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Daemons Are Forever

Contacts and Exchanges in the Eurasian Pandemonium

David Gordon White

Daemons Are Forever

David Gordon White

360 pages | 30 color plates, 38 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2020
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226714905 Published January 2021
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226692401 Published February 2021
E-book $10.00 to $34.99 About E-books ISBN: 9780226715063 Published February 2021
A richly illustrated tapestry of interwoven studies spanning some six thousand years of history, Dæmons Are Forever is at once a record of archaic contacts and transactions between humans and protean spirit beings—dæmons—and an account of exchanges, among human populations, of the science of spirit beings: dæmonology. Since the time of the Indo-European migrations, and especially following the opening of the Silk Road, a common dæmonological vernacular has been shared among populations ranging from East and South Asia to Northern Europe. In this virtuoso work of historical sleuthing, David Gordon White recovers the trajectories of both the “inner demons” cohabiting the bodies of their human hosts and the “outer dæmons” that those same humans recognized each time they encountered them in their enchanted haunts: sylvan pools, sites of geothermal eruptions, and dark forest groves. Along the way, he invites his readers to reconsider the potential and promise of the historical method in religious studies, suggesting that a “connected histories” approach to Eurasian dæmonology may serve as a model for restoring history to its proper place at the heart of the discipline of the history of religions.
Contents
List of Abbreviations

Note on Translations

1 Dæmon-ology

2 Of Filth and Phylacteries

3 The Demons Are in the Details: Demonological Sciences and Technologies, East and West

4 Medieval and Modern Child Abductions

5 Odysseus in Taprobane

6 Perilous Fountains

7 Imagining a Connected History of Religions

Acknowledgments

Notes

References

Index
Review Quotes
Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago
“White is unique in combining the characters of an old-fashioned, obsessively knowledgeable linguist, an Eliadean (or even Frazerian) comparatist, and a cutting-edge theorist with a particular penchant for the dark, the bent, and the anarchic in human religious life. This book makes full use of all his talents, presenting a broad view, constantly enlivened with astonishing details, of the too-long-misunderstood role of the demonic in the history of religions.”
Peter Frankopan, Worcester College
“A revelatory book that brims with erudition and ambition, making connections that span thousands of miles and cross not only centuries but millennia. White has written a book that issues a series of challenges to how we should look at South Asia and worlds far beyond.”
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