Download Supernatural Saratoga: Haunted Places and Famous Ghosts of by Mason Winfield PDF

By Mason Winfield

Amid the well-known mineral springs and horse races, Saratoga Springs is a hub for the supernatural. writer Mason Winfield, operator of Saratoga�s Haunted historical past Ghost Walks, chronicles the Spa City�s spookiest legends, from the Iroquoian zombie-like vampires to Benedict Arnold�s Halloween apparitions. the guts of town brims with lore, as covens paintings in mystery within the Devil�s Den local and phantoms linger on the Arcade on Broadway. within the shadow of the Adirondacks, spectral lighting fixtures look on distant Snake Hill, and the girl in White haunts Saratoga Spa country Park. discover the creepiest legends of Saratoga background, the place a few gamblers by no means depart and demons lurk within the forests.

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Download Seven Demon Stories from Medieval Japan by Noriko Reider PDF

By Noriko Reider

In eastern tradition, oni are ubiquitous supernatural creatures who play very important roles in literature, lore, and people trust. traditionally ambiguous, they've been nice and small, mischievous and unsafe, and unpleasant and gorgeous over their lengthy heritage. right here, writer Noriko Reider provides seven oni tales from medieval Japan in complete and translated for an English-speaking audience.

 

Reider, concordant with many students of eastern cultural studies, argues that to study oni is to review humanity. those stories are from an period during which many new oni tales seemed for the aim of either leisure and moral/religious edification and for which oni were fairly very important, as they have been looked as if it would be dwelling entities. They mirror not just the worldview of medieval Japan but in addition subject matters that tell twenty-first-century jap pop and vernacular tradition, together with literature, manga, movie, and anime. With each one translation, Reider comprises an introductory essay exploring the historic and cultural value of the characters and oni manifestations inside of this period.

 

Offering new insights into and interpretations of not just the tales therein but additionally the total style of jap ghost tales, Seven Demon Stories is a worthwhile significant other to Reider’s 2010 quantity Japanese Demon Lore. it will likely be of vital worth to folklore students in addition to scholars of eastern culture.

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Download Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media: by Bill Ellis PDF

By Bill Ellis

Raising the Devil finds how the Christian Pentecostal move, right-wing conspiracy theories, and an opportunistic media became grassroots folks traditions into the Satanism scare of the Nineteen Eighties. in the course of the mid-twentieth century, satan worship was once noticeable as only an remoted perform of medieval instances. yet through the early Nineteen Eighties, many influential specialists in scientific drugs and in legislations enforcement have been proclaiming that satanic cults have been frequent and unsafe. by way of studying the wider context for alleged "cult" job, invoice Ellis demonstrates how similar to modern Satanism emerged throughout the Seventies. Blaming a variety of psychological and actual health problems on in-dwelling demons, a faction of the Pentecostal stream grew to become confident that their presents of the spirit have been being adverse by means of satanic actions. They attributed those actions to a "cult" that was once the evil dual of real Christianity. In a few of the circumstances Ellis considers, universal people ideals and rituals have been misunderstood as facts of satan worship. In others, narratives and rituals themselves have been used to wrestle satanic forces. because the media came across such tales a growing number of beautiful, any task with even remotely occult overtones used to be demonized in an effort to healthy a version of absolute solid confronting evil. Ellis's wide-ranging research covers ouija forums, farm animals mutilation, graveyard desecration, and "diabolical medicine"―the psychiatric community's model of exorcism. He bargains a balanced view of contentious matters resembling demonic ownership, satanic ritual abuse, and the stories of confessing "ex-Satanists." A expert folklorist, Ellis seeks to navigate a center highway during this conversation, and his insights into casual spiritual traditions make clear how clone of Satanism either defined and created deviant behavior.

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Download The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama (Dover Books by Lord Raglan PDF

By Lord Raglan

His mom is a virgin and he is reputed to be the son of a god; he loses desire and is pushed from his state to a sorrowful dying — sound time-honored? In The Hero, Lord Raglan contends that the heroic figures from fable and legend are invested with a standard trend that satisfies the human wish for idealization. Raglan outlines 22 attribute topics or motifs from the heroic stories and illustrates his concept with occasions from the lives of characters from Oedipus (21 out of a potential 22 issues) to Robin Hood (a modest 13).
A interesting research that relates info from international literature with a full of life wit and elegance, it used to be acclaimed through literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman as "a daring, speculative, and brilliantly convincing demonstration that myths are by no means historic yet are fictional narratives derived from ritual dramas." This new version of The Hero (which initially seemed a few thirteen years earlier than Joseph Campbell's The Hero with 1000 Faces) is guaranteed of a long-lasting reputation. This publication will attract students of folklore and mythology, background, literature, and normal readers as well.

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Download Learning Love from a Tiger: Religious Experiences with by Daniel Capper PDF

By Daniel Capper

Learning Love from a Tiger explores the vibrancy and diversity of people’ sacred encounters with the flora and fauna, amassing a variety of tales culled from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Mayan, Himalayan, Buddhist, and chinese language shamanic traditions. Readers will relish stories of condo cats who educate clergymen the right way to meditate, shamans who shape-shift into jaguars, crickets who practice Catholic mass, rivers that provide salvation, etc. as well as being a set of fantastic tales, this publication introduces very important recommendations and ways that underlie a lot fresh paintings in environmental ethics, faith, and ecology. Daniel Capper’s gentle contact activates readers to interact their very own perspectives of humanity’s position within the wildlife and query longstanding assumptions of human superiority.

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Download Bodies: Sex, Violence, Disease, and Death in Contemporary by Gillian Bennett PDF

By Gillian Bennett

Because they're so usually informed as information, modern legends strength us to reevaluate lifestyles as we all know it. They confront us with macabre, outstanding, terrible, or hilarious characters and occasions that appear to return instantly out of myths and folktales, yet are awarded as contemporary occasions. the trouble is that it's not in any respect effortless to make a decision even if those frequently anxious tales will be handled as trustworthy or brushed off as fable.

The legends explored during this e-book are probably the most weird and wonderful, grotesque, and politically delicate tales within the modern legend canon. At any second a physique should be invaded by way of noxious creatures, intentionally contaminated with lethal ailment, or raided to supply donor organs for ailing foreigners. those are "winter's tales," the stuff of nightmares.

during this e-book Gillian Bennett lines the cultural heritage of six legends, recognized in Europe and the USA from medieval instances to the current day. showing in broadsides, ballads, myths, old and smooth legends, novels, performs, movies, tv indicates, and tales informed within the oral culture, those legends usually are not simply foolish stories which are pushed aside as trivial and unfaithful. They demonstrate a lot in regards to the issues and fears of lifestyle and display the bounds of information and tool within the glossy global.

Gillian Bennett is the writer of "Alas, bad Ghost!": Traditions of trust in tale and Discourse and Traditions of trust: ladies and the Supernatural and coauthor of the traditional legend bibliography and reader. She lives in Stockport, United Kingdom.

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Download In the Beginning: Creation Myths from Around the World by Adrienne Robinson,Carolyn North PDF

By Adrienne Robinson,Carolyn North

In the start: construction Myths from round the World is a superbly illustrated and informative selection of construction tales from 15 cultures, utilizing indigenous sources.

These tales exhibit that construction is ongoing, far and wide and regularly, and that every one people are creators the entire time. This enticing ebook of pictures and tales is eventually approximately creativity in all its kinds. initially an exhibition, In the Beginning has seemed in museums, galleries, church buildings, and colleges in different U.S. cities.

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Download Haunted Mississippi Gulf Coast (Haunted America) by Bud Steed PDF

By Bud Steed

Mississippi's stunning Gulf Coast is understood for its sandy shorelines, sunny climate and alluring humans. no longer so welcoming, despite the fact that, are the spirits that hang-out the shorelines, lighthouses, canneries and historical websites in cities alongside the coast. subscribe to writer and ghost hunter Bud Steed as he leads a haunted trip with stops in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, Waveland and all issues in among. From the apparition noticeable lingering within the Bay St. Louis teach Depot, nonetheless looking forward to his teach to come back, to the forceful spirits haunting the outdated Biloxi Cemetery that refuse to be missed, this assortment deals the total tackle the haunted sizzling spots that upload a slightly of darkness and a touch of threat to Mississippi's sunny Gulf Coast.

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Download Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond by Y. Musharbash,G. Presterudstuen PDF

By Y. Musharbash,G. Presterudstuen

supplying a discussion among anthropology and literature, tradition, and media, this booklet offers fine-grained ethnographic vignettes of monsters living within the modern global. those monsters hail from Aboriginal Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Europe, and their presence is inextricably intertwined with the lives of these they haunt.

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Download Ghosts of Old Town Albuquerque (Haunted America) by Cody Polston PDF

By Cody Polston

outdated city Plaza has been the heart of Albuquerque neighborhood lifestyles because the urban was once based in 1706 by means of Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. traditionally referred to as the crossroads of the Southwest, and reflecting an amalgamation of Spanish, Mexican and local American cultures, outdated city Plaza has been domestic to a lot of New Mexico's proud ancestors--and nonetheless is. Ghosts of outdated city Albuquerque offers the proof in their specters wandering the shadows, collected by way of writer Cody Polston, president of the Southwest Ghost Hunter's organization. Having tracked spirits for 3 a long time, together with in such landmarks because the Bottger Mansion and Casa de Ruiz, Polston vows that pragmatism nonetheless cannot clarify away a lot of previous city Plaza's eerie wraiths.

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