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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Meeting Your Doppelganger


This blog won't delve into the occult, superstition, or anything like that all too often, but this topic interests me to no end! Besides i look at this topic as more paradoxical in nature being that a person can't be in two places at once.

Picture this if you can, your walking down a busy street in a populated city trying to get to work. As you cross the street, masses of people are walking in the opposite direction, pushing and trying to get where they have to be. As your pushing your way through the mob of people, you take notice of who shoves and bumps into you while keeping the coffee in your hands from spilling... A business exec on his cell phone, a hipster girl holding a sketchbook, a musician holding a guitar, you holding a cup of coffee.. Wait what? You do a double take and sure enough your staring into the eyes of yourself.
You've just encountered your doppelganger, or "double walker" in German. The doppelganger has its root in mythology and was once said to be searching for you its whole life. Your doppelganger would spend its entire life trying to hunt you down and kill you while you go about your life completely unaware.
Also, the term doppelganger refers to seeing oneself in your peripheral vision. You be sitting in your apartment alone and suddenly see yourself sitting next to you. Either way seeing or meeting your doppelganger has generally been a very bad omen. Usually fore shadowing death.
They say that two types of doppelgangers exist. One is the ghostly apparition of a living person that basically exists as a harbinger of ill fortune. The second is a fully living person who is your exact double who is coming to find you as you read this. Of course there have been many reports of peaceful encounters with their double.

One of my favorite stories about this is of a school teacher in 1845 named Emilie Sagée. She was an Excellent teacher, loved by students and staff but she apparently have a doppelganger that shadowed her and was visible to many. One day as she was writing on the black board, a shadowy image of her appeared next to emilee, following her exact movements as she wrote. Thirteen students saw this happen. Another time, Emilee was eating dinner and from behind her, her double appeared mirroring the exact movements of her eating. One of the strangest events was when the school teacher was outside touring the gardens. The class room inside was being instructed by another teacher. 42 students were in the room and had a clear view of Emilee. The instructor inside the room noticed Emilee outside and left the room to go speak with her. The 42 students saw the double of emilee appear in the front of the room. The original emilee was still there talking though she looked tired. The new doppelganger emilee just sat motionless in the front of the room and stared into space soon vanishing. Emilie Sagée reported never to have seen her doppelganger but said that whenever someone reported it, she had felt tired and drained during the period it was seen.

This one I love:
In a case that suggests that doppelgangers might have something to do with time or dimensional shifts, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the 18th century German poet, confronted his doppelganger while riding on the road to Drusenheim. Riding toward him was his exact double, but wearing a gray suit trimmed in gold. Eight years later, von Goethe was again traveling on the same road, but in the opposite direction. He then realized he was wearing the very gray suit trimmed in gold that he had seen on his double eight years earlier! Had von Goethe seen his future self?

Has anyone encountered themselves? Their Nega? Or their doppelganger? Was it a peaceful meeting or did it result in an epic battle for your life? The thought that there's another me walking around makes me pretty uncomfortable, I'll admit. Share all stories in the comments section!

35 comments:

  1. Honestly very interesting. I, too have also wondered things like this. Following, for sure. Looking forward to reading more posts like this.

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  2. That's really interesting. However i'm now scared to leave my house... i don't want to be killed by myself!

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  3. Hmmmmmm, I'm a skeptic so I don't really buy into it. Doppelgangers used a literary device though has always been one of my favorites.

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  4. I can honestly say I have. But I guess since I'm a twin, that doesn't really count, does it? :)
    He doesn't really look like me anymore, though. But when we were kids, mom made us wear tshirts with our names on it to pre school... the horror...

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  5. I've learnt of this previously. It's such a weird ideology!! =P good post!!

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  6. Doppelgangers freaks me the hell out.

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  7. Look on mirror see dopleganger :) it's not so scarry i think.

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  8. The von Goethe story is spooky.

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  9. I think it's pretty damn cool that there could be a double of me out there. Even if they are out to kill me. I would invite it in and try to trap it! Then just chill with it, play some cards or video games ^.^

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  10. that would be pretty crazy, but i dont believe in it :P

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  11. Interesting. I would hate meeting me lol

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  12. I personally love paranormal stuff. Never met my doppelganger and don't want to. I don't want to die and I have to deal with my weird Deja Vu dreams anyways.

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  13. Mental story man! I felt weird for a second...

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  14. Silly ghost story nonsense. Its still creepy thought though.

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  15. I'd tend to agree with the time shift theory. If you look into the phenomenon there are some pretty fascinating and convincing examples of it.

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  16. bit skeptical but good to see the point from a different aspect

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  17. I've heard about doppelgangers before. Pretty creepy stuff.

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  18. As a rational person, I don't believe in the doppelganger myth; however, that would scare the shit out of me if that happened and this person who looks just like me were trying to kill me.

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  19. would I be gay if my doppleganger gave me a hand job? or would it be masturbation?

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  20. One of those stories that sends chills down your spine...yeesh, I hope I never see my doppelganger

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  21. I love creepy true stories like this

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  22. Following. I have a doppelganger of me running around nyc. haven't met him yet.

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  23. My dad said he's seen my doppelgänger.. shall I go and meet her?

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  27. I had a really crazy encounter, I met a guy in Brooklyn where I live that is a carbon copy of me even down to my voice and grammar so similar that we joked about asking our parents if we were twins. Same line of work everything. Baffled is all I can say

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  28. And now I'm going to be glancing over my shoulder more often. But still, being confronted by - me? I'm quite a short-fused young man who's been told he looks angry all the time - especially in public. Now if my Doppelganger is supposed to be a double of me it must have my rage problem as well. I DON'T want to meet that guy.

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