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The following is a list of ghosts:

African folklore

See also: Amafufunyana

Asian folklore

Section of the Hungry Ghosts Scroll depicting one of the thirty-six types of hungry ghosts who constantly seeks water to drink and explaining how those who have been born as such are saved by the offerings of the living. Kyoto Museum
Section of the Hungry Ghosts Scroll depicting one of the thirty-six types of hungry ghosts who constantly seeks water to drink and explaining how those who have been born as such are saved by the offerings of the living. Kyoto Museum

East Asia

China

Further information: List of supernatural beings in Chinese folklore

Korea

Onryō from the Kinsei-Kaidan-Shimoyonohoshi (近世怪談霜夜星)
Onryō from the Kinsei-Kaidan-Shimoyonohoshi (近世怪談霜夜星)

Japan

South Asia

India

A male kumbhāṇḍa (left) and female Kumbhāṇḍakā (right).
A male kumbhāṇḍa (left) and female Kumbhāṇḍakā (right).

Sri Lanka[1]

Nepal

Pakistan

Bangladesh

Southeast Asia

Giovanni Battista de' Cavalieri 1585 depiction of "Monsters from all parts of the ancient and modern world" (Mostri de tute le parti del mondo antichi et moderni). The drawing depicts a Wewe Gombel
Giovanni Battista de' Cavalieri 1585 depiction of "Monsters from all parts of the ancient and modern world" (Mostri de tute le parti del mondo antichi et moderni). The drawing depicts a Wewe Gombel

Indonesia/Malaysia

Myanmar

Philippines

Thailand

Middle East folklore

An ifrit named Arghan Div brings the chest of armor to Hamza. The flaming eyes of the ifrit are slightly crossed with orange spotted skin.
An ifrit named Arghan Div brings the chest of armor to Hamza. The flaming eyes of the ifrit are slightly crossed with orange spotted skin.

Egyptian and Arabic

Main article: Ancient Egyptian concept of the soul

Persian

Turkish

Jewish mythology

European folklore

The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane by John Quidor (1801–1881)
The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane by John Quidor (1801–1881)

Further information: Revenant, Necromancy, and Samhain

Finland

Graeco-Roman

Main article: Magic in the Greco-Roman world

Malta

Romania

Scandinavia

Baba Yaga and Maiden-birds by Ivan Bilibin, 1902
Baba Yaga and Maiden-birds by Ivan Bilibin, 1902

Slavic folklore

Further information: Supernatural beings in Slavic folklore

Spain

Drawing from the 1591 Agnes Sampson trial, depicting the devil giving witches magic dolls
Drawing from the 1591 Agnes Sampson trial, depicting the devil giving witches magic dolls

United Kingdom

North American

A depiction of John Dee (1527–1608) and Edward Kelley (1555–1597/8) invoking a spirit
A depiction of John Dee (1527–1608) and Edward Kelley (1555–1597/8) invoking a spirit

Canada

Caribbean

United States

See also: Chindi, Ghost sickness, and Ghost Dance

Other urban legends

Mexico

Further information: Day of the Dead

South American folklore

Oceania

Australia

List of reportedly haunted locations

Main article: List of reportedly haunted locations

Ghosts by culture

Asia

Others

Popular culture

Television and film

  • Booboo, a young ghost and a regular inhabitant of the house, enjoys spooking but generally is not able to scare the other members of the household
  • "The Whites", two mature and rather heavyset male ghosts, call each other by the name "Mr. White". They have some rank in the ghostly realm and are Booboo's superiors. Both wear sunglasses but one wears a tie

Comics

Literature

Video games

See also

References

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