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978-0-8204-3354-7 / 0820433543

Witchcraft. Lycanthropy. Drugs and Disease (American University Studies Series XI, Anthropology and Sociology)

by H. Sidky

Publisher:Peter Lang Publishing

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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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 explanations 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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