Popular Superstitions, and the Truths Contained Therein

Herbert Mayo (1796 - 1852)

"In the following Letters I have endeavoured to exhibit in their true light the singular natural phenomena of which old superstition and modern charlatanism in turn availed themselves—to indicate their laws, and to develop their theory." (from the Preface of the book)

In 14 letters, British physiologist Herbert Mayo (1796-1852) is giving the reader an overview of popular superstitions of previous times, like vampirism, somnambulism or even ghost sightings, and exposing how in previous times they were treated with fear, ignorance and intolerance, often leading to crime, while he endeavours to give rational explanations for the phenomena with the goal to find treatments and cures for the afflicted.

- Summary by Sonia

Genre(s): Psychology, Social Science (Culture & Anthropology)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Prefatory Remarks Sonia
00:02:46
Play 01 Letter I - The Divining Rod Marta A
00:38:54
Play 02 Letter II - Vampyrism Jim Locke
00:37:51
Play 03 Letter III - Unreal Ghosts Jim Locke
00:33:48
Play 04 Letter IV - True Ghosts Jim Locke
00:30:08
Play 05 Letter V - Trance Jim Locke
00:24:28
Play 06 Letter VI - Trance-sleep Greg Giordano
00:15:42
Play 07 Letter VII - Half-waking Trance, or Somnambulism Greg Giordano
00:20:33
Play 08 Letter VIII - Trance-waking Jean Coleman
00:40:10
Play 09 Letter IX - Religious Delusions Jim Locke
00:35:48
Play 10 Letter X - Mesmerism Owlivia
00:42:39
Play 11 Letter XI - Supplemental Jim Locke
01:07:00
Play 12 Letter XII - The Odometer or Divining Ring Jim Locke
00:21:39
Play 13 Letter XIII - The Solution Jim Locke
00:47:22
Play 14 Letter XIV - Hypnotism. Trance Umbra Jim Locke
00:24:45
Play 15 Conclusion Sonia
00:02:46