Date of Award

Spring 1973

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. James C. Berryman

Abstract

"Until five years ago the only contact most Americans had with the occult was through Chinese fortune cookies and penny weighing machines. Then suddenly the Age of Aquarius was upon us." It seems quite evident today that more and more Americans actually believe in witches, wizards, vampires and spirits. Many other don't actually believe but don't disbelieve either. Others find the occult subjects intriguing.

Interest in the occult has suddenly emerged as a mass phenomenon in the United States. Increasing thousands of seemingly average American citizens, are now active practitioners of such rituals as witchcraft, spiritualism, magic and devil worship. Millions more Americans are deeply involved with astrology, numerology, fortune-telling and Tarot cards.

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