By Gillian Bennett
"Bennett interviewed girls in Manchester, England, asking them approximately ghosts and different supernatural reviews and ideology. (Her dialogue of ways her examine equipment and interview ideas developed is in itself valuable.) She first released the result of the research within the well-received Traditions of trust: ladies and the Supernatural, which has been used across the world in folklore, women's experiences, and different classes. "Alas, terrible Ghost!" completely revises and expands that paintings. as well as a fuller presentation and research of the unique box learn, the writer has up to date the textual content to include newer reviews and assisted by way of Kate Bennett, a gerontological psychologist, analyzed new study with a gaggle of girls in Leicester, England. This final addition makes a speciality of the function of bereavement and witnessing involved with the dead."--BOOK JACKET.
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Cora) So when the topic of discussion turns to "deep" matters, these two philosophies guide their adherents either to the supernaturalist Page 28 or the rationalist tradition. Only a few of the Manchester women crossed sides and gave "rational" answers to some of these sorts of questions and "supernaturalist" to others, and only seventeen of them reversed their position. On the whole, a woman who believed that contact with the dead is possible also believed in most forms of divination and precognition.
They reinvent tradition through the folklore they offer each other in their personal experience stories, discussions, and exchanges of ideas. At this informal level, there continues to be a very wide-spread belief in the supernatural. Many people still believe in poltergeists, fetches, wraiths, and warning ghosts, more or less as they did in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. There is also a heartfelt popular tradition that the souls of the family dead continue to exist somehow, somewhere, someway.
In practice, I usually began with questions about horoscopes or life after death and worked round to the more difficult matters as and when I could. I even asked questions about life on other planets if I felt that the respondent needed a long run-in to the topic. Conversely, I found that questions about telepathy made a convenient exit point when the patient's treatment was drawing to a close. Though it had not been my original intention to do any research in these areas, in the end I was very glad that I had done so, because I came to believe that all these subjects form a sort of background or context to more serious beliefs.