Haunted Ground: Journeys Through a Paranormal America by Darryl V. Caterine

By Darryl V. Caterine

In keeping with a 2005 Gallup ballot, seventy five percentage of american citizens think in a few kind of paranormal job. the U.S. has had a collective fascination with the mystical because the mid-1800s, and it continues to be a vital part of our tradition. Haunted floor: trips via a mystical the US examines 3 of the main shiny paranormal gatherings within the United States—Lily Dale, a Spiritualist summer season camp; the Roswell unidentified flying object pageant; and the yank Society of Dowsers' annual conference of "water witches"—to discover and clarify the explanations for our obsession with the paranormal.Both academically expert and carefully pleasing, this booklet takes readers on a "road journey" via our country, guided by way of professor of yankee faith Darryl V. Caterine, PhD. the writer translates probably unrelated case reports of phantasmagoria jointly as a vital part of the fashionable discourse approximately "nature" as final truth. alongside the way in which, Dr. Caterine finds how american citizens' curiosity within the paranormal is rooted of their anxieties approximately cultural, political, and financial instability—and in a ancient feel of alienation and homelessness.

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I have been speaking into my small Sony digital recorder, trying to capture fleeting insights before they pass away altogether. As soon as they dissipate, new ones coalesce into being. At night in a generic motel room of a Comfort Inn, I will scribble them down into a journal, where they come to assume the appearance of solidity. But for the past 50 miles, awareness has been a dreamlike stream. There have been times when the optical illusion has taken hold that I am perfectly still, that the road has been moving toward and past the truck.

The pulsating tempos of trance, 130 to 150 beats per minute, synchronize perfectly with the speed of the truck’s motion, intermixed with major and minor chords of layered melodies and repetitive chants. The harmonies build up and splash away, dissipate out into the surrounding blurs of green hillsides, dark against the dome of a blue sky. I have been speaking into my small Sony digital recorder, trying to capture fleeting insights before they pass away altogether. As soon as they dissipate, new ones coalesce into being.

Tenzin seems unfazed. I mention my college trip to Gujarat and Rajasthan, back a million years ago in the 1980s, before Madras leveled its architectural past and became high-rise Chennai. What does this have to do with Spiritualism? Nothing at all, if Spiritualism is defined in terms of this or that number of principles. But it has everything to do with the ongoing and ever-accelerating social dislocations and information overload that first sent upstate New Yorkers like Jeremiah Carter into cosmological overdrive in the 1840s.

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