There are a lot of stories about outposts in Afghanistan that hard core Marines swear are haunted to all hell. These aren't guys who think about
ghosts as being scary, since it's live people that are the dangerous kind of people in their line of work. And yet, they have been telling these
accounts since shortly after we set up shop in that country.
You will find more possibilities of lingering spirits in regions where the culture allows for the dead to remain, or where tragedy is a case-closed
reason for a passed person to remain attached to the place of his or her death. It's due to the belief system of the person who has passed, and due to
how certain that person is to the requirements associated with that belief system.
No one really "goes" anywhere after they have finished with the corporeal body. In that realm, there is no "there" there. No distance or physical
proximity to separate one "here" from another "here". There is only the contextual association that one has with what one fully believes to be their
identity representation, either in the eternal realm or the finite material realm (which ultimately depends on the cultural beliefs that the person
grew up with).
In the UK, the culture is a schism between the stranded, lingering haunt and the soul ushered off to either Heaven or Hell, with a fairly strict
criteria set as the determining protocol for the passed individual. In the US, it generally comes down to horrific tragedy or clear and compelling
injustice, with the lingering dead only lingering long enough to settle the unfinished business before ultimately passing on into the eternal realm.
No one is ever stranded for no reason in America. Then again, the American culture wouldn't stand for that sort of nonsense, would it.
You'd have to do some research into the specific regional cultures to see what is allowed, required, and expected of those who have passed into
forever, if you wanted to really get to the bottom of whether these locations are actually haunted by "intelligent paranormal manifestations" or not.
If these hauntings are "residual" in nature, and not sentient, then of course it doesn't matter what the culture demands of its people in this
Dismissing these unique accounts out-of-hand doesn't accomplish anything, and neither does swallowing all of it whole. It'd be a pretty interesting
research effort for someone who wants to carve their own fascinating niche into what's become a very thriving - and very crowded - field of study.
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