Doppelgangers vs. Bilocation
Body doubles, as a paranormal phenomenon, typically
manifest themselves in one of two ways.
A doppelganger is a shadow self that is
thought to accompany every person. Traditionally, it is said that only the
owner of the doppelganger can see this phantom self and that it can be a
harbinger of death. A person’s friends or family can sometimes see
a doppelganger as well. The word is derived from the German term for
Bilocation is the psychic ability to project
an image of the self in a second location. This body double, known as a wraith,
is indistinguishable from the real person and can interact with others just as
the real person would.
Ancient Egyptian and Norse mythology both contain
references to body doubles. But doppelgangers as a phenomenon—often associated
with bad omens—first became popular in the mid-19th century as part of a
general surge in the U.S. and Europe in interest in the paranormal.