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Ghost



Also Phantom.

'Ghost' is a word generally associated with a wide range of paranormal activities and disturbances. Some use the term to refer to a visible apparition of a deceased individual or to any activity thought to be attributed to the spirits of the dead.

History and culture


Stories and sightings of ghosts have been reported for thousands of years. The concept of a 'haunted' location or of a deceased invidual returning from beyond the grave have been staples in folklore and legend for as long as records exist and can be found almost everywhere in the world. Ghosts and spirits are also fundamental to many religions and spiritual beliefs and intertwined with the concept of an afterlife. Some cultures believe the spirits of their ancestors are with them at all times, others believe in a 'heaven' where the spirits of the deceased go after passing.

Modern hauntings


In modern times ghost sightings and supernatural occurances have been reported all over the world in everything from old buildings and graveyards to family homes. A significant level of interest in the topic has been generated in recent years due to the prevelance of paranormal investigation shows such as Ghost Hunters and Most Haunted that have both brought the subject to the attention of the masses and sparked a whole new generation of paranormal investigator groups and research.

Theories


It is not known whether or not ghosts really exist. Some believe that they are the spirits of the deceased, some believe they are total nonsense. Another theory is that ghosts are actually images and sounds from the past being replayed and that no intelligence exists behind them. Whatever the case the subject remains one of the most widespread and chilling examples of unexplained phenomena.

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