Now a days
I find that all real Ghost Hunting adventures
begin right here on the internet. Many people
search for new and old places to historically
verify and research things that begin their
journey. The Global web village as we all
know is haunted by us who crave the answers.
Just recently in the news I read, about the
“Haunted tree” in Orissa village.
In Manglojodi, Orissa: Panic-stricken
residents of an eastern Indian village say
a killer ghost that lives on a tree stalks
them, bringing true the prophesy of a possessed
girl. Unable to bear the torture for long
some of the braver ones in Manglojodi, a hamlet
in Khurda district of eastern Orissa state
pulled down the tree.
The story apparently did not stop there.
Villagers are too scared to come out of their
homes once dusk falls, the favourite time
of the 'Ghost who walks" to make its
Villagers refuse to go near the place where
the tree stood, as they fear that they will
meet the same fate of seven people who died
at the hands of the ghost.
Bhawani Behra, a 19-year-old boy who had
helped raze the tree, was the latest victim.
He died coughing up blood and told his sister
Anasuya before dying that he saw a white cat
moving spookily about the tree.
"Till date seven people have died after
touching that tree since March. Everybody
is scared of going anywhere near the tree.
Children do not go to school and college anymore.
By six in the evening, all is quiet and people
are scared to go out even to the local shop.
The murderous spirit seems to have paralysed
our village," said Anasuya.
Children take a circuitous route to school
and villagers talk in hushed tones, lest the
deadly ghost hear them.
The felled tree still evokes panic amongst
villagers as the tale acquires newer dimensions,
adding credibility to the words of a possessed
girl who had prophesied that the ghost would
claim 21 lives.
"The prophecy of a possessed girl seems
to be coming true. The spirit seems to have
gone on a killing spree. Some time ago, the
spirit had possessed the body of a young girl
and said that it will take 21 lives before
Dussehra (a Hindu festival)," said Laxmidhar
Behra, the chief of the village's governing
In India's rural areas superstition is quite
prevalent and villagers prefer black magic
to medical treatment.
Social activists blame lack of basic health
care facilities for the widespread superstitions.
I then thought to myself that's a panic big
enough to make the place turn into a real
ghost town. Ghosts research, evidence, and
discussion of ghost towns often evoke and
unearth many historical facts and urban legends.
Visit any "Supernatural Message Boards"
on the net and a ghost story of a haunted
abandoned town usually pops up. often I hear
about Spirits that followed visitors home
from ghost towns. But still have not had the
time to investigate such things to my satisfaction
as of yet.
Modern Ghost Towns do happen
not just in America but around the world.
Just on the north side of the Attila Line
that partitions the island of Cyprus, the
ghost city of Varosha (a suburb of Famagusta)
is surrounded with barbed wire. 1974 the Turkish
military invaded and carved up the island.
Greek Cypriots in the north were forced to
move south side of the line. Turkish Cypriots
from the south were forced to move north.
Greek Cypriot citizens in Varosha fled the
Turkish invasion in terror. They expected
to return to their homes within days. Instead,
the Turks seized the empty city and wrapped
it in fencing and wire. They forbid anyone
from entering it to this day. Is it haunted?
Some who are said to be in the know say it
is. You can walk right up to it, though, and
take a look. Photographing the dead city is
not permitted. But if no one is watching there
is nothing to physically stop you.
To see actual photos he ghost city of Varosha
Please visit here,
Michael J. Totten: The Ghost City of Cyprus
The Realm of the Dead, containing all the
The town of Fengdu, said
to be the abode of devils, is one of the first
stops on your Yangtze River cruise. The famous
'Ghost City' Situated on the northern bank
of the river between Zhongxian and Fuling,
the city was depicted as the 'City of Ghosts'
in two ancient, classic Chinese works - "Monkey
King" and "Strange Stories from
a Chinese Studio". The origin of the
town's extraordinary reputation can be traced
back to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.)
when two officials, Yin and Wang, became Taoist
recluses here and eventually Immortals. Later
in the Tang Dynasty, their names were combined
to mean "King of the Underworld".
Thereafter, Mt. Mingshan gained its reputation
as the 'City of Ghosts' where the king lived.There
is a necropolis called Fengdu modelled after
the Chinese Hell in Taoist mythology, built
over 1800 years ago. The famous ghost town
will become an island after Three Gorges Dam
project. Specifically, part of the ghost town
of Fengdu will be submerged, but scenery above
the "Door of Hell" will remain.
Today, the town throngs with many tourists
who come to visit temples and shrines dedicated
to the gods of the underworld. Landmarks here
bear horrific names - Last Glance at Home
Tower, Nothing-to-be-done Bridge, and Ghost
Torturing Pass - the three trials for ghosts
who wanted to enter the nether world.
Temple of Heng and Ha
The origin of the two vajras can be traced
back to ancient Indian Buddhism. In one classic
Chinese legend, they were transformed into
two guardians with supernatural strength.
Guardian Heng could roar or bellow a dazzling
light and Han a yellow wind. A ghost who had
misbehaved when alive would be knocked down
by the light and wind, and prevented from
entering the nether world.
This three-arched marble bridge is acknowledged
to be the second inspection point. A ghost
who could stride across it in three steps
was considered as a virtuous man while those
who could not were considered villains. They
would drop down into the river below, and
would forever more be deprived of choosing
a new life.
Ghost Torturing Pass
Ghost Torturing Pass is the last test before
entry to the nether world. Temples display
instruments of torture and horrible demon
images. Two devilish guards (Shopkeepers)
kept a basin of water into which customers
threw their coins; if the coins sank they
were genuine, but if they floated, the coins
were ghost money and unacceptable. For the
sum of one dollar, visitors can obtain a 'Passport
to Heaven', stamped by the local magistrate
and the abbot.
On the other side of the Bridge, Mt. Shuangguishan
is reputed as being This World, which is considered
a fairyland of tranquility and harmony with
lush greenery. There stand some commemorative
buildings such as Confucius Temple, Luming
Temple, Yuming Spring and En'lai Pavilion,
consecrated to Zhou En'lai.
The Ten Courts of Chinese Hell
Court 1: Mirror of Retribution. Ruled by QIN-GUANG-WANG.
Court 2: The Pool of Filth and the Hell of
Ice. Ruled by QU-JIANG-WANG.
Court 3: Black Rope Hell and the Upside-Down
Prison. Ruled by SONG-DI-WANG.
Court 4: The Lake of Blood and the terrible
Bee Torture. Ruled by WU-GUAN-WANG.
Court 5: Sixteen Departments of Heart Gouging.
Ruled by YEN-LO-WANG.
Court 6: Screaming Torture and Administrative
Errors. Ruled by BIAN-CHENG-WANG.
Court 7: Torture by Mincing Machine. Ruled
Court 8: Hot Suffocation Hell. Ruled by DU-SHI-WANG.
Court 9: Iron Web and Office of Fair Trading.
Ruled by PING-DENG-WANG.
Court 10: The Wheel of Rebirth. Ruled by ZHUANG-LUN-WANG.
When your agony is complete and you've repented
for all you're worth, it's time to be reborn.
You're summoned to the Tenth Court, where
ZHUANG-LUN-WANG decides the manner of your
next existence. (Human being or slug?) Then
Lady MENG-PO gives you the Tea of Forgetfulness,
which erases your memory and ensures that
you completely forget all the punishments
you've just been suffering. There is a very
good reason for this, but we don't know what
Finally you are given a free ride on the
Wheel of Life. Round and round you go, faster
and faster, until you shoot off into the void
and land in the body of a newborn baby. Or,
if you haven't repented enough, the body of
A mirage is a naturally-occurring
optical phenomenon, in which light rays are
bent to produce a displaced image of distant
objects or the sky. The word comes to English
via the French mirage, from the Latin mirage,
meaning 'to appear, to seem'. This is the
same root as for mirror. Like a mirror, a
mirage shows images of things which are elsewhere.
The principal physical cause of a mirage,
however, is refraction and not reflection.
Mirage photo Provided by:
Pekka Parvianinen, Turku University
The picture above is mirage - it's an actual
photograph taken by Pekka Parviainen, a lecturer
in mathematics at Turku University in Finland.
Mirages are commonly seen on many water bodies
if clear skies and calm winds prevail. The
photo above is a classic example of a superior
mirage - the image of a distant object is
always displaced upward. In the early spring,
when the water is still cold but the air has
begun to warm, it's often possible to see
superior mirages. Cold water and warm air
above creates an atmospheric inversion that
can result in the deviation of the usually
straight-line movement of light rays. Under
such conditions, an object can seem to be
displaced or distorted from where we expect
it to be or how we expect it to appear. That's
the case with this photo. The sailboat in
the foreground seems normal, but the island
in the background is severely distorted. http://epod.usra.edu/archive/epodviewer.php3?oid=53888
A mirage is not an optical
illusion. It is a real phenomenon, and one
can take photographs of it. The interpretation
of the image, however, is up to the fantasy
of the human mind. Is the ghost village just
that and that alone?
We have all heard of ghost
towns. Cities and haunted places where the
living once dwelled now abandoned and dead.
But what bout a city that was there and in
a blink of an eye gone?
A ghost town is a town that
has been abandoned, usually because the economic
activity that supported it has failed or because
of natural or human-caused disasters such
as war. The word is sometimes used in a depreciative
sense to include areas where the current population
is significantly less than it once was. It
may be a partial ghost town such as Tonopah,
Nevada or a neighborhood where people no longer
live (like Love Canal). A tourist ghost town
has significant economic activity from tourism,
such as Oatman,
Arizona, (also see: My
Dog The Ghost Hunter) or numerous
sites in Egypt, but cannot sustain itself
except by tourism. A true ghost town is totally
abandoned, such as Bodie, California, but
often will see visitors. A ghost town may
be a site where little or nothing remains
above the soil surface, e.g. Babylon. Often
a ghost town will still have significant art
and architecture, e.g. Vijayanagara in India
or Changan in China. Most large countries
and regions contain locations that can be
considered ghost towns.
Some ghost towns are tourist attractions,
such as Kolmanskop and Elizabeth Bay, outside
Luderitz. This is especially true of those
that preserve interesting architecture. Visiting,
writing about, and photographing them is a
minor industry. Other ghost towns may be overgrown,
difficult to access, dangerous or illegal
Factors leading to abandonment of towns include
natural resources such as water no longer
being available, railways and motorways bypassing
or no longer accessing the town (as was the
case in many of the ghost towns along Ontario's
historic Opeongo Line), shifting economic
activity elsewhere, human intervention such
as highway rerouting (as was the case with
many towns located along U.S. route 66, when
motorists bypassed the towns on the faster
moving I-44 and I-40), river rerouting (the
Aral Sea being one example of this), and nuclear
disasters such as Chernobyl. Significant fatality
rates from epidemics have also produced ghost
towns; for example, some places in eastern
Arkansas were abandoned after near-total mortality
(over 7,000 Arkansans died  during the
Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 and 1919). The
Middle East has many ghost towns, created
when the shifting of politics or fall of empires
caused capital cities to be socially or economically
Natural disasters can also create ghost towns.
After being flooded over 30 times since their
the town was founded in 1845, residents of
Pattonsburg, Missouri had enough after two
floods in 1993. With government help, the
whole town was rebuilt a mile away, now known
as New Pattonsburg, leaving the old Pattonsburg
behind as a ghost town.
Ghost towns may also be created when land
is expropriated by a government and everyone
living there is told to leave, such as when
NASA needed a rocket propulsion testing center
and built the John C. Stennis Space Center
in Mississippi, which required a very large
(approximately 55 square kilometers) surrounding
buffer zone because of the loud noise and
potential dangers associated with testing
huge rockets. This created abandoned communities
and roads overgrown in the middle of the forest.
There are also underwater ghost towns brought
about by the building of dams. A good example
of this would be the settlement of Loyston,
Tennessee, which was inundated by the creation
of Norris Lake. The settlement was reorganized
and continues to exist today on nearby higher
ground. Centralia in Pennsylvania was abandoned
due to a dangerous underground coal fire,
but since some residents chose to stay despite
the dangers, it cannot be classified as a
true ghost town.
Cities Of America
New Orleans as many can
testify has become a shadow city since hurricane
Katrina. Many locals report seeing shadow
people, figures walking the streets day and
night. And shadow homes the ghost of a house
that was. Not like New Orleans wasn't one
of the most haunted cities in America before
August 2005, it stands more haunted now and
waiting for people to investigate.
around the world
Most European immigrants to Argentina settled
in the cities, which offered jobs, education,
and other opportunities that enabled newcomers
to enter the middle class. Many also settled
in the growing small towns along the expanding
railway system. Since the 1930s, many rural
workers have moved to the big cities.
The 1990s saw many rural towns become ghost
towns when train services ceased and local
products manufactured on a small scale were
replaced by massive amounts of cheap imported
goods. Some ghost towns near cities offer
tourist attractions, specially during weekends.
Ghost towns are seen in Northern Ontario,
Central Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan,
Newfoundland and Labrador and in Quebec. Some
of these were logging towns or dual mining
and logging sites, often developed at the
bequest of the company. In British Columbia,
they were predominantly mining towns and prospecting
camps as well as canneries and, in one or
two cases, large smelter and pulp mill towns.
British Columbia has more ghost towns than
any other jurisdiction on the North American
continent, with one estimate at the number
of abandoned and semi-abandoned towns and
localities upwards of 1500. Barkerville, once
the largest town north of San Francisco and
west of Chicago is also located in BC. See
List of ghost towns in British Columbia.
Most of the ghost towns in Chile have once
been mining camps or lumber mills, such as
the many saltpeter mining camps that prospered
in from the end of the Saltpeter War until
the invention of synthetic saltpeter during
the First World War. The ghost towns of Humberstone
and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works in the middle
of the Atacama Desert were declared UNESCO
World Heritage Sites in 2005. In matters of
copper the mining camp of Sewell high up in
the Andes of Central Chile became a UNESCO
World Heritage Site in 2006. Despite protection
laws most of this ghost town suffer "tourist
looting" due to the lack of vigilance
among other reasons.
Port Famine (Spanish: Puerto Hambre) is arguable
Chile's oldest ghost town. It was founded
in the Strait of Magellan in 1584 by Pedro
Sarmiento de Gamboa. Starvation and the cold
climate killed all of the inhabitants. The
English navigator, Sir Thomas Cavendish landed
at the site in 1587 he found only ruins of
the settlement. He renamed the place Port
Other lesser known ghost towns are located
in the southern part of the Chilean Coast
Range, were they once were lumbermills were
Fitzroya were cut down to make roof shingles,
as they it was a typical element of Chilota
Jonestown in Guyana became a ghost town following
the mass suicide of the Peoples Temple community
that lived there.
Real de Catorce
One of the finest ghost towns in the Americas,
Real de Catorce was once a flourishing mining
town in northern Mexico. Its marvelous landscapes
and buildings have been used by Hollywood
for movies like The Mexican (2001) with Brad
Pitt and Julia Roberts. Recent efforts to
adapt the town to tourism have created a nice
mixture of ghost town scenario and tourist
site adapted to visitors in search of interesting
historic traveling south of the border.
There are many ghost towns in the American
Great Plains, whose rural areas have lost
a third of their population since 1920. There
are more than 6,000 abandoned sites of settlement
in the state of Kansas alone, according to
Kansas historian Daniel Fitzgerald. Ghost
towns are common in mining or old mill town
areas: Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada,
New Mexico, Montana, and California in the
western United States and West Virginia in
the eastern USA. They can be observed as far
south as Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia
and Florida. When the resources that had created
an employment boom in these towns played out,
eventually the businesses ceased to exist,
and the people moved on to more productive
areas. Sometimes a ghost town consists of
many old abandoned buildings (like in Bodie,
California), other times there are simply
structures or foundations of former buildings
(ie Graysonia, Arkansas). Even some of the
earliest settlements in the US are or have
been ghost towns, such as Jamestown, Virginia
and the Zwaanendael Colony in Delaware.
Old mining camps that have lost most of their
population at some stage of their history,
such as Central City, Colorado; Aspen, Colorado;
Virginia City, Montana; Marysville, Montana;
Tombstone, Arizona; Deadwood, South Dakota;
Park City, Utah; Crested Butte, Colorado;
or Cripple Creek, Colorado are sometimes included
in the category, although they are active
towns and cities today.
A recent attempt to declare an "Official
Ghost Town" in California collapsed when
the adherents of the town of Calico, in Southern
California, and those of Bodie, in Northern
California, could not come to an agreement
as to which of their favorites was more deserving.
The oldest ghost town in Antarctica is located
in Deception Island, were in 1906 a Norwegian-Chilean
whaling company started using Whalers' Bay
as a base for a factory ship, the Gobernador
Bories. Other whaling operations followed
suit, and by 1914 there were 13 factory ships
Antarctica also has many more-recently abandoned
scientific and military bases, especially
in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Similar to the United States, Canada and other
former frontier countries, most ghost towns
in Australia were usually formed after the
end of mining operations or the removal of
railway services. They are spread throughout
the country and are located in every state
and territory. Some ghost towns in Australia
include Cassilis in Victoria, Farina in the
far north of South Australia and Goldsworthy
in Western Australia.
In Europe, many villages were abandoned over
the ages, for many different reasons. Sometimes,
wars and genocide end a town's life, and it
is never resettled. This happened to the Swedish
town Sjöstad, in Närke, in 1260,
when the town's 700 merchants had crossed
the ice of Lake Vättern and been cut
down by the Danes. The Danes then proceeded
to the town, ravaging and burning it. The
town was never resettled. A farm named Skyrstad,
ruins and a silver treasure which yielded
4000 coins are all that testify to its existence
(see abandoned village). In the United Kingdom,
the once thriving farming village of Knaptoft
in Leicestershire was abandoned after it was
razed by puritan parliamentarian forces during
the English Civil War and was never resettled.
The ruins of the former church still exist
as a graveyard, with graves even occupying
ground inside the ruins of the church. The
village of Imber on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire
was evacuated by the British army and the
abandoned buildings are now used for training
exercises. Natural disasters also play a role.
For example, the erupting volcano of Vesuvius
famously terminated Pompeii and Herculaneum
in Italy in 79.
This process continues to this day, with
the village of Etzweiler in northwestern Germany
being abandoned in the 1990s to make way for
a coal mine.
Pyramiden (Swedish, meaning "the pyramid",)
was a Russian settlement and coal mining community
on the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. It
was founded by Sweden in 1910, and sold to
the Soviet Union in 1927. The settlement,
with a one time population of 1,000 inhabitants,
was abandoned in the late-1990s by its owner,
the state-owned Soviet company Trust Artikugol,
and is now a ghost town. There are no restrictions
on visiting Pyramiden. However, visitors may
not enter any buildings without permission,
even if the doors are open. Most buildings
are now locked. Pyramiden is accessible by
boat or snowmobile. Guided tours are available
(in Russian, Norwegian, and English).
The city of Prypiat and dozens of smaller
settlements in northern Ukraine and southern
Belarus were abandoned after the Chernobyl
nuclear disaster and turned into a closed
alienation zone. The area has been largely
untouched since then, and as such it functions
as a large time capsule of the late Soviet
era. There is an online photojournal of this
The Île aux Marins of the Saint-Pierre
and Miquelon groups of islands.
In Finland, which is one of the most sparsely
populated countries in the world, the most
of people live in the biggest towns, and some
villages near the Russian border and in Lapland
are nearly abandoned.
In Hungary,many small village(mainly in Northern
Hungary) has only a few inhabint,or none.
They previosly had residents around 500-1500.
The reason is the negative demographic scale,
and this village's population are past beared.
While Athens, Greece, experienced severe
decline after the end of the Byzantine Empire,
it may never have been a ghost town, although
it certainly came close, dwindling to some
3,000 or 4,000 people by the 19th century.
It has since gone back to being a major city.
Rome experienced similar declines, but it,
too, might not have been completely abandoned
(one of its lowest estimated populations was
17,000 in 1347, down from more than a million
in Imperial times
Following the 1974 events in Cyprus, the southern
part of Famagusta, also known as Varosha/Maras,
was abandoned by its original inhabitants
without being settled. While the problem is
not resolved, Varosha/Maras is a ghost town
and a tourist attraction. Megiddo is an ancient
ghost town in Israel, while Catal Huyuk is
an archaeological site in Turkey.
Hashima Island was a Japanese mining town
from 1887 to 1974. Once known for having the
world's highest population density (in 1959
at 3460 people per square kilometer), the
island was abandoned when the coal mines were
Harappa and Mohenjo Daro, two ancient cities
in current day Pakistan, found use as free
brick piles for centuries after their abandonment.
In addition, numerous cities in China and
India, such as Luoyang, Vijaynagar,and other
such towns have been known to have been destroyed
/turned into ghost towns and revived or had
new cities built in the vicinity over the
millennia, due to such things as shifts in
the course of the Yangtze River, political
struggles, and changes in the country's capital
(China has had several capitals over its long
Outside Luderitz, Namibia there are two ghost
towns, Elizabeth Bay and Kolmanskop. Both
were diamond mining towns and have been partly
covered by the shifting sands of the Namib
Desert. There is also the ancient city of
Carthage, which was rendered a ghost town
by the Romans, revived by the same empire,
and then destroyed again a few centuries later,
with Tunis becoming the central city. Suburban
settlement later occurred in the Carthage
Ghosts of Pluckley The Most
Haunted Village in England
little way across the fields from the village
is the Elvey Farm Country Hotel. Originally
a barn built in the 1400’s, an upper
storey was added in the 16th century and it
was converted into a comfortable home. In
the days when the building was a farmhouse,
there were frequent sightings of a fair-haired
man in his mid –20’s with a short-cropped
beard. Doors were known to have opened mysteriously
in the night, phantom footsteps were heard
plodding along corridors, and lights were
switched on by unseen hands. There is a tradition
that a tenant farmer committed suicide at
the farm in the 1850’s following the
death of his wife and the failure of his business.
Intriguingly a Japanese television crew who
visited the hotel in the 1990’s brought
with them a medium to contact whatever spirits
haunted the building. No sooner had she climbed
out of the car, than she suddenly felt the
overwhelming sensation of someone drowning
She could not have known that the hotel’s
car park actually stood on the site of a pond
which had long since been filled in!