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#1    RavenCraft

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 08:56 PM

I know i've heard stories of smells being associated with hauntings. A common sent I've heard of is the smell of roses when there is a female spirit present.

I've often used my senses to indicate if their was a spirit present: sight, hearing and also touch to sense the energy. Well I was sitting down at my desk researching for my paper and I smelt something strange. I know I have several spirits in my home, but smelling something weird has never occured to me. It smelt like decomposing food or plant matter. I put my head under the table and the smell was extremly strong. I lifted my head and smelt again and the smell was gone. I keep my place fairly clean, and there was no food on the floor or anything, so what could of it been?

Has anyone else had any experiences like this?

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:04 PM

smells and odors are a common association with hauntings, ranging from pleasant (like the rose scent you mentioned) through to the downright repulsive.  My wife smelt roses also once, and she knew immediately that her recently departed grandma was with her.  Rose was her grandmas favorite scent.  

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:10 PM

QUOTE(Hoagy @ Mar 18 2005, 03:04 PM)
smells and odors are a common association with hauntings, ranging from pleasant (like the rose scent you mentioned) through to the downright repulsive.  My wife smelt roses also once, and she knew immediately that her recently departed grandma was with her.  Rose was her grandmas favorite scent. 

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I would prefer to smell vanilla or coconut to what I smelled lol, it was quite nasty.
I just find it strange that the smell came from no where got pretty strong and then disappeared.


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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:13 PM

yeah, sometimes it can be localised as well.  You can literally smell it in one spot, then step one way in any direction and it wont be there.  I wonder if it works on the same type of principle as a cold spot?

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:45 PM

I've heard in many cases where scent is tied to hauntings, scent is one of the strongest senses tied to memory.  When I visited the Whaley House in San Diego the tour guide said that many guest complain of strong cigar smoke although smoking is not allowed in the house.  It was a well know fact that Mr. Whaley liked cuban cigars. Also people have described a Lavender smell coming from the master bedroom.  It was said that Mrs. Whaley's favorite perfume was a lavender scented one.  Heh, so in sort, Yes.  Smell is associated with hauntings.

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:59 PM

I don't know about the decomposing matter smell, but I think scents can indicate a spirit's presence...perhaps an angry ghost? Or maybe one who just really wants to be noticed?

My mom always says she smells her grandfather's aftershave. So do I, sometimes.

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Posted 19 March 2005 - 02:11 PM

And HOW, prey-tell, are ghosts able to conjure up a detectable odor?

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Posted 19 March 2005 - 03:47 PM

QUOTE(kaproleveh @ Mar 19 2005, 09:11 AM)
And HOW, prey-tell, are ghosts able to conjure up a detectable odor?

 

My guess is the same way that they make themselves seen. With energy, perhaps.


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Posted 19 March 2005 - 10:16 PM

grin2.gif  grin2.gif Maybe it's something to do with not being able to have a shower once You are Dead. w00t.gif Then again it could be Embalming fluid


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Posted 19 March 2005 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE(Aeon @ Mar 19 2005, 05:16 PM)
grin2.gif  grin2.gif Maybe it's something to do with not being able to have a shower once You are Dead. w00t.gif Then again it could be Embalming fluid

 


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Posted 19 March 2005 - 10:29 PM

Well it makes sense doesn't it? grin2.gif  blush.gif


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Posted 20 March 2005 - 11:30 AM

In an odd way I guess it does. yes.gif

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Posted 20 March 2005 - 05:08 PM

Ive known every scence 2 b aroused by ghosts but not smell, cool!! ill have 2 look into dat


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Posted 21 March 2005 - 04:39 PM

When my grandma died, she made it sure that we remember her by letting us smell her very distinct perfume that she loves to wear in our house...every now and then. By the way my grandma used to live 250 miles away from us.

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 10:13 PM

Most of my ghosts here have a smell like wet metal, that very distinct sharp smell of a nut you've been sucking on like a jawbreaker...I like the smell.





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