The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic: An Illustrated History Christopher Dell

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic: An Illustrated History

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Book Title
The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic: An Illustrated History
Author
Christopher Dell
ISBN
9780500518885
From the days of the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the imagination. Magic and magicians appear in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism, and Islam. Secret words, spells, and incantations lie at the heart of nearly every mythological tradition. But for every genuine magus there is an impostor.During the Middle Ages, religion, science, and magic were difficult to set apart. The Middle Ages also saw the pursuit of alchemy--the magical transformation of base materials--which led to a fascination with the occult, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism.The turn of the twentieth century witnessed a return to earlier magical traditions, and today, magic means many things: contemporary Wicca is practiced widely as a modern pagan religion in Europe and the US; "magic" also stretches to include the nonspiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand performed by slick stage magicians who fill vast arenas.The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, some chosen from unusual sources, including some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world spanning ancient to modern times.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Christopher DellPublisher: Thames & HudsonPublished: 10/18/2016ISBN: 9780500518885Pages: 400Weight: 3.95lbsSize: 10.30h x 8.30w x 1.40dReview Citations: Publishers Weekly 10/10/2016Booklist 11/15/2016 pg. 4

From the days of the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the imagination. Magic and magicians appear in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism, and Islam. Secret words, spells, and incantations lie at the heart of nearly every mythological tradition. But for every genuine magus there is an impostor.

During the Middle Ages, religion, science, and magic were difficult to set apart. The Middle Ages also saw the pursuit of alchemy--the magical transformation of base materials--which led to a fascination with the occult, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism.

The turn of the twentieth century witnessed a return to earlier magical traditions, and today, magic means many things: contemporary Wicca is practiced widely as a modern pagan religion in Europe and the US; "magic" also stretches to include the nonspiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand performed by slick stage magicians who fill vast arenas.

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, some chosen from unusual sources, including some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world spanning ancient to modern times.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Christopher Dell
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Published: 10/18/2016
ISBN: 9780500518885
Pages: 400
Weight: 3.95lbs
Size: 10.30h x 8.30w x 1.40d

Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 10/10/2016
Booklist 11/15/2016 pg. 4

From the days of the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the imagination. Magic and magicians appear in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism, and Islam. Secret words, spells, and incantations lie at the heart of nearly every mythological tradition. But for every genuine magus there is an impostor.

During the Middle Ages, religion, science, and magic were difficult to set apart. The Middle Ages also saw the pursuit of alchemy--the magical transformation of base materials--which led to a fascination with the occult, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism.

The turn of the twentieth century witnessed a return to earlier magical traditions, and today, magic means many things: contemporary Wicca is practiced widely as a modern pagan religion in Europe and the US; "magic" also stretches to include the nonspiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand performed by slick stage magicians who fill vast arenas.

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, some chosen from unusual sources, including some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world spanning ancient to modern times.



Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Christopher Dell
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Published: 10/18/2016
ISBN: 9780500518885
Pages: 400
Weight: 3.95lbs
Size: 10.30h x 8.30w x 1.40d

Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 10/10/2016
Booklist 11/15/2016 pg. 4