When we think of the otherworldly, what comes to mind most often are ghosts. Where do we go when we die? Are spirits trapped between this world and the next? If ghosts walk among us, then do they move freely or are they stuck where they died? From Casper the Friendly Ghost to vengeful spirits, what are their ORIGINS and do haunted houses really exist?
Throughout history, people have blamed other people or other things for their problems. Sickness has been the result of a curse. Mental health issues the spell of a witch. And a murderous spree the act of demon possession. What are the ORIGINS for our need to find something to blame? How did the concept of the scapegoat begin?
I know I’m not alone in this obsession with other worlds whose borders touch our own. Like Hogwarts, the wizarding world that we wish to believe is real so badly that we have recreated it in a theme park. Do these worlds within worlds actually exist? Is there another realm hiding in the shadows of our own? Or are we overworked and so tired of reality we just wish to believe in something more?
Skinwalkers or “werewolves” are part of the lore of many Native American tribes. They have become an eccentricity of Hollywood’s imagination and our culture on a whole. Is there truth to this phenomenon? Do humans shift into animal form to feed their carnal desires?
Not all superheroes are the work of comic book fantasy. They walk among us, both heroes and villains, and have since the beginning of time. We wish we had their super human qualities and abilities. But be careful what you wish for: you just might become a villain.