Witchcraft, Lycanthropy, Drugs and Disease
An Anthropological Study of the European Witch-Hunts- Second Printing
©2004 Others 330 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 70
Long before the political mass-murders witnessed in the present century, western Europe experienced another kind of holocaust – the witch-hunts of the early modern period. Condemned of flying through the air, changing into animals, and worshipping the Devil, over a hundred thousand people were brutally tortured, systematically maimed and burned alive. Why did these persecutions take place? Was it superstition, irrationality, or mass delusion that led to the witch-hunts? This study seeks explanations in the tangible actions of human actors and their worldly circumstances. The approach taken is anthropological; inferences are grounded on a wide spectrum of variables, ranging from the political and ideological practices used to mystify earthly affairs, to the logical structure of witch-beliefs, torture technology, and the role of psychotropic drugs and epidemic diseases.
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- 1997 (July)
- burning witches witchhunter witches
- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 1997, 2004. XIV, 330 pp., num. ill.