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

Ghosts And Spirits Index





Manes was how Romans described ghosts in general, and they divided them into two basic types. “Lares” were the ghosts of respectable people. The “Lemurs” were the ghosts of criminals, misfits, and vengeful relatives. The Romans sought to rid themselves of intrusive lemurs by making offerings to the gods, beating loud drums to scare them off, or burning black beans to create a stench that even repulsed the dead. Roman household ghosts (“lares domestici”) tended to be very mischievous and engaged in polterqeist activity. ”Larvae” was what the Romans called spirits who tormented their decendants. The larvae were thought to be most active during the month of May and many festivals were created to try to distract them from bothering families.