ParaPedia - Encylopedia of the Paranormal, Bizarre, Mysterious, & the Unexplained



C.Y. Stephens Auditorium - Iowa State University - Clifford Y. Stephens, an Iowa State University alumnus, led donations with a one million dollar gift toward the Center's construction of a performing arts auditorium. C.Y. Stephens' gift came from the dream that he shared with James H Hilton.
Cabala - Alternate spelling of Kabbalah.
cacodaemon - From the Greek term meaning evil spirit. In medieval times, sometimes used to name the 12th house of the horoscope figure.
caduceus - The name given to a number of ancient symbolic wands, originating in Mesopotamia around 2600 BC.
Caliban - In Shakespeare's The Tempest, the name of a deformed half-human offspring of a devil and a witch.
Calico, Tara - On September 28, 1988, a 19-year old girl named Tara Calico left her home in Belen, New Mexico to go bike riding on Highway 47. Neither Tara nor her bicycle were seen again.
Calvary Cemetery - Calvary Cemetery is located at 248 Belle Vista Avenue on the west side of Youngstown, Ohio. The cemetery is maintained by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
Calvin Center Hall and Adtrm - Built as an annex, recreation center, and school for the Hungarian Presbyterian church that sits to the left of this building.
cambion - Half-human offspring of an incubus and a succubus.
capnomancy - A method of divination by interpreting patterns of smoke, especially smoke from sacrificial offerings.
caput mortuum - Latin for "death's head". In alchemy, the residue from an alchemical operation such as distillation or sublimation.
Caroling - Origin - Where did caroling at Christmas time originate?
Carrol A. Deering - Carroll A. Deering was a five-masted commercial schooner that was found run aground off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in 1921. Its crew was mysteriously missing. The Deering is one of the most written-about maritime mysteries in history, with claims that it was a victim of the Bermuda Triangle, although the evidence points towards a mutiny or possibly piracy.
cartomancy - Any method of divination using playing cards. Tarot is a form of cartomancy.
Castillo de San Marcos - Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest fort in the United States, was constructed between 1672 and 1695 by the Spanish living on Matanzas Inlet for the protection of the northern most outpost of the empire, Saint Augustine.
Celebrity Ghost Stories - A paranormal related television show that features ghost stories told by celebrities.
Cemetery Records Online - Search Cemeteries - An archive of cemetery records from tens of thousands of cemeteries across the world. Search for cemetery records, browse cemeteries, and contribute your own cemetery transcriptions to our growing archive.
Cerberus - In Greek mythology, a three-headed dog that guards the gate to the infernal regions.
ceroscopy - A method of divination using melted wax poured into cold water. The congealed shapes are interpreted by the diviner.
Chain of Being - Originally developed by Plato, a philosophical idea which orders life from the highest spiritual beings to the lowest inanimate objects.
Chakra - A yogic term meaning a series of circular "life force" vortices in a person, at which point energy is received, transformed and distributed.
Champ - Common name for the cryptozoological Monster of Lake Champlain.
Channelling - The process of communicating with non-physical beings (spirits, etc).
charm - A magical formula recited or sung in order to achieve a desired effect. Sometimes used in the making of amulets and talismans.
Chasing UFOs - A team of trained investigators sets out to uncover the truth about UFOs.
cheiromancy - Palmistry.
chichevache - A mythical female monster, believed to have subsisted by eating good and virtuous women.
chimera - In Greek mythology, a beast with a lion's head, goat's body and dragon's tail.
chiromancy - A form of Palmistry.
Christmas Church Ghost - Christmas Ghost Story
Christmas Eve and Ghost Stories - Christmas Eve used to be dedicated to telling ghost stories with your family and friends around the fireplace. This article describes that lost tradition.
Christmas Ghost Caress - Christmas Ghost Story
Christmas Phone Call from Heaven - Christmas Ghost Story
Christmas Tree - Origin - Where did having a Christmas Tree come from?
Chupacabra - A creature of legend said to inhabit areas of Northern and Southern America.
Churchill, Adelaide - Mrs. Adelaide Buffington Churchill (1850-1926) was the Borden's next door neighbor on Second Street, occupying what was known as the Mayor Buffington house.
clairaudience - Similar to clairvoyance, but specifically related to sounds. The ability to hear paranormal voices and sounds.
clairsentience - A general term to describe "clear sensing", or paranormal sensing ability. An umbrella term which includes clairvoyance, clairaudience, etc.
clairvoyance - French for "clear seeing", the ability to sense paranormal people, objects, etc.
cleidomancy - Any method of divination using a key.
cleromancy - Any method of divination using dice.
Cleveland Agora Theater - Henry LoConti Sr. opened the first Agora on February 27, 1966 near the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His concept of promoting live entertainment for young adults was an instant success, and audiences outgrew both the building and
Cleveland Grays Armory Museum - Grays Armory is an historic building in Cleveland, Ohio. It was built by the Cleveland Grays, a private military company which was founded in 1837.This is one of the oldest standing buildings in downtown Cleveland.
climacterics - The belief that certain years in a person's life are more significant in terms of fortune and change. The important septenary years are 7, 14, 21, 28, etc.
Close Encounters - A system of classifying UFO sightings, originally suggested by ufologist Josef Allen Hynek in 1972.
cloud dissolving - The practice of making clouds disappear at will. Sometimes used as an easy illusion, as small fair-weather clouds tend to dissolve naturally within twenty minutes of forming.
Cluricaune - In Irish folklore, a leprechaun.
Cockatrice - A mythical creature with bird wings, a dragon's tail and a cock's head. Said to be able to kill with a glance.
Cocytus - Classical name of one of the five rivers of Hell. The unburied were said to walk beside the rivers for a hundred years.
cold reading - A technique commonly used in sessions such as psychic readings, in which the person conducting the session elicits information from the subject without their awareness, then uses this information to create the illusion of supernatural ability.
Compass and EMF Theory - This is basically the cheapest kind of EMF meter you will find.
Conducting Research in a Cemetery - Researching a cemetery can be lots of work but very informative and entertaining. The shape and material of the stone, its design, and the inscription are all clues to history. Use this outline as a guide.
conjuration - The practice of attracting the attention and involvement of spirits by means of ritual activities.
Conrad Hall - University of Nebraska - Kearney - One of UNK's smaller halls, Conrad offers residents a tight-knit community and convenient location, right next door to the Nebraskan Student Union where the Market at 27th is located. It is the last building on campus to be named after a woman.
Cooper, D.B. - The story of the mysterious disappearance of D.B. Cooper.
Corby Castle - Christmas Haunting - A haunting at Christmas time.
Cornerstone Paranormal Of Cincinnati, Ohio - Paranormal researchers and investigators based in Cincinnati, Ohio. We're not just ghost hunters, we're leaders, educators and researchers.
Cortachy Castle - Christmas haunting - A haunting at Christmas time.
Cottingley Fairies - A famous series of photographs claimed to depict fairies, since revealed as a hoax.
Count Dracula - Count Dracula is the title character and primary antagonist of Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula.
Coventry Spectre Ghost Picture - An unexpected guest in the form of a ghost appears in this picture taken at a dinner at the Coventry Freeman organization.
Crater, Joseph Force - Joseph Force Crater (January 5, 1889 - disappeared August 6, 1930) was a 41-year-old New York City judge who vanished while out on a night on the town. He was last seen walking down West 45th Street, and entered popular culture of the 1930s as the "The Missingest Man in New York." Despite massive publicity, no trace of him was ever found, and nine years later he was legally presumed dead. The disappearance added to public disquiet about corruption in city government and was a factor in the downfall of the Tammany Hall political machine.
Cromwell, Oliver - The original scrooge.
Crookes, Sir William - Sir William Crookes, OM, FRS (17 June 1832 - 4 April 1919) was an English chemist and physicist. Sir William attended the Royal College of Chemistry, in London, and worked on spectroscopy.
crop circles - Large circles and other patterns left in crop fields. Crop circles have been reported widely in England, Europe and the United States since the 1980s. Most have been shown to be hoaxes but some remain mysterious.
Cryptid - Any species of animal which has not been formally identified or categorized by science, e.g. Yeti.
Cryptozoology - The study and search for those animals whose present-day existence is not formally recognized by mainstream science.
CSI - The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry promotes science and scientific inquiry, critical thinking, science education, and the use of reason in examining important issues. It encourages the critical investigation of controversial or extraordinary claims from a responsible, scientific point of view and disseminates factual information about the results of such inquiries to the scientific community, the media, and the public.
Curse of James Dean - While no actual reports have been made of Dean's spirit, an extremely interesting legend persists of a curse on his beloved Porsche Spyder.
Custom House - The Custom House is located on Derby Street in Salem, Massachusetts. It is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, which was the very first historic site maintained by the National Park System.

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