Clarissa Johal: Thoughtful Thursday-Ten Paranormal Tidbits

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday-Ten Paranormal Tidbits

It's the last week before my kiddos track out of school for a month. In addition to trying to catch up on random writing things before "the games" begin, I've signed up for career day at their school tomorrow. I'll be talking to three groups of 8th graders about my career as an author and I'm terrified.

So, I've decided to cop out on being thoughtful today. Instead, I leave you with ten paranormal tidbits...

1) Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, England. A 13th Century castle reputed to be the most haunted place in the world. The most famous ghost in the castle is the "Radiant Boy" who used to haunt the Pink Room. His cries would emanate from a spot near where a passage was (later) found. As his cries faded away, a bright halo of light would appear, followed by the figure of a young boy dressed in blue. During some renovation work, they found the bones of a young child behind the wall, wrapped in decaying fragments of blue cloth. The child was given a proper burial and the hauntings ceased.

2) Resurrection Mary is the most famous "ghost hitchhiker" reported. She resides at Resurrection Cemetery on Chicago's South side. Since the 1930s, many have reported picking up the blonde, blue-eyed young woman dressed in a white party dress. Once the driver reaches the cemetery, the young woman asks to be let out, and then disappears. She is thought to be the spirit of Mary Bregovy, who died in a 1934 auto accident in the Chicago Loop, or possibly Anna Norkus, who died in a 1927 auto accident while on her way home from the Oh Henry Ballroom.

3) Flying Dutchman-The oldest version of this story dates to the late 17th century. The ship and its crew became eternally cursed when its Dutch captain refused to take safe harbor during a storm despite pleas from the crew and passengers. Instead, the captain challenged God to take them down. If hailed by another ship, the crew of the Flying Dutchman will try to send messages to land, or to people long dead. In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship is a bad omen.

4) Blackbeard-On moonlit nights, people have reported that the ghost of Blackbeard (Edward Teach) can be seen swimming around Ocracoke Island cove where he died. It was rumored that after being shot and stabbed repeatedly, his headless body swam three times around the boat before it finally sunk.

5) Eleonore Zugan-In 1926, an illiterate 13-year-old Romanian peasant girl, Eleonore Zugun, was brought to London for a series of experiments at the National Laboratory of Psychical Research. For 11-months prior to her arrival in London, Eleonore had apparently suffered spontaneous attacks of both poltergeist activity and stigmata.

6) La Llorona-("The Weeping Woman") The story tells of a woman by the name of Maria who drowned her children in order to be with the man she loved. The man would not have her, and she ended up drowning herself in a river in Mexico City.  Maria was not permitted to enter the afterlife until she found her children. Trapped between the living and spirit world, she wanders the Earth for all eternity. Her constant weeping as she searches for her children has earned her the name "La Llorona."

7) Bloody-Bones-(Rawhead, Tommy Rawhead, and Rawhead) The stories originated in Great Britain where they were particularly common in Lancashire and Yorkshire. The earliest mention in literature is from 1550. The creature was said to live near ponds or in a dark cupboard, usually under the stairs. If you were brave enough to peep through a crack, it would be crouched on a pile of bones, with blood running down his face. The bones belonged to children who said bad words or told lies.

8) Konaki-jiji is a Japanese spirit said to have the ability to take on the appearance of a baby. The spirit lures an unwary by-passer and allows itself to be picked up. After the spirit is picked up, it suddenly becomes a heavy stone that crushes the victim to death.

9) Baku Originating in Chinese, then Japanese folklore, these supernatural beings devour dreams and nightmares. Baku images and talismans are frequently placed under one’s pillow to ward off bad dreams.

10) The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England is said to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686–1726). She became one of the most famous hauntings in Great Britain when photographers from Country Life magazine claimed to have captured her image in 1936.


James Garcia Jr. said...

Hi, Clarissa. I'm sorry I took so long to get to this post. I have been spending the day going through e-mails. It's not as bad as it sounds, however. I worked six days this week, so I decided i wasn't doing anything today once my laundry was done. I've just been sitting outside on the back patio and catching up.
In any event, this post was so creepy I just had to get to it. Very cool stuff. Thanks for sharing!
Have a great week!


Clarissa Johal said...

Thank you for taking the time, James! Been busy here too. Glad I could scare you a bit, lol