The journal of a Pre-Raphaelite writer might help explain today’s turn to spiritualism.
Alternative beliefs like spiritualism seem to experience resurgences in times of crisis. Taggart has spent the past 20 years exploring the oft-misunderstood religion.
Not unlike gospel music, death metal seems heavily preoccupied with spiritual matters. Does this mean Death Metal is a form of spiritual music?
Today viewers may be preoccupied by the methods used by spirit photographers, but spirit photographs had a notable impact on the bereaved who commissioned the portraits.
The afterlife envisioned by spiritualism appealed to women who rejected the idea that their unbaptized children could be damned to hell.
Researchers unearthed the 105,000-year-old artefacts from a spiritual site in southern Africa. Although far from the coast, the area is associated with stories of a great water snake.
Research suggests mediums possess a proclivity for hallucinatory experiences.
Between 30% and 50% of the population believes in ghosts – literature, philosophy and anthropology can explain why.
From village healers to global brands, witches have long cast their spells over commercial transactions.
A number of U.S. mediums have claimed contact with the spirit of the late George Floyd. Their ‘channelling’ continues a tradition of white spiritualists whitewashing black lives.
Brazil’s Valley of the Dawn faith is often dismissed as a cult. But many of the group’s fantastical rituals are a recognizable reaction to this harsh world of inequality, loneliness and pandemics.
Sometimes the unknown is more appealing than the truth – and it has kept ghost hunters in business for generations.
John of God, the Brazilian spiritual leader accused of sexual assault, exploited women with a network of people dependent on him for money and power.
Ghost stories are often about the departed seeking justice for an earthly wrong. Their sightings are a reminder that ethics and morality transcend our lives.
We urgently need to contemplate the myths we tell about ourselves and technology as a way of evaluating the relationship between the two.
The Oujia board’s origins were anything but evil. It emerged, in part, out of a longing to communicate with loved ones who had died during the Civil War.
Many of their extraordinary artworks are now on show in a new exhibition.
The idea of phantoms being comical is as old as ghouls.