Here’s Why Ghost Stories Are So Important, According to a Professor of Anthropology

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Are ghosts real? It depends on who you ask, of course. And as with everything concerning such matters of life and death, we will probably never know—but that ambivalent space is exactly where ghosts thrive: simultaneously circumambient yet not even here at all… mysterious, liminal, impossible to neatly define or categorize. That’s the very reason we are so fascinated with ghost stories. So perhaps the better question is why do people believe in ghosts? In the U.S. alone, a recent poll revealed that almost half of the population identifies with believing in ghosts to some degree.

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