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Introduction

Frank Graziano

in Cultures of Devotion: Folk Saints of Spanish America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195171303
eISBN:
9780199785193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171303.003.intro
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter establishes the cultural and thematic contexts for understanding folk saint devotions. It explores the nature of devotion, the means by which devotions are initiated and disseminated, ... More


Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Thomas Waters

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300221404
eISBN:
9780300249453
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221404.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This book unveils the enduring power of witchcraft, curses, and black magic in modern times. Few topics are so secretive or controversial. Yet, whether in the 1800s or the early 2000s, when disasters ... More


Dark Forces: Contemporary Satanism and Black Magic

Nevill Drury

in Stealing Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Modern Western Magic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199750993
eISBN:
9780199894871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199750993.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

If we are to understand the nature of contemporary Satanism, it is vital to consider the occult philosophy of the Church of Satan (founded by Anton LaVey in San Francisco in 1966) and its successor, ... More


The Recurring Nightmare, the Elusive Secret: Historical and Imaginary Roots of Sex Magic in the Western Tradition

Hugh B. Urban

in Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247765
eISBN:
9780520932883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247765.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter provides a brief overview of the background of sexual magic in the West, both in its imaginary forms and in its more concrete historical roots. It explains that since at least the time ... More


Making Wanga: Reality Constructions and the Magical Manipulation of Power

Karen McCarthy Brown

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167962
eISBN:
9780199850150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167962.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The demonstration for Abner Louima in 1997 in New York City marked a new stage in the growing involvement of Haitians in local politics. Many protest signs blamed Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for what ... More


Black Magic in Modern Times

Thomas Waters

in Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300221404
eISBN:
9780300249453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221404.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter shows that the history of black magic in modern times is a cosmopolitan drama. Human movement rapidly accelerated from the nineteenth century. People, goods, technologies, and ideas ... More


Witchcraft: the formation of belief – part two

Hans Peter Broedel

in The Malleus Maleficarum and the construction of witchcraft

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719064401
eISBN:
9781781700419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719064401.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter discusses a different set of ideas about the construction of learned witch categories in the late Middle Ages, all of which, from the clerical perspective, revolved around the idea of ... More


Introduction

Yvonne P. Chireau

in Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209879
eISBN:
9780520940277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209879.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter is an introduction to a book that examines the role of black magic and religion in the African American spirituality. It begins by defining magic and religion, and explains that, in some ... More


Witchcraft’s Decline and Return

Thomas Waters

in Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300221404
eISBN:
9780300249453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221404.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This concluding chapter shows that witchcraft, understood as black magic, is an enduring, erratic belief system. It can be therapeutic, but it is also apt to be fraudulent and dangerous. If it is not ... More


“The One Thought That Was Not Untrue”: Aleister Crowley and A. E. Waite

Robert A. Gilbert

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines a letter Crowley wrote to A. E. Waite in 1989. In this letter, Crowley asked for information about an existing “Hidden Church” that Waite had mentioned in his The Book of Black ... More


“There Was Some Mischief in It”: The Social Context of Witchcraft

Paul B. Moyer

in Detestable and Wicked Arts: New England and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501751059
eISBN:
9781501751066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501751059.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter delves into the dynamics of accusation and investigates what motivated people to denounce others as witches. It recounts how William Meaker of New Haven initiated a slander suit against ... More


Improvising over the Changes: Improvisation as Intellectual and Aesthetic Practice in the Transitional Poems of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka

in The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226554235
eISBN:
9780226554259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226554259.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter analyzes LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka's transitional period, his turn from modernism to Black Art, stressing his use of jazz in poetry and cultural criticism. Specifically, it addresses how ... More


Spirits

Herman Ooms

in Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan: The Tenmu Dynasty, 650-800

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832353
eISBN:
9780824869281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832353.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter focuses on the power of spirits of the dead—often vindictive and vengeful (onryō)—which came to play an increasing role in the management of power and its contestation. It particularly ... More


Witchcraft, Black Magic, and Ritual Murder

Ariel Toaff

in Love, Work and Death: Jewish Life in Medieval Umbria

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774198
eISBN:
9781800340954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774198.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the accusations against the Jews of the Umbria. It was particularly in the last part of the fifteenth century, in the years following the founding of the Perugia Monte di Pietà ... More


Plottings

Herman Ooms

in Imperial Politics and Symbolics in Ancient Japan: The Tenmu Dynasty, 650-800

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832353
eISBN:
9780824869281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832353.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses the internal political and ritual struggles of the Tenmu dynasty. In power struggles, usually around questions of succession, plotters engaged in black magic, witchcraft, and ... More


Detestable and Wicked Arts: New England and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Paul B. Moyer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501751059
eISBN:
9781501751066
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501751059.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This book places early New England's battle against black magic in a transatlantic perspective. The book provides an accessible and comprehensive examination of witch prosecutions in the Puritan ... More


“Very Awful and Amazing”: Witch Panics and the Bewitched

Paul B. Moyer

in Detestable and Wicked Arts: New England and Witchcraft in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501751059
eISBN:
9781501751066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501751059.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter brings into focus witch panics that stood apart in terms of their scale and intensity from more ordinary instances of occult crime. It sheds light on a variety of accusers who often ... More


Trust No One: Rosemary’s Baby ()

Mathias Clasen

in Why Horror Seduces

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190666507
eISBN:
9780190666545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190666507.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby (1967) tells the story of a young woman, Rosemary, who is tricked into bearing Satan’s offspring, the Antichrist. This chapter argues that Levin’s famous novel struck a ... More


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