Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? As children, we become familiar with tales of magic, horror, and mystery whether from friends at school trying to show off, siblings trying to frighten us, or older relatives trying to teach us lessons.
Ghosts and spirits serve many purposes. From the religious to the cultural, most societies across the planet have some series of superstitions that have become engrained over the centuries. One of the most interesting things is how similar stories can exist even across societies that have never interacted, indicating that ghost stories and belief in the supernatural is inherently human, regardless of where you’re from.
If you’re from Europe or the Americas, you’ve probably heard the same old stories time and time again, with different ghosts and demons drifting between them. Redditors from countries outside of the West were asked to share the paranormal beliefs of their cultures and nations, and their stories are both frightening and enlightening.