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

Exorcism - The banishment of an entity or entities i.e. spirits, ghosts and demons that
is thought to possess or haunt a location or human being or animal. The ritual, which
can be religious in nature, is conducted by an exorcist who will call upon a Higher
Power to cast away any evil forces that may reside there.

Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) – Voices and sounds from beyond that are captured
and recorded on magnetic tape.

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

Ghost: The disembodied essence of someone.
Ghost Hunting – A carefully controlled research project in which various methods and
equipment are used to investigate reports of ghosts and hauntings.

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 environment.

Medium - Someone who professes to be able communicate with spirits on behalf of
another living being, acting as a midway point halfway between the worlds of the living
and the dead.

Ouija Board - A pre-printed board with letters, numerals, and words used to receive
spirit communications. Typically a planchette is employed to spell out words and point
out numbers or letters.

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.

Poltergeist - a non-human spirit entity which literally means "noisy ghost" but is
usually more malicious and destructive than ghosts of dead human beings. Traditional
poltergeists activities are thumping and banging, levitating or the moving of objects,
stone throwing and starting fires.  It is thought that poltergeist activity in some
instances may be brought on subconsciously by an adolescent agent or females under the
age of 25.

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

Psychic - A person who is responsive to psychic forces with above average ESP abilities.
Residual Haunting: Repetitive paranormal activity resulting from the energy imprint of a
person or event in time.

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.

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