Witchcraft and Black Magic

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Intriguing, thoroughly researched volume provides expert historical view of demonology and the occult, drawing information from the Bible, literary classics, personal memoirs, correspondence, and court records. Scholarly, yet highly readable study defines witchcraft, then examines ceremonial practices, the casting of spells and conjuring, celebration of the Black Mass, and much more. A masterfully written work for anyone interested in supernatural phenomena, this book has been hailed by critic H. L. Mencken as ...

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Overview

Intriguing, thoroughly researched volume provides expert historical view of demonology and the occult, drawing information from the Bible, literary classics, personal memoirs, correspondence, and court records. Scholarly, yet highly readable study defines witchcraft, then examines ceremonial practices, the casting of spells and conjuring, celebration of the Black Mass, and much more. A masterfully written work for anyone interested in supernatural phenomena, this book has been hailed by critic H. L. Mencken as "learned, honest, and amusing."

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A reprinting of the original 1946 text, this volume is the result of the extensive labors of Summers, who was a scholar of and believer in the occult. It begins with a general overview of witchcraft and progresses to increasingly meticulously detailed descriptions of historical events and the ceremonies of the supernatural. A conglomerate of a wealth of information extracted from the Bible, court records, correspondences and personal memoirs on the subject. Written for a general audience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486411255
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/16/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 378,292
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I
  What is Witchcraft?
  How does One become a Witch?
  The Essential Pact
CHAPTER II
  "The Familiar, in Human Shape and Animal "
  How Acquired
  The Sacrileges of Witches
  The Reward of Blood
CHAPTER III
  Witchcraft at Cambridge and Oxford
  The Manichee Sorcerers
  Revolutionary Witchcraft
  The Witchcraft of the Templars
  Witchcraft and Politics
CHAPTER IV
  The Origins of Witchcraft
  The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men
  Who was the First Witch?
  Assyrian and Egyptian Witchcraft
  The Mummies
  "The "Dianic Cult" "
CHAPTER V
  The Library of the Witches
  The Sibylline Books
  The Grimoires
  Ie Grand Albert
  The Witches' Bible
  Zekerboni
  Printed and Manuscript Books of Spells
  The Scene of Conjuration described by Restif de la Bretonne
CHAPTER VI
  The Magus of Francis Barrett Today
  Ceremonial Magic
  The Evil Eye
  Ranks of Demons
  Necromancy
  Evocations
  Ebenezer Sibly
  Satanism Today
  Obeah
  Witchcraft in Mauritius
CHAPTER VII
  Sympathetic Magic
  Wax Images
  Figurines
  The Covens
  The Grand Master
  Levitation
  The Sabbat
  Incubi and Succubae
  The Black Mass
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    Excellent

    While this book may be insulting to followers of Wicca, it really is a great book. It's extremely entertaining as well as informative, the author's vocabulary is exquisite, and his writing style is delightful. This is one of my favorite books.

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