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Breaking Free - Volume 1 (Paperback): Erica Patricia Raymond Breaking Free - Volume 1 (Paperback)
Erica Patricia Raymond
R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicca Spells for Beginners - Unlocking the Secrets of Modern Witchcraft and Healing with a Beginner's Selection of Spells,... Wicca Spells for Beginners - Unlocking the Secrets of Modern Witchcraft and Healing with a Beginner's Selection of Spells, Crystals, and Herbal Knowledge (Paperback)
Laurie Steele
R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Living Magical Arts - Imagination and Magic for the 21st Century (Paperback, New edition): R.J. Stewart Living Magical Arts - Imagination and Magic for the 21st Century (Paperback, New edition)
R.J. Stewart
R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Hazards of the Dark Arts - Advice for Medieval Princes on Witchcraft and Magic (Paperback): Richard Kieckhefer Hazards of the Dark Arts - Advice for Medieval Princes on Witchcraft and Magic (Paperback)
Richard Kieckhefer
R510 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R26 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume comprises English translations of two fundamentally important texts on magic and witchcraft in the fifteenth century: Johannes Hartlieb's Book of All Forbidden Arts and Ulrich Molitoris's On Witches and Pythonesses. Written by laymen and aimed at secular authorities, these works advocated that town leaders and royalty alike should vigorously uproot and prosecute practitioners of witchcraft and magic. Though inquisitors and theologians promulgated the witch trials of late medieval times, lay rulers saw the prosecutions through. But local officials, princes, and kings could be unreliable; some were skeptical about the reality and danger of witchcraft, while others dabbled in the occult themselves. Borrowing from theological and secular sources, Hartlieb and Molitoris agitated against this order in favor of zealously persecuting occultists. Organized as a survey of the seven occult arts, Hartlieb's text is a systematic treatise on the dangers of superstition and magic. Molitoris's text presents a dialogue on the activities of witches, including vengeful sorcery, the transformation of humans into animals, and fornication with the devil. Taken together, these tracts show that laymen exerted significant influence on ridding society of their imagined threat. Precisely translated by Richard Kieckhefer, Hazards of the Dark Arts includes an insightful introduction that discusses the authors, their sources and historical environments, the writings themselves, and the influence they had in the development of ideas about witchcraft.

Crimen Exceptum - The English Witch Prosecution in Context (Paperback): Gregory J. Durston Crimen Exceptum - The English Witch Prosecution in Context (Paperback)
Gregory J. Durston
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As the author notes, `The early-modern European witch-hunts were neither orchestrated massacres nor spontaneous pogroms. Alleged witches were not rounded up at night and summarily killed extra-judicially or lynched as the victims of mob justice. They were executed after trial and conviction with full legal process'. In this concise but highly-informed account of the persecution of witches, Gregory Durston demonstrates what a largely ordered process was the singling-out or hunting-down of perceived offenders. How a mix of superstition, fear, belief and ready explanations for ailments, misfortune or disasters caused law, politics and religion to indulge in criminalisation and the appearance of justice. Bearing echoes of modern-day `othering' and marginalisation of outsiders he shows how witchcraft became akin to treason (with its special rules), how evidentially speaking storms, sickness or coincidence might be attributed to conjuring, magic, curses and spells. All this reinforced by examples and detailed references to the law and practice through which a desired outcome was achieved. In another resonance with modern-times the author shows how decisions were often diverted into the hands of witch-hunters, witch-finders (including self-appointed Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins), witch-prickers and other experts as well as the quaintly titled `cunning-folk' consulted by prosecutors and `victims'. Crimen Exceptum (crimes apart). A straightforward and authoritative guide. Shows the rise and fall of prosecutions. Backed by a wealth of learning and research.

Witches and Witch-Hunts - A Global History (Hardcover, New): Wolfgang Behringer Witches and Witch-Hunts - A Global History (Hardcover, New)
Wolfgang Behringer
R1,472 Discovery Miles 14 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Demoniality - Incubi and Succubi: A Book of Demonology (Paperback): Sinistrari of Ameno Demoniality - Incubi and Succubi: A Book of Demonology (Paperback)
Sinistrari of Ameno; Translated by Isidore Liseux
R119 R99 Discovery Miles 990 Save R20 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Daniel Ogden Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Daniel Ogden
R962 Discovery Miles 9 620 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a culture where the supernatural possessed an immediacy now strange to us, magic was of great importance both in the literary and mythic tradition and in ritual practice. Recently, ancient magic has hit a high in popularity, both as an area of scholarly inquiry and as one of general, popular interest. In Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds Daniel Ogden presents three hundred texts in new translations, along with brief but explicit commentaries. This is the first book in the field to unite extensive selections from both literary and documentary sources. Alongside descriptions of sorcerers, witches, and ghosts in the works of ancient writers, it reproduces curse tablets, spells from ancient magical recipe books, and inscriptions from magical amulets. Each translation is followed by a commentary that puts it in context within ancient culture and connects the passage to related passages in this volume. Authors include the well known (Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Pliny) and the less familiar, and extend across the whole of Greco-Roman antiquity.
The second edition includes a new preface, an updated bibliography, and new source-passages, such as the earliest use of the word "mage" in Greek" (fr. Aeschylus' Persians ), a werewolf tale (Aesop's Fables), and excerpts from the most systematic account of ancient legislation against magic (Theodosian Code).

A History Of The Devil - From The Middle Ages To The Present (Paperback): Robert Muchembled A History Of The Devil - From The Middle Ages To The Present (Paperback)
Robert Muchembled
R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This highly original and engaging book by French historian Robert Muchembled, is a journey through time and space in search of the changing perception and significance of the devil in Western culture.

The author takes the story back to the 13th century, when visual images of Satan first started to appear, and forward to the 20th Century, dealing with, among others, the place of the diabolical in the films of Stanley Kubrick, including "Eyes Wide Shut," The changing figures of Evil over time are shown to correlate with the way in which men conceive of their destinies and the future of their civilisation. Fascination with the diabolical having reached its height in the witch-hunts of the 15th and 16th centuries, by the enlightenment, begins to show signs of decline, a process which has continued up to today. The result of this process, for modern western society, is a subtle metamorphosis of the notion of the devil from fear of Satan, into an internal demon, "the demon within" characterised by a distrust of oneself and ones desires. It is this conception of the diabolical that is visible today in our interest in the supernatural, exorcism, and for example, in the role of the "devlish good" in advertising.


A rich, vivid history of a topic that never ceases to intrigue.

Aleister Crowley and the Cult of Pan (Paperback): Paul Newman Aleister Crowley and the Cult of Pan (Paperback)
Paul Newman
R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Provides a new insight into Crowley's life as a magician and literary figure. identifies and gives an analysis of Crowley's poetry. places him to the context of Edwardian Britain's addiction to the cult of pan. Paul Newman is a well established author and expert on the occult. he is the editor of Abraxus magazine.

Reptilians - Is It a Myth or Reality? (Paperback): Laya Yong Reptilians - Is It a Myth or Reality? (Paperback)
Laya Yong
R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Magic and Fetishism (Annotated) (Paperback): Alfred C Haddon Magic and Fetishism (Annotated) (Paperback)
Alfred C Haddon
R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Witchcraft For Beginners - A Basic Guide for Modern Witches to Find Their Own Path and Start Practicing to Learn Spells and... Witchcraft For Beginners - A Basic Guide for Modern Witches to Find Their Own Path and Start Practicing to Learn Spells and Magic Rituals Using Esoteric and Occult Elements Like Herbs and Crystals (Paperback)
Arthur J Walker
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Demonic Foes - My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal (Standard... Demonic Foes - My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal (Standard format, CD)
Richard Gallagher; Read by Collins, Kevin,
R710 R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Save R191 (27%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Study Havamal - Old Norse - 3 English Translations - Journal (Hardcover): Carrie Overton The Study Havamal - Old Norse - 3 English Translations - Journal (Hardcover)
Carrie Overton
R939 R746 Discovery Miles 7 460 Save R193 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicca Book for Spells - A Guide to Candle Magic, Herbal Spells, Crystal, Witchcraft and Wiccan Belief (Paperback): Karen Spells Wicca Book for Spells - A Guide to Candle Magic, Herbal Spells, Crystal, Witchcraft and Wiccan Belief (Paperback)
Karen Spells
R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Out of stock
Wicca for Beginners - A Complete Guide To Rituals, Spells, and Wiccan Magic. (Paperback): Samantha Moon Wicca for Beginners - A Complete Guide To Rituals, Spells, and Wiccan Magic. (Paperback)
Samantha Moon
R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Bible Truth About the Devil - A Christian's Guide to Understanding the Workings of Satan (Paperback): Thomas E. Smith The Bible Truth About the Devil - A Christian's Guide to Understanding the Workings of Satan (Paperback)
Thomas E. Smith
R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Bible Truth About the Devil - A Christian's Guide to Understanding the Workings of Satan (Hardcover): Thomas E. Smith The Bible Truth About the Devil - A Christian's Guide to Understanding the Workings of Satan (Hardcover)
Thomas E. Smith
R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicca for Beginners - Find Your Magical Life With Simplicity: Crystal Magic & Candle (Paperback): Dasy Chester Wicca for Beginners - Find Your Magical Life With Simplicity: Crystal Magic & Candle (Paperback)
Dasy Chester
R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Infernal Vampire Handbook (Paperback): D H Thorne The Infernal Vampire Handbook (Paperback)
D H Thorne
R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicca - This Book Includes: Witchcraft, Wicca For Beginners. A Comprehensive Guide Through the World of Witches. Learn How to... Wicca - This Book Includes: Witchcraft, Wicca For Beginners. A Comprehensive Guide Through the World of Witches. Learn How to Master Magic and Modern-Day Spells with Tips for Altars and Tarots. (Paperback)
Daisy Green
R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicca - 4-IN-1 Beginner's guide to Wicca religion, Herbal Magic, Moon Magic, Candles, and Crystals. Learn about the Book... Wicca - 4-IN-1 Beginner's guide to Wicca religion, Herbal Magic, Moon Magic, Candles, and Crystals. Learn about the Book of Shadows and Spells, Wicca rituals and witchcraft (Paperback)
Illes Arin
R667 Discovery Miles 6 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Witch Of Today - A Beginner's Guide to Potions, Herbs, Essential Oils, and More (Paperback): Paige Cooper The Witch Of Today - A Beginner's Guide to Potions, Herbs, Essential Oils, and More (Paperback)
Paige Cooper
R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic - Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition (Paperback, New Ed): Peter Kingsley Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic - Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition (Paperback, New Ed)
Peter Kingsley
R1,415 Discovery Miles 14 150 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first systematic attempt to analyse key aspects of ancient Greek philosophy in their original context of mystery religion, and magic. Peter Kingsley brings to light new evidence recently uncovered about ancient Pythagoreanism and its influence on Plato, and reconstructs the transmission of Pythagorean ideas from the Greek West down to the alchemists and magicians of Egypt, and from there into the Islamic world.

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