Supernatural experiences in South Africa

2011-07-27 00:00

FOR anyone who has a fascination with the subject of the supernatural, this book will be tempting, and the author, Sian Hall, has done thorough research into the numerous sites and accounts of ghosts, and mysterious happenings otherwise attributed to poltergeists.

For me, a person with an open mind, the book is an interesting but repetitive read, and while the accounts are thorough and well written, the explanations about what might have occurred seem to be altogether rather similar.

Ghostly hauntings usually occur in old or historical places where a family member has died, and the soul has unfinished business. The souls have the urge to relive the circumstances of their death, or claim the place where they lived in life as their own. How these ghosts make themselves felt are usually predictable: lights flicker, taps are turned on and off, and furniture is moved. Families living in these homes either make peace with these spiritual visitors or flee in distress.

Ghosts are not only people but sometimes animals. Hall looks at the possibility that pets appear from the “other side” to warn people of impending danger.

One young woman on horseback spotted a solitary Zulu horseman alongside a river, while she was lost. She felt vaguely uneasy and he ignored her greetings, but she managed to find her way back to the trail. Later she discovered that this “man” was a ghost that always appeared before the death of a relative. Later that night, a member of the local tribe died unexpectedly.

Hall says some people are more aware of ghosts than others; perhaps they have psychic abilities and the rest of us live most of our lives unconscious of the other realm. Children are often able to see spirit figures or ghosts as their minds are not closed.

In KwaZulu-Natal, there are many recorded ghost sightings as there are many old buildings, and also there is a love of folklore that has passed these stories through the generations. Many of these stories relate to the deaths of romantic characters.

If you are intrigued by the subject then this book will interest you, but perhaps it should be read in pieces to avoid indigestion.

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