The dictionary defines a ghost as a disembodied soul, especially that of a dead person who still inhabits the world of the living in some way. Sometimes ghosts make themselves visible, and other times they let people know that they are around by other means. One of the most common ways that people are aware of a ghostly presence without seeing them are by smelling scents such as perfume, cigarettes, cooking food, or other smells.
Just like faeries, not all people believe in ghosts, although more people seem to believe in ghosts than other kinds of ethereal beings. Spirits come in several types. There are those who relive a scene from their lives unaware of the presence of the living. Another kind are ones who stay around in order to try to get someone to understand something, whether it is how they died or to show them where they left something important. Still another are the ones who are simply attached to the place that they lived their life and do not wish to leave.
Last but not least, there is the type of ghost which is decidedly unfriendly. They may be around to seek revenge on someone still living or just be a harmful spirit in general. Perhaps they were not a nice person in life. These malignant entities have been known to scare people badly, and even to cause physical harm by shoving people down stairs or by other means. Some people are unhappy with having any type of ghostly activity in their surroundings, but many will coexist with those who aren’t wreaking havoc.
This is another one of those situations where whether you believe or not, the stories are fascinating. In recent years, the amount of interest in the paranormal has become evident with the amount of popular television shows in which people seek evidence of the existence of ghosts. One of the things which people say is possible evidence of the presence of a ghost are orbs in photographs, such as this one that I took about five years ago in an old cemetery in West Virginia. This is one post in which I will give my personal opinion. While I cannot say for sure how it all works and why some people stick around while others don’t…I do believe that ghosts exist. I’ve seen too many things not to.
To see artwork which goes with this work, click here to go to the blog of Evangeline who I am collaborating with for this year’s A to Z!