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Magical House Protection
The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft
366 pages, 25 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-205-2 $140.00/£100.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78920-206-9 eBook Not Yet Published
Belief in magic and particularly the power of witchcraft was a deep and enduring presence in popular culture; people created and concealed many objects to protect themselves from harmful magic. Detailed are the principal forms of magical house protection in Britain and beyond from the fourteenth century to the present day. Witch-bottles, dried cats, horse skulls, written charms, protection marks and concealed shoes were all used widely as methods of repelling, diverting or trapping these energies. Many of these practices and symbols can be found around the globe, demonstrating the universal nature of efforts by people to protect themselves from witchcraft.
Brian Hoggard is an independent researcher who has been studying the archaeology of magical house protection since 1999. He has a popular website at www.apotropaios.co.uk through which he receives reports and requests for advice about these objects from all over the world.
Subject: Archaeology General History Religion
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Chapter 1. Folklore, Witchcraft, Religion
Chapter 2. Witch-bottles
Chapter 3. Concealed Shoes
Chapter 4. Dried Cats
Chapter 5. Horse Skulls
Chapter 6. Written Charms
Chapter 7. Protection Marks
Chapter 8. Other Concealed Objects
Chapter 9. Evidence of Darkness
Chapter 10. Conclusions
Chapter 11. Case Studies
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