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The Secret Commonwealth and the Fairy Belief Complex

The Secret Commonwealth and the Fairy Belief Complex (ISBN10: 1401055451; ISBN13: 9781401055455)
ISBN13: 978-1401055455
ISBN10: 1401055451

Summary: This book is a scholarly examination of fairy beliefs and second sight in the late seventeenth century Scottish Highlands, as portrayed in Reverend Robert Kirk's manuscript 'The Secret Commonwealth'. It begins with a review of the available information on Robert Kirk's life, followed by a complete copy of the manuscript. This is followed by an in-depth examination of the text itself, with particular attention give to the concept of the body of air'. The conclusion proposes that the beliefs and c
ustoms which were the subject of Kirk's work amount to a fairy belief complex; not quite a fairy faith', but still a cohesive and internally consistent body of magico-religious beliefs.
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Summary: This book is a scholarly examination of fairy beliefs and second sight in the late seventeenth century Scottish Highlands, as portrayed in Reverend Robert Kirk's manuscript 'The Secret Commonwealth'. It begins with a review of the available information on Robert Kirk's life, followed by a complete copy of the manuscript. This is followed by an in-depth examination of the text itself, with particular attention give to the concept of the body of air'. The conclusion proposes that the beliefs and customs which were the subject of Kirk's work amount to a fairy belief complex; not quite a fairy faith', but still a cohesive and internally consistent body of magico-religious beliefs....show less

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Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Year Published: 2002
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