Finding objective grounds in cases of ghosts and haunted houses is complex and delicate. The court has had to ask itself how to deliberate the cases, as it comes into question whether one’s religious beliefs in the Divine were therefore, supposed insanity. Are the followers of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and the many other religions across the globe therefore suffering from mental dilapidation? Unlikely.
Furthermore, the law becomes involved in the processes of real estate. Does the buyer have the right to know that a home might be haunted because of the spiritual nature claimed to be upon the house? Should they be aware that a murder occurred in the home or is this information not to be disclosed because it is a difficult conversation that involves faiths and unseen entities?
While some people believe it is their right to know if there is a dark entity associated with the house prior to purchase, the law wonders how necessary this is. Every state may, in religion, uphold the same principles, but the way to navigate cases such as these could differ. Cultural differences impact religious beliefs and the way cases are dealt with. Thus, when it comes to spiritual affairs, there is rarely uniformity in the proceedings. Where one may see haunting, another may interpret it as a friendly spirit or energy.
The ‘rational’ and ‘illogical’ come to test before the law. This depends wholly on the definition, firstly, of a mentally unhealthy individual. From this, the debates can begin to navigate whether the events in question that are brought before the law are in actuality, an actual case or the illness brought about by mental distress and trauma. This also comes down to the spirituality of the community. For instance, in places that practise far-right ideology, religion is found to be a dominant force.
This rings true in indigenous communities, as well, that reject notions of western liberalism or colonial religious sentiment. The discussion for spirits, ghouls, demons and ghosts is conducted according to the community. What appears illogical to many, may not seem so to many communities.
The law on the subject of entities like ghosts and demons is a fascinating topic. It continues to be one that is navigated with curiosity and caution with respect, and almost fear, for the spiritual unknown. It wasn’t so long ago that the ruling of the state was done according to religion and the ideas of spirituality that sustained cases against witchcraft, demonic presences and many other ethereal occurrences.
While many governments have since learned to separate the Church from the State (or any religion, rather, from state affairs), the law still finds itself straddling the line. When negotiating the right process and procedure forward, whether it is in Court or by adjudication, there is no way for certain, which way things will go.