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Despite their centuries-old history and traditions, witchcraft and magic are still very much a part of modern Anglo-American culture. In Lucifer Ascending, Bill Ellis looks at modern practices that are universally defined as "occult," from such commonplace habits as carrying a rabbit's foot for good luck or using a Ouija board, to more esoteric traditions, such as the use of spell books. In particular, Ellis shows how the occult has been a common element in youth culture for hundreds of years. Using materials from little known publications and archives, Lucifer Ascending details the true social function of individuals' dabbling with the occult.

In his survey of what Ellis terms "vernacular occultism," the author is poised on a middle ground between a skeptical point of view that defines belief in witchcraft and Satan as irrational and an interpretation of witchcraft as an underground religion opposing Christianity. Lucifer Ascending examines the occult not as an alternative to religion but rather as a means for ordinary people to participate directly in the mythic realm.

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"Examines occult phenomena from the viewpoint of the people who actually practice them. This solidly written and serious study, which uses little known primary resources, is recommended for academic and public libraries alike.? Library Journal

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"Building on the success of Bill Ellis?s very important Raising the Devil, this new book continues his exploration of dark — and satanic — themes in American culture. A very rewarding study." Philip Jenkins, author of Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain

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"In Lucifer Ascending Ellis has sensitively and brilliantly illuminated much darkness enveloping many mysteries associated with the occult. Believers and non-believers, scholars and general readers, will be entertained and educated by Ellis?s compelling narrative on all matters Satanic. This is first class myth busting." Dr. Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of Why People Believe Weird Things

About the Author

Bill Ellis, associate professor of English and American studies at Penn State Hazleton, is the author of Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media. He has served as president of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research and of the American Folklore Society?s Folk Narrative Section and is an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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crowyhead, September 15, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Bill Ellis is one of my all-time favorite folklorists. His excellent Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions, and the Media both debunked the media frenzy surrounding the "Satanic Panics" of the 80s and early 90s and explored why such things occur and illustrated the historical precedent. Now in Lucifer Ascending, Ellis takes a wider view of our fascination with the occult. Why is it that practices like using the Ouija board, visiting haunted houses, or playing "Bloody Mary" persist? Using the fundamentalist Christian flap over Harry Potter as a jumping off point, Ellis explores both society's fear and fascination with the occult. He strikes a neatly balanced view; he clearly (even as a practicing Lutheran) has no use for Fundamentalist fears of worldwide Satanic cults who use Harry Potter as a recruitment tool, but he also is aware that fascination with the occult can have serious consequences, not due to demons or malign forces, but due to the belief in such... He writes with lucidity and humor, and this book is equally accessible to the dedicated folklorist or the mere dabbler.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780813122892
Author:
Ellis, Bill
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Location:
Lexington
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Occultism
Subject:
Superstition
Subject:
Satanism
Subject:
Demonology & Satanism
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Series Volume:
EDO-PS-01-12
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.32x6.28x1.09 in. 1.24 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages University Press of Kentucky - English 9780813122892 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Examines occult phenomena from the viewpoint of the people who actually practice them. This solidly written and serious study, which uses little known primary resources, is recommended for academic and public libraries alike.?
"Review" by , "Building on the success of Bill Ellis?s very important Raising the Devil, this new book continues his exploration of dark — and satanic — themes in American culture. A very rewarding study."
"Review" by , "In Lucifer Ascending Ellis has sensitively and brilliantly illuminated much darkness enveloping many mysteries associated with the occult. Believers and non-believers, scholars and general readers, will be entertained and educated by Ellis?s compelling narrative on all matters Satanic. This is first class myth busting." Dr. Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of Why People Believe Weird Things
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