The New York Renaissance Faire is a magical experience that transports its visitors back to the past, a time where the beliefs and practices of the paranormal were woven into the fabric of daily life. This September, the Brooklyn Paranormal Society (BKPS) will be in attendance, on a mission to explore the connection between the Renaissance era and the world of the paranormal.
A Glimpse into the Past: Renaissance and Paranormal Beliefs
The Renaissance, a period from the 14th to the 17th century, marked a time of cultural, artistic, political, and economic ‘rebirth’ following the Middle Ages. It was an era of enlightenment and a renewed interest in the arts, science, and the natural world. However, it was also a time of superstition, mysticism, and a fascination with the paranormal.
Beliefs in witches, ghosts, and spirits were widespread during the Renaissance. Witch trials and witch hunts were common, as the church and the state sought to suppress what they believed to be heretical beliefs and practices. Alchemy, astrology, and divination were also popular during this time. Notable figures such as Nostradamus, who is best known today for his prophecies, were considered reputable practitioners of these arts.
Despite the scientific advancements of the time, the Renaissance was a period where the line between the natural and the supernatural was blurred. Many of the period’s most celebrated thinkers, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei, dabbled in the occult, and their work was often influenced by their beliefs in the supernatural.
Brooklyn Paranormal Society and the Quest for the Unknown
The Brooklyn Paranormal Society (BKPS) is a collective of individuals united by a common passion: the pursuit of the unknown. Comprising of paranormal enthusiasts, investigators, and researchers, we are dedicated to exploring and understanding the mysteries that lurk beyond the realm of the ordinary. Our mission is to uncover the truth behind unexplained phenomena and to shed light on the mysteries of the paranormal world.
Our approach to paranormal investigation is grounded in scientific methodology and a healthy dose of skepticism. We employ a variety of techniques and tools in our investigations, from traditional methods such as dowsing rods and spirit boards, to modern technology like electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors and infrared cameras. We approach each investigation with an open mind and a critical eye, always seeking to separate fact from fiction and to understand the underlying causes of the phenomena we encounter.
Our Mission at the New York Renaissance Faire
Our attendance at the New York Renaissance Faire is driven by a desire to explore the connection between the paranormal beliefs and practices of the Renaissance era and any lingering paranormal activity that may be connected to this fascinating period of history. We believe that by immersing ourselves in the culture and practices of the Renaissance, we can gain a deeper understanding of the beliefs that shaped this era and how they may still be influencing the world today.
The Quest for Understanding
Our quest for understanding extends beyond simply identifying the presence of paranormal activity. We seek to understand the origins and motivations of the spirits we encounter, as well as the historical and cultural context in which they existed. By doing so, we hope to paint a more complete picture of the paranormal world and to contribute to the broader understanding of this fascinating field.
Join Us at the New York Renaissance Faire
As the Brooklyn Paranormal Society, we are excited to embark on this journey of discovery and exploration at the New York Renaissance Faire. We invite you to join us as we delve into the mysteries of the past and seek to uncover the truth behind the paranormal activity that may still be present today. Together, we can unravel the mysteries of the Renaissance and gain a deeper understanding of the world of the paranormal.
Spirits of the Renaissance Faire
During our visit to the New York Renaissance Faire, we will be on the lookout for various types of spirits that were commonly believed to inhabit the world during the Renaissance.
- Elementals: These are spirits associated with the four classical elements – earth, air, fire, and water. It was believed that these spirits inhabited natural objects, such as trees, rivers, and mountains.
- Familiars: These were spirits, often in the form of animals, that were believed to assist witches and magicians in their magical workings.
- Ghosts: Spirits of the deceased were a common belief during the Renaissance. It was believed that these spirits could sometimes appear to the living, either to deliver a message or to seek redemption.
- Demons: During the Renaissance, it was commonly believed that demons could possess individuals, causing them to act in strange and uncharacteristic ways.
While we approach these investigations with an open mind and a healthy dose of skepticism, we’re always excited by the possibility of encountering the unknown and gaining a deeper understanding of the world of the paranormal.
Journey Back in Time
The New York Renaissance Faire offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and immerse ourselves in the culture, beliefs, and practices of the Renaissance era. From the elaborate costumes and historical reenactments to the artisans and performers who bring the past to life, it is a journey that promises to be both educational and entertaining.
As we explore the faire, we will also be conducting discreet paranormal investigations in an effort to connect with the spirits of the past. Our approach is always respectful and nonintrusive, and we adhere to a strict code of ethics in all of our investigations.
The New York Renaissance Faire is more than just a celebration of history and culture; it is a window into a past where the boundaries between the natural and the supernatural were fluid and ever-changing. As the Brooklyn Paranormal Society, we are excited to embark on this journey of discovery and exploration, and we invite you to join us in uncovering the mysteries of the past.