Intercultural communication in folklore
Symbolism in folklore
--Appalacian Region, Southern
History of British Folklore
New Age movement
Occult, The or Occultism
Snake cults (Holiness churches)
Handling of Snakes (Holiness Churches)
Serpent handling (Holiness Churches)
Literature and spiritualism
Spiritual healing and spiritualism
Ghouls and orges
*Using the search term "magic" alone will mostly yield results about magic tricks and magicians, not magic as it is thought to be practiced by witches or occultists.
HISTORY 499 "The Supernatural: A Global History" Professor Monica Black
Interpreting signs, miracles, dreams, and visions; encounters with spirits of the dead, witches, goblins, and werewolves; the practices of shamanism, magic, the seance, and the laying on of hands: in this seminar, we will explore various manifestations of and encounters with the supernatural across time and around the globe. Our work together in the course will focus on a number of crucial questions. How have supernatural phenomena been interpreted and understood in various historical cultures? Through what practices have people drawn on - or sought to ameliorate - the power of the supernatural? How have people distinguished religion from magic, and knowledge from superstition, in different historical cultures? Does the term "supernatural" even make sense—and if so, what does it mean? Is it meaningful only in “Western” societies or does it have broader applications? How can folklore and fantasy, which have often been excluded as legitimate sources for knowing about past societies, actually help us understand a great deal about those societies? And perhaps most important, what has been the effect of supernatural experiences and beliefs on history in a wider sense? Visionary cults, portents, demons and exorcism, witchcraft, ghost stories, magic, snake handling - these topics and many, many others are open to you as possible themes for research papers.