The Phantom World: Or, the Philosophy of Spirits, Apparitions, Etc

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 22, 2012 - History - 374 pages
The Benedictine monk and biblical scholar Antoine Augustin Calmet (1672-1757) published this work in 1746; it was translated into English in 1850 by Henry Christmas (1811-68). It examines a wide selection of supernatural tales and beliefs from across Europe. Taking the stance of a scientific enquirer, Calmet sought to understand the truth behind stories of good and bad angels, vampires, witchcraft, possession by demons, and the dead who come back to life. He compiled accounts of the supernatural from official reports, newspapers, eyewitness accounts and travel writing, and this two-volume anthology of his collected data analyses the material, noting problems and inconsistencies. Volume 2 investigates tales of vampires and ghosts from many different European countries. Covering a vast repertory of legends, the work paints a vivid picture of the beliefs entertained in an ostensibly Christian era.
 

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Contents

Revival of Persons who were not really Dead
9
Months
21
Revenans or Vampires of Moravia
29
Other Instances of Revenans Continuation of
37
Continuation of the Argument of the Dutch Gleaner
47
VIII
60
or cast out of Consecrated Ground
89
Instances of Persons who have given Signs of Life after
95
St Pierre
151
Divers Instances of Persons being Buried Aliv
165
again Can these Instances be applied to the Hungarian
175
Argument on this matter
183
Application of such Instances to Vampires
206
Examination of the Opinion that the Demon fascinates
213
The Traditions of the Pagans on the other Life
221
CHAPTER PAGE
231

Reasoning upon the Excommunicated who go out
101
A V1oucolaca exhumed in the presence of M
113
Has the Demon power to kill and then to restore
124
Devoting People to Death practised by the Heathens
132
Instances of Persons who have promised to give each
143
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241
Tombs That what is related of the Bodies of the Excommuni
247
Dissertation of an Anonymous Writer on the Appear
264
bure
355
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