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Poltergeist And Its Existence Essay

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Paranormal phenomenon is a mystical event. The phenomena usually defile the natural laws that humans had discovered in this world and leave a puzzling feeling on those who encounter the event. There are multiple paranormal phenomena that had occurred in the past. Some of the natural paranormal phenomena are reincarnation, where one reborn back into the world (North 11-13); possession, where one obtain knowledge from a previous life of a person or being controlled by a spirit (North 19-22); ghost, an appearance of a spirit or someone who died (North 61-64); and finally poltergeist, a physical disturbance that is caused by an explainable force (Forcella). Out of this list, ghosts are the most often encounter in a paranormal event. According to a study by Gallup and Newport (1991), it is reported that around one of ten people of the general population had seen ghosts. Also, in another study by McClenon (1994), “…reported that 30% of his accounts of supernatural events refer specifically to apparition experiences.” Which means that most cases that is related to paranormal phenomenon is most likely to be ghost related (Laythe and Own 1). Despite being the most encountered event, the explanation for ghosts existence are not as well defined as it is for poltergeists. Also, when comparing to the four previously listed paranormal phenomena, poltergeist does not always involved life beyond death. In most cases, it involves the living with some concrete explanation of the poltergeist activity (Forcella).

The existence of poltergeists have been around for centuries. The first reported case of poltergeist activities dated back in 858 B.C.E. The event occurred in Rhine, Germany and it caused disturbances around the area by throwing stones to creating disturbing noises. Then onward, there were other reported poltergeist related cases including Italy around C.E. 530 and around C.E. 900 in China. There were studies and documentations of poltergeist activities up to modern time from there onward. There was not much research done on poltergeist before the 1800s because people were skeptical about it existence. This all changed when the Spiritualism movement started in the middle 1800s and many people started to become aware of poltergeist existence in the world. Studies were still limited up to 1900s because people could not retain hard evidences to prove the existence of poltergeist. They were worried that the cases that occurred before the 1900s that could have been fabricated or misinterpreted. However, later in the 1900s, researcher managed to narrow down on poltergeist existence by finding it most likely to happen to youthful people and they interpreted that the poltergeist activities is most likely focused on an individual (Clarkson 4-5).
In today modern society, people often mistaken the differences between ghosts and poltergeists. The raw definition of poltergeist is “noisy ghost”, but poltergeists are not spirits (in most cases), they are a form of...

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