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Author Verplaetse, Jan, author.

Title Blood rush : the dark history of a vital fluid / Jan Verplaetse ; translated by Andy Brown
Published London : Reaktion Books, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (327 pages)
Contents Cover -- Title Page -- Imprint Page -- Contents -- Introduction -- Part One: Blood Magic -- Blood Mist -- Sacrificial Blood -- Evil Blood -- Red Urine -- Part Two: Blood Thirst -- Haemothymia -- Wild Origins -- Chemosignals -- Part Three: Blood Aesthetics -- Blood Horror -- Sublime Blood -- Bloodless -- References -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgements -- Index
Summary As a young man Jan Verplaetse saw a hare suspended from a meat hook, skinned and gutted. What struck him so forcefully at the time was not the animal but the blood gently dripping from its mouth. His reaction prompted the start of a quest he undertakes in this book - to investigate our fascination with blood, the most vital of fluids. Blood Rush shows how, throughout history, blood has had the capacity to intoxicate us. In his deeply researched and provocative narrative, Verplaetse moves from antiquity to the present, from magic to experimental psychology, from philosophy to religion and scientific discoveries, to demonstrate why blood both repels and attracts us
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-318 ) and index
Subject Blood -- Folklore.
Blood -- Philosophy
Blood -- Religious aspects.
Blood -- Religious aspects.
Genre/Form Folklore.
Form Electronic book
Author Brown, Andy, translator.
ISBN 1789142431