Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Haunted caves are not that old a concept. Why would caves be haunted? Well, why not? Here are some factors working in favor of caves being haunted:
1. Geology. Hauntings are often times associated with places that contain granite, quartz, copper and limestone. Mining towns are especially haunted. Perhaps geology and haunting conditions are codependent.
2. History. Caves have been used by tribes, miners and people seeking shelter in tough times, all situations that might have involved death, as well as ancient burials of family members within caves.
3. Reception. The reasons we hunt at night for ghosts? Because of lack of outside interruptions and stimulation. The lack of sensory input makes your senses more keen. Ever notice how a dripping faucet or one bit of light can keep you up at night? A cave is an ideal place completely devoid of human interventions and outside interruptions.
4. Feng Shui. It could be that the very weaving passageways could help to contain energy and hold it within, the stone might even prevent spirit activity from being able to dissipate or leave.
Let's talk about haunted caves around the world, there's a lot of them. Here are just a few:
Mammoth Cave in Kentucky
Unexplained sounds, strange lights, bizarre noises, disembodied footsteps and of course, apparitions and spirits. The long history of the place includes accidents from the days of the saltpeter operations, Native Americans who wandered into the cave and never found their way out, stranded travelers, missing cave explorers, and tragic tuberculosis victims.
Bell Witch's Cave in Tennessee
This cave is associated with the infamous witch who supposedly cursed a farmer and his family. There are tours given of the cave that some say was the hideout of the witch and also beneath the burial ground of Indians.
Chislehurst Caves in Kent in the UK
Originally used for chalk and flint, the caves during The War were used by people to hide out in. The most often reported things are children laughing and playing and the mournful cries of children. Mists and full-body apparitions are also seen.
Hellfire Caves Buckinhamshire England
This one got notoriety for TAPS going there and doing an episode of "Ghost Hunters" in which they captured some EVPs and a strange light. In the 1700s, the founder of a club called "Hellfire" used the caves. Some of the notorious members of the secretive club are said to haunt the tunnels they had their meetings in. There is only speculation about what happened in there, but within the chalk walls, there are reportedly many things such as lights and voices.
Lilydale Caves, St. Paul MN
Tales say there were suicides, murders and rapes there, tied to Prohibition and gangster dealings. Supposedly the tunnels wind and belly crawl and have stone staircases that meet doors to basements of homes on the bluff, doors that are blocked shut. It mostly reports warm spots and strange noises.
So, what do you think, are caves often haunted or just seem like they should be?
Do not miss this afternoon's Josh Gates Journals--you will laugh your ass off.