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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Pine Winds Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937663093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937663097
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today's Books rates this book a "MUST READ" -- Today's Books - September 2004

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Anyone truly interested in Forteana will love this book.
E Gaillard
A very well presented Spiritu-Philosophical Worldview which tackles alot of subjects in a way which is hard to refute.
G. Ridgeway
Patrick Harpur has really hit the proverbial nail on its head with this work.
Ellzeena

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Linda Johnsen on September 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that urgently needed to be written, an intelligent and genuinely thoughtful examination of anomalous phenomena like "UFO" and "fairy" sightings. I've spent time in rural India where these types of experiences are still amazingly common. In India the World Soul or anima mundi is called the mahat ("great mind") and is understood as the source of many extra-ordinary phenomena. On the one hand they are recognized as hallucinations (maya); on the other, they reflect the incursion of the tanmatras (subtle matter) into our physical experience, and in that sense are completely real.
I'm grateful to Harpur for reintroducing the World Soul to jaded Western readers who may have lost sight of the mysterious "Other World" which co-exists with our modern rational universe in such an uneasy manner. He's onto something important here. This book is a classic; I'm certain people will still be reading it a century from now.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 8, 2004
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Daimonic Reality: A Field Guide To The Otherworld by Patrick Harpur offers a uniquely holistic and metaphysical perspective concerning otherworldly events such as UFOs, fairies, phantom animals, visions of the Virgin Mary, alien abductions, and more. Presenting the theory of Daimonic Reality, which perceives certain creatures and things to be not literally real (incapable of being unequivocally proven to exist) but rather Daemonically real (always being expressed in one form or another no matter how heavily skeptical opinions proclaim otherwise), Daimonic Reality is a thoughtful and fascinatingly unique look at the realm of the bizarre. Daimonic Reality is a "must read" title for dedicated students of religion, mythology, metaphysics, and paranormal studies.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JE Farrow on January 20, 2007
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DAIMONIC REALITY A Field Guide to the Other World by Patrick Harpur is a well-documented, scholarly work on one level, and an extremely entertaining collection of folklore, ghost stories, monsters, myths, visions, Blessed Virgins, stigmata, sacred places and UFO encounters on an equally engrossing other level. Sci-Fi and horror buffs will not be disappointed.

The author suggests an alternative explanation for "paranormal" phenomena, that is, an alternative to the rigid scientific method--an explanation that likewise does not accept such phenomena as literal occurence. Instead he suggests that they spring from the "daimonic" inner space of consciousness. They do exist, but they cannot be measured, weighed, etc. At the same time, they are not the literal or concrete realities of true believers. They exist on their own terms, not so much to please us, as to tease us.

ANYBODY interested in psychic & other strange phenomena will LOVE this book!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Timothy S. Jones on January 25, 2010
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This book has been a longtime favourite of mine- it was originally published in 1994 and has achieved something close to classic status now for many students of the paranormal. The book is not just a catalogue of strange stories, but rather a detailed and beautiful philosophy on the nature of reality and paranormal phenomena. There are many elements to Harpurs' brilliant and erudite thinking, including Jung, Plato and the Romantic Poets. He essentially argues here that 'reality' is not the set in stone, literal, objective world that modern science would have us believe in, but rather an expression of Imagination, the Soul of the World, the Collective Unconscious. The plethora of daimons/strange beings that have invaded our culture in recent years may in fact be a reaction to modern mans' over reliance on rationality and literalism. And if all this makes you snort "Yuck! Mysticism!", you are exactly the sort of person who could benefit from reading this book with an open mind. There is much profound food for thought here; anyone who questions the nature of reality and the mind would do well to mull over this thoughtful mans' ideas at least once. Recommended.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous Reviewer on September 10, 2005
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Someone sent me this book as a gift. I couldn't put it down. The thinking is original, deep and wise. This is not another "New Age" book; it is a landmark work that ties together various realms of inquiry and arrives at conclusions that are sensible and in my view, intuitively correct.

This is a serious, yet vastly enjoyable read. It helps to have a broad range of knowledge as the author obviously does, but don't let that stop you. This book opens doors that none have even approached before.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ellzeena on October 5, 2010
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Patrick Harpur has really hit the proverbial nail on its head with this work. I've studied philosophy, comparative religion, psychology, spiritualism, metaphysics, the paranormal, myth, mysticism, cryptozoology, ufology, et al for decades and have actually come to the same conclusions Harpur has. I especially share his belief that "thought forms" ("daimons") are REAL (become so) and as I read this work I began to further develop my own idea that the ubiquitous consciousness of "Creator" (or whatever one calls "It") has an influence on creation (all of it) in a manner that science and religion are totally unable to define (and unwilling to define). I highly recommend this book and suggest that it be preceded by "The Trickster and The Paranormal".
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