Persuasions of the Witch's Craft Ritual Magic in Contemporary England

ISBN-10: 0674663241

ISBN-13: 9780674663244

Edition: 1989

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To find out why reasonable people are drawn to the seemingly bizarre practices of magic and witchcraft, Tanya Luhrmann immersed herself in the secret lives of Londoners who call themselves magicians. She came to know them as friends and equals and was initiated into various covens and magical groups. She explains the process through which once-skeptical individuals--educated, middle-class people, frequently of high intelligence--become committed to the ideas behind witchcraft and find magical ritual so compellingly persuasive. This intriguing book draws some disturbing conclusions about the ambivalence of belief within modern urban society.
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Book details

List price: $31.50
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 396
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Speaking with a Different Rhythm: Magicians in the Modren World
What makes Magic Reasonable?
Initiation Ritual: My Introduction to the Field
Journey to Aquarius: the Sociological Context of Magical Groups
The Goat and the Gazelle: Witchcraft
Meditations on the Tree of Life: the Western Mysteries
Space between the Worlds: ad hoc Ritual Magic
The Old Ways: Non-Initiated Paganism
The 'child within': a Portrait of the Practitioners
Listening to the Goddess: New Ways to Pay Attention to the World
Introduction: the Magician's Changing Intellectual Habits
Drinking from Cerridwen's Cauldron: Learning to See the Evidence
Astrology and the Tarot: Acquiring Common Knowledge
Seeing Patterns in the Jumbled Whole: Becoming Comfortable with New Assumptions
Summoning the Powers: The Experience of Involvement
Introduction: Working Intuitively
New Experiences: Meditation and Visualization
'Knowing of': Language and Imaginative Involvement
Ritual: Techniques for Altering the Everyday
The Varied Uses of Symbolism
Justifying to the Sceptics
Introduction: Coping with the Dissonance
The Magical Plane: The Emergence of a Protective Metaphor
In Defence of Magic: Philosophical and Theological Rationalization
Belief and Action
Interpretice Drift: The Slow Shift Towards Belief
Serious Play: The Fantasy of Truth
Final Thoughts
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