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Pulled by a ghost

Duppy is a Jamaican Patois word of West African origin meaning ghost or spirit. Much of Caribbean folklore revolves around duppies, generally regarded as malevolent spirits.

Well, one of them is allegedly haunting an 11-year-old boy, causing commotion in Martin Street, Spanish Town. You can jump to 0:40 and then 1:55 for some duppy action. At first glance, the boy really seems to be pulled by an external force. A classic “Poltergeist” case involving a child, thrown objects and distraught families.

Though the two action scenes above may look interesting, these ones below, in a follow-up by the same news channel, of the same boy now confronted by a local bishop, Rohan Edwards, will probably not be that much. The not-so-interesting new duppy action scenes start at around 1:35.

It’s clear the boy is throwing himself, and in retrospect, one can note that although he does a much better job at it in the first scenes, one can also interpret them without resorting to any external force. Much less any supernatural force.

When it looks as if he is being pulled from his chair, note that he moves before the chair, indicating that he is source of motion. Michael Faraday used the same tell-tale sign to prove people moved spiritualistic tables, and not the other way around, back in 1853. The effect is also helped by the fact the “duppy action” only lasts for a few seconds, as the boy is almost immediately grabbed by his mother, into which he finds support, in more than one sense. Something that can’t be ignored.

The immediate consequence of the boy’s behaviour is the comfort of his mom”, told us Psychologist Ana Arantes, suggesting an hypothesis to better understand the events. “The ‘paranormal phenomenon’ can be maintained by very strong social reinforcements – social attention, comfort and protection from the mother and probably other members of the family – and in this context, it’s quite possible it has been modelled and learned within that community.

On one level this is simply a boy making some interesting moves, but this is certainly not everything that’s going on here, just as almost all Poltergeist cases are not simple hoaxes – nor simple Poltergeists. From the original story of the Fox sisters and the Cottingley fairies, to modern Poltergeist cases such as Enfield, each and every one of theses cases has a very long story and background.

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  2. jon December 6th, 2010 5:47 am

    Man you posers will try to debunk anything and everything from your ARMCHAIR. You say “it’s CLEAR the boy is throwing himself”
    ….WHAT???! HORSE PUCKY! Clearly you are in complete denial.

    It’s not worth debating people who find all the answers from sitting on their asses, so I’ll leave you with this retort. The reality is my ignorant and blissfully blind friends, the SPIRIT realm is VERY REAL, yes dearies, reality is composed of… MIND BODY AND, don’t forget, AND…SPIRIT!!!! YES SPIRIT! Sorry to say, your silly limited paradigm forgot to include at least an open minded consideration of that 3rd aspect.

    Get a clue.

  3. philco July 13th, 2011 8:26 am

    It’s really sad how these poor folks don’t have much of a future to look forward to. It’s just the opposite, people living in abject poverty are trying to do anything they can to improve their “lot” in life. These days, even the poorest get opportunities to see how other people in the world live. I live near Seattle and I am totally blown away to see how people live in places like Monaco or even Beverly Hills. But I can’t IMAGINE what it would be like living in Haiti and not knowing if there will be food to eat tonite. People need to find kindness in their hearts and try to find a little empathy. A native American homily (unless it was from a John Wayne movie??) goes like this: Never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.

    Now to address the rantings of people lecturing about the existence of ghosts, I’m going to post what I wrote to someone who jumped on me, when I criticized a pretty poor UFO video.

    “Listen Dude… Because we want to view these with a critical eye, doesn’t mean we’re debunkers (as in non believers)! What are you implying? Sounds to me, like you’re saying we’re supposed to accept anything, no questions asked. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, “Fruitcakes on our side of the fence disseminating absolute bullsh*t, can do more damage, than the worst debunkers on the opposition!” re: Billy Meier! One of the most important jobs WE MUST DO, to ensure our credibility, is self-policing. IF YOU CAN’T REALIZE THIS, my WISH is that you either shut your mouth or join the other side! (Please note my choice of words in the phrase, “my wish is”. I didn’t command or even suggest, so don’t give me a bad time, saying I’m telling people what to do! Capiche???)”
    ‘Nuff said…
    Peace and Blessings to all!!

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