Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches' Sabbath

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For centuries witches on trial admitted to taking part in gruesome "sabbaths" where they cast spells, worshipped a bestial devil, enacted obscenely blasphemous rites and even devoured corpses. Many scholars believe that such confessions, often enacted under torture were just a reflection of their persecutors' fantasies. Certainly as Carlo Ginzburg shows, witch hunters adapted the stereotypes earlier used to descredit and persecute lepers and Jews.

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Weaving early accounts of witchcraft—trial records, ecclesiastical tracts, folklore, and popular iconography—into new and startling patterns, Carlo Ginzburg presents in Ecstasies compelling evidence of a hidden shamanistic culture that flourished across Europe and in England for thousands of years.

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Carlo Ginzburg is the Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Cheese and the Worms, The Night Battles, and Myths, Emblems, and Clues. Raymond Rosenthal (1922-2002) received the Present Tense Award for his translation of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table and was twice nominated for the National Book Award for his translations.

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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Explores the deeper roots of the witches' confessions and reinterprets some of the fairy tales and myths. A fascinating and scholarly study. Penguin Books Ltd 1992. illus viii + 339pp pb fine. Bookseller Inventory # 006422

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