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Invisible companions : encounters with imaginary friends, gods, ancestors, and angels / J. Bradley Wigger.

Wigger, J. Bradley, (author.).


"From the US to Nepal, author J. Bradley Wigger travels five countries on three continents to hear children describe their invisible friends--one-hundred-year-old robins and blue dogs, dinosaurs and teapots, pretend families and shapeshifting aliens--companions springing from the deep well of childhood imagination. Drawing on these interviews, as well as a new wave of developmental research, he finds a fluid and flexible quality to the imaginative mind that is central to learning, to co-operation, and paradoxically, to real-world rationality. Yet Wigger steps beyond psychological territory to explore the religious significance of the kind of mind that develops relationships with invisible beings. Alongisde Cinderella the blue dog, Quack-Quack the duck, and Dino the dinosaur are angels, ancestors, spirits, and gods. What he uncovers is a profound capacity in the religious imagination to see through the surface of reality to more than meets the eye. Punctuated throughout by children's colourful drawings of their see-through interlocutors, the book is highly engaging and alternately endearing, moving, and humorous. Not just for parents or for those who work with children, Invisible Companions will appeal to anyone interested in our mind's creative and spiritual possibilities."--Publisher's description

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  • ISBN: 9781503609112
  • ISBN: 1503609111
  • Physical Description: 239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-234) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction : See-through knowing -- Life-givers -- Flexibility -- Logic and imagination -- Sharing -- Wild mind -- Who knows what? -- Ancestors and angels -- Gods and godsibbs -- Original knowing -- Friends of God.
Subject: Imaginary companions > Religious aspects > Cross-cultural studies.
Imagination > Religious aspects > Cross-cultural studies.
Imagination in children > Cross-cultural studies.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library BL 65 .I427 W54 2019 30775305554777 General Collection Available -

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