The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV Show [NOOK Book]

Overview

A look into the paranormal legends and lore features on the hit television show Supernatural.

From angels to demons, The Mythology of Supernatural explores the religious roots and the ancient folklore of the otherworldly entities that brothers Sam and Dean Winchester face on the hit television show ...
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The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV Show

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Overview

A look into the paranormal legends and lore features on the hit television show Supernatural.

From angels to demons, The Mythology of Supernatural explores the religious roots and the ancient folklore of the otherworldly entities that brothers Sam and Dean Winchester face on the hit television show Supernatural-and that have inhabited the shadows of human imagination across countless cultures and centuries.


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The seventh season of CW's popular Supernatural horror series begins next month, but you don't have to wait until then to savor its paranormal lore. Nathan Robert Brown, a specialist in the supernatural, has composed a field guide to the otherworldly entities that Sam and Dean Winchester encounter in their weekly forays into the dark side. Brown's credentials make him the perfect guide: He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Paranormal, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Zombies, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Werewolves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101517529
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 129,532
  • File size: 295 KB

Meet the Author

Nathan Brown is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, a martial arts expert, a manga devotee, and, currently, an English major and humanities minor in his junior year at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Winchester Arsenal 7

Chapter 2 Signs, Visions, Seals, and Sigils 37

Chapter 3 A Crash Course in demonology 53

Chapter 4 Angels … They Smite First and Ask Questions Later 85

Chapter 5 Like a Bat Out of Hell 113

Chapter 6 Beyond the Gates of Heaven 133

Chapter 7 Demonic Possessions and Exorcisms 143

Chapter 8 Lilith Is One Scary Bitch 159

Chapter 9 Ancient Origins of a Future Apocalypse 179

Chapter 10 The Winchester Gospel-Supernatural as Myth 207

Chapter 11 Armageddon It! 231

Conclusion 265

Bibliography 267

Index 269

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    4 STARS

    Are you a fan or even just enjoy the TV series, Supernatural, the one with those two brothers Sam and Dean?
    Have you always wanted to know more about the background of some paranormal folklore?
    Ever wondered how salt, holy water, iron and all those other things to ward off evil come to play?
    Have you just ever wanted to just know MORE?

    The Mythology of Supernatural: The Signs and Symbols Behind the Popular TV show by Nathan Robert Brown is the perfect read to quench those eager questions you have about the paranormal. It doesn't cover the VAST knowledge of everything that is paranormal and folk lore, but it covers the ones that are most intriguing and that have stood out the most from the rest. Mostly covering the ones that have taken part within the TV series "Supernatural."

    I really enjoyed this book because I've always enjoyed mythology and the paranormal. Who doesn't!?
    I've never been the one to want to be part of anything paranormal, but I have always sought out articles that will feed my ever growing yearning to know more of the sort. This book elaborates as well as gives you common knowledge of the supernatural, while using the TV show "Supernatural" as a base reference. What better way to grab the reader and have a better understanding than to use one of your favorite shows to relate to what your reading.
    It's craftily written that you won't ever get bored, but holds such a strong influential effect. Here's an example of what I mean, this is quoting from the book:

    "Perhaps we adore heros because they are models for us. They display honor, loyalty, courage, and skills at levels we may never reach but strive for nonetheless--and we are better for it.
    ...Myths are meant to immortalize their heroic journeys.
    For as long as there have been heroes, those half-brave, half-mad souls willing to dash headlong against things that would send most of us screaming in the other direction, there have been stories to immortalize their journeys.
    ... And in the end, it doesn't matter whether or not any hero was ever, in the historical sense, truly alive. What really matters are the ways in which their myths affect those of us who are."

    See what I mean! It gets you thinking! And if that sounded too serious and deep for you that's where your wrong because it does have passages like that strewn within, but then you get parts that'll have you chuckling because of how light hearted it's written. One section was even titled Zachariah: Heaven's "Douche-nozzle" lol I've never heard anyone but myself use that term. =)
    The Mythology of Supernatural isn't written as a story but more like a cooler version of an encyclopedia. You get to know more about salt and it's uses to ward off evil, the verses to say to purify water (Latin AND English), the mythology of resurrection, the 9 levels of hell, the 4 horse man, and SO MUCH MORE!!
    Very fast pace and is not only limited for the "Supernatural" fans. A great read!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Awesome

    This book was awesome! I learned so much about the show, also about symbols and their history from around the world. The author makes everything easy to understand, which is always a plus! This book is a must have for anyone who is a fan of the show 'Supernatural' or anyone who loves learning about history and symbols. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Loved it!

    All the information was staggering and clearly reaserched. I loved all the quotes and fun facts that were included. It's what any fan who is fascinated by the lore should read. It's easy to understand, well written, funny and I really can't say enough about it. If you're a fan, you should read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Team free will!!!

    There is no such thing as someone else choosing your destiny. You make your own

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Love it! 5 stars!

    Always wanted to know more about this stuff and now i can! :)

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