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Britain has been referred to as the most haunted place on Earth.  Is this a fair assessment and if so why do you think we are so haunted?

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If both historical records

If both historical records and local traditions of hauntings are taken into account along with modern experiences I think it is fair to say Britian is the most haunted area on earth. 
I wonder if part of the reason is that Britain has been a stable nation for so long.  Local populations stayed put allowing stories of hauntings to be passed down from generation to generation. 
I think it was in a book on ghosts of New Orleans that I read one idea why some areas seem to have more hauntings. The author of the book thought that areas with a high water content were more likely to have hauntings and he used both Britain and New Orleans as his examples. 

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I suppose the fact that

I suppose the fact that Britain's population is fairly tightly pact may have something to do with it.  For a ghost experience and subsequent reporting of it you need someone present, ignoring the CCTV caught suppossed ghostly images.  

Do you think Britains in general might be more accepting that ghosts exist and then be more likely to interpret something as being a haunting?

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That is an interesting

That is an interesting thought.  I don't know of too many people who don't enjoy a "good ghost story" but that isn't the same as believing in ghosts or hauntings.  It also may be people are more willing to accept an occurrence as a haunting if it occurs in known place of tragedy or death or if there is a history of haunted stories behind it.  I was skimming through a site on "ghost" photographs from Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee. To me all the ones I looked at just seemed to be bad shots and had they been taken anywhere else that's likely what the photographers would have thought.  But since they were taken at one of the nastiest and bloodiest of our Civil War battlefields they were automatically ghost photos.
Which brings up another thought.  Are people who are more inclined to believe in hauntings more likely to experience them?

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History

I think it may be the fact that we have been extant as a Folk group for so long that we are so accepting, the spirits of our ancestors are constantly with us, our society comes from people who believed that we were a part of the landscape as much as the trees and hills, and whilst modern society has without doubt made sceptics of many of us the inate sense of the "other" remains, plus as already mentioned stories have been passed generation to generation for what amounts to millenia, this island is steeped in the otherworldly!!

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Firedance wrote: Which
Firedance wrote:

Which brings up another thought.  Are people who are more inclined to believe in hauntings more likely to experience them?

I don't know about whether belief will make you more inclined to have an experience, but it may make you more inclined to accept and maybe report an expereince as being paranormal in nature rather than questioning it further and finding a natural explanation, should there be one.

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 We're a nation of

 We're a nation of storytellers. But then again aren't most nations. 

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It could also be that

It could also be that England is one of the few nations where people actually talk about encounters with ghosts.  Remember, culturally, in many places it's considered a bad omen and people don't like to discuss it, or, it's considered pretty normal, and it's not worth mentioning.  (You'd be amazed the things that can be considered Normal on a Native American reservation, for example.  Flying heads?  What about em?  They're nothing.)

Or they interperate it another way: IE: since all souls go on to judgement, it must be somekind of specter or demon (in which case they get even LESS likely to talk about it.)

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