Category Archives: Folk Beliefs


Ghosts and staircases

Background: I asked about the informant’s background with Pacific Islanders and how they heard about it to which they responded, “I work with a lot of Filipino coworkers, I have friends who are various nationalities, I know some Indoneseians, I know some Fijians, Samoans, Hawaiians. And they all have similar, like, the one consistent thing… Continue Reading »

The Haunting of Greystone Mansion

BACKGROUND: GH is the interviewer’s father. A first assistant director for movies and TV shows, he has worked many times at Greystone Mansion, a famous estate in Beverly Hills, now open to the public and a popular site for film shoots. Rumors of hauntings and horror stories have been going back since the mansion was… Continue Reading »

Haunted Hospital Stories Among Nurses

Informant Context: Stella is a traveling ICU (intensive care unit) nurse who currently work in Atlanta, Georgia. Transcript: STELLA: Nurses believe their hospitals are haunted, oftentimes.  INTERVIEWER: Really? STELLA: Yeah. INTERVIEWER: Do they believe that the hospital *you* work at is haunted?  STELLA: I mean like, when I worked at a different hospital, like—there were… Continue Reading »