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Adventures of the mind

By: Castiglioni, Arturo
Material type: TextTextNew York Alfred A. Knopf c1946Edition: 1st American edDescription: xviii, [433]p.; illus.; bibliog.; indexContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume Subject(s): Divination | Magic
Contents:
Part 1 - The magic world. 1 The human mind is adventurous. 2 The spell of life and death. 3 Evocation and dreams. 4 Divination. 5 The personality of the magician. 6 Magic tools--amulets, talismans, fetishes. 7 Practices, formulas, rites, and symbols. 8 The secret societies and their laws. 9 The magic circle. Part 2 - Aspects of magic in antiquity and the middle ages. 10 Chinese magic of numbers and letters. 11 Magic systems of the American Indians. 12 Fantastic magic of the Hindus. 13 State magic of Egypt. 14 Assyro-Babylonian speculative magic. 15 Hebrew magic and the dawn of monotheism. 16 Magic and mysteries of ancient Greece. 17 Trends of official magic in ancient Italy. 18 Magic and mysticism. Part 3 - Decadence and revival of magic. 19 Enter the devil and the witch. 20 The occult sciences. 21 Natural magic. 22 The renaissance of science. 23 Romantic magic ideology in the eighteenth century. 24 Aspects of modern magic--divination. 25 The metaphysic of spiritism. 26 The suggention that heals--magic therapy. 27 The suggestion that kills--the political myths. Conclusion - Adventures of the mind
Abstract: 'In these pages I have gathered the results of my experience and observations during fifty years devoted to studies in medicine and its history, to voyages in different countries of the world, and to teaching students of different nations.'
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Trans. from the Italian by V. Gianturco.

Part 1 - The magic world. 1 The human mind is adventurous. 2 The spell of life and death. 3 Evocation and dreams. 4 Divination. 5 The personality of the magician. 6 Magic tools--amulets, talismans, fetishes. 7 Practices, formulas, rites, and symbols. 8 The secret societies and their laws. 9 The magic circle. Part 2 - Aspects of magic in antiquity and the middle ages. 10 Chinese magic of numbers and letters. 11 Magic systems of the American Indians. 12 Fantastic magic of the Hindus. 13 State magic of Egypt. 14 Assyro-Babylonian speculative magic. 15 Hebrew magic and the dawn of monotheism. 16 Magic and mysteries of ancient Greece. 17 Trends of official magic in ancient Italy. 18 Magic and mysticism. Part 3 - Decadence and revival of magic. 19 Enter the devil and the witch. 20 The occult sciences. 21 Natural magic. 22 The renaissance of science. 23 Romantic magic ideology in the eighteenth century. 24 Aspects of modern magic--divination. 25 The metaphysic of spiritism. 26 The suggention that heals--magic therapy. 27 The suggestion that kills--the political myths. Conclusion - Adventures of the mind

'In these pages I have gathered the results of my experience and observations during fifty years devoted to studies in medicine and its history, to voyages in different countries of the world, and to teaching students of different nations.'

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