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In many traditional accounts, ghosts are often thought to be deceased people looking for vengeance, or imprisoned on earth for bad things they did during life. The appearance of a ghost has often been regarded as an omen or portent of death. Seeing one's own ghostly double or [[doppelgänger]] is a related omen of death.<ref>Christina Hole (1950) ''Haunted England'': 13-27</ref>
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==Fears of ghosts among various cultures==
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===Japanese===
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[[Onryō]] (怨霊) is a [[Japan]]ese ghost (''[[yurei]]'') who is able to return to the physical world in order to seek [[Revenge|vengeance]]. While male onryō can be found, mainly in [[kabuki]] theatre, the majority are women, powerless in the physical world, they often suffer at the capricious whims of their male lovers. In death they become strong. [[Goryō]] are [[Onryō|vengeance ghosts]] from the [[aristocracy|aristocratic classes]], especially those who have been [[martyred]].
 
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