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A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult (DK a History of)

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Visually stunning, would be good as a coffee table book, covering a vast array of beliefs and rituals throughout human history. Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing.

I had this on audible, but I will be getting the hardback copy too because it's a fantastic reference starting point. I would not recommend this book to those seeking a more immersive and captivating exploration of the history of magic, witchcraft, and the occult. However, most of the topics in this book are so fascinating that I suggest just jumping in and starting to read! However, the Western idea of magic doesn’t exist in a lot of different cultures and representing it in a Magic book would be disrespectful of these cultures, and not respectful.When examining non-Western traditions, it's telling what they get wrong, like when they lump Yoruba religion in with vodun (the two have similarities as neighboring nations but have key differences as well). I had picked up bits and pieces of magical history over time, of course, but it was nice to see so many things in one book and so wonderfully illustrated. In fact, one of my favorite books growing up was their herbal remedies book, which I tracked down as an adult.

Este libro nos habla de la magia, el ocultismo y la brujería a lo largo de la historia de la humanidad. It does touch on African, Chinese, and Mesoamerican history as well as some more general information. The mix of main text, small information boxes, pictures and two page spreads (usually depicting materials/paraphernalia associated with a certain topic/practice) was comfortably paced and always engaging. I have studied the occult and metaphysics for over 30 years, and I don't think I've ever seen such a comprehensive look at the history of magic and the occult.The impact of sharing her voice—her truth—was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. Occasionally side information would get its own spread, like images of fetishes or amulets from different cultures or the meanings of rune stones and how to use them for divination. Engaging text and lavish illustrations with over 500 full-color images that bring the subject to life.

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Explore the presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare's Macbeth to the Harry Potter series, and the ways in which magic has interacted with religion. DK books - especially their incredible Eye Witness series (which I lapped up like water in a desert as a youngster) were an integral element of my early reading years as well.Join Susan Cain, an international best-selling author on the power of introverts who will help you tune out all of your everyday stresses and conflicts and tune into living a Quiet Life. I know this was likely unintentional and much of the world does not see this word as a slur, but I was disappointed nonetheless considering the context the word was used in. Susanna Lipscomb, is a professor of history at the University of Roehampton, a fellow of the royal historical society, and a fellow of the higher education academy.

While the book did really well on their voodoo section, I question why earlier a “voodoo doll” was mentioned when they tell you that voodoo does not use dolls. An excellent work on the history of magic from its earliest prehistoric roots to modern day practices. The perfect introduction to magic and the occult, this wide-ranging volume explores forms of divination from astrology and palmistry to the Tarot and runestones, mystical plants and potions such as mandrake, the presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare's Macbeth to the Harry Potter series, and the ways in which magic has interacted with religion.

I enjoyed listening to this audio book as a way to touch upon ancient religions and beliefs as they relate to certain practices today.

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