Aliens, Ghosts, and Cults: Legends We Live by Bill Ellis

By Bill Ellis

Written for either the cultural experiences specialist and the reader excited about reactions to notable phenomena, extraterrestrial beings, Ghosts, and Cults pursues motivations for why humans inform those "true tales, heard from a chum of a friend." Ellis indicates legends making a feel of neighborhood in a multi-ethnic institutional camp. He strains a few modern scares to such outdated stories because the vanishing hitchhiker and murderous gang initiations. In examining a few newly rising legend kinds, similar to alien abductions and trojan horse warnings, Ellis discovers connections among past varieties of spiritual event and meant witchcraft. eventually, the publication unearths how legends can encourage humans to activities, starting from playful visits to haunted spots to frightening threats of violence. Legends depend upon lively dialogue to unfold and mutate. This booklet considers them to be a social approach, now not a type of narrative with a set shape. humans world wide might inform a legend or one individual to whom the development allegedly happened may perhaps "own" the tale. contributors may perhaps relate an occasion as anything strongly believed, or as anything laughable. Legends can be quite new, or have roots in outdated folklore. but if excessive faculties, legislations enforcement businesses, urban governments, and participants take motion, the tale turns into one of many legends we live.

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