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.
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.