By Darryl V. Caterine
In keeping with a 2005 Gallup ballot, seventy five percentage of american citizens think in a few kind of paranormal job. the U.S. has had a collective fascination with the magical because the mid-1800s, and it is still an essential component of our tradition. Haunted flooring: trips via a mystical the United States examines 3 of the main bright paranormal gatherings within the United States—Lily Dale, a Spiritualist summer season camp; the Roswell alien craft competition; and the yank Society of Dowsers' annual conference of "water witches"—to discover and clarify the explanations for our obsession with the paranormal.Both academically trained and carefully unique, this e-book takes readers on a "road journey" via our state, guided by means of professor of yank faith Darryl V. Caterine, PhD. the writer translates possible unrelated case experiences of phantasmagoria jointly as an essential component of the trendy discourse approximately "nature" as final truth. alongside the way in which, Dr. Caterine finds how american citizens' curiosity within the paranormal is rooted of their anxieties approximately cultural, political, and financial instability—and in a ancient feel of alienation and homelessness.
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But even the most skeptical visitors cannot help but wonder out loud if seemingly chance coincidences, or dreams, or pictures found aslant, or coins discovered on sidewalks, or books falling off shelves, have not all along been neglected signs of an extraordinary world nudging up against the contours of everyday life. Our conversations awaken what sociologists call “memorates,” personal tales of unusual or as-yet-to-be-explained events that build on each other with increasing intensity. Together, we wonder.
At the same time, the gates do signify a passage into something extraordinary. ”3 Am I crossing over into a profane place, a nineteenth-century version of a contemporary “gated community,” or a sacred one—some sort of mystical grove? The answer, I have come to understand, is both. 4 Today, Lily Dale has become something of a cultural oddity. But back in the golden age of Spiritualism, camps like these reﬂected back to their visitors a widespread belief that all of modern America was an uncanny zone, a place where spirits could inﬁltrate their porches and parlors.
I have pored over various studies (primarily American) of parapsychological or “psi” phenomena—extrasensory perception, psychokinesis (mind’s power to inﬂuence matter), and remote viewing—conducted at various laboratories over the past 80 or so years. ”22 But at Fellowships of the Spirit, spirits chat with Americans in decidedly vernacular English. And an alleged message from Abraham Lincoln, conveyed through automatic writing and etched on a slate in the late 1800s, came with a grammatical error that would have raised the hackles of nineteenth-century schoolmarms like my own greatgrandmother.