Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 14, 2004 - History - 339 pages
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Weaving early accounts of witchcraft—trial records, ecclesiastical tracts, folklore, and popular iconography—into new and startling patterns, Carlo Ginzburg presents in Ecstasies compelling evidence of a hidden shamanistic culture that flourished across Europe and in England for thousands of years.
  

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Emerging from testimonies during witchcraft trials in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries are consistent descriptions of the Witches' Sabbath: night flying, ritual cannibalism, etc. Most ... Read full review

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Carlo Ginzburg's erudition is astounding. That he can take from inquisition records regarding the so-called "witches' sabbath" in western Europe and extend his purview to include Asian shamanism ... Read full review

Contents

Lepers Jews Muslims
33
Jews Heretics Witches
63
Following the Goddess
89
Anomalies
122
To Combat in Ecstasy
153
Disguised as Animals
182
Eurasian Conjectures
207
Bones and Skin
226
Conclusion
296
Index
315
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Carlo Ginzburg is the Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Cheese and the Worms, The Night Battles, and Myths, Emblems, and Clues. Raymond Rosenthal (1922-2002) received the Present Tense Award for his translation of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table and was twice nominated for the National Book Award for his translations.

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