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Author Tataran, Alexana

Title Contemporary Life And Witchcraft : magic, divination, and religious ritual in europe / Alexana Tataran
Published New York : Columbia University Press, 2016
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Summary Witchcraft is very much alive in today's post-communist societies. Stemming from ancient rural traditions and influenced by modern New Age concepts, it has kept its function as a vibrant cultural code to combat the adversities of everyday life. Intricately linked to the Orthodox church and its rituals, the magic discourse serves as a recourse for those in distress, a mechanism to counter-balance misfortune and, sometimes, a powerful medium for acts of aggression. In this fascinating book, Alexandra Tataran skillfully re-contextualizes the vast and heterogenuous discourse on contemporary witchcraft. She shows how magic, divination, and religious rituals are adapted to the complex mechanisms of modern mentalities and urban living in the specific historical and social context of post-communist countries. Based on years of first-hand fieldwork, Tataran offers fascinating insights into the experience of individuals deeming themselves bewitched and argues that the practice can also teach us a lot about particular forms of adapting traditions and resorting to pre-existing cultural models
Notes Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed March 14, 2016)
Subject SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Form Electronic book
Author Recorded Books, Inc.
ISBN 3838267788