spiriting away

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See: abduction
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Today's terrorism scare is a moral panic--just like the 1950s fear of "creeping communism;' the 1960s reaction against rock and roll, the 1970s belief that cultists were spiriting away our children, the 1980s anxiety that no child was safe in a daycare center, and the 1990s fear that violent video games were inaugurating a youth crime epidemic.
The spiriting away of Indian children from their families was common in the 1950s and into the 1970s, said advocates who have acted on behalf of missing Indian children.
Reminiscent of James Ensor's work, the haunting Untitled (Woman with Three Figures), 1992, depicts a rouged and hooded wraith spiriting away a group of smaller, equally hideous creatures.