ISBN-10:
0674663241
ISBN-13:
9780674663244
Pub. Date:
03/01/1991
Publisher:
Harvard
Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England / Edition 1

Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England / Edition 1

by T. M. LuhrmannT. M. Luhrmann
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Overview

To find out why reasonable people are drawn to the seemingly bizarre practices of magic and witchcraft, Tanya Luhrmann immersed herself in the secret lives of Londoners who call themselves magicians. She came to know them as friends and equals and was initiated into various covens and magical groups. She explains the process through which once-skeptical individuals—educated, middle-class people, frequently of high intelligence—become committed to the ideas behind witchcraft and find magical ritual so compellingly persuasive. This intriguing book draws some disturbing conclusions about the ambivalence of belief within modern urban society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674663244
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/01/1991
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 789,707
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tanya M. Luhrmann is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

PART 1: SPEAKING WITH A DIFFERENT RHYTHM: MAGICIANS IN THE MODREN WORLD

1. What makes Magic Reasonable?

2. Initiation Ritual: My Introduction to the Field

3. Journey to Aquarius: the Sociological Context of Magical Groups

4. The Goat and the Gazelle: Witchcraft

5. Meditations on the Tree of Life: the Western Mysteries

6. Space between the Worlds: ad hoc Ritual Magic

7. The Old Ways: Non-Initiated Paganism

8. The 'child within': a Portrait of the Practitioners

PART 2: LISTENING TO THE GODDESS: NEW WAYS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORLD

9. Introduction: the Magician's Changing Intellectual Habits

10. Drinking from Cerridwen's Cauldron: Learning to See the Evidence

11. Astrology and the Tarot: Acquiring Common Knowledge

12. Seeing Patterns in the Jumbled Whole: Becoming Comfortable with New Assumptions

PART 3: SUMMONING THE POWERS: THE EXPERIENCE OF INVOLVEMENT

13. Introduction: Working Intuitively

14. New Experiences: Meditation and Visualization

15. 'Knowing of': Language and Imaginative Involvement

16. Ritual: Techniques for Altering the Everyday

17. The Varied Uses of Symbolism

PART 4: JUSTIFYING TO THE SCEPTICS

18. Introduction: Coping with the Dissonance

19. The Magical Plane: The Emergence of a Protective Metaphor

20. In Defence of Magic: Philosophical and Theological Rationalization

PART 5: BELIEF AND ACTION

21. Interpretice Drift: The Slow Shift Towards Belief

22. Serious Play: The Fantasy of Truth

23. Final Thoughts

Bibliography

Index

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