The Encyclopedia of Magic & Witchcraft
An Illustrated Historical Reference to Spiritual WorldsBook - 2001
This volume offers an examination of the history and traditions of magic and witchcraft, from very early times to the present. From magic's origin in the Shamanic tradition can religion, which, for the world's first civilizations, had no disctinction from magic. The book includes an international sweep of ancient cultural traditions and details the medieval phenomena of witch-hunts that still have resonance in modern society. In addition, the book examines the modern wicca movement, tracing the development fromt he 1900s and its links with the Celtic tradition.Illu strated with archival material, fine art illustrtaions of legendary magic workers, and special photography, this volume is a comprehensive examination of a timeless subject.