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Witchcraft and Magic: The Supernatural World of Primitive Man
Witchcraft and Magic The Supernatural World of Primitive Man Author:Arthur S. Gregor Drawings by Laszlo Kubinyi — In a small Indian village in the highland of Chiapas, Mexico, a farmer becomes ill. As he lies in bed, his unattended garden grows wild, and his cows and goats wander off. Then his youngest child also falls sick, and dies within a week. Convined he is he victim of witchcraft, the farmer seeks out the neighbor he beli... more »eves is responsible for his misfortunes and kills him. At his trial the villagers, instead of being horrified, rally to the farmer's support because they feel he has served the community well by killing a witch. The farmer walks out a free man.
Beliefs about witchcraft and magic that seem strange to us are for primitive people an integral part of their worldview. Arhtur Gregor guides us on a tour of the world of the supernatural, pointing out that what we call supernatural is considered natural by many people the world over. He also notes the strong resemblance between the beliefs of primitive people and the tremendous interest in astrology and other forms of magic in our own time and country.
From Chiapas to Dubu in the South Seas, from Africa to Siberia, this study of witchcraft, magic, divination, and native healing is a fascinating account of some of the curious ways man justifies and explains his world to himself.« less