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

That the resurrection of a dead person is the work of God only
Revival of persons who were not really dead
Resurrection of a man who had been buried three years, resuscitated by St Stanislaus
Can a man really dead appear in his own body?
Revival or apparition of a girl who had been dead some months
A woman taken alive from her tomb
Revenans, or vampires of Moravia
Dead men of Hungary who suck the blood of the living
Narrative of a vampire from the Jewish Letters, Letter 137
Other instances of revenans. Continuation of the 'Gleaner'
Argument of the author of the Jewish Letters, concerning revenans
Continuation of the argument of the Dutch Gleaner
Narrative from the 'Mercure Gallant' of 1693 and 1694 on revenans
Conjectures of the Dutch Gleaner
Another letter on revenans
Pretended vestiges of vampirism in antiquity
Ghosts in northern countries
Ghosts in England
Ghosts in Peru
Ghosts in Lapland
Return of a man who had been dead some months
Excommunicated persons who went out of churches
Some instances of the excommunicated being rejected or cast out of consecrated ground
Instance of an excommunicated martyr being cast out of the ground
A man cast out of the church for having refused to pay tithes
Instances of persons who have given signs of life after their death, and have withdrawn themselves respectfully to make room for more worthy persons
People who perform pilgrimage after death
Reasoning upon the excommunicated who go out of churches
Do the excommunicated decay in the earth?
Instances to show that the excommunicated do not decay, and that they appear to the living
Instances of these returns to earth of the excommunicated
A Vroucolaca exhumed in the presence of M. de Tournefort
Has the demon power to kill, and then to restore to life?
Examination of the opinion that the demon can restore animation to a dead body
Instances of phantoms which have appeared to the living, and given many signs of life
Devoting people to death, practised by the heathens
Instances of dooming to death among Christians
Instances of persons who have promised to give each other news of themselves from the other world
Extracts from the political works of the Abbé de St Pierre
Divers systems to explain ghosts
Divers instances of persons being buried alive
Instances of drowned persons who have come back to life and health
Instances of women thought dead who came to life again
Can these instances be applied to the Hungarian revenans?
Dead people who masticate in their graves and devour their own flesh
Singular example of a Hungarian revenant
Argument on this matter
Are the vampires or revenans really dead?
Instance of a man named Curma being sent back to this world
Instances of persons who fall into ecstatic trances when they will, and remain senseless
Application of such instances to vampires
Examination of the opinion that the demon fascinates the eyes of those to whom vampires appear
Instances of resuscitated persons who relate what they saw in the other world
The traditions of the pagans on the other life, are derived from the Hebrews and Egyptians
Instances of Christians being resuscitated and sent back to this world. Vision of Vetinus, a monk of Augia
Vision of Bertholdus, related by Hincmar, Archbishop of Rheims
Vision of St Fursius
Vision of a Protestant of York, and others
Conclusion of this dissertation
Moral impossibility that ghosts can come out of their tombs
That what is related of the bodies of the excommunicated who walk out of churches, is subject to very great difficulties
Remarks on the dissertation, concerning the spirit which appeared at St Maur des Foss
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