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The Magic of Coin-Trees from Religion to Recreation: The Roots of a Ritual
  

The Magic of Coin-Trees from Religion to Recreation: The Roots of a Ritual (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)

By Houlbrook, Ceri

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This book traces the history of ritual landscapes in the British Isles, and the transition from religious practice to recreation, by focusing on a highly understudied exemplar: the coin-tree. These are trees imbued with magical properties into which coins have been ritually embed...ded. This is a contemporary custom which can be traced back in the literature to the 1700s, when it was practiced for folk-medical and dedicatory purposes. Today, the custom is widespread, with over 200 coin-trees distributed across the British Isles, but is more akin to the casual deposition of coins in a wishing-well: coins are deposited in the tree in exchange for wishes, good luck, or future fortune. Ceri Houlbrook contributes to the debate on the historic relationships between religion, ritual, and popular magic in British contexts from 1700 to the present.
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ISBN 9783030092528
Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
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Series Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
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ISBN-13 9783030092528
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Status Internationally sourced; ships 10-15 working days
Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Imprint Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publication Country Switzerland Switzerland
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
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Edition Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018th
Author(s) By Houlbrook, Ceri
Series Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Category British & Irish History
European History
Social & Cultural History
History Of Religion
Number of Pages 307
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 17mm
Dewey Code 200.09
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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