Witches, Boogers, and Haints

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Southern Culture
Booger, Witches, And Haints
I have always been interested in paranormal activity, and who isn’t curious by the ways of the witch. So, in saying that, it was very easy for me to pick such a topic as booger, witches, and haints. To be perfectly honest, I’ve always wanted to be haunted. I figured as bad as I wanted it, it would have happened by now, but no such luck. In that case you will usually find me fulfilling my inner need for paranormal activity by watching related topics on T.V., such as Sylvia Brown, John Edwards, or Paranormal State. All of which I highly recommended, especially if you are a doubting person. I can remember as a child every time my cousins and I would always have to break out the scary tells as soon as it was bed time. Little did we know we were caring out a long standing southern tradition of ghostlore and folklore.

One might ask, why so much ghostlore in the south? There are several reasons. ” The Civil War left a tragic spirit hanging over the region and gave birth to tales of ghost armies and haunting belles. The Voodoo religion and trying to understand the unknown has lead to the creation of many tales. Folklorists and storytellers preserve the heritage of supernatural tales in the region.” (Dixon) The isolation of the mountain communities helped to protect the traditions and stories from alteration and persecution from outside. Even though the mountains are being modernized, the folklore and magic are still apart of the culture of the mountain community. As far as witches go, the history is very old, and it’s been carried on in the mountains since they were first settled by pioneers. “The pioneers brought their magical ways with them from Ireland and incorporated them with Cherokee beliefs when marriages between to races started. People believed the magic was good and natural. Because of certain practices and sayings, researchers were able to prove the magic came from Europe....
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