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ABE Paranormal
Paranormal Glossary
Anomaly/Anomolies -  One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify.

An irregular image that appears on photos, video, or digital media.

Apparition - An unusual appearing ghostly figure.

Authentication - To establish the authenticity of; prove genuine.

The verification of facts and details surrounding an accurance of paranormal phenomenon. This can be independant statements from witnesses, written documentation, or other corrobative evidence supporting the report made by the
subject concerning their experience and the events to which was apparently related.

Being - To exist in actuality; have life or reality.

The state or quality of having existence, a living entity.

Cold Spots - An area or place that for an unknown reason seems to be cooler than the surrounding areas.
Paranormal investigators usually use themometers to detect the fluctuations of temperature in a location.

Death - The act of dying; termination of life. The termination or extinction of something.

Demon - An evil supernatural being; a devil.

An evil spirit or being which is said to have not ever lived on earth or in human form.

Disembodied Voice - A voice or sound heard or recorded that comes from no physical body or known
source. [Also see "Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)" for more on capturing voices of Spirit on

Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) Meter/Detector - Also called a gauss or magnetometer, these let
you know the Electro Magnetic Field readings in an area. The presence of a spirit has been known to often
produce/disturb electro magnetic energy in an area. There are many natural sources that can throw off
EMF's through (Lamps, TV's, Microwaves, etc..) be sure to know the natural EMF's in your suroundings.

Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) - Disembodied voices or sounds imprinted on audio recording
devices and captured during paranormal investigations.

EVP are speech or speech-like sounds, which are inaudible during recording but detected/imprinted on electronic
recording media upon playback. They are typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.  

Entity - A real being, whether in thought or in fact; being; essence; existence.

A disembodied or preternatural spirit.

EVP - See "Electronic Voice Phenomena".

Experiment/Debunk - A test carried out under controlled conditions.

A test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis, or
determine the efficiency of something previously untried.

Ghost - A Ghost usually refers to a residual energy of a person, animal, or an inanimate object that has
been imprinted on a location, only to be played over and over again like a recording in time. Ghosts usually
dont interact. When a person or animal has performed events over and over again in a location they tend to
leave a psychic impression on the area, which sometimes stays in the location long after that person or animal
has passed on. Traumatic events in a location may also leave a strong psychic  impression on the area (Like
people seeing soldiers fighting battles on battlefields, etc..) Visit our information page for more info re: Ghost.

Ghost Hunter/Investigator - A person or group who tries to record evidence of spirit or ghosts. This may
be done by means of photography, EMF (Electro Magnetic Field)/Thermo readings, EVP (Electronic
Voice Phenomena) on recordings, security cameras that record in 0 lux (total darkness) and other means.

Ghost Hunt/Investigation - A ghost investigation is an attempt to capture spirit activity usually at a
location already known, or presumed to be haunted.

Haunting - To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a ghost or other supernatural being.

This can be sounds of activity, objects being moved, sightings of apparitions, etc.. in a location when no one is there

Orb - A sphere or spherical object

Something of circular form; a circle or an orbit. (Visit our
information page for more info re: orbs)

Paranormal - Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation.

Above or outside the natural order of things as presently understood.

Poltergeist - A Ghost/Spirit that manifests itself by noises, rappings and the creation of disorder.

Skeptic - One who instinctively or habitually doubts, questions, or disagrees with assertions or generally
accepted conclusions.

A person inclined to discount the reality of the parnormal and to be critical of parapsycology research. Generally
seeks rational or scientific explanations for the phenomenon. Paranormal Researchers are also skeptics to an extent,
but with an open mind. Before we can say it's paranormal in nature, we must first prove that it's not something that can
be explained by other means.

Spirit - Refers to an actual living essence or soul of a person that has remained after their phsical body has
died. A spirit usually still retains the traits and personality and communicate with the living, unlike ghosts. (See
Ghost for more info) Visit our information page for more info re: Spirit
ABE Paranormal updates this glossary periodically.