#Flashlore 21

“… such ‘penitent souls’ of the dead which cannot enter heaven for having failed to restore that which they took from the living.”

In Portuguese lore, tales tell of the Alma Penada: that type of ghost which is bound to our world for their sins — for eternity, unless they atone!

Painting of a couple stumbling upon a ghost floating above a pond.

Quote: Vasconcellos, José Leite de (1882). Tradições Populares de Portugal. (Superstition Sam’s translation from Portuguese). Available HERE.

Image: Munnings, Alfred James (1896). The Haunted Mere. Available HERE.