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A HISTORY OF MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT, AND THE OCCULT

A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult will enthrall and fascinate you with its lavish illustrated, accessible entries, whether you are a believer or a skeptic.

Through its pages, A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult provides a comprehensive, balanced, and unbiased account of everything from Japanese folklore and Indian witchcraft, to the differences between black and white magic. The book also does its work to dispel myths such as those surrounding the voodoo doll and Ouija, exploring the common human fear of and fascination with spells, superstition, and the supernatural.

It is the perfect introduction to magic and the occult, exploring forms of divination from astrology and palmistry to the Tarot and runestones, to mystical plants and potions such as mandrake. The presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare's Macbeth to the Harry Potter series, to the ways in which magic has interacted with mainstream religions.

A History of Magic, Witchcraft, and the Occult charts the extraordinary narrative of one of the most interesting and often controversial subjects in the world--from ancient animal worship and shamanism, through alchemy and divination, to modern Wicca and the resurgence of the occult in 21st-century literature, movies, and television.