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

By Bill Ellis

Written for either the cultural reviews specialist and the reader enthusiastic about reactions to outstanding phenomena, extraterrestrial beings, Ghosts, and Cults pursues motivations for why humans inform those "true tales, heard from a chum of a friend." Ellis exhibits legends making a experience 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 He strains a few modern scares to such outdated stories because the vanishing hitchhiker and murderous gang initiations.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 reading a few newly rising legend varieties, similar to alien abductions and trojan horse warnings, Ellis discovers connections among past sorts of spiritual event and meant witchcraft. eventually, the booklet unearths how legends can motivate humans to activities, starting from playful visits to haunted spots to frightening threats of violence. Legends depend on energetic dialogue to unfold and mutate. This booklet considers them to be a social strategy, now not a type of narrative with a set shape. humans world wide could inform a legend or one individual to whom the development allegedly happened might "own" the tale. contributors may possibly relate an occasion as whatever strongly believed, or as whatever laughable. Legends could be very new, or have roots in previous folklore. but if excessive colleges, legislation enforcement organizations, urban governments, and contributors take motion, the tale turns into one of many legends we live.

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