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Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece

Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece

Charles Stewart, Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece, Londres, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 260 p., nouvelle préface, 1re éd. 2012, ISBN : 9780226425245.
Notice published 12 September 2017

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This book tells an extraordinary story of spiritual fervor, prophecy, and the ghosts of the distant past coming alive in the present. This new affordable paperback brings it to the wider audience that it deserves.
           
Charles Stewart tells the story of the inhabitants of Kóronos, on the Greek island of Naxos, who, in the 1830s, began experiencing dreams in which the Virgin Mary instructed them to search for buried Christian icons nearby and build a church to house the ones they found. Miraculously, they dug and found several icons and human remains, and at night the ancient owners of them would speak to them in dreams. The inhabitants built the church and in the years since have experienced further waves of dreams and startling prophesies that shaped their understanding of the past and future and often put them at odds with state authorities. Today, Kóronos is the site of one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the Mediterranean. Telling this fascinating story, Stewart draws on his long-term fieldwork and original historical sources to explore dreaming as a mediator of historical change, while widening the understanding of historical consciousness and history itself.

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Author

Charles Stewart

Professor of anthropology at University College London. He his the author of Demons and the Devil and editor of Colonizing the Greek Mind?.

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