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Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Michael Kinsella

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

On the Internet, seekers investigate anonymous manifestos that focus on the findings of brilliant scientists said to have discovered pathways into alternate realities. Gathering on web forums, ... More


. Legends and Legend Ecologies

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Stories of anomalous experiences, such as strange objects in the skies or goliath bipedal monsters, comprise what is known as supernatural legendry. From chain letters promising either blessings or ... More


. The Performance of Legend-Tripping

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

In 2005, the author of this book attended the Mid-South Paranormal Convention at the Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Kentucky, which culminated in an all-night ghost-hunting tour of the premises. The ... More


. The Technology of Magic and the Magic of Technology

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

The term magic refers to a complex process of imaginatively affecting perceptions of reality using distinctive and persistent rhetorical strategies and ritual performances. Both magic and ... More


. Conjuring Tales

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

A legend complex consists of narratives, practices, and experiences that build upon and reinforce one another to encourage legend-tripping performances. Legend-trippers interpret any number of events ... More


. Accounts of Past Happenings and the Challenge to Investigate

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter focuses on the Incunabula Papers and the legend-tripping performance that arose from their online circulation. It examines the two documents that comprise the Incunabula Papers as well ... More


. Journey Into Uncanny Territory

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter discusses the legend-trip to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to investigate the numerous claims surrounding the Ong’s Hat ashram, as well as the emergence of web forums built around the ... More


. Contact with tThe Supernatural

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

A legend-trip culminates in contact with the supernatural. In the case of the Incunabula Papers, this contact occurs when participants perform the belief, or literally believe, that the documents ... More


. Intense Discussion and the Processing of Events

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

The final stage of legend-tripping involves discursive attempts by participants to make sense of the entire ordeal. While this process might seem to signal the end of the ritual, it actually renews ... More


. Conclusion

Michael Kinsella

in Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739831
eISBN:
9781604739848
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Majestic is a commercial alternate reality game (ARG) that incorporated real conspiracy-based websites in its gaming narrative. Launched on July 31, 2001, it was inspired by the “Majestic 12” ... More


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