By J. Roper
Ancient files of charms, the verbal component of vernacular magic, date again not less than so far as the past due heart a long time, and fascinating has persevered to be practiced until eventually lately in such a lot components of Europe. And but, the subject has acquired merely scattered scholarly awareness up to now. via bringing jointly a few of the prime gurus on charms and fascinating from Europe and North the United States, this ebook goals to rectify this forget, and through featuring discussions protecting a number of sessions and of destinations - from Finland to France, and from Hungary to England - it varieties a necessary reader at the subject.
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But God’s presence is mediated to them through a world of spirits. The divine is never far away. This spiritual world is as real to them as the cosmos in which they live. The world, their lives, are experienced as a battleground between evil and good spirits . . The people seem to be aware of an ongoing cosmic conﬂict between good and evil in the world in which they are caught up. 25 In this version of Christianity, belief in demons and the use of charms is not a measure of how un-Christian a believer is, but rather a measure of how fully that believer is engaged in the Christian world-view.
Pentikäinen nonetheless proposes the usual set of distinctions between non-Christian and Christian materials in his analysis of her repertoire, eschewing any attempt to explain her repertoire in terms of her Christian faith. For Pentikiänen, as for most researchers on such informants, the informant’s state of mind was one of ‘double-belief’, in which the two strands of Christian and nonChristian belief existed in tension. He cites this incantation as one example of the sort that Takalo knew: Virgin Mary mater, Dear mother merciful, I let my stock out to the forest, my cattle to the groves, my sheep to the pastures, my horses to the elk hills, I set you to tend my stock.
Rudolf Bultmann, ‘New Testament and Mythology: the Problem of Demythologizing the New Testament Proclamation’, New Testament and Mythology and Other Basic Writings, trans. S. M. Ogden (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984), p. 1. 11. ), The Origins of Christianity in Bohemia (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1990), pp. 133–6. 12. S. A. J. ), Anglo-Saxon Poetry (London: Dent, 1982; rpt 1987), pp. 548–9. 13. On Old English biblical poetry see, among others, M. Godden and M. Lapidge (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), and S.
Charms and Charming in Europe by J. Roper