A General Theory of Magic (Routledge Classics) by Marcel Mauss

By Marcel Mauss

First written by means of Marcel Mauss and Henri Humbert in 1902, A common idea of Magic won a large new readership while republished by way of Mauss in 1950. As a learn of magic in 'primitive' societies and its survival this present day in our techniques and social activities, it represents what Claude Lévi-Strauss known as, in an advent to that version, the awesome modernity of the brain of 1 of the century's maximum thinkers. The booklet deals a desirable picture of magic all through numerous cultures in addition to deep sociological and non secular insights nonetheless greatly appropriate this present day. At a interval while artwork, magic and technology seem to be crossing paths once more, A common conception of Magic offers itself as a vintage for our instances.

Show description

Read or Download A General Theory of Magic (Routledge Classics) PDF

Best magic books

The Problem Child (The Sisters Grimm, Book 3)

For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, the most recent in an extended line of fairy-tale detectives, there's one secret they wish to resolve greater than the entire others: Who abducted their mom and dad greater than a yr in the past? Sabrina enters the hideout of the Scarlet Hand, the sinister team of Everafters who're protecting her mom and dad prisoner.

The Hero and the Crown (Damar, Book 1)

In Robin McKinley's Newbery Medal–winning novel, an outcast princess needs to earn her birthright as a hero of the realm

Aerin is an outcast in her personal father's courtroom, daughter of the international girl who, it used to be rumored, used to be a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her.

She makes acquaintances along with her father's lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an previous, missed, and dangerously obscure recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty nook of her father's library. years, many canter circles to the left to reinforce Talat's susceptible leg, and lots of burnt twigs (and a number of hands) secretly experimenting with the ointment recipe later, Aerin is current while an individual comes from an outlying village to record a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off by myself to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment . . .

But smooth dragons, whereas bold competitors absolutely able to killing a individual, are small and accounted vermin. there isn't any honor in killing dragons. the good dragons are a story out of historical history.

That is, till the day that the king is using out on the head of a military. A weary guy on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard the place the king's troop is assembled: "The Black Dragon has come . . . Maur, who has no longer been visible for generations, the final of the nice dragons, nice as a mountain. Maur has woke up. "

Sex, Sorcery, and Spirit: The Secrets of Erotic Magic

The sexual act is potentially the main potent—and pleasurable—gateway to the primordial and the divine. From the Tantric mysteries of Hinduism and Buddhism and the interior alchemy of Taoism, to the sacrament of the bridal chamber in Christianity—and, in fact, the traditions of Western Magic and Witchcraft—sex pervades the top and so much mystery teachings around the world.

Extra resources for A General Theory of Magic (Routledge Classics)

Sample text

In some cases even, the magician is said to split himself in two. Thus the Dayak sorcerer departs to seek his medicines while he is attending a spiritualistic seance. The people see the magician’s body yet he is both spiritually and corporeally absent since his double is not merely pure spirit. The two parts of the double are identical to the point that they are strictly interchangeable, one for the other. In fact it would not be far fetched to imagine the magician splitting himself in two in this way, leaving his double on the spot and taking his real self off somewhere else.

Apart from a general power over objects, the magician has power over his own being and this is the prime source of his strength. Through force of will he accomplishes things beyond 41 42 a general theory of magic the power of normal human beings. The laws of gravity do not apply to the magician. He is an expert at levitation and can betake himself anywhere he wishes in a trice. He is to be found in many places at once. Even the laws of contradiction do not apply to him. In 1221 Johannes Teutonicus of Halberstadt, a preacher and sorcerer, is said to have performed three masses, concurrently, at Halberstadt, Mainz and Cologne.

It is a remarkable fact that a magician, to a certain extent, can control his possession; he brings it on by appropriate practices, such as dancing, monotonous music or the elements of magic intoxication. To sum up, one of the magician’s professional qualifications, which is not only mythical but practical, is the power of being possessed and it is a skill at which they have long been expert. From both the individual’s and society’s point of view, sending out a soul or receiving one are two ways of looking at the same phenomena.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.36 of 5 – based on 24 votes