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Record Type: Review   ID: 600

The Folklore of Ghosts

Davidson, Hilda R. Ellis, & Russell, W.M.S. (Eds.)

 This collection of articles on haunts and apparitions is written from the viewpoint of folklorists. To them, the genuineness of reports of such phenomena is not of prime concern. Rather, folklorists are interested in opinions voiced about ghosts, with tales about them, and the means supposedly used to prevent their appearance. Whether or not ghosts are objectively real, stories and traditions about them do¯exist and serve as the prime focus of this book. There are 11 contributions in three sections. The section titles and numbers of chapters in each are I, Ghosts in Recent Times (5); II, Ghosts in Perspective (1): and III, Ghosts Through the Ages (5). The general aim of the book is to analyze a number of ghost traditions to see what characteristics emerge. The value of the folklore approach for EHES is that it informs experiencers of the lore concerning their experiences and also suggests ways of amplifying their significance and meaning.
Publisher Information:Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1982 (Volume 15 of The Folklore Society Mistletoe Series) 271p. Bibliographic notes by chapter: 239-271
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