Witchcraft

Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

Abortion is not condoned in Jamaica. Its meaning is linked to the meanings of kinship and parenthood, which are expressed through procreation and involve altruism and the assumption of responsibility for the well-being of others. Abortion subverts these ideals but indigenous methods for it are known and are secretly used. The inconsistencies between abortion talk and abortion practice are examined, and the structural functions of abortion (and of its culturally constructed, ideological meaning) are discussed.

Author(s): 
Sobo, E. J.
Publication Title: 
Medical Hypotheses

Paranormal phenomena - events that cannot be explained by existing science - are regularly reported in medicine. Surveys have shown that a majority of the population of the United States and Great Britain hold at least one paranormal belief. Information was retrieved by MEDLINE searches using keywords 'paranormal' and 'psychic', and from the author's own collection. Reports are predominantly by physicians, and from peer-reviewed, MEDLINE-indexed literature. This is a representative sample, as there is no database for paranormal medical phenomena.

Author(s): 
Bobrow, Robert S.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

The history of hypnosis is closely linked to the theme of possession; one such link is that the forerunner of hypnosis, animal magnetism, replaced exorcism in 1775 when Franz Anton Mesmer testified against Father Johann Joseph Gassner's exorcism. Modern authors have noted remarkable similarities between states of possession and dissociation. The treatment of possession by animal magnetism and exorcism represents the special romantic-magnetic therapy of the German medical doctor Justinus Kerner in the early 19th century.

Author(s): 
Peter, Burkhard
Publication Title: 
Primitive culture: Researches into the development of mythology, philosophy, religion, language, art, and custom, Vol 1 (7th ed.)

Occult Sciences--Magical powers attributed by higher to lower races--Magical processes based on Association of Ideas--Omens--Augury, &c.--Oneiromancy--Haruspication, Scapulimancy, Chiromancy, &c.--Cartomancy, &c.--Rhabdomancy, Dactyliomancy, Coscinomancy, &c.--Astrology--Intellectual conditions accounting for the persistence of Magic--Survival passes into Revival--Witchcraft, originating in savage culture, continues in barbaric civilization; its decline in early mediaeval Europe followed by revival; its practices and counter-practices belong to earlier culture--Spiritualism

Author(s): 
Tylor, Edward B.

The following sheets contain a history of magic, sorcery, witchcraft, apparitions, and spectres. We think it requisite to give the reader a brief account of the nature and usefulness of our design in the first place; and having represented the design and usefulness of this treatise, we shall in the next place offer something to confirm the belief and credit of histories so well attested.

Author(s): 
Boulton, Richard
Publication Title: 
A compleat history of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft, Vol 1

In this book, the author provides a brief account of the diabolical arts of witchcraft, sorcery, and other magical practice. After discussing ghosts and spirits, the author describes in detail the cases of numerous witches, the examination of supposed witches, information and testimony from accusers, and cases of demon possession. A further account is presented of the works of the devil, without the assistance of man; also by witchcraft and sorcery.

Author(s): 
Boulton, Richard

This book presents a history of magic, sorcery, and witchcraft. The work contains an account of some trials of Witches at a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held in Salem, in New-England. It is also a Narrative of many Surprizing and Amazing Sorceries, and Witchcrafts practiced in Scotland--with the Learned Arguments of Lawyers on both sides, at the Trials of Seven WITCHES, and the Remarkable Passages which happened at their Execution. Additionally, the book presents The Surrey DEMONIACK--with all the Testimonies and Information taken upon Oath relating thereunto.

Author(s): 
Boulton, Richard
Publication Title: 
A compleat history of magick, sorcery, and witchcraft, Vol 2

The first history given account of in this Second Part of the History of Witchcraft is the Trial of one G. B. who was Indicted for Witchcraft, and in the Prosecution of the Charge against him, he was accused by five or six Persons bewitched, as the author of their Miseries. This book presents a history of magic, sorcery, and witchcraft. The work contains an account of some trials of Witches at a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held in Salem, in New-England.

Author(s): 
Boulton, Richard
Publication Title: 
Curiosities of human nature: By the author of Peter Parley's tales

Matthew Hopkins pretended to be a great critic in special marks or signs of witchcraft; at a time in the 1600's when witch accusations were common. In one year, he sent no less than sixty so-called witches to their deaths on his own county of Essex. Then one day, suspicion was cast his way and he was tried and executed as a wizard.

Author(s): 
Goodrich, Samuel G.
Publication Title: 
The philosophy of electrical psychology in a course of twelve lectures

This chapter examines the doctrine of impressions.

Author(s): 
Dods, John Bovee

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