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Ghosts And Spirits
Descriptions of ghosts and spirits throughout the world.

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“Ankou”

The “ankou” is the spirit of a person buried alive as part of a Dark Ages ceremony to consecrate the ground of a new graveyards. The spirit of the victim was thought to serve as a ghostly protector for the grounds. Today these ghoulish ghosts appear to anyone who desecrates a plot or is disrespectful to the dead.

Much like the British Banshee, the ankou of Brittany in France is a tall, gaunt man who drives a cart drawn by a pale, bony horse, accompanied by two silent figures who walk behind him, all with bowed heads. They appear at dusk, and their footsteps make no sound on the ground as they pass. Their sight tells the person who sees them will know that either he or one he loves will soon die.