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The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic: An Illustrated History

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  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson
  • Pages: 400
  • Illustrations: over 300 in full color
  • Dimensions: 8 2/5'' x 10 2/5'' x 1 2/5''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • ISBN: 9780500518885



By Christopher Dell

The curious history of magic and the powers of the occult, witchcraft, ritual, and the imagination, from their earliest appearances to modern times.

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 alchemythe magical transformation of base materialswhich 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, rapidfire 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 bestknown representations of magic and the occult from around the world spanning ancient to modern times.

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