WITCHES by Nancy Garden


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Still another recapitulation, with two paragraphs on the Loudun possession, an eightee page chapter on events at Salem, another on the Inquisition, a few curiosities from the Malleus Maleficarum, and a listing of ""famous"" witches from Circe and Medea on. There's no attempt to provide a viewpoint or any ideas and when Garden does try to make sense of the phenomena her shallowness shows. She reports ""two theories"" on witches--they are either pagans or devil worshippers--but draws no connection between the two. And as for research she is content to scan the obvious sources and let it go at that, offhandedly concluding that ""it seems unlikely that there was very much human sacrifice, if any"" in New Orleans voodoo ceremonies. Very little reprocessing here, if any.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1975
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Lippincott