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The Penguin Book of Exorcisms

Joseph P. Laycock Joseph P. Laycock



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18 November 2020
A Penguin Classic The belief in invisible, malevolent demons that haunt and possess human beings dates back thousands of years-as far as religion itself. And for just as long, exorcists have performed elaborate rituals to cast out the devil and other evil spirits. Today, exorcism is as popular as ever, with a majority of Americans believing in demonic possession and exorcists fielding more and more requests.

The Penguin Book of Exorcisms brings together accounts of demonic banishments through the ages and throughout the world, including newly translated primary sources and testimonies that have until now been hidden away in library vaults. From the exorcism of an Egyptian princess to a previously unpublished account that calls into question the famous Anna Ecklund case to a nineteenth-century account of a Russian man possessed by a werewolf demon, these terrifying, astonishing, and informative texts reveal the messy and ambiguous nature of exorcisms and demonstrate how our beliefs have evolved over time. Whether you're a demonology expert or your knowledge comes only from blockbuster horror movies like The Exorcist or Hereditary, this is one book you'll want to have in your possession.
By:   Joseph P. Laycock
Edited by:   Joseph P. Laycock
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   252g
ISBN:   9780143135470
ISBN 10:   0143135473
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   18 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Joseph P. Laycock (editor) is an assistant professor of religious studies at Texas State University and a co-editor of the journal Nova Religio. He is the author or editor of several books about religion, including Speak of the Devil, Spirit Possession Around the World, and The Seer of Bayside, and has written for Quartz and The New Republic. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Reviews for The Penguin Book of Exorcisms

Gripping . . . Thoroughly researched . . . [with a] descriptive flare in rendering the 'goblinlike entities, ' jealous demons, and evil spirits . . . This is a boon for anyone curious about exorcism and its wide-ranging, spiritually diverse legacy. Publishers Weekly Spellbinding . . . Gripping . . . Fascinating . . . Demons, devils, dybbuks, jinn, zar and Chinese fox-spirits abound in accounts dating back to ancient times. . . . The editor's introductions are sharp and cogent. . . . [For] readers hungry for illumination and a touch of terror. Shelf Awareness

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