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The Mammoth Book of True Hauntings
The Mammoth Book of True Hauntings
by Peter Haining
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More true than I anticipated, 23 Jan. 2011
This book is both matter of fact in style and yet fascinating. Many of the stories behind the hauntings are tragic e.g. the man who was buried alive to punish him for trying to run away with a nun. At least some parts of the world are now more enlightened than that.

Reading these descriptions of hauntings (which include a few hoaxes), I feel that most of the were probably genuine. It's fairly worrying to think just how many ghosts there are. I feel so sorry for them with their obsessive compulsive behaviour, especially as some seem to "last" for over 100 years. That's a long time of unhappiness, though not all are unhappy. Some are helpful, guiding planes to prevent accidents and the ghost of Oscar Wilde just saunters around looking stylish!

I read this book after reading "The Night Side of Nature" by Catherine Crowe. Though she was writing in the 19th century and some of her interpretations of events are very different from ours, she has a similarly systematic presentation of accounts of hauntings to the Mammoth Book of True Hauntings. Neither book is spooky or sensationalist. Both books just try to tell you what people are saying about the paranormal, despite the sneers and jeers of those who don't want to take account of this information.

A much more pleasant book is "Seeing Angels" by Emma Heathcote-James. People experience angels as being reassuring and calming and inspiring whereas ghosts usually unsettle people and often terrify and dismay them. Sometimes people become so frightened that they get sick and die.

There were some simple, useful tips in "True Hauntings" for dealing with ghosts. One is to just say, "Bless you but please go away". Apparently that often works. The other is to leave some food and drink out for the ghost. A ghost which is fed will apparently be contented and not do disturbed and disturbing things.

A more complex response is to try to work out what the problem is. Sometimes a ghost wants people to know where he/she has been buried and what crime was committed causing his/her death. One endearing ghost wanted to ensure that his tobacconist got paid and that the slides borrowed for his magic lantern were returned. So if you have the patience and nerve to try to figure out what the ghost wants, then they really can go and rest in peace.

I also think that it is important to pray for their repose. A woman I talked to said that she saw a man walk off into the bush and she experienced a deep sense of chill and foreboding. She was told that it was the spirit of a man who had returned from WWII and had gone into the bush and killed himself. She very kindly went back to that spot and prayed for him. After that the sense of foreboding was gone and she felt sure he was at rest.

So let's not just giggle about how strange ghosts are and use them as tourist magnets. Let us pray for them and try to help them to complete the tasks that are worrying them.

And we should try to lead non-frantic lives so that we don't go to the grave all restless and feeling incomplete. Take the time to do the things that matter, see the people that you should see and clear your conscience. If even half the stories in this book are correct, then the time after death can be turbulent if you don't get yourself sorted out first.

You may like to do some of the meditations of Anthony De Mello. They are calming and help us to focus on what really matters. Best to do that on this side of the grave. That is the impression I get from this book.
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The Night Side of Nature (Wordsworth Myth, Legend & Folklore)
The Night Side of Nature (Wordsworth Myth, Legend & Folklore)
by Catherine Crowe
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New insights into the paranormal, 11 Jan. 2011
I'm learning new insights from this book. I had no idea about the phenomenon of doppelganger. Does it still happen in the 21st century? It's an astonishing phenomenon and even affected a legal case described in the book.

Crowe's systematic arrangement of data is very convincing though her discussion of it is influenced by her 19th century outlook, which sits askew to our own views.

Some incidental insights from the book include that houses fell down rather frequently in the 19th century. Good on us for getting better building codes! Several spirits warned of an impending collapse of a house or ceiling!

Also there was a more complex understanding of the spiritual side of people, with a distinction made between spirit and soul. That distinction doesn't really detract from my appreciation of the book: it's just an interesting sidelight.

Crowe's main argument is that people should not just sweep data (e.g. sightings of spirits) under the mat because such ideas are frightening or difficult to explain. You get a real insight into human nature from the number of people who she reports as saying that they saw a ghost or spirit but still persisted in not believing what they had seen, or put the sighting down to an overanxious personality when the seer did not have such a personality. It's interesting how we screen out data that doesn't fit into our view of the world.

I really recommend this little treasure of a book.

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