Haunted Ground: Journeys Through a Paranormal America by Darryl V. Caterine

By Darryl V. Caterine

In response to a 2005 Gallup ballot, seventy five percentage of usa citizens think in a few kind of paranormal task. the USA has had a collective fascination with the magical because the mid-1800s, and it continues to be a vital part of our tradition. Haunted floor: trips via a mystical the USA examines 3 of the main vivid paranormal gatherings within the United States—Lily Dale, a Spiritualist summer season camp; the Roswell alien ship competition; and the yankee Society of Dowsers' annual conference of "water witches"—to discover and clarify the explanations for our obsession with the paranormal.Both academically educated and punctiliously interesting, this publication takes readers on a "road journey" via our country, guided via professor of yankee faith Darryl V. Caterine, PhD. the writer translates likely unrelated case stories of phantasmagoria jointly as an essential component of the trendy discourse approximately "nature" as final fact. alongside the way in which, Dr. Caterine unearths how americans' curiosity within the paranormal is rooted of their anxieties approximately cultural, political, and fiscal instability—and in a ancient experience of alienation and homelessness.

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Or some similar request for permission is supposed to inaugurate all public performances of mediumship. I have been to dozens of public readings at Lily Dale, and so far I have never heard a sitter turn down the request. The people sitting all around me in this green cathedral of old-growth forest are here for a variety of reasons. Some who come to Lily Dale are grieving. Others are the religiously homeless, mostly Protestants and Nature Temple. Lily Dale: To Wonder Is to Wander 21 Catholics (in equal numbers) disaffected from their own traditions and piecing together private theologies.

But in the case of Spiritualist camps like Lily Dale, what is inside the gate is an exact replica of what lies outside it: a carefully laid out community of Victorian houses, parks, and churches nestled in the woods of upstate New York— just like the small towns I have driven through. At the same time, the gates do signify a passage into something extraordinary. ”3 Am I crossing over into a profane place, a nineteenth-century version of a contemporary “gated community,” or a sacred one—some sort of mystical grove?

American flags fly proudly throughout 30 Haunted Ground the camp, and a plot of land just outside the Healing Temple has been set aside as a memorial garden for American veterans. In its more recent transformation into an extension of New Age spirituality, the political agenda of Spiritualism has simply changed tactics, opting for a more guerilla style of social reform than the mass movement–oriented vision of Spiritualist founders like Davis. As Elaine Thomas previewed the two-year Spiritualist licensing program offered by Fellowships, she gave many examples of how “spiritual insight” (a new name for mediumship) has borne fruit in a variety of modern-day professions, usually behind the scenes and therefore unnoticed.

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