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

Fall 2003

Angel Statue in pink background, Eyewire. Eyewire collection.

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

Course Highlights

This course features a complete reading list and all assignments.

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.

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Prof. James Howe

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
3 hours / session