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The English obsession with ghosts.

A less well documented English obsession,  is our fascination with ghosts.

This fascination is not adopted by all cultures who may have  similar levels of delusion about them. 

But research points that this obsession is peculiarly English 

Indeed it's estimated that English authors have written 70% of all published ghost stories and a 2003 Ipsos poll found that 38% of Britons believe in ghosts. That's the same as the percentage who, according to a Eurobarometer poll in 2005, believe in God.

So why this obsession?

For the  English see ghosts more than anyone.  Interestingly, the English are also obsessed with the past; ruins, ancient volumes, churches, cathedrals etc

As Peter Ackroyd has it 'Ghosts represent continuity albeit of a spectral kind.'

The English have a rich repository of words to describe Ghost's terrain; 'marsh, fen, bog, swamp, fog i.e plausibly seen but because of the terrain credibly unseen, so the sight of them is both alarming but oddly consoling.

So how should one deal with this still persistent belief in Ghosts, the stentorian voice of 18th century England (Peter Ackroyd again) come to mind in that of Samuel Johnson on the subject of Ghosts
'...all argument is against it, but all belief is for it.'

So next time you are alone in the house and you think you hear a scraping on the floor; a sound as if someones moving furniture, the sound of footsteps, that strange sound as if someone near by is jingling money and you feel  you are  witnessing the sounds of a ghostly intruder in
your house, be not afeared, for what is actually happening is that you are dragging up by recall  old wife's tale and ghostly lore.  And if you live in England there is plenty of Ghostly lore.

My God, what was that?  Was that footsteps I heard.  Seriously, be not afraid for it is a fundamental

desire in you for continuity.

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