Do you believe in ghosts?

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  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Virgin Mary Apparition in Wexford, Ireland [1971]:


    They're talking about my mom!
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited May 2022 Posts: 17,620
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Virgin Mary Apparition in Wexford, Ireland [1971]:


    They're talking about my mom!

    I was impressed and surprised to see the priest reject it out of hand and his explanation of the phenomenon was very reasonable. The boys looked like they'd dreamt the whole thing up between them for a bit of craic or to cover up for why they were late home. They'd probably no idea that it would go on to generate media interest so I suppose they had to go along with it and stick to their story. In for a penny, in for a pound. In any event their constant smirking and laughing did little to add credibility to their rather dubious tale. Religious themed hallucinations are of course a thing too but the chances of three separate boys each experiencing the same thing at once must surely be astronomical!
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    It's very possible that some started believing their own hoax. It is quite telling that they see the Virgin Mary looking exactly like she is traditionally represented in Christian and especially Catholic iconography.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    It's very possible that some started believing their own hoax. It is quite telling that they see the Virgin Mary looking exactly like she is traditionally represented in Christian and especially Catholic iconography.

    That's very possible. The description certainly matches with the statues of the Virgin Mary the boys would see in their church and that married to an overactive imagination may explain their story. An interesting time capsule of early 1970s Ireland and its beliefs nonetheless.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    As it's Halloween:

  • ivarbrcye99ivarbrcye99 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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    No.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    No.

    Thank you. Short and sweet it is.
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    I'm coming back and haunting everyone.
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    No. I believe in a reasonable rate of return. 😎
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    No. I believe in a reasonable rate of return. 😎

    So you get ghosts as cashback?
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    No. I believe in a reasonable rate of return. 😎

    You can make quite a bit of money with an allegedly haunted place. Some pubs use their so called ghosts as marketing material.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    No. I believe in a reasonable rate of return. 😎

    You can make quite a bit of money with an allegedly haunted place. Some pubs use their so called ghosts as marketing material.

    That's true though I imagine it works the other way too - people too scared to stay at a property or purchase it due to its allegedly being haunted.
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    No. I believe in a reasonable rate of return. 😎

    You can make quite a bit of money with an allegedly haunted place. Some pubs use their so called ghosts as marketing material.

    That's true though I imagine it works the other way too - people too scared to stay at a property or purchase it due to its allegedly being haunted.

    Maybe, although I have seen so many ghost tours advertised and a couple of pubs building their advertisement with their so called ghosts, I think a lot of people wished their business was haunted. I thought to write a short story about it, a shop owner trying to find a ghost to haunt the premises.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
    edited November 2023 Posts: 2,857
    Yes, plenty of places purport to be haunted these days - in complete contrast to a few decades ago, when such things were played down or dismissed. It's just another angle to get punters in. There was even one place in Sheffield last month where the owners of a bar claimed that they'd got a ghost, even though it was a new-build. They claimed it was due to miners having died in a pit accident in the mineworkings, 300ft below the building! Talk about tenuous.
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    Venutius wrote: »
    Yes, plenty of places purport to be haunted these days - in complete contrast to a few decades ago, when such things were played down or dismissed. It's just another angle to get punters in. There was even one place in Sheffield last month where the owners of a bar claimed that they'd got a ghost, even though it was a new-build. They claimed it was due to mines having died in a pit accident in the mineworkings, 300ft below the building! Talk about tenuous.
    There's also a big notion of wish fulfillment surrounding ghosts. It gives people hope of another life, but mainly it turns a mundane setting or their own mundane and boring existence into something mysterious and fascinating. Ghosts tell a lot more about the haunted than the haunters.
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