People have been telling ghost stories since ancient times, so it comes as no surprise this has become a major social construct. For instance, teenagers telling ghost stories around a camp fire- this is a common real world experience. Stories of those long gone, returning to the places they once cherished, and maybe even trying to make things right. Perhaps a way of allowing their souls to rest.
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Growing up in Newfoundland, the supernatural has been long associated with this place. As a matter of fact, Newfoundland and Labrador is home to the largest folklore department in the world- at Memorial University. Long before I ever considered going to university, or becoming an author, I was a kid.However, what I mean is I was a kid with specific dreams; yet didn't quite know what they were at that moment.
"The concept of a ghost, also known as a specter, is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from his or her body, and may continue to exist after that person dies. Because of this idea, many societies began to use funeral rituals as a way of ensuring that the dead person’s spirit would not return to “haunt” the living."
When it comes to the nature of ghost stories, my uncle's ex wife was from a small community in Newfoundland. Apparently her mother and father lived in the small town of Catalina, which is in Trinity Bay. So, the former owner of their house died after falling off the roof when he was making some repairs.Following his death, the couple continued living in the house for a number of years.
"Since ancient times, ghost stories—tales of spirits who return from the dead to haunt the places they left behind—have figured prominently in the folklore of many cultures around the world. A rich subset of these tales involve historical figures ranging from queens and politicians to writers and gangsters, many of whom died early, violent or mysterious deaths." ((https://www.history.com/.amp/topics/halloween/historical-ghost-stories)
When considering why spirits return to haunt the world of the living, sudden or violent death is often a factor. For example, check out this article right here:
In terms of spirits revealing themselves to the living, it's not necessarily surprising this man wasn't at rest in the afterlife. His life came to an end, in a rather unexpected way.
When my uncle's ex wife told me this story, I was around 8 years old. She tells me, "You know, my mudder saw a ghost!" For those unfamiliar with Newfoundland vernacular, "mudder" means "mother". According to my aunt, her mother woke up around 3:00 a.m. and saw a man standing at the end of her bed.
Unsure of who it was, she soon realized it was the former owner of their house. Although this spirit was in no way threatening, it still frightened the elderly woman. After crossing paths with the spirit, she tells her husband, "I saw a ghost." He responds with, "No you didn't. Go back to sleep." Well, she was convinced she did see the ghost of the former owner; and she stayed up all night watching television.
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