The Origin of the Sheet Ghost

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A person wearing a white sheet to represent a ghost has its roots in poverty.  Until relatively recently in Britain, a coffin was a luxury that the lower classes couldn't afford.  So, instead of wooden boxes, the poor were buried wrapped in a white sheet.  A person wearing a white sheet became synonymous with death, and mischievous pranksters had only to cut eye holes in a sheet to evoke the image of a revenant freshly risen from the grave.

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