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In examining the relics of European shamanism in early modern age sources, the techniques and belief-systems of mediators found in the records of witch-craft trials from the 16th-18th centuries, the author's goal was to explore the kinds of communication systems known to early modern Hungarians, the role of these systems in the everyday life of the village, and how they were connected to contemporary European systems. In addition, the author investigates the relations and changes of paradigm of the systems defined. The book represents a contribution to the most up-to-date international research into historical anthropology and the study of religions, drawing on Eastern European material and literature not previously included. On the basis of her material and analysis, the author contributes a number of new details, identifying new types of mediators and sys-tems which function right up to the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 7-20
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  1. 1. The Limitations and Potential ofthe Documentary Sources
  2. pp. 21-28
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  1. 2. General Conditions forCommunicationwith the Supernatural
  2. pp. 29-36
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  1. 3. The Belief Figure of the Witch
  2. pp. 37-58
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  1. 4. The Malefactor Witch
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. 5. The Alternative World of theWitches' Sabbat
  2. pp. 73-106
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  1. 6. The Healing Witch
  2. pp. 107-120
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  1. 7. The Enemies of the Witch: Seers,Magicians, and Healers
  2. pp. 121-164
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 165-166
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 167-184
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  1. Documentary Sources
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 187-191
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Additional Information

ISBN
9786155225307
Related ISBN
9789639116184
MARC Record
OCLC
47009647
Pages
250
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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