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Demons and the Devil: Moral Imagination in Modern Greek Culture (Princeton Modern Greek Studies) Hardcover – 30 Sep 1991

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  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (30 Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691094462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691094465
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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"The major contribution of Charles Stewart's study is the evidence he provides of the essential link between the demons that have had an important part in modern village life and the traditional demons in the Greek Orthodox cosmology."--New York Review of Books

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By A Customer on 12 May 2000
Format: Paperback
Dr Charles Stewart makes a deep and thought provoking study of the historical, cultural and social context of Greek popular culture. Being taken from a mountainside coffee house in Naxos to a half-deserted hamlet to hear an old woman's tales of death, extra-marital affairs with demon-like women, and swollen genitals, Dr Stewart thought he was having his leg pulled when he realised the woman was telling 'true' stories. The question was, was this folklore? Superstition? Did these stories have an historical pathogenesis? Dr Stewart considers.
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HASH(0x94cf21e0) out of 5 stars Interesting Anthropological Study 13 Feb. 2002
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This is an interesting glimpse into the mindset of the Greek Island villagers of Naxos and in particular the village of Apeiranthos where disease and misfortune are attributed to demons or exotika. The existence of the exotika, or "outsiders" is handled in very specific ways by the people of Apeiranthos i.e. Greece--indeed, there is a ceremony or spell that counteracts either their ill effect or their general contact. Stewart relates the interesting correlation between the Orthodox saints and the exotika and the way in which the Orthodox Church sanctions the actions of their congregations in combatting the exotika's evil influence. The author also attributes the general elevation in the degree of formal education to the overall reduction of such superstition.
In general, this book was not a breeze to read as it is intended for the student of University level anthropological studies. However, as a lover of the Levant, I found the subject intriguing and well worth the two weeks that it took me to actually read and make notations regarding the book's contents.
This is a great companion piece to Lawson's "Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion" and the Blum's "The Dangerous Hour: The Lore and Culture of Mystery and Crisis in Rural Greece.
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