Witchcraft, Lycanthropy, Drugs and Disease: An Anthropological Study of the European Witch - Hunts
Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1 апр. 2010 г. - Всего страниц: 344
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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1 Frontispiece from Heinrich Institoris
3 Three witches
6 The Witches Sabbat
1 A coven of witches in the company
4 Witches burned at Derneburgh in 1555
Fact or Fantasy?
1 The horrors of the torture chamber
4 The swimming ordeal
6 Torture with the boots
11 Death of a prisoner during torture
13 The shinvice
Demonic Possession Witchcraft Deception and Disease
1 Driving out possessing demons
3 The torture of Urbain Grandier
1 A physician and a plague Victim
5 The burning of plaguespreaders
4 The burning of Iews accused
Ideology of Terror
1 The Pappenheimer family on the way
3 Title page of Matthew Hopkins
Torture The Proof of All Proofs
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