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Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it In the s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults. As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa. He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths. Thus was born Evil Incarnate, a riveting analysis of the mythology of evilconspiracy. The first work to provide an in-depth analysis of the topic, the book uses anthropology, the history of religion, sociology, and psychoanalytic theory, to answer the questions What causes people collectively to envision evil and seek to exterminate it?

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Reviews 6 In the s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults. Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government.

As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa. He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths.

In Evil Incarnate, Frankfurter deepens historical awareness that stories of Satanic atrocities are both inventions of the mind and perennial phenomena, not authentic criminal events. He is the author of the acclaimed Religion in Roman Egypt Princeton , which won the award for excellence in the historical study of religion from the American Academy of Religion.

In documenting the harm done by labeling others evil, he poses a challenge to those of us who believe, however regretfully, in the necessity of the concept. At the heart of moral panics—witch crazes, red scares, rumors of Satanic ritual abuse, and others—he perceives not evil as an entity or sinister force, but rather a discourse of evil that draws on old traditions and common fantasies to stimulate horror, shock, and also prurient pleasure. Drawing on a great many examples and much prior research, he makes a strong—and profoundly moral—argument.

The great merit of this elegantly written, substantial book is that it moves us beyond a rather particularistic attitude toward separate, locally bounded cases and shows that there is a system in the variegated realm of evil. Few authors have the range, the vision, and the boldness to break through the disciplinary and chronological boundaries to bring off a book like this.

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Mikree The tragic outcome of this performance is often the torture, punishment, imprisonment or even murder of the supposed participants in the conspiracy, and this outcome is the genuine evil that arises from such mythic constructions. This resolve in turn allows Frankfurter to provide fresh insight into issues that his study only peripherally touches on. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Thus was born Evil Incarnate, a riveting analysis of the mythology frankgurter evilconspiracy. He observes trenchantly that those seeking to purge demonic conspiracies have done more violence than the devotees of those so-called evil groups Bryn Mawr Classical Review He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths.

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Reviews 6 In the s, America was gripped by widespread panics about Satanic cults. Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. As historian of religions David Frankfurter listened to these sinister theories, it occurred to him how strikingly similar they were to those that swept parts of the early Christian world, early modern Europe, and postcolonial Africa. He began to investigate the social and psychological patterns that give rise to these myths.

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Arall Conspiracy theories abounded about groups who were allegedly abusing children in day-care centers, impregnating girls for infant sacrifice, brainwashing adults, and even controlling the highest levels of government. But as I mentioned before, the stated aim of the book is not to explore the phenomenon of myths of evil frankfurtef in detailed historical contexts. In his Introduction and second chapter, Frankfurter presents one of his most compelling ideas, namely that myths of evil conspiracy emerge in contexts where local religious worlds encounter larger universal systems that produce totalizing discourses about evil. Such conspiracies have never existed, or at least there has never been any real evidence of their existence, but they have shaped the way societies have conceived of evil. By looking for similarities between accusations of cannibalism, incest and child sacrifice leveled against early Christians, the witch hunts of the late medieval and early modern periods, panics about Jewish ritual murders from the same centuries, the Satanic Ritual Abuse SRA movement in North America and the United Kingdom in frankfurrer s and s, and modern day witch hunts in Africa, Frankfurter argues that in each case an actual evil conspiracy never existed. David Frankfurter Religion in Roman Egypt 36, But when the word is applied to an act, we know just precisely what it means: Within these local religious worlds, misfortune and danger are accounted for in terms of malicious or capricious ftankfurter or specific marginal individuals on the fringe of communities.

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