Ghost stories and where they come from: Examples from Middish folklore
People are superstitious, that's a fact. Every culture of this world is filled with stories of monsters, ghosts, and curses. If a good fraction of those have no real basis, a lot have real origins in Shadow Creatures, or complex interactions with the ambient Consciousness flux. Rural folklore is where one can find the best ghost stories. Indeed, rural areas are the most susceptible areas to dangerous mental constructs: The population density is too low to effectively raise the consciousness chaos. As a result, villages and farms dwellers typically don't have the usual mental protections against perturbations of the consciousness flux. They both produce, receive and process large amounts of informations. However, unlike nomadic people, the fact that these peoples are sedentary, and oriented toward cities that they depend on for goods and services, makes them highly undereducated regarding spiritual issues. This combined to a good deal of superstitions, and the natural tendency of people to tell each other stories, leads to the very tangible presence of monsters across farmlands. This text focuses on ghosts and spirits: creatures that, even if they may attain some form of physical presence, initially originate from purely mental constructions. In particular, the link between the stories and their actual origin is the central point of this document.
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