Ectoplasm is a term used for a substance or spiritual residue that exudes from the body of a medium during a seance. The word was first coined in 1894 by psychical researcher Charles Richet. During the 19th￼ century spiritualism movement, many said they witnessed this phenomenon, however they were exposed as hoaxes made from cheesecloth, gauze, etc.
Taka onna were once ordinary women who were not attractive to marry or even find work at a brothel. After death, through jealousy and angry, they transformed into ugly, malicious monsters haunting the red light districts. This yokai appears as an ordinary homely woman wondering back alley ways where they stretch out their bodies several meter height peeking to the windows of brothels. Often the taka onna seeks to scare humans, but some stories say she also looks for lustful young men to devour.
Japanese folklore holds some of the most frightening and dark tales on the planet. There are stories about monsters that hunger for human flesh, house items coming alive to terrorize their owners and the dead arising from the grave to devour souls. Some legends warn if one been wronged in life, their spirit could return as a malicious force capable of harming the living. One such entity, fishermen and sailors fear lurking in the open water is the funayurei.
Sarah Winchester was a woman of independence, drive, and courage who lives on in legend as a grieving widow who continuously built onto her home with multiple rooms to appease the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle manufactured by her husband’s firearms company. The following YouTube video, produced by Crypticc, goes into more detail about the Winchester mystery home.
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I recall within my first year of paranormal investigation, me and a couple of friends searched through this old abandon church for evidence of ghosts. Many years, we all heard the stories surrounding the building from ghosts to seal away demons. In the hours spent combing through the structure yielded nothing for clues of the paranormal, yet provided a valuable lesson of obtaining permission before conducting any investigation, as that evening ended with a fine for trespassing. This memory resurfaced only after watching this YouTube video about haunted churches.