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The Phantom World
Or, the Philosophy of Spirits, Apparitions, Etc

Volume 2

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108044264

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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.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108044264
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 21 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. That the resurrection of a dead person is the work of God only
    2. Revival of persons who were not really dead
    3. Resurrection of a man who had been buried three years, resuscitated by St Stanislaus
    4. Can a man really dead appear in his own body?
    5. Revival or apparition of a girl who had been dead some months
    6. A woman taken alive from her tomb
    7. Revenans, or vampires of Moravia
    8. Dead men of Hungary who suck the blood of the living
    9. Narrative of a vampire from the Jewish Letters, Letter 137
    10. Other instances of revenans. Continuation of the 'Gleaner'
    11. Argument of the author of the Jewish Letters, concerning revenans
    12. Continuation of the argument of the Dutch Gleaner
    13. Narrative from the 'Mercure Gallant' of 1693 and 1694 on revenans
    14. Conjectures of the Dutch Gleaner
    15. Another letter on revenans
    16. Pretended vestiges of vampirism in antiquity
    17. Ghosts in northern countries
    18. Ghosts in England
    19. Ghosts in Peru
    20. Ghosts in Lapland
    21. Return of a man who had been dead some months
    22. Excommunicated persons who went out of churches
    23. Some instances of the excommunicated being rejected or cast out of consecrated ground
    24. Instance of an excommunicated martyr being cast out of the ground
    25. A man cast out of the church for having refused to pay tithes
    26. Instances of persons who have given signs of life after their death, and have withdrawn themselves respectfully to make room for more worthy persons
    27. People who perform pilgrimage after death
    28. Reasoning upon the excommunicated who go out of churches
    29. Do the excommunicated decay in the earth?
    30. Instances to show that the excommunicated do not decay, and that they appear to the living
    31. Instances of these returns to earth of the excommunicated
    32. A Vroucolaca exhumed in the presence of M. de Tournefort
    33. Has the demon power to kill, and then to restore to life?
    34. Examination of the opinion that the demon can restore animation to a dead body
    35. Instances of phantoms which have appeared to the living, and given many signs of life
    36. Devoting people to death, practised by the heathens
    37. Instances of dooming to death among Christians
    38. Instances of persons who have promised to give each other news of themselves from the other world
    39. Extracts from the political works of the Abbé de St Pierre
    40. Divers systems to explain ghosts
    41. Divers instances of persons being buried alive
    42. Instances of drowned persons who have come back to life and health
    43. Instances of women thought dead who came to life again
    44. Can these instances be applied to the Hungarian revenans?
    45. Dead people who masticate in their graves and devour their own flesh
    46. Singular example of a Hungarian revenant
    47. Argument on this matter
    48. Are the vampires or revenans really dead?
    49. Instance of a man named Curma being sent back to this world
    50. Instances of persons who fall into ecstatic trances when they will, and remain senseless
    51. Application of such instances to vampires
    52. Examination of the opinion that the demon fascinates the eyes of those to whom vampires appear
    53. Instances of resuscitated persons who relate what they saw in the other world
    54. The traditions of the pagans on the other life, are derived from the Hebrews and Egyptians
    55. Instances of Christians being resuscitated and sent back to this world. Vision of Vetinus, a monk of Augia
    56. Vision of Bertholdus, related by Hincmar, Archbishop of Rheims
    57. Vision of St Fursius
    58. Vision of a Protestant of York, and others
    59. Conclusion of this dissertation
    60. Moral impossibility that ghosts can come out of their tombs
    61. That what is related of the bodies of the excommunicated who walk out of churches, is subject to very great difficulties
    62. Remarks on the dissertation, concerning the spirit whic

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    Augustin Calmet

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    Henry Christmas

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