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p. 957. Fantasylocked

  • Malcolm Gaskill

Abstract

Most Westerners have inherited a basic Enlightenment epistemology, which is why writing about witches is so tricky. Anthropology reminds us that not everyone made the same intellectual journey. ‘Fantasy‘ points out that traditional witch-beliefs are resistant to innovations in thinking because their basis is emotional and their rationale instinctive. Even today, belief in magic and witches still belongs to the daily experiences, and subjective impressions, of the greater part of the global population. The subjectivity of witchcraft is at least as important as the outsider's objective view. The reality of witchcraft is no problem to the people who live unquestioningly in that reality, and should not be made into one.

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