Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic


Super Savings Item! Save 32% on the Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic by Sussex Academic Press at SADC Network. MPN: illus. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. In the hundreds of confessions relating to witchcraft and sorcery trials from early modern Britain we frequently find detailed descriptions of intimate working relationships between popular magical practitioners and familiar spirits of either human or animal form. Until recently historians often dismissed these descriptions as elaborate fictions created by judicial interrogators eager to find evidence of stereotypical pacts with the Devil. Although this paradigm is now routinely questioned, and


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In the hundreds of confessions relating to witchcraft and sorcery trials from early modern Britain we frequently find detailed descriptions of intimate working relationships between popular magical practitioners and familiar spirits of either human or animal form. Until recently historians often dismissed these descriptions as elaborate fictions created by judicial interrogators eager to find evidence of stereotypical pacts with the Devil. Although this paradigm is now routinely questioned, and most historians acknowledge that there was a folkloric component to familiar lore in the period, these beliefs and the experiences reportedly associated with them, remain substantially unexamined. Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits examines the folkloric roots of familiar lore from historical, anthropological and comparative religious perspectives. It argues that beliefs about witches' familiars were rooted in beliefs surrounding the use of fairy familiars by beneficent magical practitioners or 'cunning folk', and corroborates this through a comparative analysis of familiar beliefs found in traditional native American and Siberian shamanism. The author explores the experiential dimension of familiar lore by drawing parallels between early modern familiar encounters and visionary mysticism as it appears in both tribal shamanism and medieval European contemplative traditions. These perspectives challenge the reductionist view of popular magic in early modern British often presented by historians.

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Brand:
Sussex Academic Press
Manufacturer:
Sussex Academic Press
Category:
Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts
MPN:
illus
Release Date:
2005-12-01
EAN:
9781845190798
ISBN:
1845190793
Edition:
61721st
Part Number:
illus
Genre:
HISTORY
Author:
Emma Wilby
Publisher:
Sussex Academic Press
Publication Date:
2006-04-01
Binding:
Paperback
Item Weight:
1.1 pounds
Item Size:
0.8 x 9 x 6 inches
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1.06 pounds
Package Size:
5.98 x 0.79 x 8.82 inches

 


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