The Phantom World

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-03-22
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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The Benedictine monk and biblical scholar Antoine Augustin Calmet (1672-1757) published this work in 1746; it was translated into English in 1850 by Henry Christmas (1811-68). It examines a wide selection of supernatural tales and beliefs from across Europe. Taking the stance of a scientific enquirer, Calmet sought to understand the truth behind stories of good and bad angels, vampires, witchcraft, possession by demons, and the dead who come back to life. He compiled accounts of the supernatural from official reports, newspapers, eyewitness accounts and travel writing, and this two-volume anthology of his collected data analyses the material, noting problems and inconsistencies. Volume 2 investigates tales of vampires and ghosts from many different European countries. Covering a vast repertory of legends, the work paints a vivid picture of the beliefs entertained in an ostensibly Christian era.

Table of Contents

The appearance of good angels proved by the books of the Old Testament
The appearance of good angels proved by the books of the New Testament
Under what form have good angels appeared?
Opinions of the Jews, Christians, Mahometans, and oriental nations, concerning the apparitions of good angels
Opinion of the Greeks and Romans on the apparitions of good genii
The apparition of bad angels proved by the Holy Scriptures. Under what form they have appeared
Of magic
Objections to the reality of magic
Reply to the objections
Examination of the affair of Hocque, magician
Magic of the Egyptians and Chaldeans
Magic among the Greeks and Romans
Examples which prove the reality of magic
Effects of magic according to the poets
Of the pagan oracles
The certainty of the event predicted, not always a proof that the prediction comes from God
Reasons which lead us to believe that the greater part of the ancient oracles were only impositions of the priests and priestesses, who feigned that they were inspired by God
Of sorcerers and sorceresses, or witches
Instances of sorcerers and witches being, as they said, transported to the Sabbath
Story of Louis Gaufredi and Magdalen de la Palud, owned by themselves to be a sorcerer and sorceress
Reasons which prove the possibility of sorcerers and witches being transported to the Sabbath
Continuation of the same subject
Obsession and possession of the Devil
The truth and reality of possession and obsession by the Devil proved from Scripture
Examples of real possessions caused by the Devil
Continuation of the same subject
Objections against the obsessions and possessions of the demon. Reply to the objections
Continuation of objections against possessions, and some replies to those objections
Of familiar spirits
Some other examples of elves
Spirits that keep watch over treasure
Other instances of hidden treasures, which were guarded by good or bad spirits
Spectres which appear, and predict things unknown and to come
Other apparitions of spectres
Examination of the apparition of a pretended spectre
Of spectres which haunt houses
Other instances of spectres which haunt certain houses
Prodigious effects of imagination in those men or women who believe they hold intercourse with the demon
Return and apparitions of souls after the death of the body, proved from Scripture
Apparitions of spirits proved from history
More instances of apparitions
On the apparitions of spirits who imprint their hands on clothes or on wood
Opinions of the Jews, Greeks, and Latins, concerning the dead who are left unburied
Examination of what is required or revealed to the living by the dead who return to earth
Apparitions of men still alive, to other living men, absent, and very distant from each other
Arguments concerning apparitions
Objections against apparitions, and replies to those objections
Some other objections and replies
The secrets of physics and chemistry taken for supernatural things
Conclusion of the treatise on apparitions
Way of explaining apparitions
The difficulty of explaining the manner in which apparitions make their appearance, whatever system may be proposed on the subject
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