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The Living History of European Shamanism
Tracing the Roots of Modern Witchcraft
Radomir Ristic
ISBN: 9781578636143
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
6 x 9
192 pages
January 1, 2020

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The first book to fully explore the magic, mystery, and folklore of the ancient traditions of the Balkans

This is an extraordinary work of scholarship that blends history, anthropology, folklore, and religious studies. It is the first contemporary book to fully explore the ancient roots of shamanistic practice in eastern Europe, as well as providing a glimpse of how those indigenous beliefs manifest themselves today.

Author Radomir Ristic provides a historical context for the practice of European shamanism along with detailed information on how it was developed by region. He also relates startling tales of shamans who transform themselves into wolves and butterflies in order to combat evil, stories of vampires of the past and present, and peculiar anecdotes about Balkan zombies. The range of his approach can be seen in the table of contents:

  1. Introduction: What Is Shamanism?
  2. Native European Shamanism
  3. Shamanism in the Balkans
  4. Shamanistic Traditions of Serbia, Monte Negro, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
  5. Shamanistic Traditions from Croatia and Slovenia
  6. The Origin of European Witchcraft and Shamanism
  7. Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Shamanism
  8. Dragons, Dragon Men, Fairies, and Shamanism

This is a book for anyone interested in the ancient European roots of contemporary witchcraft and shamanism. It is also for those fascinated by folklore and mythology and interested in stories of vampires, werewolves, witches, and warlocks.

Radomir Ristic is a Serbian author specializing in the magic and ethnology of southeast Europe, as well as South America and the Caribbean. He lives in Belgrade.
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