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Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits

'Small Gods' at the Margins of Christendom

Editors: Ostling, Michael (Ed.)

  • Considers the historical relationship between Christianity and 'small gods', including fairies, demons and nature spiritsBrings together scholarship from a wide range of of theoretical perspectives and disciplinary approaches
  • Examines case studies spanning two thousand years, from Egypt to the Andes and Indonesia
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This book examines the fairies, demons, and nature spirits haunting the margins of Christendom from late-antique Egypt to early modern Scotland to contemporary Amazonia. Contributions from anthropologists, folklorists, historians and religionists explore Christian strategies of encompassment and marginalization, and the ‘small gods’ undisciplined tendency to evade such efforts at exorcism. Lurking in forest or fairy-mound, chuckling in dark corners of the home or of the demoniac’s body, the small gods both define and disturb the borders of a religion that is endlessly syncretistic and in endless, active denial of its own syncretism. The book will be of interest to students of folklore, indigenous Christianity, the history of science, and comparative religion.

About the authors

Michael Ostling is Honors Faculty Fellow at Arizona State University, USA, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, Australia. Author of Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland (2011), he writes on witchcraft, popular religion, history of emotions, theory in Religious Studies, and critical pedagogy.

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58520-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £80.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: December 22, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58519-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits
Book Subtitle
'Small Gods' at the Margins of Christendom
Editors
  • Michael Ostling
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58520-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58520-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58519-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 366
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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