Chinese Ghosts Revisited

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-11-07
  • Publisher: Blacksmith Books

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Do the Hong Kong Chinese experience ghosts, hauntings, spirit mediumship, ESP and other paranormal phenomena just like British and Americans? Or is their culture so different that the ghost accounts in this book will seem bizarre to anyone else?
This classic presentation of cases is based on 3,600 interviews, questionnaires and observations in Hong Kong in 1980/81, updated by recent materials over 30 years later. Interestingly, in spite of clear influences from ancestor worship and Confucian/Taoist/Buddhist culture, parapsychological theories of apparitions from the West also apply to the Chinese cases.
For this 2017 edition, Charles Emmons has revisited his earlier conclusions and added new material that has come to light in the intervening years. This book remains the only major cross-cultural study comparing Chinese with Western ghost experiences.

Author Biography

Charles Emmons is a sociologist/anthropologist at Gettysburg College who has studied paranormal phenomena for 35 years. He lives in Gettysburg, PA.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2017 Edition
Preface to the 1982 Edition

1 Strange Cases on Exhibit
2 Problem and Purpose
3 Ghosts in Traditional Chinese Culture
4 Who Believes in Ghosts?
5 Ghost Experiences: Theory and Reports
6 Ancestor-Worship Cases
7 Abnormal Features of Perception
8 Ghost Lore and Popular Culture
9 Anatomy of a Legend
10 Hauntings and Poltergeists
11 Ghosts on People, Ghosts on Ice
12 Gifted Subjects and Yin-Yang Eyes
13 New Material about Ghosts
14 Spirit Possession and Exorcism
15 Spirit Mediums
16 ESP (Extrasensory Perception)
17 Fortune Telling
18 Conclusion


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