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Transactions Of Satisfaction And Visions Of The Otherworld

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This chapter examines transactions of satisfaction and the visions of the otherworld. The visions fell into three main categories in terms of the visitors with which they dealt. The first were the ghosts from purgatory, most of which returned to negotiate for aid to help them out of their pains. The second were ghosts from hell. Those that interacted with the visionaries were usually only intent on admonishment, and in these cases, all the visionaries needed to do was listen and heed their advice and amend their immoral behavior. The third category were the otherworld journeys; these involved the visionary leaving his environment and traveling to the otherworld, sometimes for his own sake, sometimes for the sake of those in torment. Vision stories of ghosts, purgatory and hell, in the sermons and stories of the Church buttressed the medieval spiritual dynamic of performing Transactions of Satisfaction.

Keywords: ghosts; hell; medieval spiritual dynamic; otherworld journeys; purgatory; satisfaction; transactions; visions



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