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 Post subject: When were ghosts "invented" ...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:32 pm 
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... for the want of a better word ..

If we look at todays traditional ghost - has it always existed?

Did people 1000 years ago see the spirits of the dead wandering through their hovels? Did King Harold at the Battle of Hastings get distracted by a few taps on a tree and end up with an arrow in his eye? Would a guest night ghost hunt in Ye Olde days make a killing .. ?

.. Or .. is it all just really a relatively modern thing?

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 Post subject: Re: When were ghosts "invented" ...
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:40 pm 
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Well there has been a belief in the spirits of the departed since the dawn of recorded history, so I guess mankind has always believed in 'ghosts'.
However I'm not sure when this belief system morphed into the common view we hold about what a ghost is that we have today.

I do know that the Guiness book of records used to have an 'oldest ghost' category. I was the 'Romans' at Treasurers House in York for year before it was replaced by an even older apparition. I can't remember what exactly but I'll try and find it. They've since done away with the non provable records, spoil sports.

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