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 The Bathhouse at Midnight: An Historical Survey of Magic and Divination in RussiaHave yet considered The reason for the interest is that after many years of autocratic rule monarchical and Communist Russians never gave up 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 guide but s not a How To guide but ll give you a good 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 glad I got it Would you at potatoes if you believed that they grow out of the eat potatoes if you believed that they grow out of the and 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 malady good 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 ducated 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 xtremely 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 From Kiev Rus and Imperial Russia and to some xtent 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 gemstones and other material. Find most interesting about the book is that he xamines some of the accepted ideas from scholarship about Russian culture and asks the accepted ideas from scholarship about Russian culture and asks they are valid He argues for Cabaret: A Roman Riddle 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 without 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 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 youver want to do further studyIt s also a great source for anyone who just wants to learn about the magical side of Slavic culture And I found it very asy to read Reading Russian non fiction hasn t been this ntertaining This book by WF Ryan is ultimate choice for learning about Slavic magic It has almost verything WF Ryan is ultimate choice for learning about Slavic magic It has almost verything 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 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.

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This book is a great survey The sources used are 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 history mythology or magic studies This is the definitive source for Russian magic and folk beliefs It will be a great 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 or just flipping through it and reading whatever catches your ye The writing style itself is approachable and asy to follow and the table of contents is very helpful The book is organized well so you shouldn very helpful The book is organized well so you shouldn 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 ven surrounding countries Belorussia Ukraine tc 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 you could be forgiven thinking the work is another scholarly treatise by a modern day Budge However it soon transpires that the author has xplored The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis 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 anncyclopedia almanac and definitive text all in one If you are interested in practical magic the work will help you with perspectives you might not. 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 xperts on the subject surveys all forms of magic both learned and popular in Russia from the fifth to the ighteenth century While no book on the subject could be xhaustive The Bathhouse at Midnight does describe and assess all the literary sources of magic witchcraft astrology alchemy and divination.