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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Doppelgangers: Double trouble?

(Painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
Although the word “doppelganger” is a German one (literally meaning “double walker”), the concept of having a physical, spiritual and/or psychological double spans many cultures.

Ancient Egyptians believed that the ka is "a tangible ‘spirit double’ having the same memories and feelings as the person to whom the counterpart belongs.”  

Norse mythology defines the vardoger as “a ghostly double who precedes a living person and is seen performing their actions in advance.”  Finnish lore refers to vardogers as “firstcomers.”  Breton, Cornish and Norman French mythology views the doppelganger as
a personification of death.

Others claim that such beliefs are based upon hallucinations, sometimes caused by epilepsy or schizophrenia.  Mental Floss nevertheless reports that an airline passenger recently had the uncanny experience of being seated right next to his lookalike.  Not only that, each of these traveling "doppelgangers" already had reservations for the same exact hotel.


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