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It is the Vietnamese belief that the dead must be buried in their homeland, or their soul will wander aimlessly in pain and suffering. Vietnamese feel that if a person is improperly buried, then their soul wanders constantly. They can sometimes be contacted on the anniversary of their death and near where they died. Vietnamese honor these dead souls on a holiday when they return to the site where they died. The US used this to their advantage and tried to trick the Viet-Congs into leaving by playing the audio recording of their dead friends wandering around.
Operation Wandering Soul (Vietnam War)