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  • Michelle Tackett

    I watched a paranormal show a long time ago, and to be honest, I can’t recall what show it was, but it was this house that had a TON of china dolls (those white faced painted dolls). They brought in a psychic and she stopped and was like, there is your problem: in many cultures dolls are made to represent people, but they don’t have souls and they’re just empty shells, until they get a soul (spirit). It seemed cheesy to me they way she put it, but as I’ve thought about it as time has gone on, it makes sense. Dolls just empty shells, waiting for a spirit, usually of a family member. I don’t know, just a theory I heard a long time ago that kind of made sense the more I thought about it. I guess kind of like what Aaron said about the Gypsies.

  • RenaissanceLady

    Regarding cannibal stories and Western Culture: If you’re from the U.S., you would likely have heard about the Donner Party as well as Alfred Packer. In the case of the former, they certainly needed to turn to cannibalism in order to survive. In the case of the latter… the reality behind what happened may never be fully understood, though Packer did confess to cannibalism. Among the indigenous people, there is widespread–if disputed–belief that the Anasazi resorted to cannibalism. I personally find the evidence largely supports this theory. There is also some belief that certain tribes along the Gulf Coast ritually ate their enemies. Across the pond in Ireland, it is assumed (with some documentation) that cannibalism was practiced during the famine.

    Anyway, thanks for letting me share that bit of trivia.