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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Alternative belief systems > Occult studies

The Book of LIES (Hardcover): Aleister Crowley The Book of LIES (Hardcover)
Aleister Crowley
R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
'Liber - Luciferi' - Satanic Bible, Occult, Necronomicon, Crowley (Paperback): Winter Laake 'Liber - Luciferi' - Satanic Bible, Occult, Necronomicon, Crowley (Paperback)
Winter Laake
R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

'Liber-Luciferi' is a fire and force, black magic recitation of Satanic power. 'Liber-Luciferi' translates to mean, 'Book-Lucifer' and rightfully so, it contains a varied collection of Satanic rituals and philosophies that are lacking in most occult grimiers. It is the single most significant Satanic volume in the genre. 'Liber - Luciferi' compels and supersedes all previous occultnik compendiums before it. This work escapes the commonplace to cause upheaval in the known universe.

The Witches of Abiquiu - The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil (Paperback, New Ed): The Witches of Abiquiu - The Governor, the Priest, the Genizaro Indians, and the Devil (Paperback, New Ed)
R563 R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Save R98 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The little-studied witchcraft trial that took place at Abiquiu, New Mexico, between 1756 and 1766 is the centerpiece of this book. The witchcraft outbreak took place less than a century after the Pueblo Revolt and symbolized a resistance by the Genzaros (hispanicized Indians) of Abiquiu to forced Christianization.

The Abiquiu Genzaro land grant where the witchcraft outbreak occurred was the crown jewel of Governor Vlez Cachupns plan to achieve peace for the early New Mexican colonists. They were caught between the Pueblo Indians' resistance to Christianization and raids by the nomadic indio barbaros that threatened the existence of the colony. Thanks mainly to the governor's strategy, peace was achieved with the Comanches and Utes, the Pueblo Indians retained their religious ceremonies, and the Abiqui Pueblo land grant survived and flourished.

"The Witches of Abiquiu" is the story of a polarizing event in New Mexico history equal in importance to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692.

Becoming a Vessel of Honor - In The Master's Service (Paperback): Rebecca Brown Becoming a Vessel of Honor - In The Master's Service (Paperback)
Rebecca Brown
R220 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R39 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Power over Satan Can Be Yours...This book is written for all those children of God who hunger and thirst after a close personal relationship with Him. It is for those who long to hear His voice in their innermost being, who will not be satisfied with anything less than the experience of His presence and glory. It is for those who value such a relationship with our wonderful Creator enough to be willing to pay the price in their own lives to achieve it--the pain of daily carrying the cross. This book is for those who are willing to strive for holiness in obedience to our beloved Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.The purpose of this book is to help you understand the rapidly expanding world of the occult so that you can not only cleanse yourself from any involvement in it, but also so that you can avoid its traps.--Rebecca BrownSubjects include: * The key to spiritual power--personal holiness* The armor of God--how to use it effectively* The sin nature--how to understand it and control it* Defilement of God's temple--how to avoid it* The Holy Spirit vs. demon guides--knowing the difference* Deliverance--case studies and guidelinesThis book contains secret satanic war plans previously not found in print. It reveals how the followers of Satan are openly confronting the followers of Jesus Christ. You must learn the key to spiritual power before you need it!A must for every child of God!

Restless Dead - Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece (Paperback): Sarah Iles Johnston Restless Dead - Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece (Paperback)
Sarah Iles Johnston
R751 R621 Discovery Miles 6 210 Save R130 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During the archaic and classical periods, Greek ideas about the dead evolved in response to changing social and cultural conditionsOComost notably changes associated with the development of the polis, such as funerary legislation, and changes due to increased contacts with cultures of the ancient Near East. In "Restless Dead," Sarah Iles Johnston presents and interprets these changes, using them to build a complex picture of the way in which the society of the dead reflected that of the living, expressing and defusing its tensions, reiterating its values and eventually becoming a source of significant power for those who knew how to control it. She draws on both well-known sources, such as Athenian tragedies, and newer texts, such as the Derveni Papyrus and a recently published "lex sacra" from Selinous.Topics of focus include the origin of the "goes" (the ritual practitioner who made interaction with the dead his specialty), the threat to the living presented by the ghosts of those who died dishonorably or prematurely, the development of Hecate into a mistress of ghosts and its connection to female rites of transition, and the complex nature of the Erinyes. "Restless Dead" culminates with a new reading of Aeschylus' "Oresteia" that emphasizes how Athenian myth and cult manipulated ideas about the dead to serve political and social ends.

The Book of Lies - Oversized Keep Silence Edition (Hardcover): Aleister Crowley The Book of Lies - Oversized Keep Silence Edition (Hardcover)
Aleister Crowley; Contributions by scott Wilde
R763 Discovery Miles 7 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Gardnerian Book of Shadows - The Complete Wicca Initiations and Pagan Ritual Lore (Paperback): Gerald E Gardner The Gardnerian Book of Shadows - The Complete Wicca Initiations and Pagan Ritual Lore (Paperback)
Gerald E Gardner
R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Spell Book for New Witches - Essential Spells to Change Your Life (Paperback): Ambrosia Hawthorn The Spell Book for New Witches - Essential Spells to Change Your Life (Paperback)
Ambrosia Hawthorn
R391 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R60 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Alchemy & Mysticism (Hardcover): Alexander Roob Alchemy & Mysticism (Hardcover)
Alexander Roob
R464 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R84 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Hermetic Museum takes readers on a magical mystery tour spanning an arc from the medieval cosmogram and images of Christian mysticism, through the fascinating world of alchemy to the art of the Romantic era. The enigmatic hieroglyphs of cabalists, Rosicrucians, and freemasons are shown to be closely linked with the early scientific illustrations in the fields of medicine, chemistry, optics, and color theory. Even for those with no knowledge of the fascinating history of alchemy, this book is a delight to explore. Each richly illustrated chapter begins with an introduction and quotes from alchemists by specialist Alexander Roob. The roots of surrealism and many other more recent artistic movements can be found in this treasure trove. About the series Bibliotheca Universalis - Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!

Yeats, Philosophy, and the Occult (Hardcover): Matthew Gibson, Neil Mann Yeats, Philosophy, and the Occult (Hardcover)
Matthew Gibson, Neil Mann
R2,192 Discovery Miles 21 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Long Life of Magical Objects - A Study in the Solomonic Tradition (Hardcover): Allegra Iafrate The Long Life of Magical Objects - A Study in the Solomonic Tradition (Hardcover)
Allegra Iafrate
R1,912 R1,687 Discovery Miles 16 870 Save R225 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores a series of powerful artifacts associated with King Solomon via legendary or extracanonical textual sources. Tracing their cultural resonance throughout history, art historian Allegra Iafrate delivers exciting insights into these objects and interrogates the ways in which magic manifests itself at a material level. Each chapter focuses on a different Solomonic object: a ring used to control demons; a mysterious set of bottles that constrain evil forces; an endless knot or seal with similar properties; the shamir, known for its supernatural ability to cut through stone; and a flying carpet that can bring the sitter anywhere he desires. Taken together, these chapters constitute a study on the reception of the figure of Solomon, but they are also cultural biographies of these magical objects and their inherent aesthetic, morphological, and technical qualities. Thought-provoking and engaging, Iafrate's study shows how ancient magic artifacts live on in our imagination, in items such as Sauron's ring of power, Aladdin's lamp, and the magic carpet. It will appeal to historians of art, religion, folklore, and literature.

Mojo Workin' - The Old African American Hoodoo System (Paperback): Katrina Hazzard-Donald Mojo Workin' - The Old African American Hoodoo System (Paperback)
Katrina Hazzard-Donald
R621 R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Save R67 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this book, Katrina Hazzard-Donald explores African Americans' experience and practice of the herbal, healing folk belief tradition known as Hoodoo. Working against conventional scholarship, Hazzard-Donald argues that Hoodoo emerged first in three distinct regions she calls "regional Hoodoo clusters" and that after the turn of the nineteenth century, Hoodoo took on a national rather than regional profile. The first interdisciplinary examination to incorporate a full glossary of Hoodoo culture, Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System lays out the movement of Hoodoo against a series of watershed changes in the American cultural landscape. Throughout, Hazzard-Donald distinguishes between "Old tradition Black Belt Hoodoo" and commercially marketed forms that have been controlled, modified, and often fabricated by outsiders; this study focuses on the hidden system operating almost exclusively among African Americans in the Black spiritual underground.

Contemporary Life and Witchcraft - Magic, Divination, and Religious Ritual in Europe (Paperback): Alexandra Tataran Contemporary Life and Witchcraft - Magic, Divination, and Religious Ritual in Europe (Paperback)
Alexandra Tataran
R1,205 R589 Discovery Miles 5 890 Save R616 (51%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Witchcraft is very much alive in today's post-communist societies. Stemming from ancient rural traditions and influenced by modern New Age concepts, it has kept its function as a vibrant cultural code to combat the adversities of everyday life. Intricately linked to the Orthodox church and its rituals, the magic discourse serves as a recourse for those in distress, a mechanism to counter-balance misfortune and, sometimes, a powerful medium for acts of aggression. In this fascinating book, Alexandra Tataran skillfully re-contextualizes the vast and heterogenuous discourse on contemporary witchcraft. She shows how magic, divination, and religious rituals are adapted to the complex mechanisms of modern mentalities and urban living in the specific historical and social context of post-communist countries. Based on years of first-hand fieldwork, Tataran offers fascinating insights into the experience of individuals deeming themselves bewitched and argues that the practice can also teach us a lot about particular forms of adapting traditions and resorting to pre-existing cultural models.

The Greek Magical Papyri In Translation - Second Edition, Volume 1 - Texts (Paperback, New ed of 2 Revised ed): Hans Dieter Betz The Greek Magical Papyri In Translation - Second Edition, Volume 1 - Texts (Paperback, New ed of 2 Revised ed)
Hans Dieter Betz
R907 Discovery Miles 9 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Greek magical papyri" is a collection of magical spells and formulas, hymns, and rituals from Greco-Roman Egypt, dating from the second century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. Containing a fresh translation of the Greek papyri, as well as Coptic and Demotic texts, this new translation has been brought up to date and is now the most comprehensive collection of this literature, and the first ever in English.
"The Greek Magical Papyri in Transition" is an invaluable resource for scholars in a wide variety of fields, from the history of religions to the classical languages and literatures, and it will fascinate those with a general interest in the occult and the history of magic.
"One of the major achievements of classical and related scholarship over the last decade."--Ioan P. Culianu, "Journal for the Study of Judaism"
"The enormous value of this new volume lies in the fact that these texts will now be available to a much wider audience of readers, including historians or religion, anthropologists, and psychologists."--John G. Gager, "Journal of Religion"
"[This book] shows care, skill and zest. . . . Any worker in the field will welcome this sterling performance."--Peter Parsons, "Times Literary Supplement"

The Lancashire Witches - Histories and Stories (Paperback): Robert Poole The Lancashire Witches - Histories and Stories (Paperback)
Robert Poole
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is the first major study of England's biggest and best-known witch trial which took place in 1612, when ten witches were arraigned and hung in the village of Pendle in Lancashire. The book has equal appeal across the disciplines of both History and English Literature/Renaissance Studies, with essays by the leading experts in both fields. Includes helpful summaries to explain the key points of each essay. Brings the subject up-to-date with a study of modern Wicca and paganism, including present-day Lancashire witches. Quite simply, this is the most comprehensive study of any English witch trial. -- .

Witches and Demons - A Comparative Perspective on Witchcraft and Satanism (Paperback): Jean La Fontaine Witches and Demons - A Comparative Perspective on Witchcraft and Satanism (Paperback)
Jean La Fontaine
R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Devil worship, black magic, and witchcraft have long captivated anthropologists as well as the general public. In this volume, Jean La Fontaine explores the intersection of expert and lay understandings of evil and the cultural forms that evil assumes. The chapters touch on public scares about devil-worship, misconceptions about human sacrifice and the use of body parts in healing practices, and mistaken accusations of children practicing witchcraft. Together, these cases demonstrate that comparison is a powerful method of cultural understanding, but warns of the dangers and mistaken conclusions that untrained ideas about other ways of life can lead to.

Satanism: The Seduction of America's Youth (Paperback): Bob Larson Satanism: The Seduction of America's Youth (Paperback)
Bob Larson
R271 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R60 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this book Bob Larson discusses the forces that are influencing America's youth to sell their souls to Satan--ghoulish games, horror films, black metal music, and drugs, as well as the occult enticements in our culture. Larson gives specific ways parents and counselors can combat these forces in the lives of teenagers.

Alchemy - The Secret Art (Paperback): Stanislas Klossowski De Rola Alchemy - The Secret Art (Paperback)
Stanislas Klossowski De Rola
R218 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R30 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new and completely redesigned edition creates a colourful and vibrant guide to the secret art. Klossowski de Rola elucidates the mysterious language and polyvalent symbolism from a variety of perspectives - practical, spiritual, elemental and historical - and explains how the true alchemist differs from the modern chemist and the false practitioner. Gold is only a by-product and emblem of the Great Work of the alchemist. The latter part of the book comprises the full text of a seventeenth-century exposition upon an alchemist's dream-poem, and five richly illustrated `Themes' sections, reproducing full sequences of alchemical thought, art and paraphernalia.

Magic in the Ancient Greek World (Paperback): Derek Collins Magic in the Ancient Greek World (Paperback)
Derek Collins
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Original and comprehensive, "Magic in the Ancient Greek World "takes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece.
Explores the widespread use of spells, drugs, curse tablets, and figurines, and the practitioners of magic in the ancient world
Uncovers how magic worked. Was it down to mere superstition? Did the subject need to believe in order for it to have an effect?
Focuses on detailed case studies of individual types of magic
Examines the central role of magic in Greek life

The Haunted - One Family's Nightmare (Paperback): Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren, Robert Curran, Jack Smurl, Janet Smurl The Haunted - One Family's Nightmare (Paperback)
Ed Warren, Lorraine Warren, Robert Curran, Jack Smurl, Janet Smurl
R298 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R46 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Secret Teachings of All Ages - An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical... The Secret Teachings of All Ages - An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy (Paperback)
Manly P Hall
R404 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This key to the world's esoteric traditions unlocks some of the most fascinating and closely held secrets of myth, religion, and philosophy. Unrivaled in its beauty and completeness, it distills ancient and modern teachings of nearly 600 experts. Compelling themes range from the riddle of the Sphinx and the tenets of Pythagorean astronomy to the symbolism of the pentagram, the significance of the Ark of the Covenant, and the design of the American flag.
Acclaimed by "Publishers Weekly" as "a classic reference, dizzying in its breadth," this remarkable resource was compiled by the founder of the Philosophical Research Society. Author Manly P. Hall examines the secrets of Isis along with arcane aspects of mystic Christianity and other religions. Fascinating surveys cover topics as diverse as Kabbalah, alchemy, cryptology, and Tarot, along with Masonry, gemology, and the identity of William Shakespeare. Sixteen pages of color plates and 100 black-and-white images by the celebrated illustrator J. Augustus Knapp illuminate this vast and indispensable encyclopedia of the occult.

Salem Possessed - The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Paperback, Revised): Paul Boyer, Stephen Nissenbaum Salem Possessed - The Social Origins of Witchcraft (Paperback, Revised)
Paul Boyer, Stephen Nissenbaum
R656 Discovery Miles 6 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tormented girls writhing in agony, stern judges meting out harsh verdicts, nineteen bodies swinging on Gallows Hill. The stark immediacy of what happened in 1692 has obscured the complex web of human passion, individual and organized, which had been growing for more than a generation before the witch trials. Salem Possessed explores the lives of the men and women who helped spin that web and who in the end found themselves entangled in it. From rich and varied sources-many previously neglected or unknown-Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum give us a picture of the events of 1692 more intricate and more fascinating than any other in the already massive literature on Salem. "Salem Possessed," wrote Robin Briggs in The Times Literary Supplement, "reinterprets a world-famous episode so completely and convincingly that virtually all the previous treatments can be consigned to the historical lumber-room." Not simply a dramatic and isolated event, the Salem outbreak has wider implications for our understanding of developments central to the American experience: the breakup of Puritanism, the pressures of land and population in New England towns, the problems besetting farmer and householder, the shifting role of the church, and the powerful impact of commercial capitalism.

Resurrecting Cannibals - The Catholic Church, Witch-Hunts and the Production of Pagans in Western Uganda (Hardcover, New):... Resurrecting Cannibals - The Catholic Church, Witch-Hunts and the Production of Pagans in Western Uganda (Hardcover, New)
Heike Behrend
R1,224 Discovery Miles 12 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores cannibalism, food, eating and being eaten in its many variations. It deals with people who feel threatened by cannibals, churches who combat cannibals and anthropologists who are made to confront themselves as cannibals. It describes how different African and European images of the cannibal intersected and influenced each other in Tooro, Western Uganda, where the figure of the resurrecting cannibal draws on both pre-Christian ideas and church dogma of the bodily resurrection and the ritual of Holy Communion. In Tooro cannibals are witches: they bewitch people so that they die only to be resurrected and eaten. This is how they were perceived in the 1990s when a lay movement of the Catholic Church, the Uganda Martyrs Guild (UMG) organized witch-hunts to cleanse the country. The UMG was responding to an extended crisis: growing poverty, the retreat and corruption of the local government, a guerrilla war, a high death rate through AIDS, accompanied by an upsurge of occult forces in the form of cannibal witches. By trying to deal, explain and "heal" the situation of "internal terror," the UMG reinforced the perception of the reality of witches and cannibals while at the same time containing violence and regaining power for the Catholic Church in competition for "lost souls" with other Pentecostal churches and movements. This volume includes the DVD of a video film by Armin Linke and Heike Behrend showing a "crusade" to identify and cleanse witches and cannibals organized by the UMG in the rural area of Kyamiaga in 2002. With a heightened awareness and reflective use of the medium, UMG members created a domesticated version of their crusade for Western (and local) consumption as part of a "shared ethnography." Heike Behrend is Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany, the author of Alice Lakwena and the Holy Spirits (James Currey, 1999), and co-editor of Spirit Possession, Modernity and Power in Africa(James Currey, 1999)

In Search of the Truth - An Exposure of the Conspiracy (Paperback): Azar Mirza-Beg In Search of the Truth - An Exposure of the Conspiracy (Paperback)
Azar Mirza-Beg
R344 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R82 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Evil People - A Comparative Study of Witch Hunts in Swabian Austria and the Electorate of Trier (Hardcover): Johannes Dillinger Evil People - A Comparative Study of Witch Hunts in Swabian Austria and the Electorate of Trier (Hardcover)
Johannes Dillinger; Translated by Laura Stokes
R1,374 R1,002 Discovery Miles 10 020 Save R372 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Inspired by recent efforts to understand the dynamics of the early modern witch hunt, Johannes Dillinger has produced a powerful synthesis based on careful comparisons. Narrowing his focus to two specific regions--Swabian Austria and the Electorate of Trier--he provides a nuanced explanation of how the tensions between state power and communalism determined the course of witch hunts that claimed over 1,300 lives in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Germany. Dillinger finds that, far from representing the centralizing aggression of emerging early states against local cultures, witch hunts were almost always driven by members of the middling and lower classes in cities and villages, and they were stopped only when early modern states acquired the power to control their localities.

Situating his study in the context of a pervasive magical worldview that embraced both orthodox Christianity and folk belief, Dillinger shows that, in some cases, witch trials themselves were used as magical instruments, designed to avert threats of impending divine wrath. ""Evil People"" describes a two-century evolution in which witch hunters who liberally bestowed the label "evil people" on others turned into modern images of evil themselves.

In the original German, ""Evil People"" won the Friedrich Spee Award as an outstanding contribution to the history of witchcraft.

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