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Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology Melton Vols 1 & 2 Edited by J Gordon Melton, 5th. ed. A Compendium of Information on the Occult Sciences, Magic, Demonology, Superstitions, Spiritism, Mysticism, Metaphysics, Psychical Science, and Parapsychology, with Biographical and Bibliographical Notes and Comprehensive Indexes. Introduction This fifth edition of the Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology (EOP) continues the tradition established by its predecessors in providing the most comprehensive coverage of the fields of occultism and parapsychology. The first edition, published in 1978, brought together the texts of two of the standard reference works in the field, Lewis Spence’s Encyclopedia of Occultism (1920) and Nandor Fodor’s Encyclopedia of Psychic Science (1934). Later, editor Leslie Shepard took on the task of updating their observations and supplementing the volume with new entries. The production of this massively ambitious work was sparked by a heightened interest in psychic phenomena, the occult, witchcraft, and related topics in the 1970s. This interest, which led directly to the New Age movement of the 1980s, provided a continued wealth of material for parapsychologists to examine. It also led to a reaction by a group of debunkers to form the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of the Claims of the Paranormal. This group believed that they were spokesmen for the scientific establishment. Defining the Terms The term “occult” remains suspect in many circles. The word derives from Latin and simply means “to shut off from view or exposure.” However, it eventually came to refer to realities specifically hidden from common sight; the occult realm is invisible to the physical eye but can be seen by an inner “spiritual” vision and/or grasped by psychic intuition. The occult is the opposite of “apocalypse,” which means “to uncover.” The last book of the Christian Bible is alternatively called The Apocalypse or The Revelation. To many religious people, the term occult denotes that which is opposite of what God has revealed; hence, the realm of Satan and his legions of demons. Some substance for this observation has been provided by religious leaders who combine an exploration of the occult with open opposition to the more traditional religions and religious institutions. As used in EOP, however, occultism stands for (1) the broad area of human experience (now called extrasensory perception, or ESP) that goes beyond the five senses; (2) the philosophical conclusions drawn from consideration of such experiences; and (3) the social structures created by people who have had extrasensory experiences, who attempt to produce and cultivate them, and who believe in their vital significance for human life. Therefore, occultism (or its currently preferred term “paranormal”) entails a wide spectrum of experiences—from clairvoyance and telepathy to visions and dreams, from ghost sightings to the pronouncements of mediums and channelers. The paranormal encompasses the phenomenon known as psychokinesis (commonly referred to as “mind over matter”)—whether in the dramatic form of levitation or teleportation, or in the more commonly experienced phenomenon of spiritual healing. It also covers experiences related to death, such as out-of-body travel and deathbed visions. The occult also includes a host of techniques and practices originally designed and created to contact the extrasensory realm. Most frequently associated with the term occult are the techniques of magic and divination (including astrology, the tarot, and palmistry). In addition, various forms of meditation, yoga, and psychic development should be included, as well as some practices more commonly associated with religion, such as speaking in tongues, prayer, and mysticism. By extension, the occult or paranormal can also legitimately incorporate a legion of mysterious phenomena not obviously extrasensory in nature: anomalous natural occurrences not easily understood or explained by contemporary science. Such phenomena as the Loch Ness monster, unidentified flying objects (UFOs), and Bigfoot, may eventually be attributed to the realm of ordinary sense perception, but their very elusiveness has led them to be associated with the occult. ebooks: Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology Melton 5th ed Vol 1 A-L.pdf Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology Melton 5th ed Vol 2 M-Z.pdf tags: encyclopedia, occult, parapsychology
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