Magic & Witchcraft: From Shamanism to

Magic & Witchcraft: From Shamanism to

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Beginning with shamanism, this book explores myth and magic in the ancient world, the quest for gnosis, or sacred esoteric knowledge, and the emergence of the kabbalah, alchemy, and the Hermetic tradition. It then describes the rise of medieval witchcraft, the origins of the tarot, and the secret philosophy of the Freemasons and Rosicrucians. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, started in Britain in 1888, led to a 20th-century revival that extends into the present millennium. The influence of controversial occultist Aleister Crowley, the rebirth of witchcraft and goddess worship, the emergence of contemporary satanism, the revival of interest in shamanism and indigenous spirituality, and the intriguing connection between digital magic and cyberspace are all explored here in more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 198 x 252 x 20mm | 938.95g
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 205 illustrations, 61 in colour
  • 0500285144
  • 9780500285145
  • 1,529,921

Table of contents

1. Shamanism: The Oldest Magical Tradition; 2. Magic in the Ancient World; 3. Gnosis and Kabbalah; 4. Medieval Magic and the Later Witchcraft Trials; 5. The Hermetic Tradition and Alchemy; 6. Astrology and the Tarot; 7. Freemasons and Rosicrucians; 8. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn; 9. Aleister Crowley: The Beast 666; 10. Wicca and the Goddess; 11. Contemporary Satanism; 12. The Archaic Revival; 13. Technopagans and Digital Magicshow more

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'A comprehensive yet accessible guide to magic and witchcraft... a well researched history with a refreshingly global perspective... Drury writes well and never loses sight of the big picture' - Publishers Weeklyshow more

About Neville Drury

Nevill Drury has an MA in anthropology and is a noted authority on all aspects of magic and shamanism. He has written over forty books on the subject, including The Shaman's Quest, Exploring the Labyrinth, Sacred Encounters and The Dictionary of the more

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