How to look for ghosts, what tools you'll need,
and some of the terms that are used
"While yet a boy I sought for ghosts, and sped
Through many a listening chamber, cave and ruin
And starlight wood, with fearful steps pursuing
Hopes of high talk with the departed dead."
Percy Bysshe Shelly, 'Hymn to Intellectual Beauty'
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Ghost hunting is the process of investigating locations said to be haunted.
Typically, a ghost "hunting party" will involve 4-8 individuals who work as a team to collect evidence of paranormal activity. Ghost hunters often employ electronic equipment of various types, such as; EMF Meters, digital thermometers, infrared, thermographic, and night vision cameras, handheld video cameras, digital audio recorders, and computers. Organized teams of ghost hunters are also called paranormal investigation teams.
The oldest ghost hunting group is The Ghost Club, which was founded in London in 1862. Famous people who belonged to this ghost hunting group include: Charles Dickens, Sir William Fletcher Barrett, Harry Price and Sir William Crookes. The popularity of the movie "Ghost Busters" in 1984 increased mass-interest in ghost hunting and ghost hunting groups. And the current TV show, "Ghost Hunters" has increased interest in ghost hunting even further. The British TV show, "Most Haunted" which began in 2002 may have also influenced mass-market appeal for ghost hunting.
Despite the recent boom in ghost hunting, people have been fascinated and intrigued by ghosts for thousands of years. In fact, the very first story of a ghost hunt was recorded in 100 A.D. by Pliny the Younger. According to the story, a haunted house in ancient Athens was investigated by a philosopher named Athenodoros Cananites.
Ancient or modern, old or new, ghost hunting continues to gain followers, admirers, and skeptics as people seek to better understand the world around them.