- Paperback: 598 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (September 12, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394716345
- ISBN-13: 978-0394716343
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stolen Lightning: The Social Theory of Magic Paperback – September 12, 1983
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scholarship about how magic operates in human societies and how it has colored history and culture from the Stone Age to the present. Drawing on
an enormous body of knowledge-sociology, anthropology, philosophy, religion, history, psychologyhe explains how magic works; describes the different categories
(medical, black, ceremonial, religious, occult, paranormal, and magical cults and sects); and demonstrates the way in which all magic, whether it be Egyptian theurgy,
Zande witchcraft, Western astrology, or the current rash of cults, is a means of the individual's defense against social pressures: against the socializing force of religion,
against collective morality-a challenge, through history, to all official versions of reality.
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As the first review had said, this book is dry. It is a bit of a hard read if you are say, used to reading fiction. It is not textbook bland, but it is very academic. Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by RF
As is on par with most academic works that deal with the subject of magic, you'll find that this book has some surprisingly accurate points to make about the conception of magic... Read morePublished on September 25, 2005 by Taylor Ellwood