Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Daimonic Reality: A Field Guide to the Otherworld Hardcover – January 1, 2003
Elsevier Sales & Deals
Save up to 50% on textbooks, study guides & resources for your medical specialty.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
The Origins of Psychic Phenomena: Poltergeists, Incubi, Succubi, and the Unconscious Mind
Now, even though modern man no longer believes in such things, this "otherworld" is as potent as it ever was. Perhaps it is more so, for if people ignore and repress this alternate reality, it seems to "break out" into the "real" world with even more insistence. Harpur speculates that such unexplained phenomena as fairies, UFO's, angels, Yetis, crop circles, lake monsters, etc., all represent such breakthroughs by the otherworld.
This is indeed an important and ground breaking book, not because it contains anything truly new, but because it reemphasises something quite old- perhaps older than the species itself, perhaps the fount from which we came....
Above all, just because modern men are through with the otherworld does not mean that It is through with us. Not at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very well written book. The author knows what he's writing about, this is no mumbo-jumbo abracadabra pseudo-spiritual stuff. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Alienah
The author takes the reader on a complex but fascinating journey into his assessment of UFOs, fairies, elves, gnomes (and even 'crop circles') and the like, arguing these visions... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dennis Hawley
Great, accessible and beautifully written with a very needed (given the subject) light touchPublished 9 months ago by mardona
what a scholarly and fascinating take on the things that go bump in the night skies and lands.
when the ufo/high strangeness phenomenons are analyzed by this author, it all... Read more
I have mixed feelings about this book. Certainly some good thinking and writing, and, I thought, it got better as I got into it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ángel del gato
A great blend of scientific and pseudo-scientific explanations for the weird stuff we humans experience. Read morePublished 19 months ago by E. Marley
Very thorough in research. A little over kill, but understand author's intent to cover a very big subject.Published 20 months ago by Linda Lightfoot
After a rough start, this book actually got interesting. There is a lot of psychology and the author tries to reason out why people see or experienced the unexplained.Published 20 months ago by book&moviefan
another great Patrick Harpur book. I will hold on to all his books and reread them.Published 21 months ago by helen k mcallister