Doppelgänger – T.F. Walsh’s Kick-Ass Mythology

Doppelgänger


If you’re walking through the market and spot your exact look-alike – RUN! They could be your doom. Welcome to Doppelgängers.

A Doppelgänger is a mythological creature that is an exact look-alike of a person. Doppelgänger is a German word which translates as “double-goer”. The word ‘Doppelgänger’ was first used by Jean Paul in his 1796 novel ‘Siebenkäs’. They are believed to bring bad luck to all who encounter them. It is even more dangerous if a person sees his or her own Doppelgänger, because it means that person will soon die.

Doppelgängers not only look like the person, but they behave and act like one too. This makes it extremely hard to tell the difference between a person and their Doppelgänger. However, if you suspect someone is a Doppelgänger there are a few ‘tricks’ to help you identify him or her. According to folklore, a Doppelgänger will cast no shadow and has no reflection in a mirror. Some have also been described as having a ghostly aura surrounding them.

Similar creatures have been described in cultures throughout the world. In Ancient Egyptian mythology, a “ka” was a “spirit double” who had the same memories as the person. In Norse mythology, a “Vardøger” is a ghost double who can be seen doing things before the person actually does it. Many Native American myths believe in an upper and an under world. The good people went in the upper world while their evil doubles resided in the underworld.

Doppelgängers have been portrayed in a number of popular cultures, including the television series ‘The Vampire Diaries’, and movies such as ‘Coraline’ by Henry Selick.

Did you know? It is said that just before Queen Elizabeth I of England died, she encountered her doppelganger laid out on her bed.

References: Gods and Monsters | Ancient OriginsWikipedia | Mythologian

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