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Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld: An Anthropology

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Anthropology's long and complex relationship to magic has been strongly influenced by western science and notions of rationality. This book takes a refreshing new look at modern magic as practised by contemporary Pagans in Britain. It focuses on what Pagans see as the essence of magic - a communication with an otherworldly reality. Examining issues of identity, gender and ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Bloomsbury Academic
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Sable
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I reference this book in my book, The Witch's Eight Paths of Power. Susan Greenwood studies the world of the occult both as an anthropologist and a Witch. Her observation that learning the symbology of the occult is like learning the language of another culture, is a central "thesis" of my book and agree with her completely. Well worth reading both from an anthropological perspective, if you want to understand a bit about the occult culture as an outsider, and as a Witch or occultist learning ...more
David
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I never really got into this book. I think it was that Greenwood was writing too much from the perspective of the participant, rather than the observer for this to gell as a Sociological study, rather than a more informal "how I do witchcraft" text. YMMV
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