By Tim Binnall
A family in Bhutan say that their lives have been torn asunder thanks to a mysterious spirit that keeps pelting the roof of their home with stones. The strange haunting reportedly began last month when Bhagilal Ghalley and his grandson Sunil were staying in a small hut where they were watching over cattle. In the middle of the night, they noticed that rocks began raining down upon the roof and the commotion continued until morning.
The following day, Sunil and his father Sabir returned to the hut and the roof was once again inexplicably pelted with stones. They subsequently fled the scene, but, as they departed, they were also struck by the puzzling flying rocks. "Something was chasing us," Sabir recalled, "it followed us all the way." Over the course of the next few days, the proverbial rainfall of rocks continued night after night wherever the family was staying until they could no longer stand the situation and enlisted a shaman to help them.
The sorcerer in question, Sher Bahadur, revealed that he took up the case when he was given one of the rocks at the center of the haunting and found it to be particularly strange. "This stone sparked and became like a magnet when I put it on a bronze plate for a ritual," he explained. Looking into the matter more closely, Bahadur somehow determined that the reason for the falling rocks was a distant relative of the Ghalleys was once a great shaman and that, "when he died, his family had not conducted the death rites properly. That is why he is haunting his family."
However, another detail of the story suggests that the cause of the haunting may be closer to home. That's because the stone-throwing seems to be centered around 15-year-old Sunil and that the falling rocks only occur when he is present, which is eerily similar to other famous poltergeist cases. Remarkably, the family recounted one incident in which the teenager was riding in a car with the windows closed, yet the passengers wound up being pelted by the mysterious stones during the trip.