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Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds Paperback – March 20, 2014
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'Talking with the Spirits is a unique collection of essays respectfully and in great depth examining - using a myriad of investigative approaches and perspectives - the variety of mediumistic phenomena that occur all over the world. It will serve as an important resource for researchers as well as anyone interested in the diversity of mediumistic experiences, traditions, and practices.' -- Julie Beischel, PhD, Director of Research, The Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential
'What happens when a largely tabooed method (comparativism) hones in on a completely tabooed subject (spirits)? This. Astonishing possibilities, insights, and new directions follow in the wake of these essays, which demonstrate again and again both careful ethnographic description and a most remarkable open-mindedness with respect to the phenomena themselves. What some are calling the "ontological turn" in the humanities just got a bit sharper.' -- Jeffrey J. Kripal, PhD, author of Authors of The Impossible: The Paranormal and The Sacred
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- Publisher : Daily Grail Publishing (March 20, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 366 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0987422448
- ISBN-13 : 978-0987422446
- Item Weight : 1.02 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.82 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is highly recommended, particularly to those who want to obtain a view of mediumistic manifestations from different cultures. In addition to anthropology, the essays have much to offer to students of parapsychology, psychology, and sociology. Furthermore, the authors of the essays say much about the various manifestations of mediumship, illustrating the complexity of the phenomenon. The diversity of mediums discussed may allow, as the editors point in the introduction, “for discernment to emerge on what might be universal or near-universal features of mediumship, such as, for example, the role of a control spirit and the use of an altered state of consciousness, respectively.”
There is also much to learn from the essays regarding the attitudes the researcher can take to the study of what some see as extraordinary phenomena. This includes belief, skepticism, and various other middle points, not to mention the bracketing of the reality of the paranormal to focus on purely anthropological concerns.
Talking with the Spirits is a welcome and much needed addition to the current literature about mediumship that will help us expand our views of the various manifestations of this fascinating phenomenon.
Carlos S. Alvarado
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This book is well written and easy to read but demands the readers full attention in order to completely grasp concepts that might contend with one's own beliefs and perceptions regarding what is 'normal' and what is not.
The authors of this book have made an extraordinary attempt to map and open up routes into the paranormal. They take the reader out of her/his comfort zone and demand that we take a closer look at things we have passively accepted as mystical and paranormal.
Some sections press the readers beliefs to the limits, but perhaps that is a good thing as with our guard down we are free to contemplate that what we have considered up till now as 'impossible' is perhaps another way of looking at our every expanding universe in a different light.
Perhaps, but these new understandings will do for me for a while, if I had known of them before I wrote my own book I might have been better placed to integrate my psychedelic experiences.
Roderick Read author of 'LSD - Blew Out Grandad's Windows; Integrating Psychedelic Experience'