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Witchcraft, Lycanthropy, Drugs and Disease

An Anthropological Study of the European Witch - Hunts

by Homayun Sidky

Imprint: Wipf and Stock

344 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.68 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781608996162
  • Published: April 2010

$40.00 / £30.00 / AU$55.00

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Long before the political mass-murders witnessed in the present century, western Europe experienced another kind of holocaust--the witch-hunts of the early modern period. Condemned of flying through the air, changing into animals, and worshipping the Devil, over a hundred thousand people were brutally tortured, systematically maimed and burned alive. Why did these persecutions take place? Was it superstition, irrationality, or mass delusion that led to the witch-hunts? This study seeks explanation in the tangible actions of human actors and their worldly circumstances. The approach taken is anthropological; inferences are grounded on a wide spectrum of variables, ranging from the political and ideological practices used to mystify earthly affairs, to the logical structure of witch-beliefs, torture technology, and the role of psychotropic drugs and epidemic diseases.
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