Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The twentieth century

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Bengt Ankarloo, Stuart Clark
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 244 pages
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The roots of European witchcraft and magic lie in Hebrew and other ancient Near Eastern cultures and in the Celtic, Nordic, and Germanic traditions of the Continent. For two millennia, European folklore and ritual have been imbued with the belief in the supernatural, yielding a rich trove of histories and images.

A series that combines traditional approaches of political, legal, and social historians with critical syntheses of cultural anthropology, historical psychology, and gender studies, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe provides a modern, scholarly survey of the supernatural beliefs of Europeans from ancient times to the present day. Each of the six volumes in the series contains the work of distinguished scholars chosen for their expertise in a particular era or region.

Witchcraft today continues to play a role in European societies and imaginations. This concluding volume includes a major new history of the origins and development of English "Wicca" and an account of the circumstances in which the term 'Satanist' has been used to label individuals or groups. The widespread prevalence of such phenomena proves the contemporary reality of beliefs in witchcraft and its threats.

Other volumes in the series Witchcraft and Magic in Europe:
Ancient Greece and Rome
The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Biblical and Pagan Societies
The Middle Ages
The Period of the Witch Trials

  

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Review: Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 2: Ancient Greece and Rome

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There is so much written on this period of time and spiritual practice. I found the binding and curse tablets, spells and dolls the most interesting. I now have a trip planned to the Oxford University ... Read full review

Review: Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 2: Ancient Greece and Rome

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Contents

MODERN PAGAN WITCHCRAFT
1
The History of Pagan Witchcraft
43
SATANISM AND SATANIC MYTHOLOGY
81
Satanism and PseudoSatanist Groups
94
HeathenismOdmism
110
THE WITCH HER VICTIM THE UNWITCHER
141
Types of Witchcraft
150
journalists and Folklorists
158
Gendered Legends
172
Sarzbuttel 1954
180
Active Bewitchments
188
Mayenne 1970
197
Cultures of Witchcraft
205
The End of Witchcraft?
212
Bibliography
220
Index
236

Folklore Indexes
165

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About the author (1999)

Bengt Ankarloo is Professor of History at Lund University, Sweden. Stuart Clark is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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