The Superstitious Mind

The Superstitious Mind

French Peasants and the Supernatural in the Nineteenth Century

Book - 1987
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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
ISBN: 9780300037104
0300037104
Branch Call Number: BF434.F8 D48 1987
Characteristics: xii, 316 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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