Ghost Stories from the Rupununi Savannas of Guyana

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This article was first created on the 25th of December, 2014.

Last updated: May 16, 2020 at 4:21 am

Aren’t you a little too old to be believing in Ghosts?

It’s a line from the world famous American war film “The Patriot.” But I should ask “are you old enough to believe in ghosts?”

Every person has had his or her fair share of stories of ghosts, zombies, demons and paranormal activities of some kind – regardless or race, class or creed.

The three major religions, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, all propose that evil spirits and demons are part of our existence. And this is not a trait of just the major religions, but almost every religion.

Related: Atheists don’t believe in ghosts: a rebuttal from an athiest.

Since I was a little kid, I’ve heard stories after stories of experiences with beings from the other world, but I’ve scarcely experienced any activity of this nature personally.

Nevertheless, the stories told were told with such striking similarity by people far separated in time and space that I have reason to believe that there is some degree of truth in them.

When I arrived in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, around the year 2014, the little girl, Reanna Hamilton, was the first to entertain me with some rather scary stories. She told me about the Sand Creek Secondary school. She said that the school was built on a cemetery, and not too long after construction, a giant crack ran itself through one of the walls, threatening to undermine the infrastructure of the building.

A photo of the the Sandcreek Secondary School taken around November 2017 by Patrick Carpen.

Nevertheless, no one heeded this apparent warning from the “world beyond,” and the damage was assessed as “not imminently dangerous.”

According to my little storyteller, this was just a warning sign from the world beyond. The school had a dorm where students from far-off villages would sleep, and on several occasions, it was reported that several of the girls became possessed. They started to perform all kinds of strange antics, run about, contract their bodies, and run away up the hills.

Several men were summoned and ran after them, but it took about five men to constrain one girl. This happened on several occasions. And it didn’t happen just at Sand Creek, there were similar stories of these incidents at Ishalton Secondary and St. Ignatius Secondary. However, the occurrences were more rampant in Sand Creek, to the point where authorities strongly considered closing the school down.

At first, I laughed at Reanna’s stories as fictitious. “Have you ever seen this with your own eyes?” I demanded.

Of course she didn’t but she tried to explain to me that the reports were all supporting from different people which proved the truth in the story.

Not too long afterward, a teacher from a Primary school in Lethem confirmed to me that she heard the same stories and she believes they are true.

Then one night two men who were volunteers from the UK as teachers in the Rupununi came to camp out at the Takutu Hotel. They were teachers at the Sand creek Secondary school. I opened up a conversation about the topic and they described the very same events the little girl had told me about. They said that they had witnessed those incidents firsthand.

Update: Here’s a comment left by a reader from the original article:

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5 years ago

I myself worked as a teachers at Sand Creek during last year and this event with the girls happened on a regular basis pretty much exactly how the girl described it. I had first hand experience of trying to restrain the girls and can confirm that it required me and several other bigger boys just to stop one small girl.