Challenging the commonly held belief that possession signals physical or mental illness, the author argues that demoniacs and exorcists—consciously or not—are following their various religious cultures, and their performances can only be understood in those contexts. This compelling book focuses on possession and exorcism in the Reformation period, but also reaches back to the fifteenth century and forward to our own times.
The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West #ad - Entire convents of nuns in french, psychiatrists, pastors, and spanish towns, a small group of young girls in Salem, taking into account the diverse interpretations of generations of theologians, biblical scholars, physicians, anthropologists, Massachusetts—these are among the instances of demon possession in the United States and throughout Europe that Brian Levack closely examines, 30 boys in an Amsterdam orphanage, Italian, and historians.
Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque GermanyYale University Press #ad - Drawing on hundreds of original trial transcripts and other rare sources in four areas of Southern Germany, Lyndal Roper paints a vivid picture of their lives, where most of the witches were executed, families, and tribulations. This book is a gripping account of the pursuit, torture, interrogation, and burning of witches during this period and beyond.
Yale University Press. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries thousands of women confessed to being witches—of making pacts with the Devil, causing babies to sicken, and killing animals and crops—and were put to death. She also explores the psychology of witch-hunting, why they confessed to crimes, explaining why it was mostly older women that were the victims of witch crazes, and how the depiction of witches in art and literature has influenced the characterization of elderly women in our own culture.
Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany #ad - A powerful account of witches, crones, and the societies that make them From the gruesome ogress in Hansel and Gretel to the hags at the sabbath in Faust, the witch has been a powerful figure of the Western imagination.
The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern EuropeRoutledge #ad - For those starting out in their studies of witch-beliefs and witchcraft trials, Brian Levack provides a concise survey of this complex and fascinating topic, while for more seasoned scholars the scholarship is brought right up to date. The two books are drawn together on a new companion website with supplementary materials for those wishing to advance their studies, including an extensive guide to further reading, a chronology of the history of witchcraft and an interactive map to show the geographical spread of witch-hunts and witch trials across Europe and North America.
Taylor & Francis. The witch-hunt in early modern europe, now in its fourth edition, is the perfect resource for both students and scholars of the witch-hunts written by one of the leading names in the field. Now fully integrated with brian levack’s The Witchcraft Sourcebook, there are links to the sourcebook throughout the text, pointing students towards key primary sources to aid them in their studies.
The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe #ad - . This new edition includes the most recent research on children, gender, male witches and demonic possession as well as broadening the exploration of the geographical distribution of witch prosecutions to include recent work on regions, cities and kingdoms enabling students to identify comparisons between countries.
A long-standing favourite with students and lecturers alike, this new edition of The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe will be essential reading for those embarking on or looking to advance their studies of the history of witchcraft Yale University Press.
Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History Middle Ages SeriesUniversity of Pennsylvania Press #ad - Selected by choice magazine as an outstanding academic Book for 2001The highly-acclaimed first edition of this book chronicled the rise and fall of witchcraft in Europe between the twelfth and the end of the seventeenth centuries. University of Pennsylvania Press. Yale University Press. Together with explanatory notes, introductory essays—which have been revised to reflect current research—and a new bibliography, the documents gathered in Witchcraft in Europe vividly illumine the dark side of the European mind.
Now greatly expanded, the classic anthology of contemporary texts reexamines the phenomenon of witchcraft, taking into account the remarkable scholarship since the book's publication almost thirty years ago. Spanning the period from 400 to 1700, many newly translated, the second edition of Witchcraft in Europe assembles nearly twice as many primary documents as the first, along with new illustrations that trace the development of witch-beliefs from late Mediterranean antiquity through the Enlightenment.
Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History Middle Ages Series #ad - Taylor & Francis. Trial records, and witches' confessions, inquisitors' reports, eyewitness statements, along with striking contemporary illustrations depicting the career of the Devil and his works, testify to the hundreds of years of terror that enslaved an entire continent. Thomas aquinas, perceptual, martin luther, thomas Hobbes, and other thinkers are quoted at length in order to determine the intellectual, and legal processes by which "folklore" was transformed into systematic demonology and persecution.
Enchanted Europe: Superstition, Reason, and Religion, 1250-1750Oxford University Press #ad - Taylor & Francis. Many of these techniques were called "superstitious" by educated elites. Every major movement in christian thought, the Reformation, from rival schools of medieval theology through to the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment, added new twists to the debates over superstition. Enlightened philosophers mocked traditional cults as superstitions.
Learned believers in demons and witchcraft, in their treatises and sermons, tried to make 'rational' sense of popular superstitions by blaming them on the deceptive tricks of seductive demons. Yale University Press. Since the dawn of history people have used charms and spells to try to control their environment, and forms of divination to try to foresee the otherwise unpredictable chances of life.
Enchanted Europe: Superstition, Reason, and Religion, 1250-1750 #ad - Eventually, the learned lost their worry about popular belief, and turned instead to chronicling and preserving 'superstitious' customs as folklore and ethnic heritage. Enchanted europe offers the first comprehensive, integrated account of western Europe's long, complex dialogue with its own folklore and popular beliefs.
Drawing on many little-known and rarely used texts, diversification, Euan Cameron constructs a compelling narrative of the rise, and decline of popular 'superstition' in the European mind. For centuries religious believers used "superstition" as a term of abuse to denounce another religion that they thought inferior, or to criticize their fellow-believers for practising their faith "wrongly.
From the middle ages to the enlightenment, how to identify it, scholars argued over what 'superstition' was, and how to persuade people to avoid it. Protestants saw Catholics as superstitious, and vice versa.
The Trial of Tempel Anneke: Records of a Witchcraft Trial in Brunswick, Germany, 1663, Second EditionUniversity of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division #ad - Taylor & Francis. The trial of tempel anneke examines documents from an early modern European witchcraft trial with the pedagogical goal of allowing students to interact directly with primary sources. A brief historiographical essay has been added, Tempel Anneke's marital agreement, along with eleven civic records, and court salaries, including regulations about sorcery, which provide an even clearer picture of life in seventeenth-century Europe.
Maps of harxbüttel and the Holy Roman Empire and lists of key players enable easy reference. University of Pennsylvania Press. Yale University Press.
American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of PlentyDoubleday #ad - Cuneo dissects, author of the controversial Hostage to the Devil, as well, the arguments of such well-known exorcism advocates as Malachi Martin, self-help guru M. Michael W. Taylor & Francis. We’ve all heard of exorcism, seen the movies and read the books, but few of us have ever experienced it firsthand.
Conducted by exorcists officially appointed by Catholic archdioceses and by maverick priests sidestepping Church sanctions, by evangelical ministers and Episcopal charismatics, exorcism is alive and well in the new millennium. American exorcism is an inside look at this burgeoning phenomenon, insight, written with objectivity, and just the right touch of irony.
American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty #ad - Touching on such provocative topics as the “satanic panics” of the 1980s, American Exorcism is a remarkably revealing, and ritual abuse, repressed memory, consistently entertaining work of cultural commentary. He brings vividly to life the ceremonies themselves, conjuring up memories of Linda Blair’s astonishing performance in the 1973 movie The Exorcist and other bizarre and sometimes stomach-churning images.
This is particularly true in America today, where the ancient rite has a surprisingly strong hold on our imagination, and on our popular entertainment industry. Scott peck, and self-professed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren of Amityville Horror fame. As he explores this netherworld of American life, Cuneo reflects on the meaning of exorcism in the twenty-first century and on the relationship between religious ritual and popular culture.
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Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Comparative Studies in Religion and SocietyUniversity of California Press #ad - Taylor & Francis. Yale University Press. Out of these stories, in which dream and vision flavor everyday experience and the Vodou spirits guide decision making, the dead, Vodou emerges as a religion focused on healing brought about by mending broken relationships between the living, and the Vodou spirits.
Deeply exploring the role of women in religious practices and the related themes of family and of religion and social change, Brown provides a rich context in which to understand the authority that urban Haitian women exercise in the home and in the Vodou temple. University of California Press. University of Pennsylvania Press.
Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Comparative Studies in Religion and Society #ad - Drawing on a 35 year long friendship with mama lola, a vodou priestess, Karen McCarthy Brown tells tales spanning five generations of Vodou healers in Mama Lola's family, beginning with an African ancestor and ending with Claudine Michel's account of working with Mama Lola after the Haitian earthquake.
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An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen AngelsSophia Institute Press #ad - Among the many questions Fr. University of Pennsylvania Press. An exorcist explains the demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels. These pages provide a basic orientation in the dark phenomenology, succinctly explaining Catholic doctrine on the fallen angels and the innumerable manifestations.
Amorth answers in this book are: where does the evil one dwell in the human body? how does the devil appear and what does he look like? What are the powers that comes from Satan? Do the sins of ancestors influence our life? How are spiritual evils contracted? What is the state of souls in purgatory? What is the role of sacramentals in fighting off temptation? When should exorcisms and prayers of healing be performed? What happens during an exorcism? What you should do when a family is being attacked by a demon? Yale University Press.
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The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan MindInner Traditions #ad - But these dead individuals were a far cry from the amorphous ectoplasm that is featured in modern ghost stories. This exile to the formal graveyard, ironically enough, has contributed to the great loss of the sacred that characterizes the modern world. Yale University Press. These earlier visitors from beyond the grave--known as revenants--slept, like Klaufi of the Svarfdaela Saga, ate, and fought like men, even when, they carried their heads in their arms.
The sanctified grounds of the church cemetery replaced the burial mounds on the family farm, where the ancestors remained as an integral part of the living community. The dead could--and did--cross back and forth at will. Taylor & Francis. How the ghost stories of pagan times reveal the seamless union existing between the world of the living and the afterlife • Demonstrates how Medieval Christianity transformed the more corporeal ghost encountered in pagan cultures with the disembodied form known today • Explains how the returning dead were once viewed as either troublemakers or guarantors of the social order The impermeable border the modern world sees existing between the world of the living and the afterlife was not visible to our ancestors.
The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind #ad - Revenants were part of the ancestor worship prevalent in the pagan world and still practiced in indigenous cultures such as the Fang and Kota of equatorial Africa, among others. An exorcist explains the demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels. Used book in Good Condition. The pagan mind had no fear of death, but some of the dead were definitely to be dreaded: those who failed to go peacefully into the afterlife but remained on this side in order to right a wrong that had befallen them personally or to ensure that the law promoted by the ancestors was being respected.