Persona (19)

Still alive ?
Who was the famous playwright poet ?
A murderous plot disguised as suicide ?
Her Disappearance
Poisoned ?
The mysteries of the Third Reich
The prince of darkness
The engineer of the future
The discovery of America
The assassination of John F Kennedy
The Sinner Denigrated by the Church
The Predictions of Michel de Nostredame
Who is Behind The Murders ?
Has She Risen ?
Eustache Dauger
The Eternal Saga
Ogre or Bluebeard ?
The Child Who Came From None
Premonitorial Signs Announced His Death ?
Has He Existed ?

Science (10)

The Disappearance
Are we alone ?
Who are our ancestors ?
Fiction or Reality ?
The Practitioner of Yoga
Are Black Holes Time Breaches?
Origins
Where is the Cemetery ?
Do Stars Dictate Our Destiny ?
500 KM of Geoglyphs

Ufology (3)

UFO crash in New Mexico
The Most Secret Military Zone In The World
Extraterrestrials Live Among Us

Parapsychology (6)

The Sixth Sense of People
The Gift of Foreseeing the Future
Emotional Forcefields
The Meaning of Dreams
A Premonition 14 Years in Advance

Mysterious Place (8)

The Moai of Rapa Nui
The Lost City
City of the Cosmos
A City Dug In The Rock
A Celestial And Sacred Place
Magical City
The Secret Fortune of the Abbé Saunière
Ayers Rock

Egypt (7)

What killed the young pharaoh ?
What Secret Hides the Legendary Monument ?
A Monument That Defies Time
Bitten By A King Cobra?
What Has Become Of The Beautiful Queen Of Egypt ?
Assassinated By His Womens ?
The Books Written By The Gods

Cryptozoology (10)

Mythology and Symbolism
Is It Real ?
The Abominable Snowman
The Goat Sucker
Lycanthropy
The Deadly Song of the Fish Woman
The Legend of Sasquatch
Are They Simply Tales ?
Voodoo and Golems - Myth ?
Serial Killer of the Eighteenth Century ?

Strange Phenomenon (9)

Mysterious disappearances
The Ghost Ship
Spiritism and Ghosts
The Feeling of Already Seen
Ghosts and Haunted Houses
Exorcism of the Demons by a Shaman Priest
Mysterious Explosion in Siberia
The Route Without Gravity ?
Apparitions Or Hallucinations ?

Bible and Religion (11)

Who Wrote It ?
A Matter of Faith ?
Guardians of the Secret
Fallen Angels
The Marks of the Christ
Universal Deluge
The Dead Sea Scrolls
And The Star of Bethlehem
Where Is It ?
The Sources Of The Arcanes

Magic (4)

Grimoire and Rituals
The Book Of Laws Of The Dead
Mediator Between the Spiritual and Material World
Origin of Misfortunes

Monument (5)

Monoliths
Did They Really Exist ?
What Did It Look Like ?
Has It Existed ?
The Fury of Building

Legend and Myth (7)

The Lost Continent
A Site of Legend
Just a Myth ?
The Lost City
The Fabulous Land Of Gold
And The Legend of Sherwood
The Modern Prometheus

History (5)

The Book That Lit The Pyres
Historic Reality ?
Vikings - In America Before Columbus?
The Greatest Political Scandal of the United States
The Lost Colony

Relic (2)

An Endless Quest

People and Civilization (5)

The Oldest Civilization of Meso America
The Decline of the Mayan Civilization
The People of Amma
The Celtic's Spiritual Elite
A Kingdom Without Men

Conspiracy Theory (1)

The Conspiracy Theory
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Spiritism

Do Spirits Exist ?

Spirit

The Spirits Book tells that the entire universe was created and divided into two parallel worlds by a supreme being (God): that of material living beings and the invisible one of the dead or spirits. The human body would only be a vehicle or an envelope for spirits which at the moment of death would wander freely for a certain time before reincarnating. By using spiritism techniques or through a medium, it would be possible to contact these spirits of the dead as to find answers to outstanding questions or to obtain oracles. Spiritualist doctrine maintains that spirits can manifest through necromancy but also take the form of ghosts, and in this case exert a real psychic power over the concerned person. Do spirits really exist as some necromancers claim, and if so, can we conjure them? And what about reincarnation?

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Spiritualism in the nineteenth century

Necromancy - Spiritualism in the nineteenth century

In the nineteenth century, spirits conjuring techniques began to develop and transformed into a true movement comparable to religion. Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, who made himself known under the false name Allan Kardec, is the main instigator of this movement and wrote a compilation of everything related to the phenomenon in the spirits bible ; five extremely popular volumes including The Book on Mediums and The Spirits Book. Just in Brazil alone where Allan Kardec's spiritism has become the dominant religion, there are now millions of fervent followers.

Medium Daniel Dunglas Home, who boasted being able to levitate and to generate poltergeists on command, was also instrumental in bringing 19th century spiritualism to life, especially in England and America where many journals and esoteric circles began to take interest in the spirit world. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, paranormal phenomena, parapsychology, charlatanism and clairvoyance became so omnipresent that in 1882 the Society for Psychical Research was founded in London. The primary mission of the organization is to investigate and demystify in a scientific way everything related to the paranormal and to the spirits world.

The twentieth century was marked by a resurgence of popularity for the movement of spiritualism as an alternative to Christian doctrine, perceived as rigid and subjective. More than ever, followers want objective answers to existential questions that they try to obtain by communicating with wandering spirits. In The Afterlife, a parapsychology work written in 1962, Hans Geisler attempts to bring scientific answers based on experience to questions that have haunted men's minds since time immemorial.

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Necromancy

Glass technics - Spiritualism

Necromancy aims to allow for a connection with the afterlife as to enter into communication with the world of the dead and its spirits. A typical session of spiritism generally takes place around a pedestal table where a glass is placed over a large sheet of paper containing the alphabet and numbers, but also the words yes and no. The atmosphere and concentration of the members participating in the session is absolutely vital to the success of the conjuration and it is preferable in many cases to use a medium. Once the participants are together and the atmosphere established, the spirit of a dead person is conjured and the glass moves on the pedestal table as to answer the questions asked.

When conditions are met, communication with the spirit works fine and results are convincing but in other cases answers are often telepathically induced by the participants. Moreover, even if the session is successful, it is sometimes difficult to determine whether the answers come from the conjured spirit or from another entity. Just like the living world, the world of the deads is unpredictable and contains lots of associated risks; participants should be aware of this and assume the potential danger.

The glass technique is the most popular and simplest form of necromancy to implement but there are also other variants which allow deeper communication with the spirits world. The most powerful necromancers would not only be able to easily obtain oracles from spirits but also reanimate corpses and use them as zombies.

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The harmful consequences of spiritualism

Entering the world of the dead is a business that can have serious repercussions. Since the purpose of necromancy is first and foremost to obtain oracles and answers, an addiction may form to spirits and an easily influenced person may even lose any form of judgment. Some report having felt terrified followed by anxiety attacks after witnessing the manifestation of a spirit. When the conjured entity turns out to be a demon, the frights can turn into obsession and in the most extreme cases possession. The situation is all the more serious because only an experienced shaman priest can exorcise satanic spirits. In the nineteenth century, there were several cases of necromancy which dramatically ended in madness and sometimes even suicide.

Ectoplasm

In the world of spiritualism and parapsychology, spirits are manifested through ectoplasms, an invisible organic essence that allows telekinetic interventions such as moving objects or in poltergeist cases making noises seeming to come from nowhere. Ectoplasms would also rise above transcendent mediums and only appear in photographs as a kind of gray veil.

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