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Legend-Tripping OnlineSupernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong's Hat$
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Michael Kinsella

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739831

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739831.001.0001

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. Legends and Legend Ecologies

. Legends and Legend Ecologies

(p.3) 1. Legends and Legend Ecologies
Legend-Tripping Online

Michael Kinsella

University Press of Mississippi

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 curses, to rumors about vast satanic conspiracies, reports of alien beings and unidentified craft, and testimonies to the healing power of sacred sites, supernatural legends are transmitted in a variety of modes. They are recounted in face-to-face situations, on radio, on television, in print media, and on the Internet. Computer-mediated environments are an ideal venue for legends, providing opportunities to utilize textual, visual, and aural evidence. The Internet is a particularly ideal province for mysteries and the supernatural. Unlike rites of passage reenacting myths, the ostensive play involved in reenacting legends centers on ambiguity. Through legends and myths, however, it is possible to conciliate diametrically opposite ideas the likes of which come into focus when talking about the nature of the supernatural. One form of ostension arises from legends that inspire quests to test their veracity: a ritual performance known as legend-tripping.

Keywords:   supernatural legends, Internet, myths, ostension, legend-tripping, mysteries, supernatural

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