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The World Of The Witches

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The rise and decline of witchcraft around the world, as seen through the perceptive eyes of an anthropologist and historian well-acquainted with traditional Basque and Spanish folklore--which inspired this fascinating, macabre, and chilling book. Beginning with an analysis of the basic mentality of those who have believed in or practiced the magic arts, and covering witchc
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Leonardo Rodríguez
Sep 06, 2008 Leonardo Rodríguez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Respeto a ciertos antropólogos, sobre todo cuando tienen algo de poetas o de narradores. Ante los antropólogos científicos, mi impaciencia es mayúscula. A veces, es cierto, el antropólogo es o quiere ser a la vez poeta, narrador y científico. Entonces a uno le toca separar-como dicen- el grano de la paja. Este libro de Caro Baroja, cuyo tema me resulta fascinante, es más paja que grano, pero no sé a ciencia cierta cuál es la proporción de una y otra. Entré para recoger un dato y salí corriendo.
Marie Maudite
Oct 18, 2016 Marie Maudite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un "must read", un imprescindible para todos aquellos amantes y curiosos del personaje histórico de la "bruja". En el librito, Julio Caro Baroja ahonda en la cuestión antropológica derivada de la caza de brujas, con especial atención a aquelarres vascos y a procesos inquisitoriales como el de las brujas de Zugarramurdi. La primera parte, de corte más general, resulta especialmente interesante para iniciarse en el conocimiento de las prácticas y creencias mágicas de siglos anteriores al XVIII (au ...more
Eelisa
Aug 27, 2013 Eelisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eelisa by: Greg E.

Baroja highlights the darker side of human nature in this resource-rich study of witchcraft as recorded through popular history. Written in 1964, this text may irritate the 21st century mind - especially of those who ascribe to a pagan-based tradition. Even so, his index of resources takes up 50 pages, so this would be a great place to start any research of your own.
Gramarye
This book on the history of witchcraft (or rather, the history of how people have interpreted the statements of those who claim to be bewitched or those who have confessed to being witches) remains an informative work several decades after its publication. Well worth adding to a collection on witch trial history.
Andy Martínez sánchez
Excelente.
No lo he leído entero, quería hacer unas consultas, pero me ha fascinado.
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Irene Lazlo
Si te interesa el tema de la historia de la brujería, los procesos de brujas y demás desde un punto de vista académico, Caro Baroja es el autor por el que hay que empezar. Es absolutamente brillante y da en el clavo en todo, me ha ayudado a hacerme una buena idea de la evolución histórica de las brujas y de cómo han sido vistas por la sociedad en los distintos periodos. Lo que más me ha llamado la atención es el papel de la Inquisición española ante la brujería, quizá de los más benévolos e incr ...more
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Julio Caro Baroja (1914–1995) was a world-renowned Basque Spanish anthropologist, historian, linguist and essayist. He was known for his special interest in Basque culture, history and society. Of Basque ancestry, he was the nephew of the renowned writer Pio Baroja; and his brother, painter, writer and engraver Ricardo Baroja. He is buried at the family's home, Itzea, in Bera (Navarre).
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