In a world full of paranormal activity, there are many types of hauntings, and for you to fully understand the kind of energy you may be dealing with, it’s best to uncover their characteristics! Those that are here for the boos, carry forth to the content below to learn the differences between residual, intelligent, poltergeist, and inhuman hauntings.
Following a traumatic event, a residual haunting derives from energy seeping into the atmosphere, imprinting a specific location. Usually, these types of hauntings are the aftermath of a murder or other violent event. The entity is unaware of its surroundings, interaction cannot take place, and the timeline of what happened continues on an endless loop.
This type of haunting allows the entity or a living being to interact with one another. While there are a variety of theories as to why spirits aren’t able to cross over — wonderful memories, doesn’t want to leave, unaware they have passed on, they are afraid of their final judgment, or the most popular which involves unfinished business — these types of spirits interact with surroundings through touch, moving objects and using their energy to communicate in an intelligent way to get noticed.
According to lore, poltergeists are a type of ghost that creates loud noises and other physical disturbances. Translated from the German word for “noisy ghost” a poltergeist is a troublesome spirit that doesn’t haunt a particular person or location. While these entities harass and torment the living, they usually only cause minor disturbances such as moving furniture, throwing around small objects, and creating loud sounds.
These hauntings are the rarest experienced by the living, where an entity that was never alive takes on a human form. While most inhuman hauntings consist of demons, there are other elementals (earth, air, fire, and water) that are menacing in nature, including fairies, elves, trolls, and goblins. Inhuman forces are known to mimic voices, have supernatural powers, and get physically violent to the living. As the oldest form of spiritual hauntings, keep your eyes peeled and your nose sharp, as an overwhelming sulfur smell might indicate that you’re dealing with an inhuman being.
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