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Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits: 'Small Gods' at the Margins of Christendom - Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic (Hardback)
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Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits: 'Small Gods' at the Margins of Christendom - Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic (Hardback)

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Hardback 366 Pages / Published: 21/12/2017
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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 fairy-mound, chuckling in dark corners of the home or of the demoniac's body, the small gods both define and disturb the borders of a religion that is endlessly syncretistic and in endless, active denial of its own syncretism. The book will be of interest to students of folklore, indigenous Christianity, the history of science, and comparative religion.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137585196
Number of pages: 366
Weight: 5963 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2018


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"This is a good collection, and it is impressive to see how each contributor applies the survival-in-vanishing framework to their chapter. This makes the edited collection feel connected despite the vast number of topics covered, and this is not always easily achieved. There is excellent work in here, and perhaps its most impressive achievement is that it will enable the reader, even non experts, to see a bit further into the subject ... . " (Ciaran Jones, Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture, Vol. 5 (1), 2019)

"This strong collection constitutes a very good first step towards a reconstruction of our thinking about fairies, demons and nature spirits. Its placing of these 'small gods' within the actual expansion of Christianity rather than as historically precedent allows for a broad and sensitive historical investigation." (The Judges of the Katharine Briggs Award 2018, folklore-society.com, November 26, 2018)

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