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Whirlwinds

In Native North American lore, whirlwinds are associated with spirits of the dead and with evil. The Shoshoni of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Colorado believe that whirlwinds are apparitions of dead people and that they can be dangerous.

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Jott

Jott is an acronym for “just one of those things” to describe odd paranormal phenomena that do not fit into any prevailing paradigm.

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Ghosts

The simplest definition of ghosts is that they are souls of the dead. Theoretically the word ghost encompasses all dead souls. However, dead souls who fade away and never reappear are memories, not ghosts.

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Nightmare

A nightmare is an ugly Demon or hAg, who sits on a person’s chest during the night, causing great discomfort, a sensation of heaviness and suffocation and bad dreams. It also is the term for the bad dream itself—the definition that prevails in current popular usage.

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Sprite Trap

A sprite trap is a magical device used to entangle and entrap troublesome or harmful spirits, ghosts and the unquiet dead. The sprite trap is made of a blackthorn stave and copper wire that has never carried electricity. In a magical procedure, the wire is bound to the stave with red thread and the stave is marked with a Dag …

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Onryo

Onryo Origin: Japan Onryo are ghosts who return to haunt the living with vengeance on their minds. Onryo may be male or female, but the most famous tend to be female. Onryo, in general, were people of little or no power while alive. They died tragically at the hands of those more powerful. The Onryo return absolutely suffused with long-repressed …

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Arang

Arang loved to go moon-gazing at Youngnamru Pavillion. A respectable young lady could not go out alone: the female servant assigned as her chaperone conspired with another who wished to rape Arang.

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Arrival Cases

Arrival cases are the appearance of a person in advance of his actual arrival. The arriving phantom appears in the same clothing worn by the person at the time. Observers, believing the individual to be physically present, may speak to the phantom, and it may respond.

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Bhut

A Bhut (also bhuta) is in Indian lore, an evil ghost of the dead, especially a man who has died by execution, suicide or accident. The bhut may be detected by its nasal twang, fear of burning turmeric, and the fact that it has no shadow. It never rests on the earth, so it may be avoided by lying on …

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Bogey

A bogey is a type of horrible evil spirits or hobgoblins, traveling alone or in groups, that love to make mischief. Bogies go by various other names, the most common of which are Bogey-Man, Boogie-Man, Bug-a-boo, Boo, Bugbear, Bock, Boggart and Bogey-beast. Bogies are recognized in other cultures by still other names. They sometimes are synonymous with the Devil. In …

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