Deadly Words Witchcraft in the Bocage
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Description: This book examines witchcraft beliefs and experiences in the Bocage, a rural area of western France. It also introduces a powerful theoretical attitude towards the progress of the ethnographer's enwuiries, suggesting that a full knowledge of witchcraft involves being 'caught up' in it oneself. In the Bocage, being bewitched is to be 'caught' in a sequence of misfortunes: a heifer dies, the wife has a miscarriage, the child is covered in spots, the car runs into a ditch, the milk cannot be churned, the geese become panic-stricken, or the bride-to-be wastes away. According to those who are bewitched, the culprit is someone in the neighbourhood: the witch, who can cast a spell with a word, a touch or a look, and whose 'power' comes from a book of spells inherited from an ancestor. Only a professional magician, an 'unwitcher', has any chance of breaking the succession of misfortunes which befall those who have been bewitched. He undertakes a battle of magic with the suspected witch, a battle which is eventually fatal.
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Copyright year: 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/4/1980
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Jeanne Favret-Saada is a French anthropologist and the author of many books, including Deadly Words: Witchcraft in the Bocage.
|There Must Be a Subject|
|The Way Things Are Said|
|The mirror-image of an academic|
|Words spoken with insistence|
|When words wage war|
|Between 'Caught' and Catching|
|Those who haven't been caught can't talk about it|
|A name added to a position|
|Taking one's distances from whom (or what)?|
|When the Text Has its Own Foreword|
|The Realm of Secrecy|
|Someone Must Be Credulous|
|Tempted By the Impossible|
|The Less One Talks, The Less One Is Caught|
|Telling It All|
|If You Could Do Something|
|A bewitched in hospital|
|She a magician?|
|Impotent against impotence|
|The Omnipotent Witch|
|The imperishable bastard|
|A death at the crossroads|
|Ex post facto|
|The other witch|
|To Return Evil for Evil|
|Madame Marie from Alenï¿½on|
|Madame Marie from Izï¿½|
|If you feel capable|
|Concepts and presuppositions|
|Attack by witchcraft and its warding off|