Many of us are familiar with the legend of Faust in which a scholar agrees to sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for power and knowledge. It is also generally accepted that there is such a thing as a soul , an intangible , invisible entity whose existence we are convinced of, though we are unable to prove its presence. ( Some years ago. a scientist attempted to prove the existence of the soul by weighing a person on a super accurate scale at the moment of death. He claimed to have detected a difference of a fraction of an ounce in the body weight before and after death and postulated that it represented the weight of the soul. However, no one gave his findings much credence).It is surprising therefore to hear that some people are willing to sell a human soul and that others are willing to buy it.
After an online auction that attracted more than 214,000 page views and dozens of inquiries, the ghosts of two dead people were sold for $2,830 New Zealand dollars ($1,983) at an auction that ended on March 8th. The souls were housed in two glass vials and were offered for bidding by Avie Woodbury of Christchurch, New Zealand. She said they were captured in her house and stored in glass vials with stoppers and dipped in holy water, which she says “dulls the spirits’ energy.”She said they were the spirits of an old man who lived in the house during the 1920s, and a powerful, disruptive little girl who turned up after a session with a spirit-calling Ouija board. Since an exorcism at the property last July led to their capture, there has been no further spooky activity in the house, she said.Woodbury also said that once an “exorcist’s fee” has been deducted, the proceeds of the spirit sale would go to the animal welfare group, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The identity of the successful bidder was not disclosed.( Excerpted from news reports).
There have been other attempts to sell one’s soul on eBay but they were either not serious or publicity stunts. This is the first that I have heard of that actually went through. I really wonder at the motivations and the mentality of those who participated in the auction.
Usually collectibles are bought by people who either a) take pleasure in owning and handling them and/or b) showing them off to the rest of us. In the case of souls , one can do neither. Since they are invisible , there is nothing to see or admire. One can neither see them nor show them off. What then is the purpose of spending nearly one thousand dollars apiece in acquiring them ?
As for the seller, is she really serious in claiming that those vials contain souls ? I have to applaud her salesmanship though ; and besides, the money did go for a good cause.