Shadow people have been described as dark, human shaped figures appearing momentarily in one’s peripheral vision.  The silhouette disappears as soon as the person turns to look in that direction.  Sometimes, the witness may feel as if someone is watching them.

Shadow people have been reported to have several different shapes.  Two of the most common forms are that of someone wearing a Fedora-style hat or a hooded figure. Witnesses have described the figures as having a solid black form while others have seen shadow people with a less-defined, almost smoke-like appearance.  Some shadow people have been seen only from the waist up while others have had a full body.

Spiritual Explanations for Shadow People:

There are spiritual, along with scientific explanations for shadow people.  Some believe shadow people exist in another realm of existence and only make momentary appearances in the human world.  Some say shadow people are guardian angels while others feel they are some sort of demonic force.  Some believe they are spirits trying to make their presence known, who just can’t quite accomplish that feat and it comes across as a mere shadow rather than a flat out apparition.  There are other theories that shadow people are created by the subconscious mind and briefly manifest into a visible apparition.

One spiritual explanation can be found in the mythology of the Cherokee tribe.  A particular legend tells of a witch called the Raven Mocker.  At first, the witch transforms into a bird and then becomes a shadowy, human-like figure.  These beings are believed to steal the souls of those facing illness and death.  Families request the service of a shaman to protect their ailing loved ones.  The Raven Mocker will not enter a home if the shaman is present and thus, the soul is safe.