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by Charles Alva Hoyt




In this new edition Charles Alva Hoyt updates his research and offers fresh interpretations of the fascinating history of witches. Among his "Second Thoughts" are cautious examinations of the possible implications of the space-time continuum of Einstein’s special theory of relativity and the "Many Worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics to the observed phenomena of witchcraft. Hoyt, a descendant of Susanna Martin who was hanged as a witch for walking through a Salem rain without getting her feet wet, carefully sketches the background and history of this least understood of supernatural phenomena as it has evolved from antiquity to the present. He identifies seven distinct schools of witchcraft—orthodox, skeptic, anthropological, psychological, pharmacological, transcendental, and occult—and thoroughly analyzes each of them. He explores witchcraft’s increased influence resulting from the New Testament’s personification of evil as Satan. Especially enlightening are the ways that the nonwitch world has perceived and treated witches. Witches were often victims at the lower end of the social order, scapegoats for the misfortunes of neighbors, town officials, and family members. Many of them suffered decapitation, hanging, burning and torture, dismemberment, and removal of skin with red-hot pincers for their alleged witchcraft. Dietrich Flade, Rector of the University of Trier, for example, was burned on 18 September 1589 after having been "mercifully and Christianly strangled." He had been found guilty of causing "plagues of hailstones and snails."
Download Witchcraft, Second Edition epub
ISBN: 0809315440
ISBN13: 978-0809315444
Category: Religion
Subcategory: New Age & Spirituality
Author: Charles Alva Hoyt
Language: English
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 2nd edition (November 27, 1989)
Pages: 200 pages
ePUB size: 1111 kb
FB2 size: 1828 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 330
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Modar
He was my English Professor when I was at Bennett College and studied Witchcraft under him. I love this book for sentimental reasons!
Hugifyn
This book is excellent, especially for people just starting to study Witchcraft. The book covers many topics in witchcraft, from its origins to witchcraft today. Covers four main schools of thought concerning Witchcraft. Those being the "Orthodox", "Anthropological", "Psychological", and "Pharmacological" positions or schools. Each is written in the intent to provide a solid foundation for further research, in the area of your interest. Charles A. Hoyt, a descendant of a witch himself, writes with vigorous passion. Book is easily understandable, yet at the same time academic. I definately recommend this book. Its a great general overview of witchcraft and the black arts.