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Elvis After Life: Unusual Experiences Surrounding the Death of a Superstar

Moody, Raymond A., Jr.

 This is not strictly a book on parapsychology but in part it deals with experiences traditionally labeled parapsychological. It could be called a kind of folklore in the making. It is included here because it illustrates an approach to the study of human experiences that parapsychologists might well emulate. It does not attempt to prove anything, although the author did interview all of the persons whose experiences are included at firsthand. It is valuable because he does not rule out the possibility of some experiences because of their improbability. By studying the full range of experiences of an unusual nature following a single focal point the death of Elvis Presley¯it becomes possible to view the experiences as aspects of a continuum which is needed in parapsychology. Rather than attempting to "prove" whether the experiences "really" happened as reported, psychiatrist Moody is interested in them "for what they reveal about the human mind and spirit" (p. 2 of Introduction). Some of the experiences related are premonitory of Elvis' death. There are apparitions and inexplicable physical effects. Many of the persons interviewed are convinced that Elvis has been in contact with them since his death. Moody adds a new dimension to the study of psychic experiences associated with the death of a person by his sensitivity to the "emotional context of human grief and bereavement in which they occur" (p. 154).
Publisher Information:Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd., 1987. 158p
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