The Superstitious Mind
French Peasants and the Supernatural in the Nineteenth CenturyBook - 1987
This intriguing book examines popular religion, traditional medicine, witchcraft, apparitions, demonology, and magic in nineteenth-century rural France. Devlin demonstrates that many of the impulses and mental processes now considered superstitious constituted a wholly reasonable response to the pressures of a harsh and impoverished life. Far from the product of a primitive mentality, many of these beliefs have survived in modern culture and can even illuminate the nature of modern mass politics.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c1987
Branch Call Number: BF434.F8 D48 1987
Characteristics: xii, 316 p.,  leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm