The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations



[Read] ➳ The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations By Claude Lecouteux – E17streets4all.co.uk What poltergeist accounts through the ages reveal about our own worldviews Provides a wide array of case studies from ancient Greece and Rome to medieval Europe to the modern world Explores the relati What poltergeist History of eBook ´ accounts through the ages reveal about our own worldviews Provides a wide array of case studies from ancient Greece and Rome to medieval Europe to the modern world Explores the relationship between poltergeists and troubled adolescence Looks beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses Stories of poltergeists and their mischievous and The Secret ePUB Æ sometimes violent actions knocking, stone or chair throwing, moving objects with invisible hands, and slamming or opening doors are a constant through the ages What changes is how we interpret this activity For our pagan ancestors this phenomenon was caused by helper spirits whose manifestations revealed their unhappiness with a household The medieval Christian church demonized these once helpful spirits and held exorcisms to expel them Secret History of Epub á from the houses they haunted which proved effective less than half the time The Age of Enlightenment cast these incidents as clever hoaxes, and many still believe this today But poltergeist manifestations continue to appear and often defy attempts to debunk them as pranks What then is behind this phenomenon Exploring accounts of poltergeists from ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and the modern world, Claude Lecouteux finds that while our interpretations of poltergeists may change, the manifestations always follow a similar course and evolution He shows how modern scientific studies of poltergeist manifestations have found a strong tie between these visitations and the presence of a troubled adolescent in the house Looking beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses, the author shows how these unhappy spirits serve as confirmation of the supernatural beings that share the earth with us and of our relationship with the natural and unseen world, a relationship we must take care to keep in balance.The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader how we interpret this activity For our pagan ancestors this phenomenon was caused by helper spirits whose manifestations revealed their unhappiness with a household The medieval Christian church demonized these once helpful spirits and held exorcisms to expel them Secret History of Epub á from the houses they haunted which proved effective less than half the time The Age of Enlightenment cast these incidents as clever hoaxes, and many still believe this today But poltergeist manifestations continue to appear and often defy attempts to debunk them as pranks What then is behind this phenomenon Exploring accounts of poltergeists from ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and the modern world, Claude Lecouteux finds that while our interpretations of poltergeists may change, the manifestations always follow a similar course and evolution He shows how modern scientific studies of poltergeist manifestations have found a strong tie between these visitations and the presence of a troubled adolescent in the house Looking beneath the Christian adulteration of pagan practices to reveal the hidden ancestral beliefs tied to poltergeists and haunted houses, the author shows how these unhappy spirits serve as confirmation of the supernatural beings that share the earth with us and of our relationship with the natural and unseen world, a relationship we must take care to keep in balance."/>
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations
  • Claude Lecouteux
  • English
  • 12 March 2019
  • 159477465X

10 thoughts on “The Secret History of Poltergeists and Haunted Houses: From Pagan Folklore to Modern Manifestations

  1. says:

    As someone who is keen on the stories of supernatural phenomena based on true events devoid of media generated sensationalism, testimonies of mediums or psychics , or narratives of parapsychologists, I was immediately hooked on The Secret History of Poltergeist and Haunted Houses by Claude Lecouteux, a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne, upon reading the excerpts thereof it s a book worth being acclaimed as an unprecedented kind of literature in context o As someone who is keen on the stories of supernatural phenomena based on true events devoid of media generated sensationalism, testimonies of mediums or psychics , or narratives of parapsychologists, I was immediately hooked on The Secret History of Poltergeist and Haunted Houses by Claude Lecouteux, a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne, upon reading the excerpts thereof it s a book worth being acclaimed as an unprecedented kind of literature in context of regarding its multidisciplinary approaches to the nature and kinds of poltergeists and various supernatural phenomena based upon historical records as well as cultural accounts gleaned from his exhaustive research on the subject matters The book itself will make the reader realize that there are indeedthings in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in this world The word Poltergeist meaning a noisy spirit in German, first appeared in the dictionary by Erasmus Alberus in 1540, an era marked by turbulent religious conflicts between the Catholics and the Protestants, including Reformation In fact, Martin Luther, the father of Protestantism, was an avid believer in devils manifestations in the form of poltergeist and availed it of a potent means of proselytism of his new religious founding Also, from 1550 to around 1700, many books on spirits were written mainly by scholars, men of letters, and theologians, including King James I of England 1566 1625 , who wrote Demonology in form of a Dialogue, a treaty on spirits of devilish nature.As aforesaid, etymologically, the word poltergeist denotes a primarily acoustic phenomenon that has also been termed as knocking spirits, which Lecourteux uses as a neutral term without academic snobbery He categorizes the activities of poltergeists as follows 1 Casting stones filth 2 Vague noises 3 Banging of windows 4 Mischievous Malicious acts 5 Broken dishes 6 Destruction of houses by fire and or 7 Attacks on specific individuals He further illustrates the historical accounts of poltergeist incidents in the cases of a certain Greek philosopher named Athenodorous as narrated by Pliny the Younger 62 113 in his letter to his friend Sura in which a story of a specter of an old man who appeared to the philosopher to show him where he had been buried and a man named Gilles Bolacre who rented a haunted house in Tours that disturbed him every night with knocking sounds and went to court to have the lease successfully rescinded on the ground of the landowner s violation of caveat emptor Lecourteux also proffers a reasonably plausible connection between some of the supernatural phenomena and human synchronicity, which includes telesthetic power He provides the reader with the concept of Place Memories, a telesthetic phenomenon in which the cries of the victims and various noises accompanying the violent scenes are imprinted on the walls or at the places where acts of violence were committed as if upon a magnetic tape recording He elucidates that inanimate objects could be endowed with human properties by means of the telestehtic faculties of the subconscious that have the ability to find and interpret such uncommon vibrations and emanations, just as mnemonic faculties have the ability to discern the latent vibrations of thought What distinguishes The Secret History of Poltergeist and Haunted Houses from other books of similar subject matters is its etymological, historical, and sociological explanations on poltergeist and other supernatural incidents as recorded in annals, newspapers, or folktales In light of the above, Lecourteux addresses our human nature that has hardly evolved at all in the domain of supernatural despite the dominant influence of Enlightenment rationality in the recent historical and social landscapes That is, science has failed to deprecate ancient beliefs in spiritual entities variable in accordance with religious and cultural climates throughout our human civilizations Also, the veritable records of supernatural incidents betoken different mental attitudes of the times After all, our ancient predilection for anything supernatural have survived and will survive change of time and political, social ethos because it is linked to man s fundamental questions about a realm inhibited by the dead and spirits

  2. says:

    An interesting, scholarly examination of the subject The book doesn t come off as New Age gurgling, but rather a well rounded foundation to understanding the subject of poltergeists Very useful for anyone seeking information without the embellishment usually found in sensationalist writers seeking to cash in.

  3. says:

    Ugh Poorly written research paper The cover was the best part and it quickly went downhill.

  4. says:

    Not what I thought Reads like a text book Although someone did write a spell in Latin inside the book.

  5. says:

    I was expecting a nice, easy, slightly creepy read with an academic twist to get me into the Halloween spirit Instead, somehow this was so cut and dry that it was on the verge of boring me to death For instance, he spent 10 pages defining what a poltergeist is This is a translation from French, and while it is a good translation in that it easily reads like English, it just wasn t interesting.Further, it seemed as if the author had a difficult time narrowing in on what lens he wanted to exami I was expecting a nice, easy, slightly creepy read with an academic twist to get me into the Halloween spirit Instead, somehow this was so cut and dry that it was on the verge of boring me to death For instance, he spent 10 pages defining what a poltergeist is This is a translation from French, and while it is a good translation in that it easily reads like English, it just wasn t interesting.Further, it seemed as if the author had a difficult time narrowing in on what lens he wanted to examine the phenomena from Folk lore History Psychology I figured from the description is would be psychology, and while elements were there, there was a lotof the classification of different types of poltergeists through history rather than any sort of analysis from any of those viewpoints Basically it s a book about how to classify different types of poltergeists, which is about as exciting a book on how to classify different types of dinosaurs.I gave up halfway through

  6. says:

    I m very familiar with U.S poltergeist cases, especially the investigations of Dr William Roll This book primarily focuses on European cases Suggests that poltergeist experiences are an international, trans cultural phenomenon with many commonalities in reported cases experiences.

  7. says:

    Well researched and carefully footnoted, and yet very readable The author does an excellent job demonstrating how it is that these stories s interpretations evolve over time.

  8. says:

    Interesting and scholarly.

  9. says:

    Ugh, this thing reads like a textbookhideously dull

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