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Superstitious Mind: French Peasants and the Supernatural in the Nineteenth Century

by Judith Devlin Yale University Press
Pub Date:
09/1987
ISBN:
9780300037104
Format:
Hbk 316 pages
Price:
AU$75.00 NZ$78.26
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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This intriguing book examines popular religion, traditional medicine, witchcraft, apparitions, demonology, and magic in nineteenth-century rural France. Devlin demonstrates that many of the impulses and mental processes now considered superstitious constituted a wholly reasonable response to the pressures of a harsh and impoverished life. Far from the product of a primitive mentality, many of these beliefs have survived in modern culture and can even illuminate the nature of modern mass politics.