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Supernatural Unit 3
Children’s Ghost Stories (stories they make up or elaborate on)
Supernatural Beings- They’re just there and are not deep characters
Children’s depiction of ghost looks like a burial shroud silk blanket wrapped around
Usually end in punishment
Narratives normally have/are:
* Child is protagonist (usually are boys)
* Disembodied ghost is antagonist
* Adults are flat, background characters (can be older siblings too)
* Haunted house is common setting
* Not true and are known to not be true
* Follow short and sweet formula
* Ending is usually comic or has a surprise punch line
Kids don’t really describe the ghost because that is what is the most scary
Silly stories, but help kids deal with scary aspect
Normally the same structure with different details/characters
Teaches Kids:
* Enculturation (about their culture)
* Cognitive Skill Development (being able to form a story)
* Is fun and enjoyable
Helps discuss taboo topics (disasters)
Shows how people interact with each other
Person Stories vs. Media Stories
* How difficult life can be vs. Outrageous happenings (Amityville horror)
Cultural Attitudes (GTG pg 31)
Cultural Values- Discuss important values
Cultural Stresses and Conflicts- What the culture is worried about; Fears; View of death
Haunted bathroom stories (where we confront unseen forces on our bodies;
ourselves) (fear and shame is charged) (clean & unclean)
Ghosts in debt paying one’s debt
Environmental Hauntings (GTG pg 44)
* Aspects of the environment (ships need water) (Does explain phenomena)
* Attitudes towards environment (does environment change based on teller)
Supernatural is democratic
Ghost and the individual (GTG pg 52)
* Transforming )ndividuals ) didn’t believe this either but… Open-minded)
* Transforms individual Behavior (What is the impact) (Start acting differently)
Folk Strategies for Dealing with Fear (GTG pg 58-59)
Companionship (better to watch something scary with someone else)
Magical Items or Substances (Cross or salt)
)solation + Neutralization Put something away
Distraction (Watching something funny after scary movie)
Eradication or displacement (take the thing you are afraid of and make it less scary)
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Haunted Houses
Has stayed the same for centuries
NC Law on Haunted Houses:
You must ask if house is haunted
If it ends up being haunted, you can get your money back
Many states have relator laws:
Hauntings
Crime Scenes
Suicides
Stigmatized Illnesses (person died of HIV or cancer)
* Haunted Houses usually take a long time to sell & sell for 35-40% less than value
Depends on tragedy (1 death vs. 5 deaths)
Depends on Nature of death (murder vs. natural)
Depends on how the ghost acts (good vs. harmful)
Depends on how you find out the house is haunted (actions of ghost)
* Stigmatized problems:
A property where a real or rumor event occurred doesn’t physically effect the
property, but effects the desirability of property
Physical problems have to be disclosed, not psychological
Problems can be disclosed within the time frame (a couple of years)
Sometimes ghost is a commodity known, if you don’t know, it is a liability
o Common Commodities- Haunted Inns and Hotels
Associated with marriages, Infidelity, suicide, die naturally,
Host séances and events
Most lawsuits relies on property reputation and not actual events
Top 10 Haunted Houses in movies
1. Beetlejuice House
2. Paranormal Activity (Katie + Mikah)
3. The Others The Manor House
4. The Grudge House
5. The Amityville Horror House
6. The Evil Dead Cabin
7. The Haunting Hill House
8. The House on Haunted Hill House
9. Poltergeist House
10. The Shinning Overlook Hotel
Characteristics of Haunted House
More than 1 floor because it normally happens in Rich People’s (ouses
People have attachments to their houses so hauntings attack their sanctuary
The house is a character in the experience (House + Ghost are partners)
Normally a decaying house that was once beautiful (to signal that something bad
happened)
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