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Out Of The Ordinary
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This contributed volume explores the functions of belief and supernatural experience within an array of cultures, as well as the stance of academe toward the study of belief and the supernatural. The essays in this volume call into question the idea that supernatural experience is extraordinary.

Among the contributors are Shelley Adler, David Hufford, Barre Toelken, and Gillian Bennett.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. I. Perception, Belief, and Living
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. Beings Without Bodies: An Experience-Centered Theory of the Belief in Spirits
  2. pp. 11-45
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  1. 2. The Moccasin Telegraph and Other Improbabilities: A Personal Essay
  2. pp. 46-58
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  1. 3. Folklore, Foodways, and the Supernatural
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. II. Supernatural Power and Other Worlds: Making Contact
  2. pp. 73-74
  1. 4. Ghosts, Spirits, and Scholars: The Origins of Modern Spiritualism
  2. pp. 75-89
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  1. 5. Aftermath of a Failed Seance: The Functions of Skepticism in a Traditional Society
  2. pp. 90-106
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  1. 6. Supernatural Experience, Folk Belief, and Spiritual Healing
  2. pp. 107-121
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  1. 7. "If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd Have Baked a Cake": The Folklore of Foreknowledge in a Neighborhood Group
  2. pp. 122-142
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  1. III. Demons and Gods: Cultural Adaptations and Incorporations
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. 8. Bad Scares and Joyful Hauntings: "Priesting" the Supernatural Predicament
  2. pp. 145-158
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  1. 9. The Tourist Folklore of Pele: Encounters with the Other
  2. pp. 159-179
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  1. 10. Terror in Transition: Hmong Folk Belief in America
  2. pp. 180-202
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 203-211
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  1. Editor
  2. p. 212
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 213-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-218
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