Vladimír Bahna, Nadprirodzené skúsenosti a naratívna myseľ – Sociálna nákazlivosť spomienok

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Title in English Vladimír Bahna, Supernatural experiences and the narrative mind – The social infectiousness of memories

MAŇO Peter

Year of publication 2020
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Faculty of Arts

Description “But then it was ever harder for me to walk as if my whole body got stiff and sweaty. I was all wet. That’s when it released the fear on me. That is something terrible; it won’t even allow you to take a breath... So I kept running from there across the field. I got rid of the fear only after I reached the road again”. Some of us might have gone through a similarly distressing experience at some point in our lives, wondering what exactly had happened. Such intense life situations, especially if mixed with an element of a presupposed supernatural presence, can lead to the creation of deeply personal and unique autobiographical memories. Nevertheless, anthropologists and ethnologists have long since been pointing out that the sort of encounters described above often exhibit remarkable structural, contextual, and contentual similarities. The question that inevitably follows enquires about the possibility of having deeply personal experiences and memories that are, nonetheless, culturally shared. Vladimír Bahna attempts to solve this puzzle in his book titled Supernatural experiences and the narrative mind – The social contagion of memories.
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