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Fairies, demons and nature spirits : "small gods" at the margins of Christendom

Author: Michael Ostling
Publisher: London [England] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
Series: Palgrave historical studies in witchcraft and magic.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book examines the fairies, demons, and nature spirits haunting the margins of Christendom from late-antique Egypt to early modern Scotland to contemporary Amazonia. Contributions from anthropologists, folklorists, historians and religionists explore Christian strategies of encompassment and marginalization, and the `small gods' undisciplined tendency to evade such efforts at exorcism. Lurking in forest or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Ostling
ISBN: 9781137585196 1137585196
OCLC Number: 1028535324
Description: xv, 366 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Where've all the good people gone? / Michael Ostling --
The threat of headless beings: constructing the demonic in Christian Egypt / David Frankfurter --
Secrets of the síd: the supernatural in Medieval Irish texts / Lisa Bitel --
The good, the bad, and the unholy: ambivalent angels in the Middle Ages / Coree Newman --
Between fallen angels and nature spirits: Russian demonology of the early Modern Period / Dmitriy Antonov --
Crisis at the border: Amazonian relations with spirits and others / Artionka Capiberibe --
Between humans and angels: scientific uses for fairies in early Modern Scotland / Julian Goodare --
The álfar, the clerics, and the enlightenment: conceptions of the supernatural in the Age of Reason in Iceland / Terry Gunnell --
The devil and the spirit world in nineteenth-century Estonia: from Christianization to folklorization / Ülo Valk --
Dreaming of snakes in contemporary Zambia: small gods and the secular / Johanneke Kroesbergen-Kamps --
Small gods, small demons: remnants of an archaic fairy cult in Central and South-Eastern Europe / Éva Pócs --
Who owns the world? Recognizing the repressed small gods of Southeast Asia / Lorraine V. Aragon --
Spirits, Christians and capitalists in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea / Michael Wood --
"Reconnecting to everything:" fairies in contemporary paganism / Sabina Magliocco --
Afterword / Ronald Hutton.
Series Title: Palgrave historical studies in witchcraft and magic.
Responsibility: Michael Ostling, editor.

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