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Who you gonna call? Ghost Hunters
Source : Myanmar Times View Count : 344
Jun 10, 2017

Imagine spending the early hours of the morning in a deserted Yangon colonial-era building or perhaps all alone in a local cemetery.

What may seem like a nightmare scenario for some is just another weekend outing for Ghost Hunters Myanmar.
        The self-professed “first ghost hunting group in the country” started in 2015 and has since attracted a cult following online.
        Team members visit locations that are notorious for other-worldly beings and stream their escapades live on Facebook.
        Their most recent excursion was last month. Social media was abuzz with supposed sightings of a ghostly headless girl walking the streets of an Ayeyarwady Region town.
        Ghost Hunters Myanmar packed their bags and visited the site. Despite hours of cajoling, no apparition was seen that night. But their 107,000 Facebook followers were enthralled nonetheless.
        What initially began as a troupe of 20 hunters is now reduced to five die-hards: Luis Sithu, Lito, Shar Htet Paing, Dragon and KMS.
        The team has travelled around the country from Shan State to Mon State to Bago Region.
        Luis recounted to Weekend an especially eventful visit to Pyay, where they stayed in a supposedly haunted house.
        He said two very strange things happened: a distinct phone ring was heard from within the house but when the team investigated there was nothing there, and then their CCTV cameras caught bizarre shining lights.
        “Our Facebook followers said we planted the lights – but we definitely didn’t!” he said.
        Luis said one of the team’s most important tools is their “ghost box” which can detect and record very low frequency noises.
        He said the ghost box proved invaluable on an outing to Shan State, when Ghost Hunters Myanmar were walking a road that was known for car accident fatalities.
        “When we arrived, we recorded and transmitted. Nothing special came out. But then when we listened later, there was a very, very soft voice of a man saying something like ‘I’m here’. We didn’t see anyone there at the time.”

And maybe it’s all a placebo or maybe something more spooky – but the group claims to have some successes.
        They retold a story of visiting an Ayeyarwady Region village where young people were allegedly possessed. Ghost Hunters Myanmar investigated, removed some “strange items” near the village and possessions have since stopped.
        Although some trips are far less satisfying for the hunters.
        “Last year, we went to a cemetery on the Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw highway where there were stories about ghostly footprints. It turned out these footprints were only from nearby villagers and dogs,” Luis said.
        But sometimes the group gets satisfaction from not finding ghosts – team members said they also like to dismiss supernatural rumours, hearsay and “fake sightings”.
        One team member said this is because “illegal businesses” will sometimes exploit superstitions to operate in clandestine ways. “We want to let people know the truth,” he said.
        In fact the only thing that really irritates Ghost Hunters Myanmar is online trolling.
        “We spend time, money and effort on this hobby but some people just want to attack us. We try to ignore them,” said Shar Htet Paing.
        Team members said one of their dreams is to get a television show like similar groups in other countries.
        “In American and western countries, lots of young people seem to be interested in investigating supernatural events. Japan and South Korea also have famous ghost hunter groups. We want that kind of chance,” said Lito.
        But for now, until Ghost Hunters Myanmar find the spotlight, they’ll continue to operate in the shadows.
        The group is always looking for new haunted spots. If you have any suggestions contact them at facebook.com/ghosthuntermyanmar

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