WITCHES AND MAGIC MAKERS (DK Eyewitness Books)

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9780789464804: WITCHES AND MAGIC MAKERS (DK Eyewitness Books)

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Here is an original and exciting new guide to the mysterious world of witches and wizards -- who they are and what they do. Stunning full-color photographs of magical implements and tools, costumes and magic-makers in action provide and unparalleled look into the rich legacy of complex and mysterious practices that have existed in the world, and which, in some regions, are still very much alive today. See a catalog of magical amulets and talismans, magic dolls from different cultures, a stereotyped witch and wizard, tools for divining and predicting the future. Learn which animals are traditionally associated with witchcraft, how magic was practiced in ancient civilizations, and what cruel methods were used to punish witches in medieval times. Discover some simple spells, witches and wizards in mythology and the movies, magic-makers from other cultures around the world, the "craft" of present-day witches, and much, much more.

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The mysterious world of witches and magic-makers comes alive in this spellbinding but even-handed historical survey.  This exceptional entry in the award-winning Eyewitness series is filled with stunning photographs and compelling descriptions of the history, practices, rituals and roles of witchcraft and magic-making around the world.  Also included is an intriguing roundup of the brutal torture devices of the witch hunters and the fantastic potions, tools, and charms of this bewitching craft.  

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Grade 6-8. Resembling a stroll through a museum of witchcraft, shamanism, and mysticism, this book introduces magical charms, talismans, and amulets from around the world. Typical of the series, sharply reproduced color photographs of people and objects float against white backgrounds. One-or-two sentence captions identify the pictures and form the bulk of the text. A cursory history includes a few known and supposedly real European witches and magic practitioners; witches of fiction and film; and witch-hunting activities in Europe and Salem, MA. Magical items from ancient South and Central America, Egypt, Europe, several parts of Africa, India, China, and Japan and an assortment of Native American peoples give a good idea of the universality of human belief in the spiritual power of rituals. A detailed index provides access to both textual and pictorial material. Despite its casual organization, this title gives a colorful overview of the topic.?Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY
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