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The End of Magic / Edition 1

The End of Magic / Edition 1

by Ariel Glucklich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195108809

ISBN-13: 9780195108804

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Throughout history, magic has been as widely and passionately practiced as religion. But while religion continues to flourish, magic stumbles towards extinction. What is magic? What does it do? Why do people believe in magic? Ariel Glucklich finds the answers to these questions in the streets of Banaras, India's most sacred city, where hundreds of magicians still

Overview

Throughout history, magic has been as widely and passionately practiced as religion. But while religion continues to flourish, magic stumbles towards extinction. What is magic? What does it do? Why do people believe in magic? Ariel Glucklich finds the answers to these questions in the streets of Banaras, India's most sacred city, where hundreds of magicians still practice ancient traditions, treating thousands of Hindu and Muslim patients of every caste and sect. Through study and interpretation of the Banarsi magical rites and those who partake in them, the author presents fascinating living examples of magical practice, and contrasts his findings with the major theories that have explained (or explained away) magic over the last century. These theories, he argues, ignore an essential sensory phenomenon which he calls "magical experience": an extraordinary, though perfectly natural, state of awareness through which magicians and their clients perceive the effects of magic rituals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108804
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Cases x
Introduction: What Is Magic? 3(14)
Part One Theories of Magic
Magic Explained Away
17(7)
The Strange Case of Alfred Wallace
24(8)
The Association of Ideas: Bringing People Together
32(7)
From Magic to Social Function
39(10)
Psychological and Symbolical Theories of Magic
49(16)
New Science, Old Magic
65(18)
Part Two The Nature of Magic
Concentric Rings of Healing
83(14)
The Magical Experience
97(21)
Philosophical Issues
118(12)
Systems, Mind, and Magic
130(11)
Part Three Magic In Banaras
The Insider's View
141(13)
Miraculous Powers and False Advertising
154(17)
Ghosts and People with No Boundaries
171(13)
Animal Magic
184(19)
The Tools of Magic
203(18)
The End of Magic
221(12)
Concluding Remarks 233(3)
Bibliography 236(9)
Index 245

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