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Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages

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Reveals the true nature of medieval belief in the Double of the Soul

• Demonstrates the survival of a pagan belief that each individual owns three souls, including a double that can journey outside the physical body

• Explains the nature of death and the Other World hidden beneath the monsters and superstitions in stories from the Middle Ages

Monsters, werewolves, witches, and fairies remain a strong presence in our stories and dreams. But as Claude Lecouteux shows, their roots go far deeper than their appearance in medieval folklore; they are survivors of a much older belief system that predates Christianity and was widespread over Western Europe. Through his extensive analysis of Germano-Scandinavian legends, as well as those from other areas of Europe, Lecouteux has uncovered an almost forgotten religious concept: that every individual owns three souls and that one of these souls, the Double, can—in animal or human form—leave the physical body while in sleep or a trance, journey where it chooses, then reenter its physical body. While there were many who experienced this phenomenon involuntarily, there were others—those who attracted the unwelcome persecution of the Church—who were able to provoke it at will: witches.

In a thorough excavation of the medieval soul, Claude Lecouteux reveals the origin and significance of this belief in the Double, and follows its transforming features through the ages. He shows that far from being fantasy or vague superstition, fairies, witches, and werewolves all testify to a consistent ancient vision of our world and the world beyond.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 192-195) and index.

Synopsis:

Monsters, werewolves, witches, and fairies remain a strong presence in our stories and dreams. Their roots predate Christianity and are widespread over Western Europe. The author's extensive analysis of Western European legends reveals an almost forgotten religious concept: that every individual owns three souls and that one, the Double, can leave the physical body to journey where it chooses. Claude Lecouteux reveals the origin and significance of this belief, and follows its transforming features through the ages.

About the Author

Claude Lecouteux is a former professor of medieval literature and civilization at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous books on medieval and pagan afterlife beliefs, including The Return of the Dead, The Secret History of Vampires, and Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies. He lives in Paris.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Régis Boyer

Acknowledgments

Preface to the 2001 Edition

Preface to the 1996 Edition

Introduction

Part 1: The Soul Outside the Body

1 The Ecstatic Journey

2 Pagan Ecstatics

3 An Unusual Concept of the Soul

Part 2: The Disguises of the Double

4 The Double and Fairies

5 The Double and Witchcraft

6 Metamorphosis: The Double and Werewolves

Part 3: Seeing the Double

7 Autoscopy

8 Shadow, Reflection, and Image

Conclusion

Appendix 1: The Soul and the Double

Appendix 2: Hambel and Vardøjer

Appendix 3: The Trial of the Werewolf

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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Sara Amis, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by Sara Amis)
Lecouteux was a Medieval History professor at the Sorbonne; his work is solidly researched, meticulously sourced, and fascinating.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780892810963
Subtitle:
Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages
Author:
Lecouteux, Claude
Publisher:
Inner Traditions
Location:
Rochester, Vt.
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Fairies
Subject:
Alternate Spirituality
Subject:
Witchcraft & Wicca
Subject:
Werewolves
Subject:
Wizards
Subject:
Spirituality - Paganism
Subject:
Double
Subject:
Spirituality - Paganism & Neo-Paganism
Subject:
Metaphysics-Wicca and Goddess Worship
Subject:
Mythology
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
013-03
Publication Date:
20030723
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 13.335 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 192-195) and index.
"Synopsis" by , Monsters, werewolves, witches, and fairies remain a strong presence in our stories and dreams. Their roots predate Christianity and are widespread over Western Europe. The author's extensive analysis of Western European legends reveals an almost forgotten religious concept: that every individual owns three souls and that one, the Double, can leave the physical body to journey where it chooses. Claude Lecouteux reveals the origin and significance of this belief, and follows its transforming features through the ages.
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