The End of Magic by Ariel GlucklichThe End of Magic by Ariel Glucklich

The End of Magic

byAriel Glucklich

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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Throughout history, magic has been as widely and passionately practiced as religion. But while religion continues to flourish, magic stumbles towards extinction. What is magic? What does it do? Why do people believe in magic? Ariel Glucklich finds the answers to these questions in the streetsof Banaras, India's most sacred city, where hundreds of magicians still practice ancient traditions, treating thousands of Hindu and Muslim patients of every caste and sect. Through study and interpretation of the Banarsi magical rites and those who partake in them, the author presents fascinatingliving examples of magical practice, and contrasts his findings with the major theories that have explained (or explained away) magic over the last century. These theories, he argues, ignore an essential sensory phenomenon which he calls "magical experience": an extraordinary, though perfectlynatural, state of awareness through which magicians and their clients perceive the effects of magic rituals.
Ariel Glucklich is Assistant Professor at Ponoma College and Lecturer at the Hebrew University to which he received a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship.
Title:The End of MagicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.19 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195108804

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"Like a boddhisattva, Glucklich succeeds in 'tricking' his reader into enlightenment, in this case into opening young minds to cutting edge social sciences theory and methodology as well as to a number of fundamental questions that ritual, belief, and yes, magic, pose for the fields ofphilosophy and religious studies."--David G. White, University of Virginia