Back to Home Page or Contents Page or Paranormal or Index

Ectenic Force

Ectenic force a supposed phenomenon of physical that is emitted by the person of the medium, and directed by his will, producing the means by which objects move without contact in apparent defiance of natural laws. The existence of such a force was initially postulated by Count Agenor de Gasparin, to explain the phenomena of table turning and tapping, and it was named Ectenic Force by de Gasparin's colleague M. Thury. The experiment of Thury and de Gasparin declared to offer some of the most convincing evidence that spiritualism could produce, and influenced some eminent students of psychical research. Such a theory is necessary if tables and other objects move without physical contact, but its validity remains uncertain because supporting evidence is not abundant. A.G.H.

Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, New York, Carol Publishing Group Edition, 1996, p. 133

Home    Alchemy    Ancient Beliefs    Buddhism    Christianity    Demonology    Divination    Goddess and witchcraft    Great Mysteries    Hinduism    Islam     Judaism    Magic    Neo-paganism    Other    Paranormal    Past and present Beliefs    People    Places    Religions and sects    Rituals and texts    Shamanism    Stones    Theosophy African Mythology    Asian Mythology    Buddha Mythology    Egyptian Mythology    Greco-Roman Mythology    Greek Mythology    Hindu Mythology    Native American    Persian Mythology    Roman Mythology    South American Mythology