The Bathhouse at Midnight

The Bathhouse at Midnight

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The title of this book refers to the classic time and place for magic, witchcraft, and divination in Russia. The Bathhouse at Midnight, by one of the world's foremost experts on the subject, surveys all forms of magic, both learned and popular, in Russia from the fifth to the eighteenth century. While no book on the subject could be exhaustive, The Bathhouse at Midnight does describe and assess all the literary sources of magic, witchcraft, astrology, alchemy, and divination from Kiev Rus and Imperial Russia, and to some extent Ukraine and Belorussia. Where possible, Ryan identifies the sources of the texts (usually Greek, Arabic, or West European) and makes parallels to other cultures, ranging from classical antiquity to Finnic. He finds that Russia shares most of its magic and divination with the rest of Europe. Subjects covered include the Evil Eye, the Number of the Beast, omens, dreams, talismans and amulets, plants, gemstones, and other materials thought to possess magic properties. The first chapter gives a historical overview, and the final chapter summarizes the political, religious, and legal aspects of the history of magic in Russia. The author also provides translations of some key texts. The Bathhouse at Midnight will be invaluable for anyoneaa€”student, teacher, or general readeraa€”with an interest in Russia, magic, or the occult. It is unique in its field and is set to become the definitive study of Russian magic.Medierat Handbook. ofPenamc .repriot l965.. p. 334. l24. ... wnriskikh ^ahaikala#39;ia., p. 79. l34. Mansikka. Religion, p. 224. l35. Sec ljmgworth. .Vein. p. l35. He also ordered a Silierian wizard to send a report on plaots and their virtues: ERE, III, p.

Title:The Bathhouse at Midnight
Author:William Francis Ryan
Publisher:Penn State Press - 1999-01-01


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