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The Materiality of Magic: An artifactual investigation into ritual practices and popular beliefs

The Materiality of Magic: An artifactual investigation into ritual practices and popular beliefs (Paperback)

Edited by Houlbrook, Ceri
Edited by Armitage, Natalie

The subject of 'magic' has long been considered peripheral and sensationalist, the word itself having become something of an academic taboo. However, beliefs in magic and the rituals that surround them are extensive - as are their material manifestations - and to avoid them is to... ignore a prevalent aspect of cultures worldwide, from prehistory to the present day. The Materiality of Magic addresses the value of the material record as a resource in investigations into magic, ritual practices, and popular beliefs. The chronological and geographic focuses of the papers presented here vary from prehistory to the present-day, including numinous interpretations of fossils and ritual deposits in Bronze Age Europe; apotropaic devices in Roman and Medieval Britain; the evolution of superstitions and ritual customs - from the 'voodoo doll' of Europe and Africa to a Scottish 'wishing-tree'; and an exploration of spatiality in West African healing practices. The objectives of this collection of nine papers are two-fold. First, to provide a platform from which to showcase innovative research and theoretical approaches in a subject which has largely been neglected within archaeology and related disciplines, and, secondly, to redress this neglect. The papers were presented at the 2012 Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference in Liverpool.
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ISBN 9781785700101
Released NZ 31 Oct 2015
Publisher Oxbow Books
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781785700101
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Oxbow Books
Imprint Oxbow Books
Released 31 Oct 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) Edited by Houlbrook, Ceri
Edited by Armitage, Natalie
Category Controversial Knowledge
Archaeological Theory
Worship
Occult Studies: Magic, Alchemy & Hermetic Thought
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 242mm
Dewey Code 133.43
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Magic, Ritual, Material culture
NBS Text Alternative Belief Systems
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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