Witches, goblins, and spirits lurking in the shadows ruled the medieval worldview. They were supposedly banished by the Enlightenment as science bloomed, and religious institutions dismissed superstitions. But even as the empirical method advanced the cause of human knowledge, old beliefs continued to persist, grow, and change. Read more
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
10 Folk Magic Traditions of the Early Modern Era
From blood-stopping to cunning folk to hoodoo, David Tormsen describes ten folk magic tradition of the early modern era (and some are still practiced today).