The Supernatural In Society Culture And History

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The Supernatural In Society Culture And History

Author : Dennis Waskul
ISBN : 1439915245
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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In the twenty-first century, as in centuries past, stories of the supernatural thrill and terrify us. But despite their popularity, scholars often dismiss such beliefs in the uncanny as inconsequential, or even embarrassing. The editors and contributors to The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History have made a concerted effort to understand encounters with ghosts and the supernatural that have remain present and flourished. Featuring folkloric researchers examining the cultural value of such beliefs and practices, sociologists who acknowledge the social and historical value of the supernatural, and enthusiasts of the mystical and uncanny, this volume includes a variety of experts and interested observers using first-hand ethnographic experiences and historical records. The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History seeks to understand the socio-cultural and socio-historical contexts of the supernatural. This volume takes the supernatural as real because belief in it has fundamentally shaped human history. It continues to inform people's interpretations, actions, and identities on a daily basis. The supernatural is an indelible part of our social world that deserves sincere scholarly attention. Contributors include: Janet Baldwin, I'Nasah Crockett, William Ryan Force, Rachael Ironside, Tea Krulos, Joseph Laycock, Stephen L. Muzzatti, Scott Scribner, Emma Smith, Jeannie Banks Thomas, and the editors
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History
Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: Dennis Waskul, Marc Eaton
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018 - Publisher:

In the twenty-first century, as in centuries past, stories of the supernatural thrill and terrify us. But despite their popularity, scholars often dismiss such beliefs in the uncanny as inconsequential, or even embarrassing. The editors and contributors to The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History have made a concerted effort
Heroism and the Supernatural in the African Epic
Language: en
Pages: 148
Authors: Mariam Konaté Deme
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09-13 - Publisher: Routledge

There exists a strong tendency within Western literary criticism to either deny the existence of epics in Africa or to see African literatures as exotic copies of European originals. In both cases, Western criticism has largely failed to acknowledge the distinctiveness of African literary aesthetics. This book revises traditional literary
Sensing Spirits
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Marc A. Eaton
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-16 - Publisher: Routledge

Based on ethnographic research, this book examines the paranormal investigation subculture in the US. Presenting interviews with investigators as well as extensive field observations, it explores their reasons for getting involved, their use of different investigative methods, the interpretive processes by which they individually and collectively ‘sense’ spirits, the ways
Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Corinne J. Saunders
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010 - Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

The themes of magic and the supernatural in medieval romance are here fully explored and put into the context of thinking at the time in this first full study of the subject.
Magic and the Supernatural in Fourth Century Syria
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Silke Trzcionka
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-11-22 - Publisher: Routledge

Magic and the Supernatural in Fourth Century Syria presents an in-depth investigation of a variety of ‘magical’ practices with a focused study in the late antique Syria and Palestine. Offering new research using both archaeological and literary sources, and blending Classical, Jewish, and Christian traditions from both regions, Silke Trzcionka