Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History

Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History

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by David Frankfurter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691113505

ISBN-13: 9780691113500

Pub. Date: 05/30/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In the 1980s, America was gripped by widespread panics about satanic cults. Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As historian of religion David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories…  See more details below

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In the 1980s, America was gripped by widespread panics about satanic cults. Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As historian of religion David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa. He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths. The first work to provide an in-depth analysis of the topic, Evil Incarnate uses anthropology, the history of religion, sociology, and psychoanalytic theory to answer the questions "What causes people collectively to envision evil and seek to exterminate it?" and "Why does the representation of evil recur in such typical patterns?"

About the Author:
David Frankfurter is professor of religious studies and history at the University of New Hampshire

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691113500
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2An architecture for chaos : the nature and function of demonology13
Ch. 3Experts in the identification of evil31
Ch. 4Rites of evil : constructions of maleficent religion and ritual73
Ch. 5Imputations of perversion129
Ch. 6The performance of evil168
Ch. 7Mobilizing against evil208

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