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Ghosts


Ghost stories and songs are an important part of West Virginia's Appalachian folk literature. Examples of the unknown, strange, suspenseful, or unexplainable have always appealed to people's imaginations.

Ruth Ann Musick, in the Introduction to The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1965), writes:

According to the folk tradition, ghosts are of three main types:


     

     
"Greenbrier Ghost" (story) "Greenbrier Ghost" Activity "Molly Vaunder" (song)
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Discussion Questions

West Virginia's Appalachian Music and Literature is a self-contained teaching unit by Avis Caynor and Reneé Wyatt (1997), reprinted with permission in 2003 in the larger web site AppLit.

Complete list of AppLit pages on folklore
Bibliography of Supernatural Tales from the Appalachian Mountains

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