Magic, Witchcraft, and the Spirit World

Angel Statue in pink background, Eyewire. Eyewire collection.

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Fall 2003



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Spiritual, magical, and "occult" aspects of human behavior in anthropological and historical perspective: magic, ritual curing, trance, spirit possession, sorcery, and accusations of witchcraft. Material drawn from traditional nonwestern societies, medieval and early modern Europe, and colonial and contemporary North America.

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James Howe. 21A.211 Magic, Witchcraft, and the Spirit World. Fall 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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