The Jung Center

When Myths Leave a Bruise: The Inconvenient Physical Effects of Archetypal Appearances

Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

05:45 PM – 07:15 PM


When the UFO mythos broke into European and American consciousness in the 1940s and 1950s, the renowned scholar and psychologist Carl Jung lauded it as a prime opportunity to study the emergence of a new religion and myth. However, he was challenged and intrigued by the physical effects left after many sightings: radiation burns, burned rings in the earth, traces on radar, etc. A similar development occurs in the study of angels within the Catholic tradition. Theologians and scholars have been no less challenged by physical effects left after anomalous aerial sightings and appearances, which include, among other things, “light effects,” and marks on flesh. This lecture focuses on the study of these curious effects and current approaches within religious studies.

About the Class

Diana Walsh Pasulka is Professor of Religious Studies at UNC, Wilmington and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. She wrote Heaven Can Wait: Purgatory in Catholic Devotional and Popular Culture. Her current project, tentatively titled UFO Boys, stems from her field research among UFO experiencers, space researchers, and ufologists. She was the religion consultant for the movies The Conjuring and The Conjuring II.

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