'Ghostis' is the root of the word 'host' as well as the root of the word 'guest.'
The host and guest play the two sides of the ghostis relation. Hosts could be hostile sometimes, and they might turn their guests into hostages, who, in its original manifestation, were
"held as a guarantee to a treaty of peace between two previously antagonistic sides." (The Gift of Thanks, Margaret Visser, 2008; page 23)
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