Visitors to Oracle of the Dead would arrive in Greece in order to contact the dead. In Ephyra, Greece techniques to create a connection between the living and what is beyond was practiced for over 2500 years. Humans had to endure a 30 day stay in the underground chambers of where dead would speak to the living. Many people would undergo strenuous activities in which would set their mind in just the right place for experiencing what the Oracle of the Dead could offer.

What is the psychomanteum?

Mirrors have been used to see what many cannot with the naked-eye. Throughout all of history, mirrors have been known to truly reveal not only reflections but paranormal entities. Spirits, ghosts, shadows, and the like have all been shown through this fascinating square structure.

Moody places a mirror in front of a chair so that someone sitting it could see into it. The mirror was placed at a height where the sitter could see into it but their own reflection was absent. Behind the chair of the sitter is a small, dim light. Candles can also be used. The mirror, chair, and the light all belong in a small room with no windows. When the session begins the door is closed while this helps to keep the room dim and dark but not completely black because the sitter must still be able to see into the mirror. Now, once sitting in the chair Moody would direct the session by asking whoever sits anything that they would like to ask in regards to the dead or secrets of life in particular.

Raymond Moody has used his psychomanteum for years and each has become more of a success. This type of phenomena is becoming more popular as years transcend.

Basically, to make your own psychomanteum all you need is:

A mirror(two feet or more/depending on how much of the spirit you want to see)
Small walk-in closest-type of room
A candle to light
Chair or something to sit on

Raymond A. Moody, best known for his pioneering work on near-death experiences, literally unearthed the ancient tradition when he visited the ruins of a temple known as the Oracle of the Dead. There, on a remote and sacred hilltop in Heraclea, priests could arrange for encounters between the living and the dead. Moody recounts his visit:

The roof of the structure is gone, leaving exposed the maze of corridors and rooms that apparition seekers wandered through while waiting to venture into the apparition chamber. . . . I tried to imagine what this place would have been like two thousand years ago when it was dark as a cave and filled with a kind of eerie anticipation. What did the people think and feel during the weeks they were in here? Even though I like to be alone, my mind boggled at the thought of such lengthy and total sensory deprivation. (Moody 1992, p. 88)

The apparition chamber was the largest room. It was also probably the most majestic and impressive room the visitors had ever seen. After weeks in the dark, they were now bathed in light. Candles flickered against the walls as priests led them toward the centerpiece, a cauldron whose highly polished metal surface glittered and gleamed with reflections. With priestly guidance, the seekers gazed at the mirrored surface and the dead appeared—or did they? No one knows what their eyes beheld. This ritual was persuasive enough, though, that it continued until the temple was destroyed by the conquering Romans. It is reasonable to suppose that some of the living did have profoundly stirring experiences, for they believed themselves to be in contact with loved ones who had crossed to the other side. Dee's Aztec mirror may also have been the stimulus for visions in sixteenth-century England. People thought they were seeing something or somebody.

The crystal ball eventually emerged as the preferred intermediary object. Not everybody was adept. Scryers had the knack of peering into the mystical sphere where they could sometimes see the past and the future, the living and the dead. Meanwhile, in jungle compounds thousands of miles away, there were others who could invoke the dead more directly—through the skull. Bones survived decomposition while flesh rotted away. The skull was, literally, the crowning glory of all bones and therefore embodied a physical link with the spirit of the deceased. It was a treasure to own a hut filled with the skulls of ancestors and perhaps of distinguished members of other tribes. The dead were there all the time and could be called upon for their wisdom and power when the occasion demanded.

Moody attempted to bring the psychomanteum (oracle of the dead) practice into modern times. He created a domestic-sized apparition chamber in his home. He allegedly experienced reunions (some of them unexpected) with his own deceased family members and subsequently invited others to do the same. Moody believed that meeting the dead had the potential for healing. The living and the dead have a second chance to resolve tensions and misunderstandings in their relationship. Not surprisingly, people have responded to these reports as wish-fulfillment illusions and outright hallucinations, depending on their own belief systems and criteria for evidence.



Read more: Communication with the Dead - rituals, world, body, life, history, time, person, human, Attracting and Cherishing the Dead, Prayer, Sacrifice, and Conversation, Mediums and Spiritualism


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