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This Awesome Map Shows The States Where Most People Believe In The Supernatural

This Awesome Map Shows The States Where Most People Believe In The Supernatural 86

Laura Allan

Have you ever wondered if there are aliens? If bigfoot is real? Have you ever thought maybe you were psychic or that your house could be haunted by its previous tenants? You aren’t alone. A huge portion of the U.S. population—75 percent, by some estimates—believes in, or at least is fascinated by, these supernatural subjects, in some areas more than others. But in which areas exactly?

From the wildly weird to the positively paranormal, the people in these top 10 states are absolutely absorbed by the abnormal.

That’s the mystery that the Movoto Real Estate Blog set out to unravel. So we put on our tinfoil hats, got our research materials, and set about discovering which states have the highest population of folks interested in the supernatural side of our world.

The best states for those “believers” were:

1. New Mexico
2. Wyoming
3. Nevada
4. Maine
5. West Virginia
6. Oklahoma
7. Rhode Island
8. Washington
9. North Dakota
10. Kentucky

We sure hope you’re not too surprised by the No. 1 state, but we’ll look more in depth at those reasons in a bit. For now, if you’re curious where your home state ranked, you can just check out the nifty interactive map above. Also, if you want to know how we ranked these states, you can check the next section and it’ll no longer be a mystery to you.

Most Supernatural States Map

How We Created This Ranking

We’re not a bunch of skeptics, but we are math nerds, so we decided to rank the states using numbers rather than our own opinions.

Using everyone’s favorite social media site, Facebook, we checked to see what percentage of the state’s population had an interest in:

  • The paranormal (UFOs, ghosts, possessions, etc.)
  • Cryptids (mythical creatures, mysterious beings, bigfoot, etc.)
  • Psychic phenomena (seances, palmistry, messages from beyond the grave, etc.)
  • The Illuminati (conspiracy and shadow organizations)

After that, we ranked each place in each category from one to 50, with scores closer to one being more supernaturally inclined. We then averaged each place’s scores into one Big Deal Score, and the place with the lowest number there became out best state for “believers.”

For a little added fun, we also researched each state’s paranormal activities, and listed a common local legend or the most common supernatural phenomena going on in that part of the nation.

Let’s look closer and try to uncover any mystery as to why each state in our top 10 deserved to be where it was.

1. New Mexico: The UFO Crash Heard ‘Round The World

You probably won’t be surprised at this being No. 1 when you hear this word: Roswell.

Yes, this is the state where a mysterious craft crash landed all those years ago, sending the area into a panic. Since then, this place has attracted UFO hunters from around the world.

New Mexico had the second most people who list the paranormal as an interest. It had the 10th most people who like cryptids, and the eighth most people who are fascinated by psychic stuff.

The biggest number here, though was the highest number of locals who are interested in the Illuminati. With all the conspiracy rumors and potential cover ups that happened surrounding the Roswell incident, we suppose it makes sense that this state would be more than a little suspicious.

2. Wyoming: Oh Give Me A Home Where The Jackalope Roam

If you go into the capitol building of Wyoming and look up, you’ll see the mounted head of a strange little rabbit with antelope horns. That, dear readers, is a Jackalope, one of the unofficial state animals.

While many contend that the animal is a myth, there’s still a large portion of people who believe these things are alive. Is it any wonder, then, that this place had the highest percent of people that show interest in cryptids?

Of course, Wyoming is a lot more supernatural than just a horned bunny. The state ranked third for people interested in the paranormal and eighth for those interested in the Illuminati.

Even the 11th place rank for people interested in psychic phenomena is a very high score, and helped boost this state into second place.

3. Nevada: Classy And Classified

While we don’t know what exactly goes on at Nevada’s infamous Area 51, we do know that the state’s residents are crazy (in a good way) about conspiracies.

It should come as no surprise that there are plenty of UFO sightings in this state, and that it’s a hotspot for conspiracy theorists, placing it third for interest in the Illuminati and sixth for interest in the paranormal.

While the rankings for cryptid interest and psychic interest were slightly lower at 12th and 15th respectively, those scores are still pretty high, and worthy of this stellar rating.

4. Maine: Watch Out For Shadows In The Woods

For many years, Maine locals have heard stories and even caught glimpses of strange monstrous dogs roaming their state. Apart from sounding like something out of “Cujo”, that alone should be enough to make this state one of our most paranormally inclined.

Maine walked away with a first place ranking when it came to interest in psychic phenomena, and (perhaps unsurprisingly given the monster dog thing) the ninth most people interested in cryptids and the eighth most people interested in the paranormal as a whole.

The state’s belief in the Illuminati was only middle of the pack, which probably means that locals are less bothered by secret overlords and more concerned about the giant mutant canines prowling their woods at night.

5. West Virginia: Celebrating The Supernatural

Like Maine, this state wasn’t so hot on the Illuminati, but then again residents have their own much more pressing concerns. This state had the highest percent of people who were interested in the paranormal, and the second most people interested in psychic stuff. The state also boasted the eighth most people interested in cryptids, and given their lore it’s easy to see why.

If you head to Point Pleasant, you’ll see a freaky looking statue of a huge bipedal creature with wings. This is the Mothman, a local cryptid with a history of flapping about and terrifying people with its glowing red eyes.

Are West Virginians scared? Heck no! They have a museum and festival dedicated to the creepy bug-person-thing.

6. Oklahoma: Ghostly Places And Strange Creatures

While Oklahoma may not have any famous cryptids (unless you count a fabled giant lake octopus) this place is pretty darn ghost friendly. Between haunted mansions and poltergeist activity, it’s a hotbed for those who haven’t quite yet said goodbye to this earthly plane.

Given that, its numbers here make sense. The seventh most people here believe in cryptids, the 10th most people have interest in the paranormal, and the 18th most people are fascinated with psychic phenomena.

Between the ghosts and giant octopuses, this place is perfect for those into the supernatural side of life.

7. Rhode Island: Was Mercy A Vampire?

In 1892, there was a young woman named Mercy Brown who died, along with most of her family, from tuberculosis. After she died, there were more mysterious deaths in the village and people began to suspect that someone in the family was a vampire.

They exhumed the corpses and, horrifyingly, Mercy’s body was not decomposing. In a fit of brilliance, they burned her heart and mixed it with water as a drinkable cure for her sick brother, who died anyway. Not exactly a tale you want to tell kids before bed, but that happened in Rhode Island.

Besides being a really, really creepy tale, this gives Rhode Island a pretty strong connection to the supernatural and vampires in general. The third highest amount of people here were interested in psychic phenomena, and the ninth most people were interested in the paranormal.

8. Washington: Those Are Some Awfully Big Footprints…

While this state might not have the highest rankings across the board, there were enough standouts to keep it in the top 10.

For starters, the 14th most people here were interested in the Illuminati, and the 20th most people here were interested in the paranormal. Of course, the best score here was the fourth place ranking for cryptids interest, thanks to someone you might have heard of.

Surprisingly, Washington has the most sightings in the nation of bigfoot. Yeah, you were probably wondering when he’d show up on our list.

Bigfoot hunters from all over come to this state to try to track down the most mysterious game of all time. Maybe someday they’ll catch him, but ‘til then, he’s still out there keeping Washington supernatural.

9. North Dakota: It’s a Bird. It’s A Plane. No, Wait, It Is A Bird.

Somehow scoring far above its southern neighbor, North Dakota has its own very unusual creature, probably helping with its No. 4 rank in cryptid interest.

The Thunderbird, showing up in petroglyphic art and with sightings as recent as 2009, is a huge perhaps not-so-ancient avian. While thunderbirds have possibly been sighted in other states, this one downright celebrates it, and has the most sightings in the nation.

The cryptid score wasn’t the only standout number, however. This place also had the seventh highest interest in the Illuminati.

10. Kentucky: Home Of The Original Green Goblins

You’ve heard the term “little green men” before, right? Ever wonder where that came from? Well, we can tell you: it came from an incident in Kentucky.

In 1955, dozens of people reported strange lights and small, green, goblin like creatures infiltrating their farmhouses. One police officer even put in a report about seeing UFOs that night. This sighting is one of the most well known in history, and probably is one of the reasons this place ranked fourth for interest in the paranormal.

Of course, you can’t get on our top 10 without some decent scores in other areas. The fifth most people here were interested in psychic things, and the 17th most people listed cryptids as an interest.

We’re not sure if these little green men were necessarily animals or not, but we do know they’re supernatural enough to keep Kentucky on our list.

The Truth Is Out There

Of course, we’re a real estate company, not cryptozoologists or UFOlogists, so you’ll have to seek it out for yourselves.

All we know is that if you’re in search of answers to lifes weirder mysteries, you might find yourself more at home in these top 10 states. Until then, keep your ears and eyes open America. After all, who knows when the next big supernatural incident is going to occur?

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Spirited Away Nation: Magic in Indonesia is everywhere

Spirited Away Nation: Magic in Indonesia is everywhere 99

Indonesia is not one of those countries that fascinates at first sight. Too much poverty and disorder. One Indonesian pantun, an edifying quatrain, says: just as a worm from a stream falls into a river, so love sinks into the heart from the eyes, that is, it depends on external attractiveness. However, appearance, surface, visibility are not a priority for the Indonesians. You need to feel this country with your heart.

Perhaps this is the influence of difficult climatic conditions: it is rather difficult to think in a permanent sauna. American government structures even impose restrictions on access to posts of a certain level for persons who have spent more than three years in tropical Asia. It is believed that cognitive abilities undergo irreversible changes in such conditions.

The principles of formal logic cease to operate in this corner of the planet, which is literally between the worlds: underwater – a constantly approaching ocean, air – in the form of hurricanes, and fiery – a chain of active volcanoes encircles the country in a ring.

During the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali in 2017, Indonesians were looking for an explanation for what happened not in the information of geological exploration and the history of climate observations. They thought the eruption was caused by the spiritual fall of the Balinese. 

“Why is this happening now? It depends on the sincerity of the Indonesian people. Balinese people need to reconsider their spiritual aspirations and mentality, “- quoted the local socio-political publication of the Governor of Bali, Mangku Pastika.

Yet the atmosphere in Indonesia is so dense that it seems more real than real objects. Noises, sounds, colors – everything is refracted in this thickened air. Without exception, all Indonesians with whom I am familiar have personal experience of meeting, communicating and other contacts with various spirits and ghosts, according to beliefs, inhabiting these islands. 

Talking about ghosts is not shameful; this is a completely understandable and socially accepted explanation of events. The concentration of events, which is not easy to explain by the laws of physics, is for some reason really increased here.

There is a big list of spirits inhabiting Indonesia. The most famous of these is, of course, Kuntilanak, the ghost of a pregnant woman. It can be detected by the smell of plumeria – flowers common in Indonesia that resemble jasmine, but with denser petals of a noble white and delicate yellow. 

These flowers grow there like weeds everywhere. They line the roads, bloom on the trees planted around the beaches, garlands of these flowers are worn around the necks of the newlyweds. In general, almost everything and always smells there with plumeria, which means that the demon is always nearby.

Kuntilanak appears as a beautiful dark-haired woman with red eyes. In addition, a spirit can be identified by a hole in the neck, a hole in the back, and bleeding. She marks her presence with a high-pitched female laugh. It is believed that she is attracted by the smell of drying clothes, which is why many Indonesians and Malaysians are afraid to leave their clothes outside. 

The spirit is especially cruel to men, one of whom, apparently, became the cause of the posthumous wanderings of a ghostly woman. The ghost kills the victim with nails, eats the intestines, and sucks the eyes directly from the sockets.

Sometimes Kuntilanak is identified with another spirit – Sundel Bolong, personifying a woman of easy virtue. Like Kuntilanak, Sundel Bolong died carrying a child conceived out of wedlock. For this reason, the spirit takes revenge on men and steals babies to replace their unborn baby. However, sometimes both infernal entities can harm young women out of envy. In this case, they turn into a bird, cause the woman to bleed and drink her blood.

Besides Kuntilanak, Indonesia is believed to be inhabited by countless other demons. One of the first texts in my Indonesian textbook was a clipping from the local press in the 1960s, which reported how an entire class in a small rural school turned into a “kerasukan”, that is, the children were possessed by spirits and robbed of their will. In addition to Kuntilanak, who deprives people of their will, does all sorts of horrors with them and is loved for this by the authors of numerous Indonesian horror films, many local ghosts do not harm a person.

A nation that massively believes in ghosts lives in a special atmosphere on the verge of dream and reality. In addition, sometimes it is not so important what really exists, how important is what your interlocutors and partners believe in, especially if there are many of them: collective beliefs and the irrational behavior dictated by them is the social reality in which you have to live.

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People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us 100

Shadow creatures are neither ghosts nor people, and we know these creatures as shadow people. It seems that the “shadow” know about our location and want us to feel fear or even panic in their presence.

People-shadows or shadow people are paranormal dark barely visible silhouettes known to mystics for a long time. They look like dark humanoid creatures or barely noticeable ghosts, often seen only with peripheral vision. Witnesses claim that shadow people only catch a few seconds, eyewitnesses also say that they looked into the eyes of shadow people and their eyes shone with a red light, like demons.

Shadow people can take different shapes and sizes: look like full-fledged people or even like animals. But most often these are thin tall strange figures. Be that as it may, they appear only for a moment, quickly evaporating into the air. Unfortunately, they can harm humans, which was proven in 2013.

The video posted on the web had confirmation of the existence of a shadow man who was visible for over a minute! An unknown silhouette knocks down a man walking down the corridor and drags him across the floor for several seconds. After some time, it also suddenly disappears, releasing the person. As it became known, the building where the striking phenomenon was filmed has complaints from tenants who more than once meet paranormal events in their home.

There are very few known cases though of adverse events caused by shadow people. In most cases, they appear or disappear as soon as they are found.

Shadow creatures can be spotted out of the corner of your eye. Some people who saw them or knew about their presence say that they are alien creatures, slipping in and out of our field of vision. In the eyewitness accounts, the observation of the recurrence of shadow manifestations is especially often mentioned.

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

Whether they are an elusive race that has always coexisted with us is an interesting theory suggesting that these creatures are frequent guests in our lives.

Paranormal researchers consider shadow people to be malevolent supernatural entities. Perhaps shadow people will not cause physical pain, but they can affect you emotionally, for example, cause fear – this gives them energy.

Skeptics and scientists believe that shadow people are optical illusions or hallucinations that appear under the influence of drugs or physiological changes in the body. When the left temporo-parietal brain is stimulated, these strange images are created.

Often the appearance of these shadows is inextricably linked with sleep paralysis, when a person is, as it were, between sleep and reality. Scientifically, this is called hypnogogy. Hypnogogia is called “the phenomenon of the face in the dark” for such hallucinations.

All eyewitnesses, regardless of where they live, talk about the same sensations in the presence of shadow creatures. Fear is a cold feeling that overcomes a person at this moment.

People of the shadow: what do the mysterious shadow creatures want from us

Some people say they even saw the eerie red eyes of these dark personalities that momentarily appear anywhere and demonstrate the ability to walk on the walls of enclosed spaces, which defies the general laws of physics.

Whoever they are, they feed on human energy, emit bad vibrations and give negative emotions. We do not know how they got into our dimension, about the purpose of their mission and how they affect the human essence. The main thing is to stop feeling fear in their presence and not to “feed” anyone with your precious energy.

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Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits

Ghost hunter told how to summon spirits 101

A ghost hunter explained how to summon ghosts and when is the best time to do it according to The Daily Star.

Jade Capasso explores hotels, inns, historical places to allegedly reveal the spirits and ghosts that are present in them. She shares her discoveries on the YouTube channel Ghost Club Paranormal. The girl is sure that you can also talk with spirits.

The 28-year-old ghost hunter is confident that you can talk to ghosts and spirits using a voice recorder. A particularly good time for this, according to her, is the eve of All Saints’ Day – Halloween.

 “I think there is more activity during Halloween. More people believe in the other world, ”she said.

She recalled that Halloween pumpkin is an invariable attribute and symbol of the holiday. People decorate their home with funny, scary, and sometimes even terrifying faces.

 “I’m sure there will be more sessions and many will use Ouija boards,” she says.

To connect with the “other world”, you can go to a famous haunted place, says Kapassa. She also recommends checking your home for ghosts.

To hear a ghost, the girl recommends using special equipment. 

After all, ghosts, she said, emit sounds at ultra-low frequencies that are not perceived by the human ear. You can hear them, as she notes, only on audio recordings.

The girl says that you need to leave the digital voice recorder in a room where paranormal activity is observed all night, or ask questions and wait for an answer.

“Ask questions, and who knows, you might hear a disembodied voice answering you,” says Jade.

According to her, there is no need to rush, because the spirits must be given enough time to respond.

“You probably won’t hear them in real time. But if you listen to the recording, you might hear someone from the underworld, ”she said.

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