In Hindu religion, we have separate Gods for the five prime elements of nature (land, water, air, ether or sky and fire) as described in wikipedia.
'Bhoota' means a ghost. 'Pancha' means the number 5. So 'Pancha Bhoota' represents God or good spirit.
Here is what I want to know: Why a good spirit like God is represented by 'bhoota' (ghost or bad spirit). In the wikipedia reference 'bhoota' means elements. Why do we have so many meanings for the single word bhoota.