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The World Of The Witches
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...more
(first published November 1974)
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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.
Sep 11, 2013 Eelisa rated it 4 of 5 stars · 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.
Apr 23, 2014 Gramarye rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
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).More about Julio Caro Baroja...