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    "Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

Doppelgangers

To some this name may sound a little familiar. It's the title of a Drew Barrymore film made in 1993. But actually they are creatures of myth or should I say something out of a Doublemint commercial. Doppelgangers have been known to be a person's exact double much like a twin. What makes these creatures rare is that they are more apparitions that actual humans. So here's the question. Do you think that a person really can be in two places at once?

According to some, if you have a doppelganger than the answer to that question would be yes. Let's dig a little deeper into what Doppelgangers really are. The word "Doppelganger" is actually German for "double walker." They are shadowy figures of yourself that is said to accompany you. Some people say that they are a sign of death. Usually, only the person who possesses a doppelganger can see it but on occasion, it can appear before your friends and/or family, talking and acting as if they were really you. Thus, causing major confusion.

There have been many stories through out history where doppelgangers have appeared before famous people including John Donne, Queen Elizabeth I, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Guy de Maupassant, etc. One of the most interesting accounts of doppelganger is told by American writer Robert Dale Owen. It was about a 32-yr-old French woman named Emilie Sagée. Sagée was a French teacher at an all girls school near Wolmar in what is now called Latvia. There were many accounts of when her doppelganger appeared in front of the students. Once was when she was writing something on the blackboard. Her doppelganger appeared right next to her copying her every move. Another time was when she was out in the garden. All the students were gathered in the student hall for sewing lessons when her doppelganger appeared sitting in the teacher's chair motionless. Emilie Sagée claimed to have never seen her doppelganger but did say she felt weak everytime it was said to appear somewhere.

Maybe we really do have a twin somewhere out there. And if we really want to be in two places at once, we can make it happen. Despite all the eyewitness accounts of doppelgangers, do you really think they are real?


More information on Doppelgangers: http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa111102a.htm


*Wagner, Stephen (2005). DoppelGanger! Retrived April 15, 2005, from the About website: http://www.about.com

13 comments:

victoria said...

I'm sure these are real. When I was 13, my family renovated the kitchen. We moved all of our food to the dining room while we were renovating the kitchen. The chandeleir never worked in the dining room. One day, I had gone in their to get a snack. When I looked over, I saw myself. The only difference was my eyes were totally black. Like they were missing. I screamed and ran out of the room. That night, I fell down the stairs, and I got a black eye.

Anonymous said...

Never heard of this before tonight, A few years ago after my mother passed (and she looked very much like me) I was away from home. My daughter swears up and down she saw me in the kitchen .. tho I was not home! and followed me, as "I went around a corner" she followed, but when she rounded the corner, I was not there, like I had vanished after turning the corner, when she told me this all, I thought it to be my mother checking in on my children while I was out,... but now.. after hearing of doppelgangers.. I wonder.

Anonymous said...

Today I saw a doppelganger of my friend at the Mansfield Reformatory in Ohio where we both work. It was quite an experience.

Anonymous said...

Until today i often wondered what i saw when i was a little girl. i was around 13 at the time. i was sleeping in my room when i woke up. the whole bedroom filled with light. i figured it was a car driving by, but the light was engulfing. when the light finally dimmed i saw a girl that looked just like me, but wearing different clothes. she wasn't looking at me. she was facing towards the window opposite the side of the room the window was on. at first i wasn't scared at all. i figured that it was just my mind playing tricks on me. i started to crawl toward the end of the bed. i was going to touch it just to prove it was my imagination, but then i started to think what if it sucks the soul out of me or something. i quickly moved back toward my headboard. i was instantly terrified. i ripped my room apart to get away from it. it never moved. the room lit up again and it vanished.afterwards my dad became ill with cancer and passed away. i am now 32 years old and the thought of it still puts my stomache in knots.

cyrus said...

iam still just wodering what i saw when well about a year ago. i was in my room getting up for school when i saw a little boy walking across the hall so well i was cuereous to follow him so i went to follow. he was wearing a red shirt blue pants anda black cap. he stoped and looked at me then continued to walk. i ran after then thensaw him walk into the kichen. he looked at me once agin the dissapered. i have bought camras to capture it but when i wake up in the morning the tape is no where to be found.

Anonymous said...

During the years 1978 to 1995 , I was very keen on marrying my nextdoor neighbour Sandra Hennessy on Australias' Gold Coast . In the year 1995 I moved to Ballarat because the Gold Coast home was being eaten by termites and never married Sandra Hennessy ........... Come the year 2007 in Ballarat I met Sandras' doppelganger from Grenzach - Wyhlen South West Germany named Elvira Schauble ....... This experience gave me the spooks .

Anonymous said...

I believe that it is true. It usually appears when we tend to look for someone or even remember someone. It happened to me when I was in the Philippines. I was looking for my mom in the dirty kitchen outside the house and eventually saw her. I asked her something, but she did n't respond. Then I went to our mini store and saw my mother again. I asked her how long she was staying there and said that she was there the whole afternoon.

Anonymous said...

I never really believd until i came face to face with my grandad.in june my grandad passed.about 3 months later when comimg fromthe store i noticed a black fogure in the mirror as looked closer i saw a head floating in mid air.black eyes. Dried out face.pale.it still gives me the creeps.what amm i going to see next?

Anonymous said...

A writer named Chris Bartholomew is writing a book of doppelganger storys . The Sandra Hennessy / Elvira Schauble story is spooky

Anonymous said...

im sure there real. Thats just scarey though. i know i spelt that wrong though. ok i have a question... Can they give you bad luck??

Anonymous said...

I have had several experiences with Doppelgangers, once I saw my sister come in a public restroom only to find that she was really waiting for me outside, then I saw a coworker's doppelganger three times at work. The most recent time, I touch it! It was solid! That really FREAKED ME OUT!

Anonymous said...

My friend claimed to another friend that he thought he saw him just leaving when he just arrived at the house. Turned out he was just being a troll but it wasn't amusing as it scared me.

Anonymous said...

A recently made film called " The face of love " is about a woman who loses her husband and five years later meets her late husbands' double and falls in love with him ....... Is this movie script based on The Sandra Hennessy / Elvira Schauble story ?

 
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