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Witches and Witchcraft (Paperback): David Nash Witches and Witchcraft (Paperback)
David Nash
R221 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R40 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, entire communities, particularly in central Europe were gripped by a fear of witches and witchcraft, and pursued witches in order to bring them to justice. Professor David Nash unlocks the sometimes opaque history of the phenomenon of witchcraft in Britain, Europe and America. The book explores the development of witchcraft and belief in witches, the obsession with witches and witchcraft that spawned witch-hunting, the hey-day and decline of witch-hunting, and the fascinating 'afterlife' of witchcraft: covering not only the survival of some beliefs into the nineteenth century but the academic interest in witchcraft in the early twentieth century, which culminated in the interest shown in the phenomenon by experts serving the interests and ideology of Nazi Germany. Among the themes that the author will examine are the geographical spread and regional differences in witchcraft and witch-hunting across Britain, Europe and America; the theories on the rise of witch-hunting; and gender differences: why so many more women were accused and convicted of witch-hunting than men.

The Soles of Cyrus Eblis (Hardcover): Mark Macedonia The Soles of Cyrus Eblis (Hardcover)
Mark Macedonia
R698 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R143 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Remembering Satan (Paperback, Vintage Books ed.): Lawrence Wright Remembering Satan (Paperback, Vintage Books ed.)
Lawrence Wright
R372 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1988 Ericka and Julie Ingram began making a series of accusations of sexual abuse against their father, Paul Ingram, who was a respected deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington. At first the accusations were confined to molestations in their childhood, but they grew to include torture and rape as recently as the month before. At a time when reported incidents of "recovered memories" had become widespread, these accusations were not unusual. What captured national attention in this case is that, under questioning, Ingram appeared to remember participating in bizarre satanic rites involving his whole family and other members of the sheriff's department.

Remembering Satan is a lucid, measured, yet absolutely riveting inquest into a case that destroyed a family, engulfed a small town, and captivated an America obsessed by rumors of a satanic underground. As it follows the increasingly bizarre accusations and confessions, the claims and counterclaims of police, FBI investigators, and mental health professionals. Remembering Satan gives us what is at once a psychological detective story and a domestic tragedy about what happens when modern science is subsumed by our most archaic fears.

The Fundamental Book of Sigil Magick (Paperback): K. P. Theodore The Fundamental Book of Sigil Magick (Paperback)
K. P. Theodore
R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ethnographic Theory (Paperback, New edition): Harry G. West Ethnographic Theory (Paperback, New edition)
Harry G. West
R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

According to the people of the Mueda plateau in northern Mozambique, sorcerers remake the world by asserting the authority of their own imaginative visions of it. While conducting research among these Muedans, anthropologist Harry G. West made a revealing discovery--for many of them, West's efforts to elaborate an ethnographic vision of their world was itself a form of sorcery. In "Ethnographic Sorcery," West explores the fascinating issues provoked by this equation.
A key theme of West's research into sorcery is that one sorcerer's claims can be challenged or reversed by other sorcerers. After West's attempt to construct a metaphorical interpretation of Muedan assertions that the lions prowling their villages are fabricated by sorcerers is disputed by his Muedan research collaborators, West realized that ethnography and sorcery indeed have much in common. Rather than abandoning ethnography, West draws inspiration from this connection, arguing that anthropologists, along with the people they study, can scarcely avoid interpreting the world they inhabit, and that we are all, inescapably, ethnographic sorcerers.

Pseudomonarchia Daemonum - The False Monarchy of Demons (Paperback): Reginald Scot Pseudomonarchia Daemonum - The False Monarchy of Demons (Paperback)
Reginald Scot; Johann Weyer
R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Nazis and the Occult (Paperback): Paul Roland The Nazis and the Occult (Paperback)
Paul Roland
R256 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R60 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Lemegeton: The Complete Books I-V (Paperback): Victor Shaw Lemegeton: The Complete Books I-V (Paperback)
Victor Shaw
R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 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)
Diane J Lockhart
R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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
R939 Discovery Miles 9 390 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 Book of Magic - From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Paperback): Brian Copenhaver The Book of Magic - From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Paperback)
Brian Copenhaver 1
R255 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R54 (21%) In stock

'. . . as when iron is drawn to a magnet, camphor is sucked into hot air, crystal lights up in the Sun, sulfur and a volatile liquid are kindled by flame, an empty eggshell filled with dew is raised towards the Sun . . .' This rich, fascinating anthology of the western magical tradition stretches from its roots in the wizardry of the Old Testament and the rituals of the ancient world, through writers such as Thomas Aquinas, John Milton, John Dee and Matthew Hopkins, and up to the tangled, arcane beginnings of the scientific revolution. Arranged historically, with commentary, this book includes incantations, charms, curses, Golems, demons and witches, as well as astrology, divination and alchemy, with some ancient and medieval works which were once viewed as too dangerous even to open. Selected and translated with an introduction and notes by Brian Copenhaver

The Gospel According To Satan - Eight Lies About God That Sound Like The Truth (Paperback): Jared C Wilson The Gospel According To Satan - Eight Lies About God That Sound Like The Truth (Paperback)
Jared C Wilson
R356 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R68 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Not every lie sounds untrue. Some lies are repeated so often they seem to be common sense. That's why lies about God are so dangerous. The Gospel According to Satan examines eight lies the enemy wants us to believe and provides eight lines of counterattack against them. The lies include: God just wants you to be happy; you only live once you need to live your truth; and just let go and let God. Jared C. Wilson reveals why these lies appeal to us, shows how they harm us, and provides ways to counteract them. We can renounce Satan's counterfeit gospel, but first we must see it for what it is.

The Uncanny (Paperback): Nicholas Royle The Uncanny (Paperback)
Nicholas Royle
R489 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R41 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first book-length study of the uncanny, an important topic for contemporary thinking on literature, film, philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminism and queer history. Much of this importance can be traced back to Freud's extraordinary essay of 1919, 'The Uncanny' (Das Unheimliche). As a ghostly feeling and concept, however, the uncanny has a complex history going back to at least the Enlightenment. Royle offers a detailed account of the emergence of the uncanny, together with a series of close readings of different aspects of the topic. Following a major introductory historical and critical overview, there are chapters on literature, teaching, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, film, the death drive, deja vu, silence, solitude and darkness, the fear of being buried alive, the double, ghosts, cannibalism, telepathy, madness and religion. -- .

Wicca Moon Magic - A Wiccan's Guide and Grimoire for Working Magic with Lunar Energies (Paperback): Lisa Chamberlain Wicca Moon Magic - A Wiccan's Guide and Grimoire for Working Magic with Lunar Energies (Paperback)
Lisa Chamberlain
R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Rulings of the Night - Ethnography of Nepalese Shaman Oral Texts (Paperback): Gregory G. Maskarinec The Rulings of the Night - Ethnography of Nepalese Shaman Oral Texts (Paperback)
Gregory G. Maskarinec
R677 Discovery Miles 6 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It is impossible to discuss what shamans are and what they do, contends Gregory G. Maskarinec, without knowing what shamans say. When Maskarinec took an interest in shaman rituals on his first visit to Nepal, he was told by many Nepalis and Westerners that the shamans he had encountered in the Himalayan foothills of western Nepal engaged in "meaningless mumblings." But in the course of several years of fieldwork he learned from the shamans that both their long, publicly chanted rituals and their whispered, secretive incantations are oral texts meticulously memorized through years of training. In The Rulings of the Night, he shows how the shamans, during their dramatic night-long performances, create the worlds of words in which shamans exist. Maskarinec analyzes several complete repertoires of the texts that the shamans use to diagnose and treat afflictions that trouble their clients. Through these texts, they intervene to manipulate and change the world, replacing its unbalanced, inexpressible chaos with orderly, balanced, grammatical, and eloquently expressible states. They negotiate the relations between language, action, and social realities, providing a well-constructed and thoroughly consistent intentional universe-and only in that universe can all shaman actions and beliefs be fully comprehended.

The Lesser Key of Solomon (Paperback): Aleister Crowley, S. L. MacGregor Mathers The Lesser Key of Solomon (Paperback)
Aleister Crowley, S. L. MacGregor Mathers
R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicca for Beginners - 2 in 1 Wicca Guide (Paperback): Gillian Nolan Wicca for Beginners - 2 in 1 Wicca Guide (Paperback)
Gillian Nolan
R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tarot Skills for the 21st Century - Mundane and Magical Divination (Hardcover): Josephine McCarthy Tarot Skills for the 21st Century - Mundane and Magical Divination (Hardcover)
Josephine McCarthy
R976 Discovery Miles 9 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Kybalion: Centenary Edition - Hermetic Philosophy (Hardcover): "Three Initiates" The Kybalion: Centenary Edition - Hermetic Philosophy (Hardcover)
"Three Initiates"
R367 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R38 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Wicca for Beginners - A Guide to Real Wiccan Beliefs, Magic and Rituals (Paperback): Gillian Nolan Wicca for Beginners - A Guide to Real Wiccan Beliefs, Magic and Rituals (Paperback)
Gillian Nolan
R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Devil: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, New): Darren Oldridge The Devil: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, New)
Darren Oldridge
R221 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R24 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why do the innocent suffer in a world created by a loving God? Does this mean that God cannot prevent this suffering, despite His supposed omnipotence? Or is God not loving after all? This in brief is 'the problem of evil'. The Devil provides one solution to this problem: his rebellion against God and hatred of His works is responsible for evil. The Christian Devil has fascinated writers and theologians since the time of the New Testament, and inspired many dramatic and haunting works of art. Today he remains a potent image in popular culture. The Devil: A Very Short Introduction presents an introduction to the Devil in the history of ideas and the lives of real people. Darren Oldridge shows us that he is a more important figure in western history than is often appreciated, and also a richly complex and contradictory one. Oldridge focuses on three main themes: the idea of the Devil being integral to western thought from the early Middle Ages to the beginnings of modernity; the principle of 'demonic inversion' (the idea that as the eternal leader of the opposition, the Devil represents the mirror image of goodness); and the multiplicity and instability of ideas about the Devil. While belief in the Devil has declined, the idea of an abstract force of evil is still remarkably strong. Oldridge concludes by exploring 'demonological' ways of thinking in our own time, including allegations of 'satanic ritual abuse' and the on-going 'war on terror'. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Pilgrimage (Paperback): Paulo Coelho The Pilgrimage (Paperback)
Paulo Coelho; Translated by Alan R Clarke 2
R225 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R52 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An extraordinary mixture of adventure story and guide to self-knowledge, this book recounts the spectacular trials of Paulo and his mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword. A compelling tale that delivers a powerful brew of magic and insight, The Pilgrimage recounts the amazing trials of Paulo Coelho and his mysterious mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword - on a legendary road travelled by pilgrims of San Tiago since the Middle Ages. Paulo's visionary blend of mysticism, magical realism and folklore makes this an adventure story with a difference.

Alchemy & Mysticism (Hardcover): Alexander Roob Alchemy & Mysticism (Hardcover)
Alexander Roob
R496 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R106 (21%) 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.

Alchemist's Kitchen - Extraordinary Potions and Curious Notions (Paperback): Alchemist's Kitchen - Extraordinary Potions and Curious Notions (Paperback)
R165 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R13 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is the secret meaning of alchemical symbolism? Why was the Royal Art kept secret for so long? Could ancient images really turn molten lead into gold with a mere pinch of the Philosopher's Stone? Really? Alchemy is perhaps the last true magical art to survive the ravages of the modern world. In this exquisite book, top laboratory alchemist Guy Ogilvy initiates the reader into some of the key concepts and practices of this extraordinary field of study. It includes extensive appendices. WOODEN BOOKS are small but packed with information. "Fascinating" FINANCIAL TIMES. "Beautiful" LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Rich and Artful" THE LANCET. "Genuinely mind-expanding" FORTEAN TIMES. "Excellent" NEW SCIENTIST. "Stunning" NEW YORK TIMES. Small books, big ideas.

Witch, Please: A Memoir - Finding Magic in Modern Times (Hardcover): Misty Bell Stiers Witch, Please: A Memoir - Finding Magic in Modern Times (Hardcover)
Misty Bell Stiers
R588 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A touching and thought-provoking account of how a woman explored a spectrum of religions-ancient and new-and ended up, unexpectedly, becoming a bona fide witch-plus a celebration of modern Wicca and witchcraft, spell books, broomsticks, holiday recipes and recipes for the changing of the seasons, and much more. Misty Bell Stiers set out on a spiritual path to find a faith that worked for her, and accidentally became a witch. She knew the Bible well, and got to know the Torah and Koran. She studied Eastern philosophies, even the stories of the Egyptians and Greeks. Finally, after overcoming an immediate prejudice ("Um, no," she writes as her initial reaction), she found Wicca. Witch, Please reveals what makes the mysterious religion of Wicca so desirable for more than a million Americans. In her witty, direct, and heartfelt text, Misty explores spirituality, perseverance, and finding oneself. She shares what Wicca means to her and what defines her as a witch; what she uses her spell book, cauldron, and broomstick for; the significance of Wiccan holidays, many about new beginnings; the surprising history of Wicca; and what kinds of witches there are. She also shares how in her busy New York City life, as a mother and a creative director, her faith grounds and sustains her. Her uplifting, you-too-can-find-what-works-for-you voice speaks like a best friend: relatable, honest, and encouraging. This unusual and beautifully written memoir explores what it's like to be a modern-day witch, and how it's changed Misty's outlook on life. It's candid, but it's also threaded with magic and has a warming, lightheartededness to it. Bewitching original drawings by Misty are throughout, and Misty even shares ten original recipes for her Wiccan holiday treats (including the likes of her cinnamon rolls and roasted garlic rosemary bread, sprinkled with magic and seasoned with love, laughter, and healing).

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