Presenting a modern overview of paganism and magic, arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced throughout, this book includes interviews with present-day witches in a wide-ranging exploration of the practice of black magic and white witchcraft. Its topics extend from the tribal shamans of primitive societies to notorious figures of contemporary occultism, such as Aleister Crowley and Charles Manson. The author sets out to dispel the myths which have cloaked the subject for so long, and examines the revival of interest in "white" magic, linked closely to dissatisfaction with traditional religions.
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Jordan (Encyclopedia of Gods, LJ 7/93) gives brief definitions of the terms, events, people, and holidays of the pagan movement, a faith based on the concept that the earth is sacred and the feminine is present in worship. He offers interviews with Vivienne Crowley, Olivia Durdin-Robertson, Maxine Sanders, and Doreen Valiente, who are extremely important to the pagan and witchcraft movements in Great Britain. The entries are concise, well written, informative, and balanced. While some cover the American pagan movement, the focus is on witchcraft and paganism in Great Britain. Even so, this is an important volume for American audiences because the British movements have deeply influenced much of American witchcraft. The photographs are spectacular. Highly recommended for collections that serve patrons practicing or studying alternative religions and appropriate for academic and general collections in public libraries.?Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. at Cortland, N.Y.
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Description du livre Trafalgar Square, 1997. Hardcover. État : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du libraire P11185626193X
Description du livre Trafalgar Square, 1997. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire M185626193X