Ghosts? There’s no such thing! But are you sure? In some countries, people believe in disembodied beings – and they know how to deal with them, too
A roof, rice, fruit and rice wine will placate the worst-tempered ghost. That’s why there are tiny ghost dwellings with sacrificial offerings outside buildings in Thailand and Cambodia.
Household spirits bring protection and good fortune and are welcome in Russia. Every home has its own and when people move, they take theirs with them – inside an old slipper. In the new home, they are fed milk and cookies.
Living with elves and trolls – the Icelanders expect to find their creatures of fable in special natural spots. Urban planning offices commission elf surveys before issuing building permits and even change plans if necessary.