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Legend-Tripping OnlineSupernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat$
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Michael Kinsella

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739831

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.001.0001

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. The Performance of Legend-Tripping

. The Performance of Legend-Tripping

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Legend-Tripping Online

Michael Kinsella

University Press of Mississippi

In 2005, the author of this book attended the Mid-South Paranormal Convention at the Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Kentucky, which culminated in an all-night ghost-hunting tour of the premises. The event drew ghost hunters and spirit photographers, all wanting to see with their own eyes the ghosts residing at the sanitarium, where 63,000 tuberculosis patients were said to have died. Strange stories and many other legends surrounding Waverly Hills have solidified its reputation as a mid-South epicenter for paranormal activity. In this chapter, the author recounts his experience at Waverly Hills and the guests’ supposed encounter with the supernatural, including ghosts and spirits. He describes his ordeal at Waverly Hills as an example of what folklorists call legend-tripping. He also looks at early legend-trips in Europe and the Ouija board’s connection to many popular supernatural legends and legend-trips. Finally, the chapter discusses the reality TV series Ghost Hunters Live 2007 Halloween Special, which tackled the supernatural events surrounding Waverly Hills.

Keywords:   ghosts, Mid-South Paranormal Convention, Waverly Hills Sanitarium, Kentucky, ghost-hunting, supernatural, legend-tripping, supernatural legends, Ouija board, reality TV series

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