Witchcraft Confessions and Accusations

Author: Mary Douglas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113503298X
Format: PDF
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Historians as well as anthropologists have contributed to this volume of studies on aspects of witchcraft in a variety of cultures and periods from Tudor England to twentieth-century Africa and New Guinea. Contributors include: Mary Douglas, Norman Cohn, Peter Brown, Keith Thomas, Alan Macfarlane, Alison Redmayne, R.G. Willis, Edwin Ardener, Robert Brain, Julian Pitt-Rivers, Esther Goody, Peter Rivière, Anthony Forge, Godfrey Lienhardt, I.M. Lewis, Brian Spooner, G.I. Jones, Malcolm Ruel and T.O. Beidelman. First published in 1970.

Entertaining Satan

Author: John Putnam Demos
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199884064
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In the first edition of the Bancroft Prize-winning Entertaining Satan, John Putnam Demos presented an entirely new perspective on American witchcraft. By investigating the surviving historical documents of over a hundred actual witchcraft cases, he vividly recreated the world of New England during the witchcraft trials and brought to light fascinating information on the role of witchcraft in early American culture. Now Demos has revisited his original work and updated it to illustrate why these early Americans' strange views on witchcraft still matter to us today. He provides a new Preface that puts forth a broader overview of witchcraft and looks at its place around the world--from ancient times right up to the present.

The Witch Way A Full Guide to Becoming a Witch Or Wizard

Author: J. D. Slayton
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0615149448
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A Guide to becoming a real witch or wizard. This book will guide you through the process of becoming a Wiccan Witch or Wizard. This spiritual belief and practice of magic is not to be taken lightly and is intended for those who wish to better themselves and become a part of the greater cause. Within the pages, there is the information to bring you the power and magic of the universe and is only intended to be used for the good and betterment of yourself and the world around you.

The Scottish Witch Hunt in Context

Author: Julian Goodare
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719060243
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Covering the whole period of the Scottish witch-hunt, from the mid-16th century to the early 18th, this book is a collection of essays on Scottish witchcraft and witch-hunting. It provides a comparative dimension of witch-hunting beyond Scotland.

Daughters of Hecate

Author: Kimberly B. Stratton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190202149
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Daughters of Hecate unites for the first time research on the problem of gender and magic in three ancient Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman culture. The book illuminates the gendering of ancient magic by approaching the topic from three distinct disciplinary perspectives: literary stereotyping, the social application of magic discourse, and material culture. The authors probe the foundations of, processes, and motivations behind gendered stereotypes, beginning with Western culture's earliest associations of women and magic in the Bible and Homer's Odyssey. Daughters of Hecate provides a nuanced exploration of the topic while avoiding reductive approaches. In fact, the essays in this volume uncover complexities and counter-discourses that challenge, rather than reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken for granted and reified by most modern scholarship. By combining critical theoretical methods with research into literary and material evidence, Daughters of Hecate interrogates a false association that has persisted from antiquity, to early modern witch hunts, to the present day.

Narratives of the New England Witchcraft Cases

Author: George Lincoln Burr
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486167380
Format: PDF
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This volume recaptures the voices from both sides of the controversy with 13 original narratives by judges, ministers, the accused, and others involved in the trials and persecution of the accused.

Dybbuks and Jewish Women in Social History Mysticism and Folklore

Author: Rachel Elior
Publisher: Urim Publications
ISBN: 9655240983
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How and why a person comes to be possessed by a dybbuk—the possession of a living body by the soul of a deceased person—and what consequences ensue from such possession, form the subject of this book. Though possession by a dybbuk has traditionally been understood as punishment for a terrible sin, it can also be seen as a mechanism used by desperate individuals—often women—who had no other means of escape from the demands and expectations of an all-encompassing patriarchal social order. Dybbuks and Jewish Women examines these and other aspects of dybbuk possession from historical and phenomenological perspectives, with particular attention to the gender significance of the subject.

History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland

Author: Edward J Cowan
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748688609
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This book examines the ordinary, routine, daily behaviour, experiences and beliefs of people in Scotland from the earliest times to 1600.