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A Guide To The Mystical Beings That Might Inhabit Your Home

Updated February 11, 2020 424.3k views13 items
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Hearing noises you can't explain? Perhaps you keep seeing something in the corner of your eye, but it's gone when you turn to look? You might be wondering, is my house haunted? But finding out the answer is only part of the mystery.

There are numerous types of ghosts, entities, and creatures and each one is unique. The key to figuring out if your presence is a friendly Casper, a hostile poltergeist, or a helpful nocturnal creature lies in correctly identifying the type of presence it is, how it found its way to your house, and what it wants. Some entities - like a pisky or a brownie - may actually help you. In that case, you're going to need to know how to treat them well. Some might not even know you exist, while others may signal an upcoming event. If you have the nasty sort, you may need to banish it from your home entirely; that is if you ever want to get a good night's sleep again. 

  • Poltergeists May Be Created By Traumatic Energy In The Home

    Photo: Poltergeist / MGM

    Poltergeists are troublesome and unruly, though usually not seriously dangerous. They can turn appliances on and off, open and close doors, and knock things off shelves. They’re also not very calm, which is how they got their name: poltergeist is German for “noisy ghost.” The evidence of poltergeists is obvious, but they are never seen.

    Poltergeists are believed to be the manifestation of trauma, either belonging to a living person (often a child or teen) who is unaware they are causing it, or trauma left over from a previous event. Even some people who believe in ghosts dispute the existence of poltergeists, believing them to be a form of psychokinesis caused by someone living in the house instead.

    Learn about other types of spirits that could be cohabitating with you in your home here.

  • The Boogeyman Lies In Wait For Naughty Children

    A boogeyman (also known as a bogey or bogle) is a malevolent spirit with a dislike for children. Some boogeymen punish disobedient, unruly, or lazy children by teasing or playing tricks on them.

    Various cultures throughout the world have some variant of the boogeyman - he uses various tactics to get children to behave, including hiding under the bed or in dark closets ready to frighten young children who won't go to sleep, or he might even snatch a child up in his sack to take or eat them for misbehaving. 

  • Incubi And Succubi Seduce You In Your Sleep

    Photo: Pintor da Idade média / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    An incubus or succubus is a demon that seduces and has sex with humans in their sleep. An incubus is a male demon, while a succubus is a female demon. Folklore sometimes ties the succubus to Lilith, the first wife of Adam in some versions of Judaism and Christianity.

    Lilith’s origin story differs, but in certain tales, she was exiled from the Garden of Eden for refusing to submit to Adam. Adam was then given a new mate in the form of Eve, who was submissive by nature, having been made from Adam’s rib.

    Succubi and incubi have taken many forms by many different names in many different cultures throughout the world and throughout history. One thing they have in common is that their visits are rarely welcome or pleasant. If you've had experiences with such creatures and want them to go away, here are some suggested ways of getting rid of them.

  • Piskies Are Tiny Trickster Creatures

    In Cornish folklore, the piskie (also spelled "pixie") is a fairy-type creature who appears as a small old man wearing a red cap and a wig made of gray lichen. He is no larger than a mouse and often rides snails. While generally harmless and even inclined to be helpful at times, piskies are tricksters who might occasionally play irritating pranks, like intentionally leading travelers astray. Some say piskies are the souls of unbaptized babies; others, the souls of pagans. A piskie perishes once it has shrunk so small that it ceases to exist at all.

    Piskies are related to "knockers," small creatures that live in mines and warn miners of impending collapses.