Bolti ár: 3170 Ft
Internetes ár: 2853 Ft (10% kedvezmény)
Kiadás éve: 2010
Kiadó: Oxford University Press
Sorozat: Very Short Introductions
Kategóriák: Történelem/kultúrtörténet, Irodalomtudomány, Szociológia, Ismeretterjesztő , Kultúra, Társadalomtörténet, Néprajz, folklór
Examines the history and origins of witchcraft, from pre-history to the present day, considering why it still features so heavily in our culture
Considers the classic period (1500-1900) of Witchcraft trials, and witch-hunting, such as the infamous Salem panic of 1692
Relates concepts of witchcraft to anthropology, sociology, psychology, and politics
Challenges false assumptions about witchcraft by separating the myths from the historical reality, explaining why the myths exist, and why they matter
Features stories and interesting examples of witchcraft from different times, places, and contexts
Witchcraft is a subject that fascinates us all, and everyone knows what a witch is - or do they? From childhood most of us develop a sense of the mysterious, malign person, usually an old woman. Historically, too, we recognize witch-hunting as a feature of pre-modern societies. But why do witches still feature so heavily in our cultures and consciousness? From Halloween to superstitions, and literary references such as Faust and even Harry Potter, witches still feature heavily in our society. In this Very Short Introduction Malcolm Gaskill challenges all of this, and argues that what we think we know is, in fact, wrong.
Taking a historical perspective from the ancient world to contemporary paganism, Gaskill reveals how witchcraft has meant different things to different people and that in every age it has raised questions about the distinction between fantasy and reality, faith and proof.
Telling stories, delving into court records, and challenging myths, Gaskill examines the witch-hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and explores the reinvention of witchcraft - as history, religion, fiction, and metaphor.
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