Deadly Words

Deadly Words

Witchcraft in the Bocage

Book - 1980
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This 1980 book examines witchcraft beliefs and experiences in the Bocage, a rural area of western France. It also introduced a powerful theoretical attitude towards the progress of the ethnographer's enquiries, suggesting that a full knowledge of witchcraft involves being 'caught up' in it oneself. In the Bocage, being bewitched is to be 'caught' in a sequence of misfortunes. According to those who are bewitched, the culprit is someone in the neighbourhood: the witch, who can cast a spell with a word, a touch or a look, and whose 'power' comes from a book of spells inherited from an ancestor. Only a professional magician, an 'unwitcher', has any chance of breaking the succession of misfortunes which befall those who have been bewitched. He undertakes a battle of magic with the suspected witch, a battle which is eventually fatal.
Publisher: Cambridge [Eng.] : New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980
ISBN: 9780521223171
0521223172
9780521297875
0521297877
Characteristics: vii, 273 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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