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Old 01-04-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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I know that the association of ghosts with places of burial goes back at least to the ancient Romans:

An Ancient Roman Ghost Story (ca. 61-115 AD) - Ancient History Blog

It would be interesting to see if there are even older stories of ghosts in graveyards in other traditions.
Yes, Id like to try and research the first time the term 'ghost' was used, and in what context. Something must have led them to believe it was deceased human spirits versus some other type of phenomenon.
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Old 01-04-2018, 01:10 PM
 
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Yes, Id like to try and research the first time the term 'ghost' was used, and in what context. Something must have led them to believe it was deceased human spirits versus some other type of phenomenon.
It's basically the original form of primitive religion, it pre-dates recorded history, we are talking hunter-gatherer paleothenic period - the ritual burial of the dead (which is noted even in certain animals) progressed to ancestor worship and animism where the spirits of the dead where worshiped. Beliefs got more sophisticated and complex as societies developed, but the concept of a "ghost" lives on.
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:55 AM
 
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Textbook "Confirmation Bias". You hear a woman's voice in a graveyard. Must me from the dead. If you were on your outside sidewalk where would you think the sound came from?

Sound is a funny thing, given proper conditions in pressure and temperature, background noise, and physical obstructions, sound can travel for miles, a voice spoken at a normal level, or a TV, can be heard from thousands of feet away. I know - I'm a kill joy.
that was what I was saying. I had hear my neighbor's talking outside and I am a few acres away from them. I was reading a book where a family heard screaming, and it was their neighbor, and they lived far away, in fact it took them 2 hours to get to their home as they lived in the wilderness.
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