luminous phenomenon

luminous phenomenon
   The term luminous phenomenon is indebted to the Latin adjective luminosus, which means welllit, shining, luminescent. In parapsychology and occultismitisusedasagenerictermforvar-ious types of self-generated light that cannot be explained by recourse to natural principles. Some examples of luminous phenomena are the 'clear white fire' or 'psychic light' which reportedly emanates from certain mediums, so-called spectral lights, and phosphorescent wounds. The notion of luminous phenomenon should not be confused with " body photism, which is a hallucinated patch of light perceived as emanating from one's own body during " out-of-body experiences.
   Melton, J.G., ed. (1996). Encyclopedia of occultism and parapsychology. Volume 1. Fourth edition. Detroit, MI: Gale.

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