Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Styrian Witches in European Perspective

Ethnographic Fieldwork

Authors: Mencej, Mirjam

  • Argues that witchcraft forms part of our social realityExplores beliefs and practices in the rural region of Eastern SloveniaReveals how social witchcraft and narratives of supernatural experience are entertwinned

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The book provides a comprehensive exploration of witchcraft beliefs and practices in the rural region of Eastern Slovenia. Based on field research conducted at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it examines witchcraft in the region from folkloristic, anthropological, as well as historical, perspectives. Witchcraft is presented as part of social reality, strongly related to misfortune and involved in social relationships. The reality of the ascribed bewitching deeds, psychological mechanisms that may help bewitchment to work, circumstances in which bewitchment narratives can be mobilised, reasons for a person to acquire a reputation of the witch in the entire community, and the role that unwitchers fulfilled in the community, are but a few of the many topics discussed. In addition, the intertwinement of social witchcraft with narratives of supernatural experiences, closely associated with supernatural beings of European folklore, forming part of the overall witchcraft discourse in the area, is explored.

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Mirjam Mencej is Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has published numerous papers and six monographs on folklore and vernacular religion. 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Styrian Witches in European Perspective
Book Subtitle
Ethnographic Fieldwork
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-37250-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-37250-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-37249-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 454
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