Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England

T.M. Luhrmann


Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England

Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England

  • Title: Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England
  • Author: T.M. Luhrmann
  • ISBN: 9780674663244
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback



To find out why reasonable people are drawn to the seemingly bizarre practices of magic and witchcraft, Luhrmann immersed herself in the arcane world of Londoners who call themselves magicians Her report is as fascinating as the esoteric world itself Illustrated.


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Strong anthropology.Back in the 1980s, Luhrmann, became involved with one strand of the renascent Western mystery tradition--those associated with witchcraft--in England, doing a participant-observer investigation. This book was her report.While this is her first book, it is not the first one that I read--I earlier went through her similar investigation of a fundamentalist Christian group. I really enjoyed that book--"When God Talks Back"--and suspect I would have done the same with this book if [...]

This was actually one of the books assigned for my anthropology of Magic and Religion class in college. I had and continue to have major issues with the "research" in this book. That is the kindest word for it.After being presented with accurate anthropological information and much better sources. The professor let myself and another student teach the section on Modern Paganism and Wicca. The first thing we did was tell everyone in the class to throw the book in the garbage. That was the last ti [...]

The methods and content are outdated but it is a good window into the past in London area magic traditions.

It was back in the 1980’s that Ph.D candidate Tanya Luhrman left her home in the United States and went to Great Britain in order to study up close the magical communities of England. She lived and practiced magic immersing herself into the environment of the magician. She told them what she was up to and she was accepted although she only rarely brought in a tape recorder, often times jotting down notes after the ritual or mediation or teaching. Among the orders or covens that she was with we [...]

This ethnography is of contemporary England witch cults that describe why people are drawn to bizarre practices of magic and witchcraft. It is hard to image sometimes that there are still groups in the world that actively practice the ideas of magic and witchcraft, and individuals who believe that they can produce magic and witchcraft. This book is a bit disturbing at times. But the focus is on middle-class, educated people who are involved in secret practices of witchcraft within the modern urb [...]

I reference this book in my book, The Witch's Eight Paths of Power. Part personal odyssey, part anthropological study, this book explores an anthropologist's study of the London occult community and learning the language of the occult. Its primary use to a magickal sort is in examining the process we deliberately induce in ourselves by occult study. Unlike the author, however, I (as a Witch) view this as a valuable process that, rather than creating a "false" absorption of the "superstition" of [...]

The Autor did capture the whole world of hermetics as the life goes on, this book in some kind did remind me of Paolo Coelhos Brida. Loved it, loved the picturing of the mysterious trough eyes of an beholder from outside. The negative name it did itself in the social scientist world is only an picture that the world of science did not grow from the middleages. Everything is given from tutor to student only if the ideas are the same in both parts of the tutor student duo. Hopefully T.M.Luhrmann h [...]

An interesting snapshot but not much else. I understand this is often read in college anthropology classes? Drawing Down the Moon is a better pagan overview. I was kind of interested in her observations about the SFF reading habits of practitioners. Lots of magicians in fandom, lots of magicians who effectively are in magic fandom.

Didn't finish - not the fault of the book, which is dated but a solid look at a particular place and time in history. Just couldn't get my head in the academic game, too much else on my plate this spring.

An excellent study from an anthropologist's point of view.

Also used at university studies.

Explains how more-or-less sensible people can convince themselves that they can do real magic.

Provides a fascinating insight as to what Magicians actually get up to. Luhrmann published in this book much material she had sworn to keep secret.


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