Angels and Aliens: UFO's and the Mythic Imagination

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9780201550849: Angels and Aliens: UFO's and the Mythic Imagination

Presents a historical examination of UFO sitings and reports, and discusses theories for and against UFOs

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Jung who first spoke of the UFO phenomenon as "a modern myth in the making," and Joseph Campbell who insisted that the first function of myths is "opening mind and heart to the utter wonder of all being." Now Keith Thompson makes it possible for us to share that sense of wonder as he explores the UFO against the timeless backdrop of visionary experience: angelic vision, near-death experiences, shamanic journeys, religious miracles, and folkloric encounters with fairies.

In a brilliant stroke, Keith Thompson takes a subject usually confined to sensationalistic expose and reveals its surprising literary richness, intellectual energy, and symbolic depths. By offering a new, open-ended perspective which avoids the dogmatism of true believers and debunkers alike, Angels and Aliens invites readers to enter a fascinating world with profound implications for our understanding of the human spirit.

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"As original and provocative a book as you're likely to run into this year...Keith Thompson has issued a bold new challenge to our imagination, and our perception."

Esquire

"A breakthrough...[A] lucid, intuitive, erudite understanding of the UFO as it presents itself in that realm between mind and matter...Thompson is a beautifully skilled writer, using words precisely and expressively."

Gnosis Magazine

"An intelligent, engrossing and often wryly funny analysis."

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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