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#1 carlotta

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Posted 10 July 2015 - 03:04 AM

Hi,

 

I was reading a cool article "Walking in the Shadow of Death" in DarkLore volume 8, about roads people used to carry their dead from their rural location to a main church for final burial.

 

Here's the wiki link on this topic: https://en.wikipedia...iki/Corpse_road

 

For a paranormal investigation, this would be cool, especially as a day or overnight hike.

 

Has anyone ever walked one?

 

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 03:57 PM

Far as I know, these are mostly in Europe, so no, I have not walked one.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 01:53 AM

We have roads that have made a lot of corpses but I have not heard of "Corpse Roads". Here that would be the road leading up to the Cemetery Gates and in built up areas people and businesses reside on those roads.....


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Posted 15 July 2015 - 02:31 AM

Here's a bit about one such road in France:

http://www.pontnoir....php?f=28&t=4016

 

In terms of residual energy, such routes taken by people full of grief must be super charged. It would be interesting to hike one, perhaps on the night of a full moon, when there is plenty of moonlight.

 

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 06:50 PM

More on these roads

 

http://www.atlasobsc...se-corpse-roads


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Posted 21 July 2015 - 05:31 PM

That's really interesting!  I don't really think there are any corpse roads per this definition in my immediate area of West Virginia, though. I guess technically you could follow the old paths from our oldest burial grounds to where the more populated settlements were, but even then....

 

But, there are definitely plenty of instances of folklore about the proper way to remove a corpse from the home to its final resting place!  To prevent the spirit or ghost of the deceased from following mourners back home, there were plenty of little tips and tricks to fool it, including just simply taking a different route home from the route taken TO the cemetery. Taking a round-about way to the cemetery, removing the corpse from a designated 'coffin or casket door' and taking the coffin out feet first were a couple other methods popular around here.

 

On a similar note, I did hear a fascinating story from a gentleman I contacted about a possible investigation.  His family cemetery has made all those online lists as being a haunted location, and when I emailed him about what he knew, he claimed that he had no personal knowledge of the cemetery itself being haunted.  That was disappointing, but he did make sure to include a nearby ghost story.  As a boy, his grandfather was walking along the wooded path between the old homestead and the family burial ground and witnessed what he described as a skeleton riding a coffin through the trees.






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