Local Flavor article for Ghosts of Taos

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Videos of locals telling local ghost stories

gravesWe see television shows about the paranormal and sometimes (although it’s fairly rare) they are scary, but sometimes, you might run across a good storyteller and their tales will send the hair on the back of you neck to rising.

Here’s a cluster of stories told by Frank Rivera who has a re-sale shop. Ghosts of Taos stopped by and got him to repeat a story about four Indian women who projected a movie-like vision to Frank about their fate in Taos centuries ago.

Do you have a ghost story you’d like to tell Ghosts of Taos? send us an e-mail at taosexperience@gmail.com and we’ll contact you about it.

Ghost poem

Dead Ruse

Taos, N.Mex road“It’s so cold,” says the little voice
buried in the static but
clear as day.
The mothers who hear
gasp and hot tears
rise in their eyes.
But there is no
help for the cold children
made of vapor waiting to
parlay with the living.

It’s a trap – like the
arm-waves of the disincarnate
flagging down
your moving car
on an empty
highway. Do not fall
for the ruse. You cannot
be of help.
Your service is not
to the dead.

Above all, don’t think
that just because your
blood is warm and your
days change
instead of marching like
similar soldiers
of boredom
that you have it over them.
They are doorways
you don’t want
to pass through, and if
you do, you couldn’t even
save yourself.

— MR

Investigation of Red Cat Melissiana

Ghosts of Taos and New Mexico Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (NMRIP) investigate a little shop’s cellar on Doña Luz in Taos, New Mexico, where many ghost presences have been reported.

Part One is the pre-investigation interview with Melissa Serfling, owner of Red Cat Melissiana, and shows a rather startling result on one investigator’s ipad app, Ghost Radar.

Gathering sage for purifying smudge bundles

Ghost tour guide Melody Romancito made use of the most recent waning moon to wildcraft some blooming sage near the Rio Grande Gorge.

This time of year, many desert plants bloom and after a rain the air is permeated with the scent of wild mountain sage while the stands of chamisa begin to bloom — showy, earthy smelling and laced with silver.

Bundles of sage, dried then lit with a match to create a purifying smoke — or smudge — has been used for centuries by people in this area to cleanse the body and spirit of any malingering spirits or tendencies.

Romancito said it might be a good idea to smudge with a little sage after visiting certain locations in the area because they have been known to create a lingering sense of melancholia or even disorientation to those who are especially sensitive.

“Interest in ghosts and the paranormal are one thing,” Romancito said, “but there are so many stories here in Taos, it’s easy to get caught up in things and before you know it, you’re under influence when it would be better to be ‘at the wheel’ instead.”

Romancito gives each person on the tour their own sage bundle as a personal thank you gift for taking the tour and as insurance you’ll be able to clear your head of any unwanted influences.