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Re: Psychic Rendlesham

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:33:27 -0600
Archived: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:43:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Psychic Rendlesham

>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:00:26 -0400
>Subject: Re: Psychic Rendlesham

>>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>>Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2011 20:39:32 +0000
>>Subject: Psychic Rendlesham

>>If you thought that the 'binary message' was as low as the sorry
>>saga which is Rendlesham could get, it appears now that a group
>>of psychics plus the ubiquitous Nick Pope are getting in on the
>>act according to this promotional trailer:

>>And someone claimed that ufology is not a religion?

>Don't know about any binary connection. It seems to me to be as
>out there but perhaps less absurd than Ian Ridpath's lighthouse

>I find more religious connotation in fairies and angels. What's
>your take on that premise? When one gets a degree, for example,
>in Folklore Studies would that put them on a par with biblical
>studies? Are they related; a branch thereof?


These questions are rather mangled, I'm afraid. I encourage you
to read a book on folklore. Or, specifically, you could read my
chapter on fairy experience in my own book, Hidden Realms.

Folklore is not tied in particular to religion, except to the
degree that, in common with all human activity (e.g., sex,
sports, the entertainment industry, your neighbors' doings,
work, politics) - you name it - religion generates a body of
evolving, protean oral lore, rumor, and speculation. Which means
only that, like everything else, religious belief, doctrine, and
the like are processed in normal, recognizable human ways by
non-elites. Biblical scholarship at an academic level is neither
folklore nor folkloristics, but a discipline that fuses
linguistics, history, philosophy, and theology.

Nor, on a whole other level, are the fairies of tradition tied
to religion in any meaningful sense. In the meaningless sense,
if one ties _all_ anomalous, supernatural, or non-consensus
reality experience to "religion", then the term essentially
means whatever you want it to mean, in other words not much the
rest of us need worry about.

It is true that the less secular ordinary folk of other eras
sometimes struggled to understand fairies and other mysteries,
natural and supernatural - just as they struggled to understand
everything else in their environment - through a biblical
filter. Mostly, they came to the nonscriptural conclusion that
fairies exist on some level between the divine and the human.
Mostly, though, they just feared them, viewing them as one more
menace in an already dangerous world.

_Non_traditional fairies - those that figure in Spiritualism or
New Age mysticism - are figures that one can call religiously
generated inasmuch as they've been drafted into modernist
theological frameworks. But since you're talking about folklore,
I assume you mean the fairies of tradition, where fairies had as
much, or as little, religious significance as giants, monsters,
and ghosts.

Jerry Clark

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