around cemeteries is because i think ghosts stay near places of great emotions and cemeteries are places where people grieve and grief is one of the most powerful emotions there is.
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Posted 28 April 2004 - 03:53 PM

A good question, Akthra.

The connection between ghosts and cemeteries seems puzzling to me.  There are many more reports of hauntings at places where a person lived than where he or she is buried.  That seems consistent with the general notion that a soul leaves the body at death, which doesn't usually happen at cemeteries.  (this doesn't include older cemeteries, where people may have been buried <ahem> "before their time").   This is also consistent with some theories that ghosts "haunt" to contact the living, tho not always--some ghosts might just want to be left alone by the living and don't need to be cleansed/"shown the light", so who are we to presume?  

The grief factor is understandable, but many times when you visit a cemetery, it is practically empty, with the exception of the funeral, of course.  Also, grief can be just as powerful, if not more so, before and after the burial of a loved one.

Anway, it seems the cemetery would be the least likely place to find a ghost.

Interesting theories....
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Posted 07 May 2004 - 01:31 PM

(One of the main reasons for ghosthunting is to have encounters with ghosts. Sometimes however, the hunter can become the hunted. Graveyards are notorious for harboring ghosts. Are they the spirits of the dead that are buried there? Some spirits will remain in close proximity to their earthly remains in the hope they can re-enter that physical body and use it in the same way they did in life. Unfortunately, they cannot do this unless they are what we refer to as the "undead", the "sorcerer", the "Black Magician".) I got this from the Warrens cite.

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 01:52 PM

Ah yessss, I've read that on their site.  No comment.   :-X
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Posted 07 May 2004 - 01:59 PM

My theory is that it's kind of like a shrine...the kind of ghosts who don't know they're dead probably wouldn't hang around a cemetery, but those who realize that it's in their honor might do so---perhaps some of them just know that it might be a good place to find ghost *hunters*, since we DO investigate cemeteries whether it's logical or not...  
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Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:03 PM

all of the pics that I have are taken in cemetaries. I have orbs, myst, and a couple of full apparitions.I don't know why they stay with their earthly remains, I guess some just decide to do so or they mayy be in hopes of getting attention from their loved ones when they come.

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Posted 08 May 2004 - 12:31 PM

My friend and I are amateur ghost hunters.  We visited a cemetary last weekend and the whole time I was thinking "why?"  I don't really believe that cemetaries would be haunted.  I think we think they are because they are eerie, and there are bodies buried six feet under.  But here are my reasons why cemetaries could not possible be haunted.

1)  Ghosts supposedly do not know that they ae dead.  So why would they haunt a place of the dead?  If they do not realize they are dead then thye won't know to seek out thier grave and haunt it.

2)  Ghosts generally haunt a place they are familiar with or the place where they died.  Unless they died or worked at the cemetary, why would they haunt it?  I could understand a caretaker haunting because it was his job in life.  And have heard a story about a dog that slept by his master's grave and when the dog died, his ghost was supposed to still be there.  That makes sense to me.

3)  A cemetary is consecrated.  The bodies interred there have been blessed and absolved of all thier fears by a religious leader.  People have said goodbye.  There is no reason for a soul to feel unrested.  If the grave is a potter's grave with no name, or the person was murdered and buried there then I could understand it.

4)  By the time the body is buried it does not resemble anything it once was.  It has been embalmed, make-up applied, lips glued shut, mouth filled with cotton, etc.  Would a ghost even realize it is its body or would the soul still be trapped in a body that has had this much done, only to find release once buried?

However...haunted cemetary stories are common, so are they true or are they just told frequently for the scare factor?
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