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By Sabina Magliocco

Taking the reader into the center of 1 of the fastest-growing non secular activities in North the US, Sabina Magliocco unearths how the disciplines of anthropology and folklore have been primary to the early improvement of Neo-Paganism and the revival of witchcraft. Magliocco examines the roots that this non secular circulation has in a Western religious culture of mysticism disavowed by way of the Enlightenment. She explores, too, how smooth Pagans and Witches are imaginatively reclaiming discarded practices and ideology to create religions extra in response to their own adventure of the area as sacred and full of that means. Neo-Pagan religions specialise in event, instead of trust, and lots of modern practitioners have had mystical stories. They search a context that normalizes them and creates in them new non secular dimensions that contain swap in usual consciousness.

Magliocco analyzes magical practices and rituals of Neo-Paganism as paintings varieties that reanimate the cosmos and stimulate the mind's eye of its practitioners. She discusses rituals which are prepare utilizing fabrics from numerous cultural and ancient resources, and examines the cultural politics surrounding the movement—how the Neo-Pagan move creates id by way of contrasting itself opposed to the dominant tradition and the way it may be understood within the context of early twenty-first-century identification politics.

Witching Culture is the 1st ethnography of this non secular circulation to concentration in particular at the function of anthropology and folklore in its formation, on studies which are vital to its perform, and on what it unearths approximately identification and trust in twenty-first-century North America.

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