Book Name: [PDF] Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction
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Language: English
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Witchcraft is a subject that fascinates us all. Indeed, from childhood, most of us develop some mental image of a witch- usually an old, mysterious, and malignant woman. But why do witches still feature so heavily in our cultures and consciousness? From Halloween superstitions to literary references such as Faust and Harry Potter, witches seem ever-present in our lives. Malcolm Gaskill takes a long historical perspective in this Very Short Introduction, from the ancient world to contemporary paganism. This book is about the strangeness of the past, contrasts, and change, but it’s also about affinity and continuity. He reveals that witchcraft is multi-faceted, has always meant different things to different people, and that in every age, it has raised questions about the distinction between fantasy and reality, faith and proof. Delving into court records, telling anecdotes, and challenging myths, Gaskill re-examines received wisdom, especially concerning the European witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He also explores the modern memory and reinvention of witchcraft–as history, religion, fiction, and metaphor.

Table of contents :

1. Anthropologies of magic
2. Historical perspectives
3. All in the mind?
4. Writing magic
5. Practising magic
6. Magic and the modern world


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Author(s): Malcolm Gaskill

Series: Very Short Introductions

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2010

ISBN: 019923695X,9780199236954


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