A critique of Sir James Frazer's The Golden Bough
by Colin Dickey.
"For all its erudition and analysis, The Golden Bough has for more than a century helped cement the idea that magic is inappropriate, wrongheaded thought. Yet what separates magic from religion or science is not its methodology—Frazer himself notes that it 'is therefore a truism, almost a tautology, to say that all magic is necessarily false and barren; for were it ever to become true and fruitful, it would no longer be magic but science'—it’s that ordinary people can do it, transforming their lives with the ambitious power of everyday thought."
Via Lapham's Quarterly's Magic Shows
posted by Kitty Stardust
on Jul 26, 2012 -
is a blog by Ben Breen, a graduate student of early modern history, which styles itself "a compendium of obscure things." Indeed, even the asides are full of wonder, such as the one about Boy, the famous Royalist war poodle of the English Civil War, which is but a short addendum to a post about witches' familiars
. Here are some of my favorite posts, Pirate Surgeon in Panama
(and a related post about 18th Century Jamaica
), vanished civilizations
, asemic pseudo-Arabic and -Hebrew writing in Renaissance art
, and a series of posts about the way the Chinese and Japanese understood the world outside Asia in the early modern period (Europeans as 'Other'
, Europeans as 'Other,' Redux
and Early Chinese World Maps
posted by Kattullus
on Sep 30, 2010 -
Ya'll remember Johnathan "The Impaler" Sharkey, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate for the Vampires, Witches, and Pagans Party? Of course you do
. But have you seen Impaler
, the documentary about him? hulu
posted by Pope Guilty
on Nov 3, 2009 -
Scary Stuff: Count Floyd's Scary Little Christmas Promo
Dr Cube's Posse
A Scarier Skeleton by Jack Handey [mp3]
The Lost Skeleton Of Cadavra Trailer [previously]
Plan 9 From Outer Space - Best Lines
Re-Enactment - Pan's Labyrinth
Scream in 30 Seconds and Re-Enacted by Bunnies
Season of the Witch
The Thing in Lego
REM & Muppets - Furry Happy Monsters
. Happy Halloween everyone!
posted by McLir
on Oct 30, 2007 -
"This is a blog about sexy witches. Here you will find witches of all types: elegant, attractive, pretty, cute, hot, naughty or femme fatales; real life witches; people dressed up as witches: for halloween or fancy dress balls; fictional witches: witches in novels, plays and poems; movie witches; cartoon witches; witches in art: carved, painted, sketched and engraved: they are all here, or will be in time." (Some Images Not Safe For Work)
posted by LeeJay
on Apr 8, 2007 -
Five Salem Witches Exonerated - 300 Years Later
I would say something like "It's about damned time" -- but like the various Christian denominations apologizing for the Trail of Tears
and participation in the slave trade
, perhaps it is simply too late. There is no risk in making this gesture at this time.
And what is the message here? That these women simply were not guilty of the charges levelled, or that it was wrong to persecute on such a basis in any case?
posted by grabbingsand
on Nov 2, 2001 -
The Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hammer),
first published in 1486, is arguably one of the most infamous books ever written, due primarily to its position and regard during the Middle Ages. It served as a guidebook for Inquisitors during the Inquisition, and was designed to aid them in the identification, prosecution, and dispatching of Witches. "Therefore, let us now chiefly consider women; and first, why this kind of perfidy is found more in so fragile a sex than in men. And our inquiry will first be general, as to the general conditions of women; secondly, particular, as to which sort of women are found to be given to superstition and witchcraft; and thirdly, specifically with regard to midwives, who surpass all others in wickedness." link via the always excellent larkfarm
posted by lagado
on Dec 8, 2000 -