DOPPELGANGER OR SEEING DOUBLE!
I remember seeing a movie many years ago about a Doppelganger.
It really sent shivers down my spine. I can’t remember the whole of the movie but one scene really sticks in my mind.
A man was returning home to his apartment when he heard music playing from inside (he owned a piano).
As he went inside he was shocked to discover his exact double sat there in broad daylight playing his piano. The apparition grinned at him in a ghoulish way before disappearing.
His life then became a nightmare as it began to steal his identity and cause problems with everyone he knew.
I suppose a bit like identity fraud these days!
So what’s the history behind this spooky idea?
A Doppelganger is said to be the ghostly double of a living person
"Doppelganger" in German translates as double. The literal translation is "double–goer," or “double walker” – a shadow self that is thought to accompany every person.
The word is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection
A Doppelganger is said to cast no shadow and like a vampire has no reflection in a mirror.
It is considered unlucky to try and communicate with one
In some cultures when a Doppelganger is seen by a person's friends or relatives it is said that that it will be malicious in its intentions and cause confusion and upset.
To glimpse one’s own Doppelganger is thought to be a sinister omen of illness or death.
The famous 19th century French writer Guy de Maupassant claimed to have been haunted by his Doppelganger near the end of his life. On occasion, he said, this double entered his room, took a seat opposite him and began to dictate a story to him. He wrote about his experience in his short story “Lui.”
Percy Shelley, who was considered to be one of the greatest English poets to ever have lived, encountered his Doppelganger while living in Italy. The phantom was said to have silently pointed towards the Mediterranean Sea. Not long afterward he drowned in a sailing accident.
It is said that Queen Elizabeth 1 was shocked to find her Doppelganger laid out on her bed. She died shortly afterwards.
Submit Your Own Article