is based on those personal memories, recollections of living in a “foreign” culture, Mexico,
from 1981-1992. It concerns the symmetries involved with understanding the differences (and similarities) between my own “etic” viewpoint, derived from being born and raised in the United States,
and living in a cultural system with different values and beliefs.
experience, and the engagements involved, are very applicable to ghost research, and I have adapted and used many of the lessons
learned from living, on a daily basis, in that environment. These “lessons” reflect adaptations, use of situational
personalities, and fragments of the past in the contemporary environment, and non-contextual (discontinuous) sensory manifestations
of the title refers to a popular Mexican movie of the period, and concerns the life of a “talachero”, a “jack
of all trades”, who would improvise his way through life, doing whatever job and activity that crossed his path. To
me, this is the embodied essence of a ghost researcher, and it is how I conduct my field investigations, which are performance-based
and situational, depending upon the type of haunting drama involved. It is an approach using the investigator as an actor,
in a situation where multiple and different personality skills are used to reflect on, and recall a past performed (and still
performing) drama and/or activity. For me, this seems very appropriate, since besides my university teaching job in Mexico, I was also an actor, appearing in more than 35 feature
films, TV programs, “soaps”, and commercials during this period. The skills and knowledge I learned, in both the
methodology and theory, and “practice” of acting, help me in the investigative performances I conduct at haunted
hauntings are part of symmetrical space, and it is in this space that I would like to enter some random thoughts and ideas
about research and field investigations that derive from the “milusos” of my experiences and ongoing research.
It is also an opportunity for me, and for those who read this, to “think outside the box” of programming and standardized
“practices”, the “normal science” of ghost-hunting, as dramatized on TV and exhibited on many internet
sites. It is also an opportunity to “think outside the blog”, by targeting specific individuals: those, who after
viewing this website, and reading its content, are interested enough to leave a comment, suggestion, and/or critique of the
info, data, and analysis contained here. It is interacting within/reacting to the symmetry of the ghost research and theory
presented here, by providing a socio-technical (emic/etic) genealogical link with this data by interacting with/to it.
then, are “fragments” of thoughts about ghosts and hauntings (in no particular order or sequence of importance).
Please return to this section often, as I will be continually updating this section. And please do leave your comments and
suggestions. For the only way to improve something is to continually work on it, using all the methodology and techniques
that are relevant, engaging, and symmetrically resonant with the data. This is the “milusos” of the ghost researcher,
the “talachero” in action:
all those physical entities we refer to as material culture, are beings in the world alongside other beings, such as humans,
plants, and animals” (B. Olsen ). To me, the sensory manifestations of residual hauntings and/or interactive entities
are real- and not super- natural, or para- normal. They are a part of the culture of the past………..
these post-physical death “human” movements, “other” human beings (in the situational role of witness,
resident/occupant, casual observer, investigator) are not “detached” from the symmetrical mix of past-present
space, but are an integral part of a complex socio-technic (emic/etic) genealogical assemblage that links past actions and
drama directly to the present. The recognition of this requires the redefining of what we do in haunted spaces, and necessitates
a more entangled activity involving multiple fields of engagement………..
We need to
move from a concern with being “ on the scene” (and experiencing a haunting manifestation), itself normally a
“hit or miss” event, thus compromising our analysis and evaluative interpretation of a haunted location……..
to a “controlled” “mise-en-scene” of a framed performance-based, “emically-sound”, sequence
of engaging activities, to better “judge” authenticity of anomalous experiences through continuing engagements………..
We work upon
the “continuities” which run “through” our brief encounters with the fragmentary sensory remains of
a dead individual’s memories and experiences……..
important to use multi-variate hermeneutically (interpretative) “etically-sound” techniques that are solidly-based
on contextual “emic” research………..
apparitional haunts should be both “people-specific” (resonating to age, gender, occupation, social position,
etc in performance-based events) and place-specific (occurring at those locations of memory, dream, event, and habitual activity)……….
travelers”, and the organizations and individuals that sponsor them (who function more as travel agents that researchers
or investigators) are “selecting”, “valueizing”, “altering”, ‘producing”,
“destroying” these haunted locations, and therefore they should be considered cultural resources and managed as
a new wave of “embodied” heritage tourism where “in-situ” sensory experiences of “being there”
and “experiencing something” becomes more important than “knowing about” the actual drama that occurred
there. . that possibility of a “chance encounter”- the excitement/nervousness of a “blind date” with
artifacts, as sensory manifestations, are potential spaces for fields of influence where relationship building and interactional/intercultural
communication can originate..forming bridges where information can flow freely between past and present…..
“rehearsals” are “experiments” in trying to open networks of communication linkages, providing a “portal”
of entry to a past drama……….
for, and should celebrate, the discovery of an element of discontinuity in life and physical space, not as “disruptions”,
but as a fundamental feature of the human interaction in hauntings…….
“disturbance” (altering the original space composition/distribution) and zones of “resonance” (sharing
a “cultural practice” or restoring a physical setting) both induce restimulation of a haunt drama, by altering
the “mise-en-scene” mix….they are not necessarily opposites, and can occur simultaneously……..
dynamics: physical centers of activity (S.I.M.S. zones) and physical peripheries of haunting influence.. Is that anomalous
sensory manifestation the former, or the latter?... important for the location of performance…..
of a location needs to be more empirically more sensual rather than a “dry” narrative description of events and
activities…..determine the sensory intensity, evolution, and extensiveness.. to determine the “real” underlying
drama of the space, not what history “said” what happened……
are not a history of individual “personhood”, but of a relation to the physical space, in a particular situationally-structured
“pose” that involves a particular cultural stance………
is always working upon relationships, that will explain the fragmentary nature of anomalous sensory manifestations, between
past and present trying to turn “action” (these sensory stimuli) and experience (observation, perception, recording,
measuring) into representation (the underlying haunting drama)……..
of the past, in the form of these sensory manifestations, are “mobilized” in “practices” of representing
and restimulating past behavior………
the provider of the physical frame for living- and through which the ghost “moves”. Physical space at haunted
locations is not fixed, but subject to templates of thought and experience…….
and the embodiment of once was a “lived” life is the most intimate of “spaces”. Through the body,
the sensitivity of the haunted space is revealed: sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. It is through the personal bodily
involvement that the understanding and sense, the sentience of the past, comes through in contemporary space……..
the intersections of trauma, its acoustical soundscape through “ear witnesses”, memory, and the materiality, in
the form of other sensory manifestations, of the associated haunting…….the difference between the narrative account
of the event and the manifestation (haunt behavior) of it…..