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The Book of the Law (Paperback): Aleister Crowley The Book of the Law (Paperback)
Aleister Crowley
R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Coloring Book of Shadows - Wheel of the Year (Paperback): Amy Cesari Coloring Book of Shadows - Wheel of the Year (Paperback)
Amy Cesari; Amy Cesari
R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Place of Enchantment - British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern (Paperback, New edition): Alex Owen The Place of Enchantment - British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern (Paperback, New edition)
Alex Owen
R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

By the end of the nineteenth century, Victorians were seeking rational explanations for the world in which they lived. The radical ideas of Charles Darwin had shaken traditional religious beliefs. Sigmund Freud was developing his innovative models of the conscious and unconscious mind. And anthropologist James George Frazer was subjecting magic, myth, and ritual to systematic inquiry. Why, then, in this quintessentially modern moment, did late-Victorian and Edwardian men and women become absorbed by metaphysical quests, heterodox spiritual encounters, and occult experimentation? In answering this question for the first time, The Place of Enchantment breaks new ground in its consideration of the role of occultism in British culture prior to World War I. Rescuing occultism from its status as an irrational indulgence and situating it at the center of British intellectual life, Owen argues that an involvement with the occult was a leitmotif of the intellectual avant-garde. Carefully placing a serious engagement with esotericism squarely alongside revolutionary understandings of rationality and consciousness, Owen demonstrates how a newly psychologized magic operated in conjunction with the developing patterns of modern life. She details such fascinating examples of occult practice as the sex magic of Aleister Crowley, the pharmacological experimentation of W. B. Yeats, and complex forms of astral clairvoyance as taught in secret and hierarchical magical societies like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Through a remarkable blend of theoretical discussion and intellectual history, Owen has produced a work that moves far beyond a consideration of occultists and their world. Bearing directly on our understanding of modernity, her conclusions will force us to rethink the place of the irrational in modern culture. "An intelligent, well-argued and richly detailed work of cultural history that offers a substantial contribution to our understanding of Britain."--Nick Freeman, Washington Times

The Alchemical Body - Siddha Traditions in Medieval India (Paperback): David Gordon White The Alchemical Body - Siddha Traditions in Medieval India (Paperback)
David Gordon White
R886 R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Save R49 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Beginning in the fifth century A.D., various Indian mystics began to innovate a body of techniques with which to render themselves immortal. These people called themselves Siddhas, a term formerly reserved for a class of demigods, revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike, who were known to inhabit mountaintops or the atmospheric regions. Over the following five to eight hundred years, three types of Hindu Siddha orders emerged, each with its own specialized body of practice. These were the Siddha Kaula, whose adherents sought bodily immortality through erotico-mystical practices; the Rasa Siddhas, medieval India's alchemists, who sought to transmute their flesh-and-blood bodies into immortal bodies through the ingestion of the mineral equivalents of the sexual fluids of the god Siva and his consort, the Goddess; and the Nath Siddhas, whose practice of hatha yoga projected the sexual and laboratory practices of the Siddha Kaula and Rasa Siddhas upon the internal grid of the subtle body. For India's medieval Siddhas, these three conjoined types of practice led directly to bodily immortality, supernatural powers, and self-divinization; in a word, to the exalted status of the semidivine Siddhas of the older popular cults. In The Alchemical Body, David Gordon White excavates and centers within its broader Indian context this lost tradition of the medieval Siddhas. Working from a body of previously unexplored alchemical sources, he demonstrates for the first time that the medieval disciplines of Hindu alchemy and hatha yoga were practiced by one and the same people, and that they can only be understood when viewed together. Human sexual fluids and the structures of the subtle body aremicrocosmic equivalents of the substances and apparatus manipulated by the alchemist in his laboratory. With these insights, White opens the way to a new and more comprehensive understanding of the entire sweep of medieval Indian mysticism, within the broader context of south Asian Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam. This book is an essential reference for anyone interested in Indian yoga, alchemy, and the medieval beginnings of science.

Lost City of the Exodus - The Archaeological Evidence Behind the Journey out of Egypt (Paperback): Ahmed Osman Lost City of the Exodus - The Archaeological Evidence Behind the Journey out of Egypt (Paperback)
Ahmed Osman
R317 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R104 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When the first archaeologists visited Egypt in the late 1800s, they arrived in the eastern Nile Delta to verify the events described in the biblical Book of Exodus. Several locations believed to be the city of the Exodus were found but all were later rejected for lack of evidence. This led many scholars to dismiss the Exodus narrative merely as a myth that borrowed from accounts of the Hyksos expulsion from Egypt. But as Ahmed Osman shows, the events of Exodus have a historical basis and the ruins of the ancient city of Zarw, where the Road to Canaan began, have been found. Drawing on decades of research as well as recent archaeological findings in Egypt, Ahmed Osman reveals the exact location of the lost city of the Exodus as well as his 25-year effort to have this finding confirmed by the Egyptian government, including his heated debates with Zahi Hawass, former Egyptian Minister for Antiquities Affairs. He explains why modern scholars have been unable to find the city of the Exodus: they are looking in the wrong historical period and thus the wrong region of Egypt. He details his extensive research on the Pentateuch of the Hebrew scriptures, the historical scenes recorded in the great hall of Karnak and other ancient source texts, which allowed him to pinpoint the Exodus site after he discovered that the Exodus happened not during the pharaonic reign of Ramses II but during that of his grandfather Ramses I. Osman concluded that the biblical city of the Exodus was to be found at Tell Heboua at the ruins of the fortified city of Zarw, the royal city of Ramses I-far from the Exodus locations theorised by previous archaeologists and scholars. In 2012, after 20 years of archaeological work, the location of Zarw was confirmed by Egyptian officials exactly where Osman said it would be 25 years ago. Thus, Osman shows that, time and again, if we take the creators of the source texts at their word, they will prove to be right. * Explains why modern scholars have been unable to find the city of the Exodus: they are looking in the wrong historical period and thus the wrong region of Egypt * Details the author's extensive research on hebrew scriptures and ancient Egyptian texts and records, which allowed him to pinpoint the Exodus site * Reveals his effort to have his finding confirmed by the Egyptian government,including his debates with Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Minister for Antiquities Affairs

Witchcraft in the Modern World - New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (Hardcover): Brian P. Levack Witchcraft in the Modern World - New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (Hardcover)
Brian P. Levack
R3,368 Discovery Miles 33 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Gathering together the vast literature on witchcraft related issues published in the last decade, this six-volume set focuses on issues such as gender, government and law, the culture of religion and the occult. Using approaches from several disciplines, including anthropology and sociology, this source provides a sweeping overview of the occult.

Witchcraft in the British Isles and New England - New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (Hardcover): Brian P.... Witchcraft in the British Isles and New England - New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (Hardcover)
Brian P. Levack
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Gathering together the vast literature on witchcraft related issues published in the last decade, this six-volume set focuses on issues such as gender, government and law, the culture of religion and the occult. Using approaches from several disciplines, including anthropology and sociology, this source provides a sweeping overview of the occult.

Witchcraft, Healing, and Popular Diseases - New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (Hardcover): Brian P. Levack Witchcraft, Healing, and Popular Diseases - New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (Hardcover)
Brian P. Levack
R3,844 Discovery Miles 38 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Contents:
Megged, Amos. 'Magic, Popular Medicine and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Mexico: The Case of Isobel de Montoya.' Social History 19 (1994)

Klaniczay, Gábor. 'Shamanistic Elements in Central European Witchcraft.' In Mihály Hoppál, ed., Shamanism in Eurasia (G öttingen, Germany: 1984).

de Blécourt, Willem. 'Witch Doctors, Soothsayers and Priests on Cunning Folk in European Historiography and Tradition.' Social History 19 (1994).

O'Neil, Mary. 'Magical Healing, Love Magic and the Inquisition in Late Sixteenth-Century Modena.' In Stephen Haliczar, ed., Inquisition and Society in Early Modern Europe (Totowa, NJ: Barnes and Noble, 1987).

Davies, Owen. 'Healing Charms in Use in England and Wales, 1700-1950.' Folklore 107 (1996).

Sebald, Hans. 'Shaman, Healer, Witch. Camparing Shamanism with Franconian Folk Magic.' Ethnologica Europaea 14 (1984).

Alver, Bente Gullveig and Torunn Selberg. 'Folk Medicine as Part of a Larger Concept Complex.' Scandinavian Yearbook of Folklore 43 (1987).

Cassar, P. 'Healing by Sorcery in 17th and 18th Century Malta.' St. Lukes Hospital Gaz. (Guardamangia) 11 (1976).

Gentilcore, David. 'The Church, the Devil and the Healing Activities of Living Saints in the Kingdon of Naples After the Council of Trent.' In Ole Peter Grell and Andrew Cunningham, eds., Medicine and the Reformation (London, UK: Routledge, 1993).

Fox, Sylvia. 'Witch or Wise-Woman? Women as Healers Throughout the Ages.' Jaarboek Liturgie Onderzoek 8 (1992).

Cave, Alfred A. 'Indian Shamens and English Witches in Seventeenth-Century New England.' Essex Institute Historical Collections 128 (1992).

Hicks, David. 'On Syphilis and Witchcraft.' Current Anthropology 36 (1985).

Waardt, Hans de, 'From Cunning Man to Natural Healer.' In J.M.W. Binneveld and Rudolf Decker, eds., Curing and Insuring. Essays on Illness in Past Times: The Netherlands, Belgium, England and Italy, 16th-20th Centuries (Hilversum, the Netherlands: Verloren, 1992).

Harley, David. 'Historians as Demonologists: The Myth of the Midwife Witch.' Social History of Medicine 3 (1990).

Rubinger, Catherine. 'Witch or Saint: Absolutes in the French 18th Century Novel.' Atlantis 11 (1986).

The Little Book of Witchcraft - Explore the ancient practice of natural magic and daily ritual (Paperback): Kitty Guilsborough The Little Book of Witchcraft - Explore the ancient practice of natural magic and daily ritual (Paperback)
Kitty Guilsborough 1
R195 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R39 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Discover the history of witches, experience the healing properties of crystals and learn simple daily incantation that will help you to shape your destiny. Witchcraft has existed since the days of Greek mythology and is now practiced as widely as other modern pagan religions. More than spells and incantations, witchcraft is a lifestyle that can help you relax, heal, and grow in confidence. With this guide, you'll learn the basics from assembling your own witch kit and getting to grips with tarot, to growing your own 'Witch Kitchen Garden'. Whether you want to learn more about rituals and magic, or if you just want to get in touch with your witchy side, The Little Book of Witchcraft will show you the way. In this book, magic writer Kitty Guilsborough shows you how to harness your inner power by unlocking the ancient art of witchcraft.

Book of Shadows - A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess (Paperback, 20th... Book of Shadows - A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess (Paperback, 20th Anniversary ed.)
Phyllis Curott
R321 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R55 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Desperate Magic - The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia (Paperback): Valerie A. Kivelson Desperate Magic - The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia (Paperback)
Valerie A. Kivelson
R632 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R76 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the courtrooms of seventeenth-century Russia, the great majority of those accused of witchcraft were male, in sharp contrast to the profile of accused witches across Catholic and Protestant Europe in the same period. While European courts targeted and executed overwhelmingly female suspects, often on charges of compacting with the devil, the tsars' courts vigorously pursued men and some women accused of practicing more down-to-earth magic, using poetic spells and home-grown potions. Instead of Satanism or heresy, the primary concern in witchcraft testimony in Russia involved efforts to use magic to subvert, mitigate, or avenge the harsh conditions of patriarchy, serfdom, and social hierarchy.

Broadly comparative and richly illustrated with color plates, Desperate Magic places the trials of witches in the context of early modern Russian law, religion, and society. Piecing together evidence from trial records to illuminate some of the central puzzles of Muscovite history, Kivelson explores the interplay among the testimony of accusers, the leading questions of the interrogators, and the confessions of the accused. Assembled, they create a picture of a shared moral vision of the world that crossed social divides. Because of the routine use of torture in extracting and shaping confessions, Kivelson addresses methodological and ideological questions about the Muscovite courts' equation of pain and truth, questions with continuing resonance in the world today. Within a moral economy that paired unquestioned hierarchical inequities with expectations of reciprocity, magic and suspicions of magic emerged where those expectations were most egregiously violated.

Witchcraft in Russia surfaces as one of the ways that oppression was contested by ordinary people scrambling to survive in a fiercely inequitable world. Masters and slaves, husbands and wives, and officers and soldiers alike believed there should be limits to exploitation and saw magic deployed at the junctures where hierarchical order veered into violent excess.

The Book Of The Law (Paperback): Aleister Crowley The Book Of The Law (Paperback)
Aleister Crowley
R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Demon Lovers - Witchcraft, Sex and the Crisis of Belief (Paperback, New edition): Walter Stephens Demon Lovers - Witchcraft, Sex and the Crisis of Belief (Paperback, New edition)
Walter Stephens
R760 Discovery Miles 7 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On September 20, 1587, Walpurga Hausmannin of Dillingen in southern Germany was burned at the stake as a witch. Although she had confessed to committing a long list of "maleficia" (deeds of harmful magic), including killing forty--one infants and two mothers in labor, her evil career allegedly began with just one heinous act--sex with a demon. Fornication with demons was a major theme of her trial record, which detailed an almost continuous orgy of sexual excess with her diabolical paramour Federlin "in many divers places, . . . even in the street by night."
As Walter Stephens demonstrates in "Demon Lovers," it was not Hausmannin or other so-called witches who were obsessive about sex with demons--instead, a number of devout Christians, including trained theologians, displayed an uncanny preoccupation with the topic during the centuries of the "witch craze." Why? To find out, Stephens conducts a detailed investigation of the first and most influential treatises on witchcraft (written between 1430 and 1530), including the infamous "Malleus Maleficarum" ("Hammer of Witches").
Far from being credulous fools or mindless misogynists, early writers on witchcraft emerge in Stephens's account as rational but reluctant skeptics, trying desperately to resolve contradictions in Christian thought on God, spirits, and sacraments that had bedeviled theologians for centuries. Proof of the physical existence of demons--for instance, through evidence of their intercourse with mortal witches--would provide strong evidence for the reality of the supernatural, the truth of the Bible, and the existence of God. Early modern witchcraft theory reflected a crisis of belief--a crisis that continues tobe expressed today in popular debates over angels, Satanic ritual child abuse, and alien abduction.

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
R367 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R101 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Specter of Salem - Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-century America (Paperback): Gretchen A. Adams The Specter of Salem - Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-century America (Paperback)
Gretchen A. Adams
R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In "The Specter of Salem", Gretchen A. Adams reveals the many ways that the Salem witch trials loomed over the American collective memory from the Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. Schoolbooks in the 1790s, for example, evoked the episode to demonstrate the new nation's progress from a disorderly and brutal past to a rational present, while critics of new religious movements in the 1830s cast them as a return to Salem-era fanaticism, and during the Civil War southerners evoked witch burning to criticize Union tactics. Shedding new light on the many, varied American invocations of Salem, Adams ultimately illuminates the function of collective memories in the life of a nation.

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
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 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.

I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare - True Accounts from the Lutheran Church of Madagascar (Paperback):... I Am Not Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare - True Accounts from the Lutheran Church of Madagascar (Paperback)
Robert H. Bennett
R360 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While Africa and Madagascar seem like strange and faraway places, the world in which we now live has become much smaller than many of us could ever have imagined. Moreover, even our neighbors visit the local fortuneteller, read the horoscope page in the newspaper, and attend s ances that seek to reach departed friends, lovers, and family members. Consequently, as we begin a journey into faraway places, we may soon find they are not as far away as we may have expected.

from Chapter 3

I Am Not Afraid is Rev. Dr. Robert Bennett's fascinating first-hand account of the spiritual warfare found within the Lutheran Church of Madagascar. Is spiritual warfare something new to the Church? Bennett reviews what the Bible, Church Fathers, and contemporary Lutheran leaders have to say.

Part One includes recent conversations dealing with spiritual warfare, an introduction into the Malagasy Lutheran Church, and the traditional Malagasy worldview. These are the stories of those who have been rescued from the darkness of sin and brought into the light of the Gospel.

Part Two looks to the Bible and the Church for explanation and historical perspective on the spiritual warfare found in the Malagasy Lutheran Church. Is it something only found in the time of Jesus and the apostles? What has the Church said in the past about such activities? Bennett explores the views of Martin Luther and other Lutheran leaders, and finally provides some helpful contemporary material and resources for dealing with spiritual warfare in today's context.

Includes a glossary of key terms, transcripts of personal interviews, bibliography, Scripture index, and subject index.

The Iranian Metaphysicals - Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny (Paperback): Alireza Doostdar The Iranian Metaphysicals - Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny (Paperback)
Alireza Doostdar
R694 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R143 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What do the occult sciences, seances with the souls of the dead, and appeals to saintly powers have to do with rationality? Since the late nineteenth century, modernizing intellectuals, religious leaders, and statesmen in Iran have attempted to curtail many such practices as "superstitious," instead encouraging the development of rational religious sensibilities and dispositions. However, far from diminishing the diverse methods through which Iranians engage with the immaterial realm, these rationalizing processes have multiplied the possibilities for metaphysical experimentation. The Iranian Metaphysicals examines these experiments and their transformations over the past century. Drawing on years of ethnographic and archival research, Alireza Doostdar shows that metaphysical experimentation lies at the center of some of the most influential intellectual and religious movements in modern Iran. These forms of exploration have not only produced a plurality of rational orientations toward metaphysical phenomena but have also fundamentally shaped what is understood as orthodox Shi'i Islam, including the forms of Islamic rationality at the heart of projects for building and sustaining an Islamic Republic. Delving into frequently neglected aspects of Iranian spirituality, politics, and intellectual inquiry, The Iranian Metaphysicals challenges widely held assumptions about Islam, rationality, and the relationship between science and religion.

Witches' Almanac 2019 - Issue 38, Spring 2019 to Spring 2020, Animals: Friends and Familiars (Paperback): Andrew Theitic Witches' Almanac 2019 - Issue 38, Spring 2019 to Spring 2020, Animals: Friends and Familiars (Paperback)
Andrew Theitic
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Witchcraft Reader (Paperback, 3rd New edition): Darren Oldridge The Witchcraft Reader (Paperback, 3rd New edition)
Darren Oldridge
R1,047 R931 Discovery Miles 9 310 Save R116 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Witchcraft Reader offers a wide range of historical perspectives on the subject of witchcraft in a single, accessible volume, exploring the enduring hold that it has on human imagination. The witch trials of the late Middle Ages and the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have inspired a huge and expanding scholarly literature, as well as an outpouring of popular representations. This fully revised and enlarged third edition brings together many of the best and most important works in the field. It explores the origins of witchcraft prosecutions in learned and popular culture, fears of an imaginary witch cult, the role of religious division and ideas about the Devil, the gendering of suspects, the making of confessions and the decline of witch beliefs. An expanded final section explores the various "revivals" and images of witchcraft that continue to flourish in contemporary Western culture. Equipped with an extensive introduction that foregrounds significant debates and themes in the study of witchcraft, providing the extracts with a critical context, The Witchcraft Reader is essential reading for anyone with an interest in this fascinating subject.

Visions of Isobel Gowdie - Magic, Witchcraft and Dark Shamanism in Seventeenth-Century Scotland (Hardcover, New): Emma Wilby Visions of Isobel Gowdie - Magic, Witchcraft and Dark Shamanism in Seventeenth-Century Scotland (Hardcover, New)
Emma Wilby
R2,070 R1,600 Discovery Miles 16 000 Save R470 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The confessions of Isobel Gowdie are widely recognised as the most extraordinary on record in Britain. Their descriptive power and vivid imagery have attracted considerable interest on both academic and popular levels. Among historians, the confessions are celebrated for providing a unique insight into the way fairy beliefs and witch beliefs interacted in the early modern mind; more controversially, they are also cited as evidence for the existence of Shamanistic visionary traditions, of pre-Christian origin, in Scotland in this period. On a popular level the confessions of Isobel Gowdie have, above any other British witch-trial records, influenced the formation of the ritual traditions of Wicca. The authors discovery of the original trial records (currently being authenticated by the National Archives of Scotland), deemed lost for nearly 200 years, provides a starting point for an interdisciplinary look at the confessions and the woman behind them. Using historical, psychological, comparative religious and anthropological perspectives this book sets out to separate the voice of Isobel Gowdie from that of her interrogators, and to determine the experiences and beliefs which may have generated her confessions. The book explores: How far did those accused of witchcraft self-consciously practice harmful magic? Did they really believe themselves to have made a Pact with an envisioned Devil? Did they ever participate in ecstatic cult rituals? The author argues that close analysis of Isobels testimony supports the view that in seventeenth-century Britain popular spirituality was shaped by a deep interaction between Christian teachings and shamanistic visionary traditions, of pre-Christian origin. These findings confirm the value of witchcraft confessions as unique windows into the complexities of the early modern religious imagination.

Condensed Chaos - An Introduction to Chaos Magic (Paperback): Phil Hine Condensed Chaos - An Introduction to Chaos Magic (Paperback)
Phil Hine
R523 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R47 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides a practical introduction to Chaos Magic, one of the fastest growing areas of Western Occultism. Through it you can change your circumstances, live according to a developing sense of personal responsibility, effect change around you, and stop living as a helpless cog in some clockwork universe. All acts of personal/collective liberation are magical acts. Magic leads us into exhilaration and ecstasy; into insight and understanding; into changing ourselves and the world in which we participate. Through magic we may come to explore the possibilities of freedom.

Caesar's Druids - An Ancient Priesthood (Hardcover): Miranda Aldhouse Green Caesar's Druids - An Ancient Priesthood (Hardcover)
Miranda Aldhouse Green 1
R798 R752 Discovery Miles 7 520 Save R46 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ancient chroniclers, including Julius Caesar himself, made the Druids and their sacred rituals infamous throughout the Western world. But in fact, as Miranda Aldhouse-Green shows in this fascinating book, the Druids' day-to-day lives were far less lurid and much more significant. Exploring the various roles that Druids played in British and Gallic society during the first centuries B.C. and A.D.--not just as priests but as judges, healers, scientists, and power brokers--Aldhouse-Green argues that they were a highly complex, intellectual, and sophisticated group whose influence transcended religion and reached into the realms of secular power and politics. With deep analysis, fresh interpretations, and critical discussions, she gives the Druids a voice that resonates in our own time.

Magia Planetaria - O Poder dos Planetas em Nossas Vidas (Portuguese, Paperback): Barbara Gardner Magia Planetaria - O Poder dos Planetas em Nossas Vidas (Portuguese, Paperback)
Barbara Gardner
R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Possession at Loudun (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Michel De Certeau The Possession at Loudun (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Michel De Certeau; Foreword by Stephen Greenblatt; Translated by Michael B. Smith
R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It is August 18, 1634. Father Urbain Grandier, convicted of sorcery that led to the demonic possession of the Ursuline nuns of provincial Loudun in France, confesses his sins on the porch of the church of Saint-Pierre, then perishes in flames lit by his own exorcists. A dramatic tale that has inspired many artistic retellings, including a novel by Aldous Huxley and an incendiary film by Ken Russell, the story of the possession at Loudun here receives a compelling analysis from the renowned Jesuit historian Michel de Certeau.
Interweaving substantial excerpts from primary historical documents with fascinating commentary, de Certeau shows how the plague of sorceries and possessions in France that climaxed in the events at Loudun both revealed the deepest fears of a society in traumatic flux and accelerated its transformation. In this tour de force of psychological history, de Certeau brings to vivid life a people torn between the decline of centralized religious authority and the rise of science and reason, wracked by violent anxiety over what or whom to believe.
At the time of his death in 1986, Michel de Certeau was a director of studies at the ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris. He was author of eighteen books in French, three of which have appeared in English translation as "The Practice of Everyday Life, " "The Writing of History, " and "The Mystic Fable, Volume 1, " the last of which is published by The University of Chicago Press.
"Brilliant and innovative. . . . "The Possession at Loudun" is de Certeau's] most accessible book and one of his most wonderful."--Stephen Greenblatt (from the Foreword)

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