Shadow entities are an odd phenomena that has been witnessed by a large multitude of people spanning many cultures. They tend to appear in more energetically active places and insinuate a connection or at least and interest in the energetically active places. What they are or they could be or their mere existence is a question needing to be much further examined.
“According to folklore, they appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people's vision and disintegrate, or move between walls, when noticed.”
“Accounts of shadow people typically describe them as being black humanoid silhouetes with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, though accounts also exist of them being child-sized humanoids or shapeless masses that sometimes change to a more human like form. The eyes are usually not described as being discernible but in some reports glowing eyes are mentioned. The color of the eyes, if any, is typically given as red. Their specific form is described variously as two-dimensional shadow to a vaporous or distorted three-dimensional body (as though made out of smoke or steam). Movement is often described as being very quick and disjointed. Some witnesses describe this movement as though the shadow entities they have seen "danced" from one wall to the next, or as moving around the room "as if they were on a specific track". Rarely, they are seen "standing" in the middle of doorways or off the wall. Often they are described as being seen staring at the floor. Some accounts describe what appears to be the outline of a cloak, and in some instances the outline of a 1930s style fedora hat. This last type is referred as the "hat-man".”
Shadow People (from personal account) are mischevious entities that like to interact with their surroundings and can range from a feeling of playfulness, to annoyance, to dread. Shadow People are typically intelligent and interact with people in the areas they inhabit. Their activities range from floating about to jumping out and scaring people and at times shifting forms (if indeed the same entity) into different shapes (one of the most common of these being the Shadow Spider).
Shadow Beings tend to come out during moments of exhaustion of states of hypnagogia (a half asleep, half waking state) and appear in the peripheral areas of vision which lead to many skeptics stating that Shadow Beings are the mind playing tricks on the individual, however there have also been cases of Shadow Beings appearing outside of hypnagogia and within the center of one’s eyesight.
In Native American Cherokee mythology there is a witch known as the Raven Mocker. They can be of either gender and generally look old. When there is a sick or dying person the Raven Mocker is said to head to their house and turning invisible or appearing shadowy scares the person to death. This behavior of scaring people is seen in many accounts of Shadow Beings. Other stories in Native American folklore have deceased peoples appearing as shadow people to the living. The Choctaw have their own myths on Shadow Beings. The Nalusa chito also called the Impa shilup was said to be a soul eating beast that entered peoples minds through dark and depressing thoughts to then consume the individuals soul.
The Nalusa Falaya is a shadowy entity resembling a man with small eyes and pointed ears that frightened hunters and did harm, some say that they slithered like a snake to their targets. The Nalusa Falaya is very similar to modern accounts of Shadow Beings with their actions of frightening people and almost slithering sort of fluid movements. Also in some cases, like the Nalusa Falaya, Shadow Beings have been reported to have intents of harm. The Hashok Okwa Hui'ga is similar to what we would call a Will-o’-the-wisp and can only be seen at night with their heart alone showing. They supposedly led people astray who looked at them.
It is also said that everyone has a shilombish or an outside shadow that roams the world after someone dies while their inside shadow or shilup passes on. The shilombish supposedly frightens people and sometimes takes on the form of animals like a fox or an owl. This is also in line with many modern accounts of Shadow Beings in the amorphous and transformative nature of their shape, sometimes appearing as a man and others a spider.
“A Shade is a spiritual or emotional imprint left on a person, place or thing. It often takes the form of a "presence" which is seen out of the corner of the eye” The notion of the entity that is seen out of the corner of one's eye is very much in line with many accounts of encounters with Shadow People.
IDEAS REGARDING SHADOW BEINGS:
Their have been many ideas regarding the origins of Shadow Beings including Non-Human, Alien, 2-Dimensional, and Alternate Life Form ideas. The Non-Human idea revolves around a basic idea that Shadow Beings are just another type of supernatural entity. Another idea that is largely discredited is the Alien idea. This idea centers around the idea of Shadow Beings being a psychic manifestation of themselves in our world.
The 2-Dimensional idea states that Shadow Beings are entities that have no density and can only be seen from certain angles. The nature of disappearing quickly is an attempt to connect the Shadow Beings trend of disappearing quickly with their structure.
The last theory to be mentioned is the Alternate Life Form idea where it is said that Shadow Beings represent an undocumented life form. People use the animal-like nature and behavior of Shadow Beings as testament to this theory.
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Choctaw mythology – Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_mythology
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