Witches, fairies, demons, and spirits have not always been mythical creatures that modern societies often depict. Based on theological and intellectual ideas that the brightest minds of the time supported, the supernatural was intrinsically connected to the very reality in which early modern people lived.
On the occasion of the one decade of existence of this multicultural and subcultural media celebrated on October 1st, 2020, we had already set ourselves three years ago the stage with a certain level of “maturity”. As for 2021 and onwards, we will attempt to go with “unpredictable sustained maturity”.
The question that I should like to discuss in this editorial is the following: what does a historian of religions have to say about his contemporary milieu? In what sense can he contribute to the understanding of its literary or philosophical movements, its recent and significant artistic orientations? Or even more, what he has to say, as a historian of religions, in regard to such manifestations of the Zeitgeist as its philosophical and literary vogues, its so-called cultural fashions?