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- DescriptionThe Brahan Seer is a legendary figure kwn throughout Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora and indeed anywhere there is an interest in looking into the future. This book traces the legend of the Seer between the sixteenth and twenty-first centuries. It considers the seer figure in relation to aspects of Scottish Highland culture and society that shaped its development during this period. These include the practice and prosecution of witchcraft, the reporting and scientific investigation of instances of second sight, and the perennial belief in and use of prophecy as a means of predicting events. In so doing the book provides a set of historicised contexts for understanding the genesis of the legend and how it changed over time through a synthesis of historical events, oral tradition, folklore and literary Romanticism. It makes a contribution to the debates t only about witchcraft, second sight and prophecy but also about the relationship between 'popular' and 'elite' culture in Scotland. By taking the Brahan Seer as a case study it argues that 'popular' culture is t antithetical to 'elite' culture but rather in constant (and complex) interaction with it.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Alex Sutherland was educated at the University of Aberdeen where he took a joint honours degree in philosophy and psychology, and a Ph.D. in history. He is now a freelance scholar.
- Author(s)Alexander Sutherland
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/01/2009
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleInternational Studies in Folklore and Ethnology
- Series Part/Volume Number1
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight400 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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