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Ecstasies by Carlo Ginzburg
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Mar 10, 2012

it was amazing
Read in February, 2012

Carlo Ginzburg's erudition is astounding. That he can take from inquisition records regarding the so-called "witches' sabbath" in western Europe and extend his purview to include Asian shamanism, motifs found in Greek mythology, and parallels found among indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere and the Pacific Islands is breathtaking. There are similarities among all people in the way they associate storytelling and the ecstatic state with the afterlife.

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