When Sam was young, his family was attacked by the hungry ghost of a neighbor. The neighbor had been killed several days ago in his home, and the body had not been discovered immediately. The higher soul had already departed the body, leaving only the lower soul, which frightened Sam and his sister, Dora. Their parents, searching for a way to help their children cope, told them that if they were to kill someone, they should say his name twice while throwing a pinch of salt over each shoulder—once for the higher soul, and once for the lower soul. This belief has remained with Sam.