A Field Guide to Demons, Vampires, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 306 pages
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Did you know the Mbulu of South Africa has a razor sharp tail with a mind of its own? Or that the Kuru-Pira of Brazil has eyes that glow like embers, and fangs ripping from its mouth? In this updated edition of A Field Guide to Demons, Carol and Dinah Mack bring to life some of the most horrific and fascinating creatures ever described in mythology and legend. With a deft pen and global perspective, the Macks profile over ninety bogies including: mermaids, ghouls, vampires, kelpies, werewolves, and more.

Readers will delight in exploring the origin, characteristics, and cultural significance of each creature. Organized by "habitat,” this book will entertain readers of all ages, while shedding light on religious and cultural ideals from around the world. With vivid details and highly researched entries, A Field Guide to Demons is a must have for academics, writers, students, and anyone interested in mythology or the occult.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
HOW TO IDENTIFY A BASIC DEMON
HOW TO IDENTIFY A COMMON FAIRY
APPROACHES TO THE FIELD
ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES
WATER
MOUNTAIN
DESERT
DOMICILE
PSYCHE
AFTERWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
INDEX

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About the author (2011)

Carol K. Mack is a teacher, writer, and mother. She has won numerous awards for playwriting and received her masters degree in religious studies. She currently lives in New York City.

Dinah Mack received her master's degree in cultural anthropology before collaborating with her mother on A Field Guide to Demons . She currently lives and works in Weston, Massachusetts.

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