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

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Titel: Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England
Autor/en: T. M. Luhrmann

ISBN: 0674663241
EAN: 9780674663244
Sprache: Englisch.
HARVARD UNIV PR

März 1991 - kartoniert - 396 Seiten

To find out why reasonable people are drawn to the seemingly bizarre practices of magic and witchcraft, Luhrmann immersed herself in the arcane world of Londoners who call themselves magicians. Her report is as fascinating as the esoteric world itself. Illustrated.

Acknowledgements PART 1: SPEAKING WITH A DIFFERENT RHYTHM: MAGICIANS IN THE MODREN WORLD 1. What makes Magic Reasonable? 2. Initiation Ritual: My Introduction to the Field 3. Journey to Aquarius: the Sociological Context of Magical Groups 4. The Goat and the Gazelle: Witchcraft 5. Meditations on the Tree of Life: the Western Mysteries 6. Space between the Worlds: ad hoc Ritual Magic 7. The Old Ways: Non-Initiated Paganism 8. The 'child within': a Portrait of the Practitioners PART 2: LISTENING TO THE GODDESS: NEW WAYS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORLD 9. Introduction: the Magician's Changing Intellectual Habits 10. Drinking from Cerridwen's Cauldron: Learning to See the Evidence 11. Astrology and the Tarot: Acquiring Common Knowledge 12. Seeing Patterns in the Jumbled Whole: Becoming Comfortable with New Assumptions PART 3: SUMMONING THE POWERS: THE EXPERIENCE OF INVOLVEMENT 13. Introduction: Working Intuitively 14. New Experiences: Meditation and Visualization 15. 'Knowing of': Language and Imaginative Involvement 16. Ritual: Techniques for Altering the Everyday 17. The Varied Uses of Symbolism PART 4: JUSTIFYING TO THE SCEPTICS 18. Introduction: Coping with the Dissonance 19. The Magical Plane: The Emergence of a Protective Metaphor 20. In Defence of Magic: Philosophical and Theological Rationalization PART 5: BELIEF AND ACTION 21. Interpretice Drift: The Slow Shift Towards Belief 22. Serious Play: The Fantasy of Truth 23. Final Thoughts Bibliography Index
Tanya M. Luhrmann is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.
A groundbreaking study that nimbly interweaves Ms. Luhrmann's own magical adventures with anthropological shoptalk, offering a systematic classification and analysis of modern magic, as well as judicious observations on the nature of belief...A formidable challenge that T. M. Luhrmann's book implicitly poses [is] a rigorous examination of the tenets of our own faith, ideas, dearest intellectual castles, to find just where the foundations lie. To accomplish that would be magic enough for anyone. -- Philip Zaleski New York Times Book Review Raises questions about the way we think, believe, imagine, know, in a most fascinating way. -- Rosemary Dinnage New York Review of Books Anyone who likes to speculate about the nature of belief and the organization of belief systems, to learn about the development and meanings of ritual, and to explore efforts toward creative self-realization will be intrigued with the results of Luhrmann's immersion in the several strains of modern British magic. -- Michele Slung Washington Post Book World Luhrmann has made a major contribution to the study of magic, new religions, and the development of the irrational within a culture that prides itself on rationality. -- Helen A. Berger Contemporary Sociology Such is the strength of Tanya Luhrmann's narrative that, by the end of the book, magic becomes a normal and almost routine activity--just another way of channeling that desire for worship and that appetite for symbolic ritual that human beings seem to possess. Since this is an anthropological study the author has many serious points to make about the relationship between practice and theory. -- Peter Ackroyd London Times This brilliant work provides the most wide-ranging sociological or anthropological investigation to date of the interrelated witchcraft, ceremonial magic, and neo-pagan movements that are becoming increasingly important in both Britain and the United States...No one interested in contemporary spirituality or the social scientific study of religion can afford to miss this book. -- Robert S. Ellwood Religious Studies Review
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