Secularization has fascinated sociologists for 200 years – but that doesn’t mean they always agree on what it is, or how much it’s happening.
A teenage domestic servant showed signs of possession, and a miller was accused of witchcraft. Considering records of these events helps clarify what we can and cannot know about the past.
While people have wondered about déjà vu for a long time, only recently have scientists started experimentally investigating what might trigger it.
Since the second world war, changing ideas about how children should behave have made us fear independent and competent children.
In the 1960s, the Catholic Church sought to downplay demonic possession, but its views since then have changed.
Research suggests mediums possess a proclivity for hallucinatory experiences.
In this new SBS series, four Melbourne families must deal with the ghosts of their past – both literal and metaphorical.
Latin American filmmakers wanting to alert the world to human rights abuses are turning to the supernatural to tell compelling stories
They might not really fly on broomsticks or cast spells, but the witches and wizards of books and films are based on real people.
John Wyndham’s book The Midwich Cuckoos is set to be adapted for the screen for the third time. The tale of otherworldly children resonates with audiences today as much as it did in 1957.
Television’s Unsolved Mysteries – about to be rebooted – deals with true crime on one hand, and supernatural events like alien abductions on the other. They share powerful psychological bonds.
In the early 1900s, fortune-telling provided entertainment, social connection and a job for some Australians. Its legal status made criminals of women, yet allowed others entry to the police force.
Sometimes the unknown is more appealing than the truth – and it has kept ghost hunters in business for generations.
A new exhibition surveys the haunting Japanese traditions and beliefs that connect the supernatural with the everyday.
Fear of a disease that seemed to turn people into beasts might have inspired belief in supernatural beings that live on in today’s creepy Halloween costumes.
Hidden forces are always at work in the world, and people always want to control them, a cognitive anthropologist explains. Enter the human universal of shamanism.
This is a thought-provoking, odd, shocking and beautiful movie about feminism, fantasy and film history.
Americans are increasingly choosing not to identify with any religious tradition. But this group of irreligious people is a complex one – with different relationships to religion.
BBC One’s The Living and the Dead revels in the Victorians’ obsession with the supernatural and the limits of science.
Hamlet begins with a ‘night of the living dead’; Banquo turns into a ghost . The Bard had a supernatural streak and it was crucial to the genesis of Gothic literature.