A startling and long overdue tome on Russian Magic
AT FIRST YOU COULD BE FORGIVEN FOR THINKING THE first you could be forgiven for thinking the is another scholarly treatise by a modern day Budge However it soon transpires that the author 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 will help you with perspectives you might not have yet considered The reason for "The Interest Is That After " interest is that after years of
Autocratic Rule Monarchical And Communist Russians Never Gave Up On rule monarchical and Communist Russians never gave up on folk wisdom this comes through in the work Reading Russian non fiction hasn t been this entertaining This 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. Ook 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 can 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 A This is a fantastic book full of details on the history of Russian Orthodox religion belief in magic and superstitions Amazing reference source So glad I got it This book is a
Great Survey The Sources Used survey The sources used brilliant And it provides a great grasp on the subject while being very clear what it will and will not coverI definitely suggest this if you re interested in Russian. 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 and makes parallels to other cultures ranging from classical antiuity to Finnic He finds that Russia shares most of its and divination with the rest of EuropeSubjects covered include the Evil Eye the Number of the Beast omens dreams talismans and amulets plants gemstones and other material.
Free read The Bathhouse at Midnight: An Historical Survey of Magic and Divination in RussiaHistory mythology or magic studies I find this book to be extremely interesting The author spent years studying the topic and Russian culture in general He addresses 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 createdbut that it is typical of many cultures that accepted Christianity Too often in my opinion scholarship about Russia created
"about russian culture "Russian culture addressing the same or similar phenomena in other cultures This parochialism is going away in recent years Whether the author intended it or not this book contributes to the weakening of that parochialismAt least that s my opinion. S 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 anyonestudent teacher or general 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.