Though widely considered a scientifically compatible phenomena, some practitioners of tulpamancy believe that tulpas are spiritual in nature or origin, and/or that the practices of tulpamancy are paranormal in nature. Such beliefs could stem from the religiously related origins of tulpamancy, or from the observed phenomena resulting from tulpamancy practices, or other personal or occult beliefs.
Western literature on the tulpa phenomenon often takes a religious perspective, rather than scientific. Such accounts may describe tulpas as spirits of animals or the deceased, or as projections of the mind which are capable of interacting with the physical world. No examples or tests for such paranormal activity have been proposed for or subjected to professional review.
Western accounts of the summoning or control of spirits dates back to the beginnings of written language, in the tales of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Perhaps more widely known are the Judeo-Christian religious texts describing the Seal of King Solomon, a magic ring that allowed Solomon to control angels and demons. Accounts of spirit summoning have continued throughout western history, all the way through the dark and middle ages, with specific methodologies for the summoning and interaction with spirits being published in works like the Ars Notoria.
Modern beliefs and practices
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