This book is a reat survey The sources used are brilliant And it provides a reat rasp on the subject while being very clear what it will and will not coverI definitely suggest this if you re interested in Russian history mythology or magic studies This is the definitive source for Russian magic and folk beliefs It will be a reat addition to any occult library It s not the type of book one would sit down and *read cover to cover but you will find yourself consulting it *cover to cover but you will find yourself consulting it just flipping through it and reading whatever catches your eye The writing style itself is approachable and easy to follow and the table of contents is very helpful The book is organized well so you shouldn t have to dig through it trying to track down whatever you are looking up it all should be in one placeThe subject matter is of course fascinating It covers magic across all Russian and even surrounding countries Belorussia Ukraine etc make freuent appearances If you have an interest in Russian pagan beliefs this is the book for you A startling and long overdue tome on Russian Magic At first you could be forgiven for thinking the work is another scholarly treatise by a modern day Budge However it soon transpires that the work is another scholarly treatise by a modern day Budge However it soon transpires that the has explored every conceivable facet of Rusian magic including Binary Divination and creaks in walls to advanced oracular systems I came across the author through the Panizzi lectures and invested in the book only to be surprised that I had purchased an encyclopedia almanac and definitive text all in one If you are interested in practical magic the work wi. 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 worlds 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.
W. F. Ryan Þ 1 DOWNLOADAddresses a huge amount of data from his studies of Russian magic and divinationWhat I find most interesting about the book is that he examines some of the accepted ideas from scholarship about Russian culture and asks if they are valid He argues for example that dvoeverie is not a uniuely Russian phenomenon but that it is typical of many cultures that accepted Christianity Too often in My Opinion Scholarship About Russia Created Concepts About Russian Culture opinion scholarship about Russia created concepts about Russian culture addressing the same or similar phenomena in other cultures This parochialism is oing away in recent years "Whether The Author Intended It " the author intended it not this book contributes to the weakening of that parochialismAt least that s my opinion This is THE book of Slavic magicI just used this book as the main source for my thesis on magic and folk custom in Russia Out of all the books I researched this one has by far the most information in a very well laid out format Most of Ryan s sources are primary texts and are well recorded if you ever want to do further studyb Reading Russian non fiction hasn t been this entertaining This book by WF Ryan is ultimate choice for learning about Slavic magic It has almost everything origin of magic Western European influence both in and *out photos of Slavic ornaments descriptions of divinatory ways of life and cited sources The only flaws I *photos of Slavic ornaments descriptions of divinatory ways of life and cited sources The only flaws I find are repeated words throughout Examples sleeping like like a lion or there would would have been though many are not really distractive All in all this is the ultimate non fiction book about Slavic mainly Russian magic S thought to possess magic properties The first chapter A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion 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 anyonestudent teacher oreneral readerwith an interest in Russia magic or the occult It is uniue in its field and is set to become the definitive study of Russian magi. Ll help you with perspectives you not
#have yet *considered #yet reason for the interest is that after many years of autocratic rule monarchical and Communist Russians never ave *The reason for the interest is that after many years of autocratic rule monarchical and Communist Russians never ave on their folk wisdom this comes through in the work If you re looking for information on Slavic witchcraft this is THE book Its full of awesome information It s not a How To A Writer's Reference with Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates guide but it llive you a ood idea of how magic was done Take the information in this book and do further research with the citations because this book has a ton This is a fantastic book full of details on the history of Russian Orthodox religion belief in magic and superstitions Amazing reference source So lad I ot it Would you eat potatoes if you believed that they row out of the anus and An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism genitals of a dead oriental magician Do you want to know what anyone is thinking There is a way by using peas and snakes If a madman is touched by a diamond he will be cured of his maladyood to cure your mad relatives although perhaps out or reach for much of the common folk Do you laugh at it Russian have believed that way for centuries and similar beliefs have been shared do not use the past tense by the other European and American people tooAll this and is compiled in a very orderly way by the author in a masterful work that can be savoured by the professional historian and educated layperson alike Besides the book is not a difficult reading content 5 starts pleasure of reading 4 to 3 I find this book to be extremely interesting The author spent years studying the topic and Russian culture in eneral He. 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 antiuity to Finnic He finds that Russia shares most of its magic and divination with the rest of EuropeSubjects covered include the Evil Eye the Number of the Beast omens dreams talismans and amulets plants emstones and other material. ,