Those of us who are pagan or into Wicca we do from time to time experience or deal with the paranormal especially those of us who have psychic abilities and are mediums like I am. Rarely do people hear about dopplegangers or Tuplas, but for those who are interested in the paranormal or watch Ghost Hunters or shows of that sort this will be an interesting read. dopplegangers are apparitions/ghostly counterpart of a person that is living. It's a German work meaning a "double walker". They are like a twin,yet they are not as they are a bilocational paranormal form and are usually seen as a sinister or bad and are seen as bad luck or a bad omen such as death. Traditionally is people have seen a friend, or relative's doppleganger it is seen as a bad omen or impending death, bad luck or misfortune.
The doppleganger is like a twin or duplicate of you and takes on your form and everything about you, like your mannerisms, personality, voice etc. There are several definitions of what a doppelganger is. The first is The ghost of a living person, second is simply a double, the third is an alter ego and the last is is a person who has the same name as another. Though many people believe it to be their alter ego or "higher self".
Theories of Dopplegangers:
Scientist in Switzerland in 2006 have their theory on dopplegangers and conducted an experiment using an electrical stimulate to a patient's left temporal lobe which caused this person to sense, see and feel her double. The scientist think that the area of a person's brain that has a sense of self image and when that area of the brain is disturbed it makes the person see a double of themselves. Scientists therefore believe that if the left front temporal lobe is disturbed in anyway or has a disturbance of any kind that dopplegangers are a form of schizophrenia and other mental delusional disorders.
Another reference to dopplegangers is and "Evil Twin", especially to those people who are not a twin. There have been documented cases in the past of dopplegangers have appeared and done things that the original person would never have done. This plausible theory is that it could be a person's alter ego manifesting itself and typically these things are bad or seen as evil. Others think that it is a demon attached to the person and is manifesting itself to cause problems in that person's life. While others believe that certain ghosts and spirits can manifest into someone you may know they cannot fully manifest into a living, breathing being as demons and angels are said to have the abilities to do for short periods of time, but demons are said to have the ability to take on any form the choose too, which does make this another plausible theory.
Native American Indians such as the Cherokee have stories about the Nunnehi (known as doppleganger). they believe the Nunnehi to be another race of spirits that are rarely seen by humans that manifest themselves into someone they know, taking on many characteristics and name of that person. They are said to be helpful in most, but are easily offended and when they are offended it is said or believed that the one who offended them will die anywhere from a few days to a few weeks later. Today popular beliefs about dopplegangers is similar but it's believed that if you see your doppleganger that is it an omen of your impending death or something bad is about to happen to you. Some believe that they bring about bad occurances while others believe that they are merely messengers sent to warn you of impending death or events that are about to happen with or with out the sightings of them.
Another theory is that a doppleganger has no soul according to folklore dopplegangers have no reflection or shadow. This type of phenomena has been happening since ancient times and has occurred off and on for centuries.
Tulpas are simply beings that are created given life by it's creator from mere thought. These beings are a magical emanation, or conjured being or phantom. These beings are brought to life by sheer thought from spiritual and mental discipline and heavy or deep concentration. Tupla meaning to build or to construct. These beings are thought forms created with, of or by it's human intentions.
One must be careful when doing this as the very thing you create could end up taking a sinister side of its own. The Jersey Devil is one such tulpa as is the Slender man. However, it takes a lot of energy/strong belief to keep them alive as the creator must keep feeding it the energy/strong belief.
Some wonder if there is another dimension where strong thought forms lie just waiting to be transformed or brought to life and this also brings to the forefront the laws of attraction that what you think, do or say comes to fruition, hence the saying; " Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it". It's quite possible that the laws of attractions or another dimension can bring about these thought forms to life and maybe the quantum physics theory also might be another plausible theory as well in these beings that can be brought to life through human intention, but the person must be very spiritually and mentally well disciplined and have the ability t concentrate and have a very strong belief to bring about such things.
Questions do remain that where do these beings go when they are not alive or do they remain alive because they have gathered enough energy from electronics that we have today. Do they become nonexistent or not? No one really knows for sure about that one. Be that as it may if you fear it and believe it you feed the being its energy to continue it's life. However, some cultures like in Asia they have a set of rules in which no matter what you say, do or go the being will get you whereas in Western culture we have a set of rules in which if you do not show fear or believe in the being it cannot harm you or get you. We pagans, wiccans and those of us who are in the craft or practice it we know that we can manifest such things and that whatever we do, say or think does and will come back and we also are very much aware of the law of three meaning that karma will come back three fold on us. Well I hope this new and intriguing article gets you to thinking. Since this is the month of Halloween or Samhain I thought that I would do some articles on the paranormal.