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Title:
The twentieth century
Author:
Ankarloo, Bengt, 1935-
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xii, 244 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Modern pagan witchcraft / Ronald Hutton -- Satanism and satanic mythology / Jean La Fontaine -- The witch, her victim, the unwitcher and the researcher : the continued existence of traditional witchcraft / Willem de Blécourt.
ISBN:
9780812235197

9780812217070
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This volume features a major new history of the origins and development of English Wicca and an account of the circumstances in which the term satanist has been used to label individuals or groups.'


Summary

The roots of European witchcraft and magic lie in Hebrew and other ancient Near Eastern cultures and in the Celtic, Nordic, and Germanic traditions of the Continent. For two millennia, European folklore and ritual have been imbued with the belief in the supernatural, yielding a rich trove of histories and images.

A series that combines traditional approaches of political, legal, and social historians with critical syntheses of cultural anthropology, historical psychology, and gender studies, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe provides a modern, scholarly survey of the supernatural beliefs of Europeans from ancient times to the present day. Each of the six volumes in the series contains the work of distinguished scholars chosen for their expertise in a particular era or region.

Witchcraft today continues to play a role in European societies and imaginations. This concluding volume includes a major new history of the origins and development of English "Wicca" and an account of the circumstances in which the term 'Satanist' has been used to label individuals or groups. The widespread prevalence of such phenomena proves the contemporary reality of beliefs in witchcraft and its threats.

Other volumes in the series Witchcraft and Magic in Europe:
Ancient Greece and Rome
The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Biblical and Pagan Societies
The Middle Ages
The Period of the Witch Trials


Author Notes

Bengt Ankarloo is Professor of History at Lund University, Sweden. Stuart Clark is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This series provides a scholarly survey of European belief in the supernatural. Using broad definitions of witchcraft and the supernatural, it provides a framework for inquiring into the supernatural in Europe from ancient to modern times. Each volume is divided into sections, each of which was written by a prominent scholar in that field. The first volume looks at the practices resulting in a belief in sorcery and witchcraft in Greek and Roman times. Part 1 covers curses, spells, and voodoo dolls in ancient Greek and Rome; Part 2 offers a literary review of witches and sorcerers in classical literature; Part 3 analyzes the role of magic in the classical world; and Part 4 covers belief in demons in the classical world, early Christianity, and Judaism. The second volume covers the witch trials of the 18th and 19th century. Part 1 analyzes the general reasons for their decline; Part 2 discusses beliefs in witchcraft after the trials; and Part 3 discusses the trials' origins in Enlightenment, Romantic, and Liberal thought. The third volume discusses modern witchcraft. Part 1 describes the rise of modern pagan witchcraft; Part 2 looks at modern Satanism (thoroughly dispelling the myth of ritual abuse); and Part 3 analyzes more traditional practices of witchcraft in the 20th century including bewitchments and cursings, and looks into the future of such practices. These volumes provide an exceptional historical and social analysis of subject of enduring interest. All three are highly recommended for academic libraries.ÄGail Wood, SUNY at Cortland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal Review

This series provides a scholarly survey of European belief in the supernatural. Using broad definitions of witchcraft and the supernatural, it provides a framework for inquiring into the supernatural in Europe from ancient to modern times. Each volume is divided into sections, each of which was written by a prominent scholar in that field. The first volume looks at the practices resulting in a belief in sorcery and witchcraft in Greek and Roman times. Part 1 covers curses, spells, and voodoo dolls in ancient Greek and Rome; Part 2 offers a literary review of witches and sorcerers in classical literature; Part 3 analyzes the role of magic in the classical world; and Part 4 covers belief in demons in the classical world, early Christianity, and Judaism. The second volume covers the witch trials of the 18th and 19th century. Part 1 analyzes the general reasons for their decline; Part 2 discusses beliefs in witchcraft after the trials; and Part 3 discusses the trials' origins in Enlightenment, Romantic, and Liberal thought. The third volume discusses modern witchcraft. Part 1 describes the rise of modern pagan witchcraft; Part 2 looks at modern Satanism (thoroughly dispelling the myth of ritual abuse); and Part 3 analyzes more traditional practices of witchcraft in the 20th century including bewitchments and cursings, and looks into the future of such practices. These volumes provide an exceptional historical and social analysis of subject of enduring interest. All three are highly recommended for academic libraries.ÄGail Wood, SUNY at Cortland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Bengt Ankarloo and Stuart ClarkRonald HuttonJean La FontaineWillem de BlecourtBengt Ankarloo and Stuart ClarkRonald HuttonJean La FontaineWillem de Blecourt
Introductionp. vii
Part 1 Modern Pagan Witchcraftp. 1
Section 1 The Background to Pagan Witchcraftp. 3
Secret Societies and Ritual Magicp. 3
Popular Witchcraft and Magicp. 13
The Thought-World of Modern Paganismp. 17
The Goddess and God of Modern Paganismp. 20
Romantic Folklorep. 26
The Myth of Pagan Witchcraftp. 31
Forerunnersp. 36
Section 2 The History of Pagan Witchcraftp. 43
Gerald Gardnerp. 43
The Gardneriansp. 52
Other Traditionsp. 55
American Feminist Witchcraftp. 60
A Coming of Agep. 65
The Nature of Modern Pagan Witchcraftp. 71
Part 2 Satanism and Satanic Mythologyp. 81
Section 1 The History of the Idea of Satan and Satanismp. 83
The Servants of Satanp. 85
Modern Ideas of Satanismp. 86
Satanism and the Occultp. 88
Section 2 Satanism and Pseudo-Satanist Groupsp. 94
The Church of Satanp. 96
Organizationp. 99
The Temple of Setp. 101
Organizationp. 103
The Process-Church of the Final Judgementp. 105
Other Satanist Groupsp. 107
Numbers of Satanistsp. 107
Section 3 Heathenism/Odinismp. 110
Section 4 Satanic Abuse Mythologyp. 115
The Social Context of the Mythp. 116
A History of Accusations of Satanismp. 119
The Components of Satanic Abuse Mythologyp. 124
Sources of Allegationsp. 126
The Spread of the Satanic Abuse Mythologyp. 129
Sources of Allegationsp. 132
Adult survivorsp. 132
Children's casesp. 135
Confessionsp. 136
Part 3 The Witch, Her Victim, The Unwitcher And The Researcher: The Continued Existence Of Traditional Witchcraftp. 141
Traces of Bewitchmentp. 143
Studies of Witchcraftp. 146
Types of Witchcraftp. 150
The Researcher's Positionp. 154
Journalists and Folkloristsp. 158
Sliedrecht, 1926p. 162
Folklore Indexesp. 165
Legend Repertoiresp. 168
Gendered Legendsp. 172
Witchcraft in Courtp. 176
Sarzbuttel, 1954p. 180
The Power of the Unwitcherp. 183
Active Bewitchmentsp. 188
The Evil Eyep. 192
Mayenne, 1970p. 197
Spatial Dimensionsp. 202
Cultures of Witchcraftp. 205
Witchcraft Conflictsp. 208
The End of Witchcraft?p. 212
Future Researchp. 216
Bibliographyp. 220
Indexp. 236
Introductionp. vii
Part 1 Modern Pagan Witchcraftp. 1
Section 1 The Background to Pagan Witchcraftp. 3
Secret Societies and Ritual Magicp. 3
Popular Witchcraft and Magicp. 13
The Thought-World of Modern Paganismp. 17
The Goddess and God of Modern Paganismp. 20
Romantic Folklorep. 26
The Myth of Pagan Witchcraftp. 31
Forerunnersp. 36
Section 2 The History of Pagan Witchcraftp. 43
Gerald Gardnerp. 43
The Gardneriansp. 52
Other Traditionsp. 55
American Feminist Witchcraftp. 60
A Coming of Agep. 65
The Nature of Modern Pagan Witchcraftp. 71
Part 2 Satanism and Satanic Mythologyp. 81
Section 1 The History of the Idea of Satan and Satanismp. 83
The Servants of Satanp. 85
Modern Ideas of Satanismp. 86
Satanism and the Occultp. 88
Section 2 Satanism and Pseudo-Satanist Groupsp. 94
The Church of Satanp. 96
Organizationp. 99
The Temple of Setp. 101
Organizationp. 103
The Process-Church of the Final Judgementp. 105
Other Satanist Groupsp. 107
Numbers of Satanistsp. 107
Section 3 Heathenism/Odinismp. 110
Section 4 Satanic Abuse Mythologyp. 115
The Social Context of the Mythp. 116
A History of Accusations of Satanismp. 119
The Components of Satanic Abuse Mythologyp. 124
Sources of Allegationsp. 126
The Spread of the Satanic Abuse Mythologyp. 129
Sources of Allegationsp. 132
Adult survivorsp. 132
Children's casesp. 135
Confessionsp. 136
Part 3 The Witch, Her Victim, The Unwitcher And The Researcher: The Continued Existence Of Traditional Witchcraftp. 141
Traces of Bewitchmentp. 143
Studies of Witchcraftp. 146
Types of Witchcraftp. 150
The Researcher's Positionp. 154
Journalists and Folkloristsp. 158
Sliedrecht, 1926p. 162
Folklore Indexesp. 165
Legend Repertoiresp. 168
Gendered Legendsp. 172
Witchcraft in Courtp. 176
Sarzbuttel, 1954p. 180
The Power of the Unwitcherp. 183
Active Bewitchmentsp. 188
The Evil Eyep. 192
Mayenne, 1970p. 197
Spatial Dimensionsp. 202
Cultures of Witchcraftp. 205
Witchcraft Conflictsp. 208
The End of Witchcraft?p. 212
Future Researchp. 216
Bibliographyp. 220
Indexp. 236