|Indridi Indridason (1883-1912)
One of the most amazing stories ever told in the annals of Physical Mediumship is about a young Icelandic lad, who became the first known Icelandic Medium 1905, a physical medium, of such a power that until today he is mentioned alongside the biggest names of the first and second Generation of Physical Mediums: His name was Indridi Indridason and several aspects of his case were truely remarkable.
For a long time the thorough investigations of the specifically founded ‘Experimental Society’ (later Icelandic Society for Psychical Research) were only available in small excerpts translated for and published in periodicals in UK and Germany.
Not before 1989 the Society for Psychical Research translated larger sections of the available note-books about the experiments and published a small booklet as ‘Proceedings’, describing for the first time in depth and order the development of events during an outstanding investigation into Physical Mediumship.
Several specialties make Loftur R. Gissursarson and Erlendur Haraldsson ‘The Icelandic Physical Medium Indridi Indridason’ an extremely fascinating read: The character of the phenomena and the way of control in the especially built house of the Society.
Rough Levitations, that sometimes teared even the hand holding controller up into the air with the medium. Strong and multiple Direct Voices, appearing parallely everywhere in the experimental room, even in the by net seperated observer-section, singing loudly in their ears for example. Clairvoyance, expressed by some of the personalities that spoke through Indridi. Tele- or psychokinetical Poltergeist-like disturbances, happening not only during the Séances. De- and Materialisations of so called ‘Spirit Forms’. Light phenomena of different sort, oftentimes in connection with the occurring materializations.
|The Experimental Room and Conditions 1909 at the height of Indridis Physical Mediumship
During the Séances held mostly twice a week it was the way of control that gives the case an additional special aspect: The experimental room was seperated into the experimental space and the observers space by a net. Behind this net Prof. Nielsson or a colleague was acting as the so called watchman, holding the medium at his limbs during the dark sittings and reporting every action and reaction of the medium to the sitters behind the net, when the partially massive phenomena occurred. That way not only the phenomena could be observed but also the conditions and relations of the medium with them. After 4 years the controls were tightened to a degree that 2 or even 3 watchmen were holding Indridi at all his 4 limbs during nearly all phenomenal sections of the Séances.
1909 the phenomena had reached their height. 1912 they ended with Indridis death. Considering the vivid character of the translated material it is a pity, that most of it until today waits for translation.
Today is a good day, because everyone of you can read now ‘THE ICELANDIC PHYSICAL MEDIUM INDRIDI INDRIDASON’ – we strongly recommend you do so!