The Burglar in the Bin Bag

The Burglar in the Bin Bag : Urban Legends, Hoaxes and Mass Hysteria

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Arthur Goldstuck made the world of South African urban legends his own with four best-sellers during the 1990s. Now he returns to this landscape, but from a very different angle: looking at the extent to which ghost stories are really urban legends - stories spread by word of mouth (and the media) as absolute truth, but falling short on evidence and reality. In exploring ghost stories as urban legends, Goldstuck makes a fascinating discovery: the ghostly beliefs of each culture across South Africa have had a profound impact on the supernatural beliefs of every other cultural group in the country over the past four centuries. The result is the story of the South African ghost: a unique and complex character that reflects a turbulent history and a harsh existence and sheds a fascinating light on the nature of supernatural experience throughout the world. For instance, what do the Flying Dutchman and the Uniondale Ghost have in common? Why do the ghosts of so many of the country's fallen soldiers wander the earth seeking their forbidden lovers? How do our religious beliefs affect the way we see ghosts? How many ghosts of Daisy de Melker are really out there?
Arthur Goldstuck has some of the answers in a book that challenges much conventional thinking about the supernatural.
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  • Electronic book text | 336 pages
  • Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143527827
  • 9780143527824

About Arthur Goldstuck

Arthur Goldstuck is the author of five previous books on urban legends, all published by Penguin Books, and is widely acknowledged as the leading expert on this phenomenon in Africa.
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