Para Glossary

Anomaly: An experience, occurrence, or object that is outside of the normal.

Apparition: A spirit that a witness can see.

Demon: A non human spirit. Has never been alive.

Ectoplasm: Anything physical left behind by a ghost or entity.

Full-bodied apparition: A ghostly encounter where the complete human spirit can be

Ghost: The disembodied essence of someone.

Haunting: The interaction between the paranormal and the normal.
Inhuman Entity: A supernatural being -- such as a demon or jinn -- that did not begin its
existence in human form.

Intelligent Haunting: Activity resulting from an aware ghost or spirit that interacts with its
Orb: An often translucent, circular anomaly (or “ball of light”) seen in photography -- and
sometimes with the naked eye -- that may be, depending on your theory, a bug, speck of
dust, reflection, moisture or spirit energy.

.Paranormal: A term that is used to describe unusual activity that involves ghosts,  
apparitions,and spirits.

Possession: The state where an entity inhabits and exerts a level of control over a living
thing or object.

Residual Haunting: Repetitive paranormal activity resulting from the energy imprint of a
person or event in time.

Shadow Person: A commonly-reported inky black humanoid entity that moves fast, it is
often spotted out of the corner of the eye and has been interpreted to be anything from a
ghost or demon, to alien, time traveler or inter-dimensional being.

Spirit: As opposed to a ghost (see above), a spirit is normally the soul of the deceased that
has crossed over, and exists in a spiritual or metaphysical plane.

Supernatural: Typically referring to spiritual or religious matters, the laws of nature do not
apply to this realm.

UFO: Abbreviation for “unidentified flying object” which does not necessarily apply to
extraterrestrial or secret governmental crafts, but can be anything unknown spotted in the

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