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In folklore and mythology, a ghost (sometimes known as a specter, phantom, apparition, spirit, spook, or haunt) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living. Descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance.

The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to rest the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, trains, ships, and even the ghosts of animals have also been recounted.

Ghost in Between the RiversEdit

Ghosts haunted their living relatives in the land of Kudurru. They were not visible, but could be heard by the people who'd known them in life.[1] Ghosts dwelt in the "symbolic world" more so than the material one. For example, while ghosts could not eat or drink, or even move objects, a ghost could "drink" from a largely empty glass so long as a living person had made a show of pretending to fill that glass.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Between the Rivers, pg. 10, HC.
  2. Ibid., pg. 13.

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