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Title:
The night has a naked soul : witchcraft and sorcery among the western Cherokee
Author:
Kilpatrick, Alan.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
xviii, 160 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780815604716

9780815605393
Format :
Book

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Central Library E99.C5 K45 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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This exploration of the occult world of the Western Cherokee translates 40 shamanistic texts which deal with such esoteric matters as: divining the future; protecting oneself from enemies; destroying the power of witches; and purifying one's soul from all forms of supernatural harm.


Summary

This exploration of the occult world of the Western Cherokee translates 40 shamanistic texts which deal with such esoteric matters as: divining the future; protecting oneself from enemies; destroying the power of witches; and purifying one's soul from all forms of supernatural harm.


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Choice Review

Although witchcraft and sorcery are culturally universal, little has been published on these topics for North American Indian societies. The author's parents, John and Anna Kilpatrick, Cherokees who are now deceased, amassed a large body of sacred formulas that Cherokees recorded in their language in the native Sequoyah syllabary. Those materials, which constitute the largest collection of medical-magico documents ever recorded for an American Indian tribe, form the basis of this book. Kilpatrick first presents an overview of the Cherokee witchcraft-sorcery complex to situate it in the full context of Cherokee culture, and he then presents separate chapters on such topics as divinatory spells, protective charms, and purification texts. Each chapter includes examples of sacred formulas, reproducing the original Cherokee language texts with literal and free English translations and including exegesis for each text. The final chapter summarizes explanations for Cherokee witchcraft and sorcery by examining three case studies. Unique not only for its richness of ethnographic documents and insider's perspective on a controversial topic, this work is also an invaluable contribution to the comparative study of witchcraft and sorcery in anthropology. Recommended for readers at all academic levels. D. R. Parks Indiana University-Bloomington


Choice Review

Although witchcraft and sorcery are culturally universal, little has been published on these topics for North American Indian societies. The author's parents, John and Anna Kilpatrick, Cherokees who are now deceased, amassed a large body of sacred formulas that Cherokees recorded in their language in the native Sequoyah syllabary. Those materials, which constitute the largest collection of medical-magico documents ever recorded for an American Indian tribe, form the basis of this book. Kilpatrick first presents an overview of the Cherokee witchcraft-sorcery complex to situate it in the full context of Cherokee culture, and he then presents separate chapters on such topics as divinatory spells, protective charms, and purification texts. Each chapter includes examples of sacred formulas, reproducing the original Cherokee language texts with literal and free English translations and including exegesis for each text. The final chapter summarizes explanations for Cherokee witchcraft and sorcery by examining three case studies. Unique not only for its richness of ethnographic documents and insider's perspective on a controversial topic, this work is also an invaluable contribution to the comparative study of witchcraft and sorcery in anthropology. Recommended for readers at all academic levels. D. R. Parks Indiana University-Bloomington


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