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Monsters Author David D. Gilmore
ISBN-10 9780812203226
Release 2012-05-26
Pages 224
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The human mind needs monsters. In every culture and in every epoch in human history, from ancient Egypt to modern Hollywood, imaginary beings have haunted dreams and fantasies, provoking in young and old shivers of delight, thrills of terror, and endless fascination. All known folklores brim with visions of looming and ferocious monsters, often in the role as adversaries to great heroes. But while heroes have been closely studied by mythologists, monsters have been neglected, even though they are equally important as pan-human symbols and reveal similar insights into ways the mind works. In Monsters: Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts, and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors, anthropologist David D. Gilmore explores what human traits monsters represent and why they are so ubiquitous in people's imaginations and share so many features across different cultures. Using colorful and absorbing evidence from virtually all times and places, Monsters is the first attempt by an anthropologist to delve into the mysterious, frightful abyss of mythical beasts and to interpret their role in the psyche and in society. After many hair-raising descriptions of monstrous beings in art, folktales, fantasy, literature, and community ritual, including such avatars as Dracula and Frankenstein, Hollywood ghouls, and extraterrestrials, Gilmore identifies many common denominators and proposes some novel interpretations. Monsters, according to Gilmore, are always enormous, man-eating, gratuitously violent, aggressive, sexually sadistic, and superhuman in power, combining our worst nightmares and our most urgent fantasies. We both abhor and worship our monsters: they are our gods as well as our demons. Gilmore argues that the immortal monster of the mind is a complex creation embodying virtually all of the inner conflicts that make us human. Far from being something alien, nonhuman, and outside us, our monsters are our deepest selves.


Misogyny Author David D. Gilmore
ISBN-10 0812200322
Release 2010-08-03
Pages 272
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"Yes, women are the greatest evil Zeus has made, and men are bound to them hand and foot with impossible knots by God."—Semonides, seventh century B.C. Men put women on a pedestal to worship them from afar—and to take better aim at them for the purpose of derision. Why is this paradoxical response to women so widespread, so far-reaching, so all-pervasive? Misogyny, David D. Gilmore suggests, is best described as a male malady, as it has always been a characteristic shared by human societies throughout the world. Misogyny: The Male Malady is a comprehensive historical and anthropological survey of woman-hating that casts new light on this age-old bias. The turmoil of masculinity and the ugliness of misogyny have been well documented in different cultures, but Gilmore's synoptic approach identifies misogyny in a variety of human experiences outside of sex and marriage and makes a fresh and enlightening contribution toward understanding this phenomenon. Gilmore maintains that misogyny is so widespread and so pervasive among men that it must be at least partly psychogenic in origin, a result of identical experiences in the male developmental cycle, rather than caused by the environment alone. Presenting a wealth of compelling examples—from the jungles of New Guinea to the boardrooms of corporate America—Gilmore shows that misogynistic practices occur in hauntingly identical forms. He asserts that these deep and abiding male anxieties stem from unresolved conflicts between men's intense need for and dependence upon women and their equally intense fear of that dependence. However, misogyny, according to Gilmore, is also often supported and intensified by certain cultural realities, such as patrilineal social organization; kinship ideologies that favor fraternal solidarity over conjugal unity; chronic warfare, feuding, or other forms of intergroup violence; and religious orthodoxy or asceticism. Gilmore is in the end able to offer steps toward the discovery of antidotes to this irrational but global prejudice, providing an opportunity for a lasting cure to misogyny and its manifestations.

Fantastical Creatures and Magical Beasts

Fantastical Creatures and Magical Beasts Author Shannon Knudsen
ISBN-10 9780822599876
Release 2009-08-01
Pages 48
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Meet some of the magical creatures people have invented throughout history.

Haunting Experiences

Haunting Experiences Author Diane Goldstein
ISBN-10 9780874216813
Release 2007-09-15
Pages 272
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Ghosts and other supernatural phenomena are widely represented throughout modern culture. They can be found in any number of entertainment, commercial, and other contexts, but popular media or commodified representations of ghosts can be quite different from the beliefs people hold about them, based on tradition or direct experience. Personal belief and cultural tradition on the one hand, and popular and commercial representation on the other, nevertheless continually feed each other. They frequently share space in how people think about the supernatural. In Haunting Experiences, three well-known folklorists seek to broaden the discussion of ghost lore by examining it from a variety of angles in various modern contexts. Diane E. Goldstein, Sylvia Ann Grider, and Jeannie Banks Thomas take ghosts seriously, as they draw on contemporary scholarship that emphasizes both the basis of belief in experience (rather than mere fantasy) and the usefulness of ghost stories. They look closely at the narrative role of such lore in matters such as socialization and gender. And they unravel the complex mix of mass media, commodification, and popular culture that today puts old spirits into new contexts.

Monstrous Imagination

Monstrous Imagination Author Marie Hélène Huet
ISBN-10 0674586514
Release 1993
Pages 316
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What woeful maternal fancy produced such a monster? This was once the question asked when a deformed infant was born. From classical antiquity through to the Enlightenment, the monstrous child bore witness to the fearsome power of the mother's imagination. What such a notion meant and how it reappeared, transformed, in the Romantic period are the questions explored in this book, a study of theories linking imagination, art and monstrous progeny.

The Anthropology of Religion Magic and Witchcraft

The Anthropology of Religion  Magic  and Witchcraft Author Rebecca Stein
ISBN-10 9781315532158
Release 2017-05-08
Pages 332
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This concise and accessible textbook introduces students to the anthropological study of religion. Stein and Stein examine religious expression from a cross-cultural perspective and expose students to the varying complexity of world religions. The chapters incorporate key theoretical concepts and a rich range of ethnographic material. The fourth edition of The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft offers: • increased coverage of new religious movements, fundamentalism, and religion and conflict/violence; • fresh case study material with examples drawn from around the globe; • further resources via a comprehensive companion website. This is an essential guide for students encountering anthropology of religion for the first time.

Manhood in the Making

Manhood in the Making Author David D. Gilmore
ISBN-10 9780300046465
Release 1990-01-01
Pages 258
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Offers a cross-cultural study of manhood as an achieved status, and looks at two androgynous cultures that are exceptions to the manhood archetype

The Science of Monsters

The Science of Monsters Author Matt Kaplan
ISBN-10 9781451667998
Release 2013-10-08
Pages 244
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"Previously published as Medusa's gaze and vampire's bite by Scribner"--Title page verso.

Alas poor ghost

 Alas  poor ghost  Author Gillian Bennett
ISBN-10 UOM:39015047567238
Release 1999-09
Pages 223
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"Bennett interviewed women in Manchester, England, asking them about ghosts and other supernatural experiences and beliefs. (Her discussion of how her research methods and interview techniques evolved is in itself valuable.) She first published the results of the study in the well-received Traditions of Belief: Women and the Supernatural, which has been used internationally in folklore, women's studies, and other courses. "Alas, Poor Ghost!" thoroughly revises and expands that work. In addition to a fuller presentation and analysis of the original field research, the author has updated the text to incorporate more recent studies and assisted by Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new research with a group of women in Leicester, England. This last addition focuses on the role of bereavement and witnessing in contact with the dead."-- BOOK JACKET.

Monsters and Demons

Monsters and Demons Author Charlotte Montague
ISBN-10 078582880X
Release 2012-05-10
Pages 192
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Waking the dead, stalking the living, roaming the night... hungry for blood, Monsters and Demons explores the truth behind the legends and analyzes that most deep-rooted of human fears—"fear of the unknown"—a fear that can be traced back to the first syllable of recorded time. Monsters and Demons is a gruesome history of our worst nightmares, from the soul-scorching heat of Satan's eternal hell-fire to lurching, relentless, hungry-for-brains zombies crawling from the grave. The full-color illustrations in this hardcover edition make it the perfect addition to any library, and an excellent gift for those interested in paranomal subjects. This book is a complete compendium of terrifying mythological beasts—many are very much alive, and some say, they can still be witnessed today. A beautiful hardcover edition,

Pandemonium and Parade

Pandemonium and Parade Author Michael Dylan Foster
ISBN-10 9780520253629
Release 2009
Pages 291
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Monsters known as yōkai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape. This history of the strange and mysterious in Japan seeks out these creatures in folklore, encyclopedias, literature, art, science, games, manga, magazines and movies, exploring their meanings in the Japanese imagination over three centuries.

The Monsters in the Mind

The Monsters in the Mind Author Frank Cawson
ISBN-10 UOM:39015037286708
Release 1995
Pages 174
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The Monsters in the Mind has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Monsters in the Mind also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Monsters in the Mind book for free.

The Balinese

The Balinese Author John Stephen Lansing
ISBN-10 UOM:39015034024748
Release 1995
Pages 148
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This study of the complex Balinese culture examines Balinese concepts of personhood and society; the integration of art into every aspect of Balinese life; the effects of the Guen Revolution on Balinese agriculture; the ecological role of their water temples in an age-old system of inigrate rice terraces; and the ethnohistory of Bali, including both colonial and Balinese views. The book is organized around four different periods of fieldwork and includes an appendix of available films and videos on the Balinese.

Mama Lola

Mama Lola Author Karen McCarthy Brown
ISBN-10 9780520268104
Release 2011-04-05
Pages 429
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"Brown weaves together fictional, biographical, and ethnological narratives into a moving account of the life of a Vodou community and its leader, Mama Lola. This book belies the stereotypes that still distort the image of this ancient religion in the academic as well as the popular mind."—Albert J. Raboteau, Princeton University "An eloquent contribution to the emerging feminist paradigm of scholarship as engaged, embodied, and life-affirming."—Carol P. Christ, author of Laughter of Aphrodite "A riveting narrative, rich in detail. Karen Brown brings a rare, well-informed regard to her interpretation of Haitian religious life."—Lawrence E. Sullivan, author of Icanchu's Drum: An Orientation to the Meaning of South American Religions

The Cave Bear Story

The Cave Bear Story Author Björn Kurtén
ISBN-10 0231103611
Release 1995-01
Pages 163
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Inaugurates a new field of disability studies by framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, revising oppressive narratives and revealing liberatory ones. The book examines disabled figures in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills, in African-American novels by Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde, and in the popular cultural ritual of the freak show.

The Enigma of Loch Ness

The Enigma of Loch Ness Author Henry H. Bauer
ISBN-10 0252012844
Release 1986
Pages 243
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Modern Look at Monsters

Modern Look at Monsters Author Daniel Cohen
ISBN-10 UOM:39015001895401
Release 1970
Pages 237
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