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Our group is self-funded, with the mandate to not only serve the paranormal community, but also the communities in which we live. Through our various endeavors, we not only raise money to support our own group, but we also help raise money to support private businesses, historical societies, and non-for-profit charities.

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We are a small group of eclectic individuals who view the investigation of the paranormal not as a scientific endeavor, but one of personal exploration.

This philosophy allows us to present a truly unique experience, and one that you will never forget.   

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The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society provides the best haunted- history and ghost tours in the St. Louis area.  We even provide the latest in ghost hunting equipment on select tours, so you can conduct an actual paranormal investigation.  

If you're looking for a paranormal experience, it's only a few clicks away!

OVER 16 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE PARANORMAL

The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society has existed for over sixteen years.  For our investigators, the paranormal is not just a hobby, it's their passion!

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What's the Difference Between a Graveyard and Cemetery?

 

   In the 7th century, St.Cuthbert of Northumbria petitioned the Pope to allow burials on church grounds. Church grounds are considered “consecrated,” meaning the land is set aside and dedicated to those who serve God.  Consecrated ground is sacred, and it is believed that burial inside it will bring your soul closer to Heaven. Church grounds that allowed burials were called “churchyards,” and soon after Cuthbert's request was granted, began to be referred to as “graveyards.” 

 

   It wasn’t until the eighth century that the consecration of all burial sites became customary.  If open ground is to be considered consecrated, it must be set apart somehow from the common, and it's boundaries have to be easily identified.   These boundaries are usually marked with large stones, walls, or fences.  Burial grounds that are enclosed and defined in such away, and are NOT located on church grounds are called, “cemeteries.”

 

   There is another condition that must be met before a plot of ground is considered consecrated. That is, the grounds must be continually maintained.  If a cemetery becomes overgrown and abandoned, it is no longer considered consecrated.  The same is true for churches and church grounds; once abandoned, overgrown, and derelict, they are no longer dedicated to the service of God, and are therefore no longer considered sacred.

 

    To the Romans, the only honorable way of handling one’s remains was to cremate them.  Being buried in the ground was a sign of disrespect, and reserved only for criminals and persons committing suicide. Since Christians were considered criminals, they were not allowed the honor of cremation; instead, they too were buried, and their graves marked, as a sign of disrespect.  

 

Ironically, what began as the Roman's outward sign of disrespect remains the customary Christian tradition. Christians continue to bury their dead and mark their gravesites, and to many- cremation is considered unholy.

 

 

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