21A.211 Magic, Witchcraft, and the Spirit World

As taught in: Fall 2003

Angel Statue in pink background, Eyewire. Eyewire collection.

Angel Statue in pink background. (Image courtesy of Eyewire Collection.)




Prof. James Howe

Course Description

Spiritual, magical, and "occult" aspects of human behavior in anthropological and historical perspective: magic, ritual curing, trance, spirit possession, sorcery, and accusations of witchcraft. Material drawn from traditional nonwestern societies, medieval and early modern Europe, and colonial and contemporary North America.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.