Witches And Witch Hunts

Author: Wolfgang Behringer
Editor: Polity
ISBN: 9780745627182
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In this major new book, Wolfgang Behringer surveys the phenomenon of witchcraft past and present. Drawing on the latest historical and anthropological findings, Behringer sheds new light on the history of European witchcraft, while demonstrating that witch-hunts are not simply part of the European past. Although witch-hunts have long since been outlawed in Europe, other societies have struggled with the idea that witchcraft does not exist. As Behringer shows, witch-hunts continue to pose a major problem in Africa and among tribal people in America, Asia and Australia. The belief that certain people are able to cause harm by supernatural powers endures throughout the world today. Wolfgang Behringer explores the idea of witchcraft as an anthropological phenomenon with a historical dimension, aiming to outline and to understand the meaning of large-scale witchcraft persecutions in early modern Europe and in present-day Africa. He deals systematically with the belief in witchcraft and the persecution of witches, as well as with the process of outlawing witch-hunts. He examines the impact of anti-witch-hunt legislation in Europe, and discusses the problems caused in societies where European law was imposed in colonial times. In conclusion, the relationship between witches old and new is assessed. This book will make essential reading for all those interested in the history and anthropology of witchcraft and magic.
Possessed By the Devil
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Andrew Sneddon
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-05-15 - Publisher: The History Press

In 1711, in County Antrim, eight women were put on trial accused of orchestrating the demonic possession of young Mary Dunbar, and the haunting and supernatural murder of a local clergyman’s wife. Mary Dunbar was the star witness in this trial, and the women were, by the standards of the
Witches and Witch-Hunts
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Wolfgang Behringer
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-09-03 - Publisher: Polity

In this major new book, Wolfgang Behringer surveys the phenomenon of witchcraft past and present. Drawing on the latest historical and anthropological findings, Behringer sheds new light on the history of European witchcraft, while demonstrating that witch-hunts are not simply part of the European past. Although witch-hunts have long since
The History of Witchcraft and Demonology
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Montague Summers
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-07-30 - Publisher: Courier Corporation

This classic of esoterica explores witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, damnation, Satanism, and every variety of magic. Written by the field's foremost scholar, it features colorful, little-known anecdotes about witches, devils, and their arts. It also provides numerous historical accounts of witch trials and surveys the role of witches in literature.
The Real Witches of New England
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Ellen Evert Hopman
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-18 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Reveals the origins and history of the New England witch hysteria, its continuing repercussions, and the multilayered practices of today’s modern witches • Shares the stories of 13 accused witches from the New England colonies through interviews with their living descendants • Explores the positive role witches played in rural
Witch Trials, Legends, and Lore of Maryland
Language: en
Pages: 156
Authors: William H. Cooke
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-01 - Publisher: William H. Cooke

Does a witch's ghost haunt a park in Annapolis? Why should Baltimore really be called Charm City? What weird stories and traditions regarding witches in the Chesapeake region are true and where did the others originate? What is the real history of witchcraft in early Maryland? How were accusations of