Vol 13 No. 10 (2011) Issue Number 13, August 2000

Notes from the Underground

The relationships, both historical and modern, between indigenous spiritual practices and emerging religions with a base of support among the ruling elite has been a fertile ground for study during the last several centuries. While the origins of established religions are normally revealed through the analysis of their surviving texts, the study of native religiosity relies on information derived from folkloric and ethnographic research. All three of these methodologies have become far more powerful and reliable tools than they were even half a century ago, and today’s more critical attitudes toward texts, along with more carefully nuanced interpretations of folkloric and ethnographic material, often produce results which may be surprising, but are always instructive

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California State University-Northridge
Professor of anthropology
There is a rich body of ethnographic data on folk magical practices and beliefs from Italy, but for the most part Italian American Witches have not drawn from this in recreating their traditions.
Pope Gregory’s letter written to Abbot Mellitus in the year 601 is often cited as evidence for the widespread Christianisation of pagan British monuments. Jeremy Harte examines this celebrated text and reviews its impact on modern notions of site continuity
The parameters of the Shamanistic tradition has been fully outlined in the work of Eliade, where the Zoroastrian traditions has been given its due attention. One should begin by stating that the word Shaman itself appears to be connected with the Zoroastrian tradition, where its origin is assigned to eastern Iran/Central Asia.
"Pathotisme", which Theon said meant magnetism in antiquity, is a practice where two persons, one psychically sensitive or a medium, and the other a protector and guide, work together to obtain occult knowledge.

Book Reviews

Book Reviews [+-] 43-52
The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future. By Cynthia Eller.