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Banishing a Ghost

by Bernadette Weyde
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At a place near Peel, about sixty years ago (1850s), there was a young man came by his death, as many thought, through foul play. A certain house and people were so troubled with his ghost that they had to get a Roman Catholic priest to lay the ghost; for the Manx people believed that a priest of that faith had more power over a spirit than any other minister.

Many persons yet alive remember the priest being brought there and how, walking backward, and reading out of a book, he put the ghost to rest and consigned him to the Red Sea from whence there was no return; after which they got rest.


(source: Wm. Cashen’s Manx Folk-lore (1912); photo http://bit.ly/GzFCRg)

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