Ghosts and History: Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas ghost hunters, paranormal researchers and anomalous phenomena investigators!  Nothing says “Christmas” like a Ghost Hunters marathon all day today on SyFy.

The topic of today’s post has to do with the relationship between interests in history and “ghosts.”  Someone recently brought up an interesting observation.  It seems many, if not most, people interested in the paranormal also have a strong interest in history.  In my experience, I find this observation holds true.  Most researchers I know are also history buffs.

For example, I’ve had an equally long interest in history as I’ve had in studying anomalous phenomena.  I enjoy learning about history and visiting historic sites; in fact I’m completing a master’s degree in history.  For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of an investigation is time spent in the archives leaning about the history of the location and the people.

In terms of application, I think the interest in history makes us more “in-tune” with a location.  We’re more aware of the history and the people.   This makes us better observers.  It also allows us to separate the wheat from the chaff.  We’re able to get through the urban legend to the historic truth.  Many times the historic truth puts to rest the urban legend and “paranormal;” however sometimes the historic truth proves even more intriguing than the urban legend…

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