By Gabor Klaniczay, Eva Pocs
This can be the 1st quantity of a sequence of 3, containing eleven essays of altogether forty three articles according to the themes of the interdisciplinary convention hung on this subject in Budapest in 1999. The authors - well-known historians, ethnologists, folklorists coming from four continents - current the newest study findings of a big zone of common human psychological reviews and methods and uncomplicated religious-ethnological ideas. the current quantity makes a speciality of the matter of verbal exchange with the opposite global: the phenomenon of spirit ownership and its altering old interpretations, the imaginary schemes elaborated for giving bills of the trips to the opposite global, for speaking with the useless, and at last the ancient archetypes of this kind of spiritual manifestation - trance prophecy, divination, and shamanism.
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209–32; Verbeke, 1987; Onians, 1951; Harvey, 1975. The discussion that follows is in part a reprise of the ideas presented in Caciola, 2000 and Caciola, 2003. 7 Cohen makes the same point in a recent article, 2000, p. 50. 8 The toad: Miracula B. Idesbaldi Abbatis, in AASS vol. 11 (18 April), 587. Coal: Vita S. Bernardini Senensis, in AASS vol. 18 (20 May), 106. Red rock and Leaf: Vita B. Placidi Eremitae, in AASS vol. 23 (12 June), 110. Hairy worm: Thomas of Cantimpré, 1597, II: xxxvi; iiii. 9 This is the story in which the demon appears as a hairy worm: Thomas of Cantimpré, 1597, II: xxxvi; iiii.
William of Paris (1674). ” In Opera Omnia. Paris. NON SUNT NISI PHANTASIAE ET IMAGINATIONES: A MEDIEVAL ATTEMPT AT EXPLAINING DEMONS RENATA MIKOLAJCZYK For his master and brother, Louis from Lewenbergh, forever loyal Witelo plebanus. You ask me to write about things difficult to grasp, about the main reason of repentance in men and about the nature of demons, according to my understanding, that is following the principles of philosophy, I apprehend. Although I have been neither a student nor an expert in the science, which deals with difficult questions and truths of theology, still, as your wish has always been an order for me and shall remain so forever, I will not refuse your request.
Finally, there are cases of involuntary possession. Contemporaneous with the rise of feminine mysticism was the perception of an increasing number of demoniacs. Again, though males occasionally became demonically possessed, the vast majority of miracle tales and iconographic representations of demoniacs involve female victims. ” 26 COMMUNICATING WITH THE SPIRITS These representations of shamanistic old ladies, of women mystics, and of female demoniacs collectively construct the surfaces of female bodies as particularly open to spiritual egressions and ingressions.
Communicating with the Spirits: Christian Demonology and Popular Mythology (Demons, Spirits and Witches) by Gabor Klaniczay, Eva Pocs