Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Malcolm Gaskill


Witchcraft is a topic that fascinates us all. certainly, from formative years such a lot people enhance a few psychological snapshot of a witch--usually an outdated lady, mysterious and malignant. yet why do witches nonetheless function so seriously in our cultures and recognition? From Halloween superstitions to literary references akin to Faust and, after all, Harry Potter, witches appear ever-present in our lives. during this Very brief Introduction, Malcolm Gaskill takes an extended old viewpoint, from the traditional international to modern paganism. it is a booklet concerning the strangeness of the prior, and approximately contrasts and alter; yet it is also approximately affinity and continuity. He finds that witchcraft is multi-faceted, that it has continuously intended various things to diversified humans, and that during all ages it has raised questions on the excellence among fable and truth, religion and facts. Delving into courtroom files, telling anecdotes, and not easy myths, Gaskill re-examines obtained knowledge, in particular about the ecu witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries. He additionally explores the fashionable reminiscence and reinvention of witchcraft--as heritage, faith, fiction, and metaphor.

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