By Gillian Bennett

"Bennett interviewed ladies in Manchester, England, asking them approximately ghosts and different supernatural stories and ideology. (Her dialogue of ways her learn equipment and interview concepts advanced is in itself valuable.) She first released the result of the learn within the well-received Traditions of trust: ladies and the Supernatural, which has been used the world over in folklore, women's stories, and different classes. "Alas, negative Ghost!" completely revises and expands that paintings. as well as a fuller presentation and research of the unique box study, the writer has up-to-date the textual content to include more moderen stories and assisted by means of Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new examine with a bunch of ladies in Leicester, England. This final addition makes a speciality of the function of bereavement and witnessing involved with the dead."--BOOK JACKET.

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The Manchester Respondents 189 4. Linguistic Clues to Belief and Disbelief 193 5. Word Lists Showing Story Patterns in Memorates 195 Notes 199 References Cited 207 Index 221 Page 1 Introduction Hamlet: Alas, poor ghost! " They recognize too that, like every other body of knowledge from physics to philosophy, folklore may be true or it may be false, so they no longer subscribe to the popular definition that equates folklore with old wives' tales. Nevertheless, serious scholars remain very wary about studying supernatural folklore, so there is little opportunity to revise popular stereotypes or counteract educated prejudice.

But for a significant minority the visitation is visual . . " ''Far from being secular," one British scholar of religion has noted, "our culture wobbles between a partially absorbed Christianity biased towards comfort and the need for confidence, and beliefs in fate, luck and moral governance incongruously joined together" (Martin 1967, 76). ) confirms these findings. The information was collected from women who attended my father's podiatrist clinic in the 1980s. Over the five-month period I worked there, I interviewed a total of 132 people13 men, 3 women between eighteen and twenty-five years old, 20 women from age forty to sixty, and 96 women over sixty.

They were less likely, however, to believe in poltergeists and haunting ghosts, though even here the figure was higher than might have been Page 14 expected (some expressing convinced belief, others thinking the phenomenon possibly really occurs, yet others speaking in this context about "happy" or "unhappy" houses). " Even more believed in omens of deathmysterious noises, the scent of flowers, broken mirrors, dreams,2 visions, and so onand half of them could cite personal examples. Slightly fewer were convinced telepathy was possible, though many of them had experienced it themselves.

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