Communicating with the Spirits, Band 1
Focuses on the problem of communication with the other world: the phenomenon of spirit possession and its changing historical interpretations, the imaginary schemes elaborated for giving accounts of the journeys to the other world, for communicating with the dead, and finally the historical archetypes of this kind of religious manifestation-trance prophecy, divination, and shamanism. Recognized historians and ethnologists analyze the relationship, coexistence and conflicts of popular belief systems, Judeo-Christian mythology and demonology in medieval and modern Europe. The essays address links between rites and beliefs, folklore and literature; the legacy of various pre-Christian mythologies; the syncretic forms of ancient, medieval and modern belief- and rite-systems; "pure" examples from religious-ethnological research outside Europe to elucidate European problems.
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ETIMAGINATIONES A MEDIEVAL ATTEMPT AT EXPLAINING DEMONS
DISCERNING SPIRITS IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE
DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS IN THE FIRST PART OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY IN FRANCE
SOME EASTCENTRAL EUROPEAN EXAMPLES
THANOTOPIC ASPECTS OF THE IRISH SIDHE
VISIONS OF THE OTHER WORLD AS NARRATED IN CONTEMPORARY BELIEF LEGENDS FROM RESIA
TRANCE PROPHETS AND DIVINERS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
SHAMANISM IN MEDIEVAL SCANDINAVIAN LITERATURE
THE KING THE CAT AND THE CHAPLAIN KING CHRISTIAN IVS ENCOUNTER WITH THE SAMI SHAMANS OF NORTHERN NORWAY A...
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CONTACTS WITH THE OTHER WORLD
HERETICS AND THEIR JOURNEY TO THE OTHER WORLD
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Seite 26 - fabricated as an interior essence, [then] that very interiority is an effect and function of a decidedly public regulation of fantasy through the surface politics of the body, the gender border control that differentiates inner from outer and so institutes the 'integrity' of the subject (Butler, 1990, p. 136). Butler's