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Juice of Life: The Symbolic and Magical Significance of Blood

Juice of Life: The Symbolic and Magical Significance of Blood

by Piero Camporesi, Robert R. Barr (Translator)

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Steve Schroeder
Camporesi, professor of humanities at the University of Bologna, Italy, weaves together a narrative from medieval and Renaissance texts that affords a fascinating glimpse into the significance of blood in the formation of modern European culture. The book is perhaps most valuable for its insight into the "pagan" depths that lie close to the surface of a Christian veneer and for its appreciation of the mythical elements common to Christian and pagan constructions of European thought. The vampire, the werewolf, the moon, the sun, and the Eucharist all swim together in Camporesi's rendition of mystical, medical, and popular texts--as they swim together in the composition of "Western" thought.

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Continuum International Publishing Group
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5.60(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.77(d)

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