While trawling through the paranormal information on About.com, I discovered an interesting article entitled ‘Why People Believe the South is the Most Haunted in the Country‘. Since I’m the Southern Belle of this group (sorry ScoobyFan, Florida doesn’t count – LOL) I felt it my Southern Duty to both read and write about this article.
In summary, the author offers five reasons why it is believed the Southern states are more haunted than the Northern states. The first theory is that it’s simply because people tend to stay put for longer periods of time. This is true because you can go just about anywhere in any state and find at least one family who has been in the area over several generations. Many people here in New Orleans have lived here all of their lives and cannot fathom moving away.
The second theory is the entertainment factor. Not so much television and movies, but the old kind of entertainment. Many stories of haunted places have been told over and over as a form of entertainment long before television or movies were invented. One story that might’ve started out as a tale to entertain, could’ve easily morphed into something “true”.
The third theory is slavery. The majority of the Civil War was fought in the South. If one accepts that the majority of hauntings occurr where a very violent death happened, then yes all of these tragic sites will be haunted. But I don’t believe that ever single soldier who fought and died on those fields return to haunt the place of their death.
The fourth theory is based on the landscape. As the author states, “One might also believe there are more ghosts in the South because there is simply more room in which to spot them.”
The fifth theory is simply based on the fact that there is more renovation that goes on here and more tearing down and rebuilding on land. Again, if one accepts the theory that residential hauntings are often the result of changes being made to a house that the spirit of the previous owner “isn’t happy with” or is too unfamiliar, it’s a plausible theory.
My own theory about why the South could be considered more haunted than the North supports the second theory, in part as well as the fourth. Settlements (and cities) in the South are so widespread that it allowed for pockets of smaller settlements far removed from city life, where superstitious beliefs flourished and were maintained even up to today. I’m not saying by any means that it’s a lack of education, but more like a different religious conviction that allows them to be more open minded than the city folk of the north.