Wikipedia defines shadow people as: “Supernatural shadow-like humanoid figures that, according to believers, are seen flickering on walls and ceilings in the viewer’s peripheral vision.” Have you ever had the experience of a shadow person?
A shadow person (also known as a shadow figure, shadow being or black mass) is the perception of a patch of shadow as a living, humanoid figure. This concept is particularly as interpreted by believers in the paranormal or supernatural as the presence of a spirit or other entity.(1)
Throughout history, millions of human witnesses have reported accounts of Shadow people appearing before them. An increase of reported sightings over the last decade have brought these mysterious occurrences to mainstream consciousness.
So, what are actually Shadow people?
Both children and adults observe these beings as dark, fast moving human-shaped silhouette in their peripheral vision. While some have seen them from a distance, others have had face-to-face encounters.
Usually they are seen as males but they generally lack any other specific characteristics of gender. In several cases, witnesses describe the sense of being watched and once the persons realise they are being watched and notice the shadow person, chances are the shadow person will flee.
They are even seen to sometime travel through walls or closed doors and bushes. Sometimes they simply seem to appear and fade in the periphery of the night’s darkness.
It is believed that these shadow people are some sort of other-dimensional beings whose dimension of origin occasionally overlaps with ours, which explains their ethereal appearances and fleeting nature.
Let’s start with some common features that they have:
- Many of them wear hats
- They might wear an old fashioned cloak.
- They are aware of us and react to us noticing them.
- Generally possess a male-figure, though gender is not always specific.
- They can pass trough opaque objects like walls, furniture etc.
- They never try to vocally communicate with us.
- Mostly very tall but can be short too
- Have no visible eyes (although occasionally red eyes have been reported).
- Their form has a depth, mass, 3-D shape.
- Move with lightening speed.
The appearance of shadow people is often accompanied by a misty or foggy view. The black mass gradually begins to take the shape of a person or animal form but without any specific details of facial features. If the manifestation continues, the shadow person may become a see through apparition.
Types of Shadow People
Shadow people come in different forms and shapes and there are several different types of them. Here are the 3 types:
1. Lingering Shadow People
Mostly found lurking in homes ,especially bedrooms. These shadow people will watch human beings from a distance but never directly encounter them. They do not try to communicate; they appear to just be observing us. Once someone detect them, they will often hastily flee, going through a wall or disappearing around a corner. They usually have a human-figure, covering themselves with cloak or hat.
These types seem to give us a creepy feeling or feelings of dread. The feeling might be because of their sudden appearance in the middle of the night. This class of shadow people is known to get attached to other humans and keep staying with them when they move.
2. Visiting Shadow People
This type of shadow people are the ones who have their special agendas and are least interested in our lives. They typically go from one place to another and do not seem to care even if we see them.
These are the least understood of the types, as they do not appear to want to communicate with us or understand us.