This course seeks to be a broad introduction. It introduces students to thediversity of doctrines held and practices performed, and art produced about"the fantastic" from earliest times to the present. The fantastic (theuncanny or supernatural) is a fundamental category in the scholarly study ofreligion, art, anthropology, and literature. This course fill focus boththeoretical approaches to studying supernatural beings from a ReligiousStudies perspective while drawing examples from Buddhist, Shinto, Christian,Hindu, Jain, Zoroastrian, Egyptian, Central Asian, Native American, andAfro-Caribbean sources from earliest examples to the present including mural,image, manuscript, film, codex, and even comic books. It will also introducestudents to related humanistic categories of study: material and visualculture, theodicy, cosmology, shamanism, transcendentalism, soteriology,eschatology, phantasmagoria, spiritualism, mysticism, theophany, and thehistorical power of rumor.