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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486434370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486434377
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Mcbride on June 10, 2005
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What can I say about this book? If you are Pagan or a witch of any kind, this is an indispensible resource. Written over one hundred years ago and reprinted in 2004, it contains excellent museum quality drawings of charms and history that is not prevalent in modern books on spellcrafting. Even such information as it offers as an aside to its main thesis is pertinent to anyone interested in magickal and mythical studies as well as superstitions. This is a scholarly work which does not adopt a superior attitude with readers. Though its ultimate audience was not meant to be any but folklorists and other scholars, the sheer weight of information contained in this book makes it a must have for any Pagan or Witch interested in more indepth studies than modern publishers are willing to offer us.

Books like this gem are just not being written any more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Magickal Merlin on April 19, 2008
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I can't believe i had the luck to have stumbled upon this book.This classical book on ancient superstitions,is a must-read for any serious neo-pagan and bewitching heathen scholar.At first,i thought it would be another inaccurate historical text ,in the line of Wallis Budge's Egyptian books.Yet,it's filled with quite amazing accounts of folk-superstitions ,from past civilizations through the late nineteenth century.Being very much interested in the affect that 'Occultism' has had on world history,i read this book in one sitting.All these global ancient cultures had some form of basic belief in mysticism,that resonated into our modern times.They also had various defensive amulets and protective incantations that aided themselves from the malvolent powers of curses,hexes and the dreaded evil-eye.There are also some references of the Bible,and how founding Christians cast antidotes against the forces of Nature.One could argue that Jesus was the first true 'Magician',that performed illusions and tricks, which were heralded as 'Miracles' among the peasants.There are many excellent illustrations of the array of sacerdotal hand gestures and artwork,used through the ages.This wonderful text is 'Mana for the Maga',to imbue the magician's cloak of knowledge, with the best of supernatural lore.
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Awesome book but remember that every book published before ~1928 is off copyright and free to dl at archive dot org as well as movies, radio programs, original scans of historic documents etc. Wikipedia is NOT trustworthy most of the time so books before the time when about 6 publishing houses controlled everything are vital.
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By M. Roeder on November 19, 2013
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a friend wanted it so I gave it as a gift. I looked through it when it arrived and was intrigued by the illustration art.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Attorney momma on April 13, 2013
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An excellent foundational source on the evil eye but wrought with colonialist commentary in places. Otherwise this is a well organized and coherent text on the history of the evil eye, the anthropological contexts it has thrived in and includes an excellent bibliography and proper end notes.
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