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

By Darryl V. Caterine

In line with a 2005 Gallup ballot, seventy five percentage of american citizens think in a few type of paranormal task. the USA has had a collective fascination with the mystical because the mid-1800s, and it continues to be an essential component of our tradition. Haunted flooring: trips via a magical the US examines 3 of the main bright paranormal gatherings within the United States—Lily Dale, a Spiritualist summer time camp; the Roswell flying saucers competition; and the yankee Society of Dowsers' annual conference of "water witches"—to discover and clarify the explanations for our obsession with the paranormal.Both academically educated and punctiliously pleasing, this e-book takes readers on a "road journey" via our state, guided by means of professor of yankee faith Darryl V. Caterine, PhD. the writer translates doubtless unrelated case stories of phantasmagoria jointly as a vital part of the fashionable discourse approximately "nature" as final truth. alongside the best way, Dr. Caterine unearths how american citizens' curiosity within the paranormal is rooted of their anxieties approximately cultural, political, and monetary instability—and in a old experience of alienation and homelessness.

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Lily Dale: To Wonder Is to Wander 11 8. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter. And in 1944, 9. 11 Throughout the middle of the twentieth century, these principles became the public face of the camp. A quick perusal of books donated by Dale visitors to the library paints quite a different picture, however, revealing a continuing taste for the eclectic or spectacular: James Churchward’s The Lost Continent of Mu, bequeathed in 1953 (on the antediluvian civilization, an offshoot of Atlantis); Gray Barker’s They Knew Too Much about Flying Saucers, donated in 1977 (the first sustained discussion of the Men in Black); and John A.

2 Lily Dale (Cont’d): Inner Wandering I. Oma is here. It is shortly past dusk, and about 20 of us are gathered inside Assembly Hall. A few moments ago, a soft-spoken woman from Kentucky named Frankie Z. Avery, dressed in a single-piece, dark blue tunic, was expressing her gratitude for being invited to Lily Dale, extolling its mediums as her role models and heroes. Now she is gone. A middle-aged man sitting beside her had counted backward from 10, and the persona known as Frankie Z. Avery disappeared.

I drive through the gates and take a sharp right. I want to see the Leolyn Woods before the sun goes down. ” Its acreage is covered, instead, with a number of spots where spirits like to come and go: its haunted Maplewood Hotel, a Fairy Trail winding through the woods with dioramas of sprites and elves, a labyrinth made of evergreen bushes. On the other hand, Leolyn Woods commands attention in a way these other spaces do not. Once used as the picnic grounds by the original founders of the camp, this grove has been allowed to mature into a towering stand of old-growth trees.

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