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1. Fear

1. Fear  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0001
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199236954
‘Fear’ reminds us that witches are monsters haunting our dreams, confirming who we are through what we are not. Witches are living projections of feelings that defy easy rationalization or ... More
8. Culture

8. Culture  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0008
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199236954
Witches are archetypes, stored inside individuals but originating in shared cultural sources and activated by similar experiences and emotions. The stereotype of the historic and folkloric ... More
2. The Big PictureReligion in America by the Numbers, and Then Some

2. The Big Picture: Religion in America by the Numbers, and Then Some  

Timothy Beal

in Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365593
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195321074.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780195321074
‘The Big Picture’ discusses the challenges in measuring religious diversity in America. It is difficult to find reliable population statistics and there is no universal objective standard ... More
Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction  

Malcolm Gaskill

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780199236954
Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction explores why witches still feature so heavily in our cultures and consciousness. From childhood most of us develop a sense of the ... More
6. Return of the old gods

6. Return of the old gods  

Owen Davies

in Paganism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777110
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199235162.003.0007
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199235162
‘Return of the old gods’ points out that though 19th-century enthusiasts studied, reconstructed, and romanticized a pagan past, no one actually converted or reverted to paganism in the West ... More

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