Twentieth Century

ISBN-10: 0812217071

ISBN-13: 9780812217070

Edition: 2000

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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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Book details

List price: $26.50
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 10/14/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Stuart Clark is a former editor of the United Kingdom's best-selling astronomy magazine, "Astronomy Now". He currently writes for the European Space Agency and is a regular contributor to such magazines as "New Scientist" and "BBC Focus". He is the author of several books, including "Journey to the Stars" and "Deep Space: The Universe from the Beginning".

Introduction
Modern Pagan Witchcraft
The Background to Pagan Witchcraft
Secret Societies and Ritual Magic
Popular Witchcraft and Magic
The Thought-World of Modern Paganism
The Goddess and God of Modern Paganism
Romantic Folklore
The Myth of Pagan Witchcraft
Forerunners
The History of Pagan Witchcraft
Gerald Gardner
The Gardnerians
Other Traditions
American Feminist Witchcraft
A Coming of Age
The Nature of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
Satanism and Satanic Mythology
The History of the Idea of Satan and Satanism
The Servants of Satan
Modern Ideas of Satanism
Satanism and the Occult
Satanism and Pseudo-Satanist Groups
The Church of Satan
Organization
The Temple of Set
Organization
The Process-Church of the Final Judgement
Other Satanist Groups
Numbers of Satanists
Heathenism/Odinism
Satanic Abuse Mythology
The Social Context of the Myth
A History of Accusations of Satanism
The Components of Satanic Abuse Mythology
Sources of Allegations
The Spread of the Satanic Abuse Mythology
Sources of Allegations
Adult survivors
Children's cases
Confessions
The Witch, Her Victim, The Unwitcher And The Researcher: The Continued Existence Of Traditional Witchcraft
Traces of Bewitchment
Studies of Witchcraft
Types of Witchcraft
The Researcher's Position
Journalists and Folklorists
Sliedrecht, 1926
Folklore Indexes
Legend Repertoires
Gendered Legends
Witchcraft in Court
Sarzbuttel, 1954
The Power of the Unwitcher
Active Bewitchments
The Evil Eye
Mayenne, 1970
Spatial Dimensions
Cultures of Witchcraft
Witchcraft Conflicts
The End of Witchcraft?
Future Research
Bibliography
Index
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