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This celebrated study of witchcraft in Europe traces the worship of the pre-Christian and prehistoric Horned God from paleolithic times to the medieval period. Murray, the first to turn a scholarly eye on the mysteries of witchcraft, enables us to see its existence in the Middle Ages not as an isolated and terrifying phenomenon, but as the survival of a religion nearly as old as humankind itself, whose devotees held passionately to a view of life threatened by an alien creed. The findings she sets forth, once thought of as provocative and implausible, are now regarded as irrefutable by folklorists and scholars in related fields. Exploring the rites and ceremonies associated with witchcraft, Murray establishes the concept of the "dying god"--the priest-king who was ritually killed to ensure the country and its people a continuity of fertility and strength. In this light, she considers such figures as Thomas a Becket, Joan of Arc, and Gilles de Rais as spiritual leaders whose deaths were ritually imposed.

Truly a classic work of anthropology, and written in a clear, accessible style that anyone can enjoy, The God of the Witches forces us to reevaluate our thoughts about an ancient and vital religion.

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This celebrated study of witchcraft in Europe traces the worship of the pre-Christian and prehistoric horned god from paleolithic times to the medieval period. Murray, the first to offer a scholarly look at the mysteries of witchcraft, shows that witchcraft as a religion is nearly as old as humankind itself. A classic work of anthropology. Illlustrated.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 198-207) and index.

About the Author

The late Margaret Murray is the author of The Witch Cult in Western Europe, also available from Oxford.

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crowyhead, October 23, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Well, er... This is entertaining enough as the potential basis for a fantasy novel, but as far as actual scholarship goes, it's pretty lacking. Murray's theory that there was some kind of unified pagan religion in Europe prior to the advent of Christianity is iffy enough, but when she posits that Joan of Arc and Thomas a Beckett were pagan sacrifices, things get pretty whacky.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780195012705
Author:
Murray, Margaret
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Margaret Alice
Author:
Murray, Margaret Alice
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Witchcraft
Subject:
Witchcraft & Wicca
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
Cults
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Theology | Ancient
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Ancient
Subject:
Cults -- Europe.
Subject:
Witchcraft -- Europe.
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Ancient
Edition Number:
2d ed.
Series Volume:
no. 420 (Mar. 1994)
Publication Date:
19700931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illus.
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.02x5.37x.47 in. .43 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
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"Synopsis" by , This celebrated study of witchcraft in Europe traces the worship of the pre-Christian and prehistoric horned god from paleolithic times to the medieval period. Murray, the first to offer a scholarly look at the mysteries of witchcraft, shows that witchcraft as a religion is nearly as old as humankind itself. A classic work of anthropology. Illlustrated.

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