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The curious historical past of magic and the powers of the occult, witchcraft, ritual, and the creativeness, from their earliest appearances to fashionable instances
From the times of the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the creativeness. Magic and magicians seem in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism, and Islam. Secret phrases, spells, and incantations lie on the coronary heart of practically each mythological custom. However for each real magus there’s an impostor.
In the course of the Center Ages, faith, science, and magic have been tough to set aside. The Center Ages additionally noticed the pursuit of alchemy―the magical transformation of base supplies―which led to a fascination with the occult, Freemasonry, and Rosicrucianism.
The flip of the 20th century witnessed a return to earlier magical traditions, and right now, magic means many issues: up to date Wicca is practiced extensively as a contemporary pagan faith in Europe and the US; “magic” additionally stretches to incorporate the nonspiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand carried out by slick stage magicians who fill huge arenas.
The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is filled with authoritative textual content and an enormous and impressed number of photos, some chosen from uncommon sources, together with among the best-known representations of magic and the occult from all over the world spanning historic to fashionable instances.
400+ illustrations, 300+ in colorThames & Hudson
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