Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic
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Description: In the hundreds of confessions relating to witchcraft and sorcery trials from early modern Britain we frequently find detailed descriptions of intimate working relationships between popular magical practitioners and familiar spirits of either human or animal form. Until recently it was generally assumed that they were largely elaborate fictions created by judicial interrogators eager to find evidence of stereotypical pacts with the devil. Although this paradigm is now routinely questioned, and most historians acknowledge that there was a folkloric component to familiar-lore in the period, these beliefs, and the experiences reportedly associated with them, remain substantially unexamined. This book confirms the folkloric roots of familiar-belief in early modern Britain by examining the links between the stereotypical witch's familiar and the cunning-man or woman's fairy-familiar as represented in witch-trials and contemporary writings. The author goes on to analyse the experiential dimension of these familiar-encounters by looking at the visionary trance-states of nineteenth and twentieth-century Northern Asian and Amerindian shamans. The book concludes by suggesting that a vigorous popular visionary tradition existed throughout Britain in the period, a view which challenges the reductionist view of early modern popular magic often presented by historians.
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Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 12/30/2005
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Preface: Walking with Spirits - A Cunning Woman's Tale|
|Demon and Fairy Familiars: The Historical Context|
|Introduction to Part I|
|A Harsh and Enchanted World|
|Cunning Folk and Witches|
|The Magical Use of Spirits|
|Human and Spirit: The Meeting|
|The Working Relationship|
|Renunciation and Pact|
|Demon and Fairy: The Interface|
|Introduction to Part II|
|The Shaman's Calling|
|Spirit Worlds and High Gods|
|The Experiential Dimension|
|Introduction to Part III|
|Phantasticks and Phantasms|
|Psychosis or Spirituality?|
|The Unrecognized Mystics|
|Greedigut and the Angel Gabriel|
|The Freedom of Magic|