Angels and Aliens: UFOs and the Mythic Imagination

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Addison-Wesley, 1991 - Reference - 283 pages
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It was Carl Jung who first spoke of the UFO phenomenon as "a modern myth in the making," and Joseph Campbell who insisted that the first function of myths is "opening mind and heart to the utter wonder of all being." Now Keith Thompson makes it possible for us to share that sense of wonder as he explores the UFO against the timeless backdrop of visionary experience: angelic vision, near-death experiences, shamanic journeys, religious miracles, and folkloric encounters with fairies. In a brilliant stroke, Keith Thompson takes a subject usually confined to sensationalistic expose and reveals its surprising literary richness, intellectual energy, and symbolic depths. By offering a new, open-ended perspective which avoids the dogmatism of true believers and debunkers alike, Angels and Aliens invites readers to enter a fascinating world with profound implications for our understanding of the human spirit.

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User Review  - Erik Graff - Goodreads

Almost every fall I go out to visit Tom and Mike Miley in California's Bay area. In '95 Michael was an editor of the UFO Magazine. He didn't get paid much, just expenses for the extensive travelling ... Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

Great idea: UFOs and aliens fit in the grand design of our cultural myth system. Aliens are the 20th century equivalent of Medieval angels. Read full review


The spectacular sightings of the summer of 1952
The phenomenons peculiar doubleness of intention
Donald Keyhoes televised debacle Edward Ruppelts

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About the author (1991)

Keith Thompson was born in England but grew up in Canada. He works as an artist specializing in fantasy art and illustration. He has illustrated 2 books with young adult author Scott Westerfeld, Behemoth and Leviathan.

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