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Entertaining Satan : witchcraft and the culture of early New England / John Putnam Demos.

By: Demos, John [author.]Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2004Edition: Updated editionDescription: 1 online resource (558 pages) : illustrations, mapsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780199726318; 0199726310Subject(s): Witchcraft -- New England -- History | New England -- Social life and customs -- 17th century | Magic | Superstitions | Spiritual Therapies | Complementary Therapies | Culture | Anthropology, Cultural | Therapeutics | Anthropology | Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Social Sciences | Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena | BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Magick Studies | BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Witchcraft & Wicca | HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General | HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA) | HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) | Manners and customs | Witchcraft | New England | Parapsychology & Occult Sciences | Social Sciences | 1600-1699Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. | History. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Entertaining Satan.DDC classification: 133.430974 | 974/.02 LOC classification: BF1576.D42Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
One: Biography -- "A desolate condition" -- "Peace with no man" -- Witches: a collective portrait -- Two: Psychology -- "A diabolical distemper" -- "Let me do what I could" -- Accusers, victims, bystanders: the innerlife dimension -- Three: Sociology -- "The mind of our town" -- "Hard thoughts and jealousies" -- Communities: the social matrix of witchcraft -- Four: History -- "From generation to generation" -- "Hearts against hearts" -- Communities: witchcraft over time -- Appendix: list of known witchcraft cases in seventeenth-century New England.
Summary: "In the first edition of the Bancroft Prize-winning Entertaining Satan, John Putnam Demos presented an entirely new perspective on American witchcraft. By investigating the surviving historical documents of over a hundred actual witchcraft cases, he vividly recreated the world of New England during the witchcraft trials and brought to light fascinating information on the role of witchcraft in early American culture. Now Demos has revisited his original work and updated it to illustrate why these early Americans' strange views on witchcraft still matter to us today. He provides a new Preface that puts forth a broader overview of witchcraft and looks at its place around the world - from ancient times right up to the present"--Publisher's description.
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One: Biography -- "A desolate condition" -- "Peace with no man" -- Witches: a collective portrait -- Two: Psychology -- "A diabolical distemper" -- "Let me do what I could" -- Accusers, victims, bystanders: the innerlife dimension -- Three: Sociology -- "The mind of our town" -- "Hard thoughts and jealousies" -- Communities: the social matrix of witchcraft -- Four: History -- "From generation to generation" -- "Hearts against hearts" -- Communities: witchcraft over time -- Appendix: list of known witchcraft cases in seventeenth-century New England.

"In the first edition of the Bancroft Prize-winning Entertaining Satan, John Putnam Demos presented an entirely new perspective on American witchcraft. By investigating the surviving historical documents of over a hundred actual witchcraft cases, he vividly recreated the world of New England during the witchcraft trials and brought to light fascinating information on the role of witchcraft in early American culture. Now Demos has revisited his original work and updated it to illustrate why these early Americans' strange views on witchcraft still matter to us today. He provides a new Preface that puts forth a broader overview of witchcraft and looks at its place around the world - from ancient times right up to the present"--Publisher's description.

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