Witchcraft, Lycanthropy, Drugs and Disease: An Anthropological Study of the European Witch - Hunts

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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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The European WitchCraze
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1 Frontispiece from Heinrich Institoris
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3 Three witches
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6 The Witches Sabbat
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10 Demoniality
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1 A coven of witches in the company
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4 Witches burned at Derneburgh in 1555
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Fact or Fantasy?
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1 The horrors of the torture chamber
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4 The swimming ordeal
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6 Torture with the boots
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11 Death of a prisoner during torture
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13 The shinvice
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Demonic Possession Witchcraft Deception and Disease
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1 Driving out possessing demons
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3 The torture of Urbain Grandier
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1 A physician and a plague Victim
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5 The burning of plaguespreaders
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4 The burning of Iews accused
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Ideology of Terror
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1 The Pappenheimer family on the way
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3 Title page of Matthew Hopkins
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Torture The Proof of All Proofs
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6 Saint Anthony being assailed by demons
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Hallucinogenic Drugs and Witches
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Werewolves and Witches
215
WitchHunting Terror and Social Control
255
Bibliography
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Index
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Homayun Sidky is an anthropologist specializing in cultural ecology and the anthropology of religion. He is currently affiliated with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Miami University, Ohio. His Articles have appeared in many journals and he is the author of Hunza: An Ethnographic Outline, and Irrigation and State Formation in Hunza.

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