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Ghosts in Popular Culture and Legend (Hardcover) (June Pulliam)

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"Ghosts are the only monsters that most people actually believe in." A folklorist friend of mine said this to me when I was in the early stages of working on this project. His words really colored the scope of this book, which in its entries not only explains certain ghost lore and ghost-related phenomena, but considers the psychological and sociological reasons that representations of the ghost exist almost by necessity in different cultures and throughout time. Of course, most of the entries deal with tales and motifs associated with legend and popular culture, but readers of this text should be cognizant that despite the nature of these tales, such stories of ghosts and hauntings are believed by many. This makes the ghost a different sort of monster. While there are extensive bodies of folklore about zombies and vampires, most people in modern societies do not believe them to be real--these same people who rationally deny the possible existence of vampires and zombies are also the same people who willadmit, in confidence, that they experienced what they call a feeling, something not quite right, while touring a plantation home that is reputed to be haunted, or while explaining that they saw a parent's image, which appeared to them on the night of his/her death. The television genre that can be termed paranormal television attests to this belief in ghosts: the vast majority of these programs concern ghost hunters who go in search of the truth behind a legend of a haunting, or seek to debunk a medium who claims to be able to speak to the dead"--
Number of Pages: 403
Genre: Social Science, Body + Mind + Spirit
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
Author: June Pulliam
Language: English
Street Date: September 26, 2016
TCIN: 51649717
UPC: 9781440834905
Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-3131
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